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Back in May, I reported on Telegram working on a new premium version of its messaging service that would be behind a paywall. That version was later confirmed by CEO Pavel Durov earlier this month. In the latest update, Telegram is now launching that premium subscription.

According to the company, all current features users have on Telegram will remain free, while updates will continue to add new features. The subscription will add additional benefits beyond the core free experience.

Features

As well as attracting new customers, Telegram is using the subscription as an additional revenue stream. As for the cost, the premium version will cost $4.99 per month. While casual users will likely be good with the free version, pro-users may appreciate the following premium features:

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  • 4GB file uploads: Telegram free users get 2GB uploads for a single file.
  • Double Limits: Premium users get up to 1000 channels, 10 pins, 4 accounts, and 20 chat folders. Furthermore, there are 20 public links, 10 favorite stickers, 200 pins in a folder, and 400 GIFs.
  • More symbols in captions: Longer video and photo descriptions.
  • More symbols in the bio: 140 characters for a profile bio instead of the standard 70.
  • Download Speeds: Unlimited download speeds for media and documents.
  • Ad-free: No ads
  • Exclusive Reactions: Unique animated reactions exclusive to premium users.
  • Voice-to-Text: Automatic transcriptions of voice messages.
  • Stickers: New exclusive stickers only available to premium users.
  • Chat Management Tools: Advanced settings for auto-archive, default folders, and the ability to hide chats from people who are not contacts.
  • Profile Badge: Place a badge next to your name.
  • Animated Profile Photos: Use animated avatars as your profile pic.

Rival app WhatsApp is also rumoured to be working on a subscription model. This will be for business users who will be able to connect 10 devices on the same account.

Along with the premium version announcement, Telegram revealed it has crossed 700 million monthly users.

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