A paid version of the popular Telegram messaging app is set to be made public, decked with premium features- sometime later this month.
In a new post on the platform, founder Pavel Durov announced that the messaging service is launching a paid Telegram Premium subscription later this month, giving users “additional features, speed and resources.”
As it stands, some of the new features in the paid version of the app will include early access to new features, the ability to upload larger files, and Premium-only stickers and reactions.
This being said, Durov specified that Telegram’s existing features will stay free, and that the paid features won’t affect the experience for free users on the app. Non-subscribers will still get to look at the larger files uploaded by Premium users, and will also get to view and interact with Premium stickers and reactions.
Adding the reason for this new move, Durov stated, “While our experiments with privacy-focused ads in public one-to-many channels have been more successful than we expected, I believe that Telegram should be funded primarily by its users, not advertisers. This way our users will always remain our main priority.”
According to media sources, the premium membership will cost $4.99 / month and will come with faster downloads, voice-to-text messages, tools to customize your chats, and more.