Telegram, a popular messaging app, has been planning a premium option since at least 2020 to support development costs. We now have our first details about the upcoming subscription, called Telegram Premium.

Telgram founder Pavel Durov outlined the plan for Telegram Premium in a post today. “Our limits on chats, media, and file uploads are unrivaled,” he said, “and yet we have been asked by many to increase our current limits even further, so we are looking at ways to enable you to go beyond that. which is already crazy. The problem here is that if we were to remove all limits for everyone, our server and traffic costs would have become unmanageable.”

Telegram Premium will launch later this month, as a premium subscription that will unlock additional features and support Telegram development. Premium subscribers will also receive access to (at least some) new features before free users.

Importantly, existing features won’t be locked behind a paywall, so the free Telegram experience won’t get any worse after Telegram Premium becomes available. Durov said that “existing features are still free and there are many new free features to come.” That could always change in the future, but for now at least, Telegram seems determined to remain a great free messaging service.

Telegram has steadily increased in popularity in recent years, mainly thanks to its focus on privacy and cross-platform support. The app has also benefited from its competitors’ ongoing privacy and service blunders: Telegram reportedly had 70 million new installs during a day-long server outage on Meta (formerly Facebook) last October, which left Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp not working.

Telegram’s inconsistent encryption and moderation have also made the platform a popular target for criticism. Telegram was reportedly one of many services used to stage the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, leading Telegram to take down several extremist channels. The Safer Web Coalition filed a lawsuit against Apple last year asking for Telegram to be removed from the App Store, claiming it was being used to “coordinate and incite extreme violence”, but the group dismissed the legal action. in February. Telegram is also serving as a central communication tool for Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, with many videos and other information about the war originally coming from Telegram channels.

Source: Pavel Durov (Telegram)