(ANSA) – MILAN, June 13 – As anticipated in recent months, Telegram is ready to make a paid version available. The messaging app, a competitor of WhatsApp, is experiencing a boom since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine with many Russians who have decided to use it to communicate with each other, also following Moscow’s decision to consider Meta-Facebook, which manages WhatsApp , an “extremist” organization.
In a long post on his personal channel, Telegram founder Pavel Durov announced that the Premium version will offer users “additional features, speed and resources”. These include the ability to upload larger files, stickers and reactions accessible only to payers. All others will be able to download files larger than 2 gb, if sent by Premium subscribers, also viewing the stickers sent but without being able to forward, copy and paste them elsewhere.
At the moment there are no specifics on the cost of the fee for the paid version, but in recent weeks the beta of the app, that is, a trial, was intended to cost $ 4.99 per month. Durov clarifies that Telegram’s existing features will remain free and paid ones will not affect the experience of others. As explained by the founder, the arrival of a Premium version of Telegram was necessary to face the expenses that the company is facing, especially with regard to the management of the servers that store files, from chats protected by photo encryption and video. Durov first mentioned the possibility of a subscription mode in 2020.
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