What started as a rumor a few months ago has become reality this week: Telegram is going Premium. Well, the free tier will remain available as is, but a paid tier will also be added which will provide some extra features, resources and speed.
The founder and CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, announced today that his company will introduce a Premium tier this month, but he made no mention of the price. Previous rumors have pointed to a possible $5 per month subscription for those who want Telegram Premium, but the information has not yet been confirmed.
What we do know is that all existing features will remain free, and even users who do not subscribe to Telegram Premium will get some of the benefits, such as the ability to view oversized documents, media, and stickers sent by Premium users, as well as the option to tap to add Premium responses already pinned to a post to respond in the same way.
The addition of a Premium tier aims to keep existing features free while also giving those who want more the chance to acquire those extra features they need, at least according to Telegram. In addition, Premium subscription users can support the app and receive new features before those who use Telegram for free.
We’ll probably never know if the move is simply to support the additional resources Telegram will spend to add those new features or if the company plans to actually make money to pay the bills. The bottom line is that even the CEO of Telegram believes the app “should be funded primarily by the users, not advertisers”, which means that the number of ads will be limited.