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Premium Telegram Service (Paid Subscription) Launched This Month

The messaging app Telegram launched a paid subscription this month. On June 10, 2022. Telegram founder Pavel Durov confirmed that the Premium service will have additional features that the free version does not have.

Exact details of what Premium users will get and the cost are not given much detail by Durov. However, in recent days, press reports about the premium features and pricing have surfaced.

Through the beta version, the premium service gets an increase in file upload size, faster download speed, voice-to-text conversion, premium stickers, advanced chat and no ads.

Even users who don't pay for Telegram Premium can also benefit from certain premium extras, such as the ability to view extra-large documents, media, and stickers sent by Premium users, or reactions if they have been embedded in messages.

Durov said that the move to launch the Premium service is meant to meet the demands of users who want additional storage/bandwidth.

“After thinking about it, we realized that the only way to get our fans who want more features to get more while keeping our existing features free is to make the raised limits a paid option,” he wrote.

Telegram Premium will allow "anyone to get additional features, speed and resources," Durov said. It will also "allow users to support Telegram and join clubs that receive new features first."

Rumor has it that the subscription price is USD 4.99 (Rp 72 thousand) per month. But users have to wait for the official price, because it can be different in different regions.

For those of you who want to keep using the free version of Telegram, you don't need to worry. All current free features will remain free. Not only that, there are still new features for the free version in the future.

Durov concluded his announcement by revealing that the company's trial of advertising on public channels was more successful than expected. Nonetheless, he thinks the service should be funded primarily by its users, not advertisers, to ensure that users remain its top priority.

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