Users who are willing to pay can take advantage of additional features and enhancements. For example, you can transfer files larger than 4GB (free users are limited to 2GB), and it also offers a faster download option. You can follow up to 1,000 channels (free users are limited to 500), create up to 20 chat folders, and create up to 200 chats per folder. In addition, up to 4 accounts can be added per user, and it supports voice-to-text conversion and various profile picture formats. Paid users are also free from ads.
Telegram said it prefers users who influence the further development of its services rather than advertisers. Although WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Apple, and Google are competing in the messenger market, Telegram is the first messenger to offer a premium service.
CEO Pavel Durov said in early June that the premium version was meant to meet users’ demands for additional storage space and bandwidth. “We found that the only way to offer more to our demanding customers while keeping our existing features free,” said Durov, “is to offer higher limits with paid options.” As of March 2021, Telegram had raised over $1 billion in funding from various investors including Mubadala and Catalyst Partners in Abu Dhabi. To this end, we sold 5-year convertible bonds in the flea market.
Durov intends to continue providing the core Telegram features for free, and to continue developing new features for the free version. It also said that in the future, users will be able to apply for public group membership without a separate invite link. The free version also adds the ability to display badges at the top of chats in verified groups and channels.
In May, Bernstein Research also evaluated that Telegram’s competitiveness was increasing. In fact, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger’s market share fell sharply, as Telegram ranked second with a whopping 34% share as of the second quarter of 2022. WhatsApp maintained the top spot with 42%, while Facebook Messenger slipped to third with a 20% share.
However, the proliferation of Telegram is not very good news for an open and democratized society. Because Telegram is the preferred messenger of conspiracy theorists, radicals and even criminal groups. Telegram rarely responds to requests to delete messages, but it does not delete illegal content or hate messages, so it is constantly being pointed out that politicians should step in. Reporters from the German public broadcaster ARD estimated that between November 2021 and January 2022, about 250 murders were made on Telegram. The German Federal Criminal Office has set up a task force to monitor Telegram, and the German Constitutional Protection Agency is also monitoring users of interest.
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