Telegram on June 19 announced the official rollout of its paid “premium” subscription service, the first major step in what WhatsApp-rivaling is calling permanent monetization. The paid tier will cost $4.99/month and provide users with up to 4GB of file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers and reactions, and more.
Premium subscribers will get double the “for almost everything in the app” limit compared to non-paying users. They can follow up to 1,000 channels, create 20 chat folders with 200 chats each, and add a total of four accounts instead of three in Telegram. They can pin up to 10 chats to the main list, insert long bios with a link and animated profile pictures, which can now be visible throughout the app. A premium special badge gives these users “indicating that they help support Telegram and are part of the club that gets the special features first.”
Telegram Premium will also bring new tools to better organize chats such as the ability to open the “default chat folder” that you open every time you open the app. Along with over 10 new emoji with Telegram Premium, subscribers will also get “dozens of stickers” along with full-screen animations and more ways to react to messages. Voice-to-text will also be available.
Lastly, no ads will be shown to premium users, Telegram has confirmed.
That said, Telegram is also quick to add that simultaneously running a premium subscription service, free users will not be affected. All existing features will remain free and, at the same time, non-paying users will be able to use some premium features – albeit indirectly – for example, they can still download large 4GB files and pay for the paying customer. You can see stickers. can send them.