Telegram Premium and Free Version: Should You Upgrade?

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Telegram has been around for some time and around that time the instant messaging app quickly grew to become one of the most popular instant messaging apps in the world. According to Telegram, it currently has over 700 million active monthly users and its app became one of the top 5 most downloaded apps in the world in 2022. Just a few weeks ago, Telegram confirmed that it was planning to introduce a new "Premium" plan that bring additional features.

According to Telegram, most of its users have consistently requested the introduction of resource-intensive features, hence the decision to introduce Telegram Premium, a new paid plan that allows interested users to get additional paid features and maintains the Free existing features for users who don't need those additional resource-consuming features.

Telegram premium has finally arrived and is slowly rolling out to users as part of the Telegram v8.8 update. In this article, we'll tell you about everything that comes with Telegram Premium and whether you should stick with the free version or upgrade to the Premium version.

What you get in Telegram Premium

Verification badges in chats
With Telegram Premium, the accounts of public figures and organizations can now verify your group, channel or bot. As with other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, receiving a verification badge will show users that the messages are from a confirmed source. This verification badge will also appear on user profiles, chat lists, and at the top of the chat.

4GB uploads
In the free version of Telegram, users can upload large files and multimedia content, each up to 2GB in size, and get unlimited storage on the Telegram Cloud for free. However, with Telegram Premium, Telegram users will now be able to send files and media up to 4GB. Furthermore, all Telegram users (in the free and Premium version) can download these extra-large documents.

Limits increased
Premium users will now receive higher limits for virtually everything in the app. For example, with a Premium plan, you can follow up to 1000 channels, save up to 10 favorite stickers, create up to 20 chat folders, add 10 chats to the main list.
Speech to text
Users who subscribe to the Telegram Premium plan can now convert voice messages to text when they don't want to hear but want to read what you say. Announcement - Continue reading below
premium badges
All premium users will now receive a badge that will appear next to their name in the chat list, chat headers and member lists in groups. This badge indicates that they help maintain Telegram and are part of the club that receives the exclusive features first.

Here is a list of all the other features available to premium subscribers on Telegram

Do I need to upgrade?
Before deciding whether or not to upgrade to the premium version, here's what you need to know. First, all of Telegram's current features will remain free on the platform. In addition, non-premium users will be able to enjoy some of the benefits of Premium: for example, they can download large documents and view stickers submitted by premium users and tap to increase the counters on premium reactions.

Now, if you think this isn't enough and you need a faster download speed and large file downloads and other features, you may want to subscribe to Telegram's premium plan. That said, you should be prepared to pay a monthly fee of around $ 5- $ 6.

Source: Telegram blog