Telegram reaches 700 million monthly active users, seizes the opportunity to launch a premium version for 5.49 euros per month and starts the debate about alternatives to its offer

Telegram has now reached 700 million monthly active users. At the same time, the service announces the launch of a premium version that costs 5.49 euros per month. By subscribing, users unlock double limits, 4GB file upload, faster downloads, exclusive stickers, reactions, and improved sharing management, among other benefits. The maneuver did not fail to spark debate about Telegram alternatives on the axes of security and user experience. The matrix and signal mention filter-related changes.

The launch of the paid premium version at 5.49 euros per month serves as a channel for collecting user contributions. Today we are launching Telegram Premium, a subscription that allows you to contribute to the continuous development of Telegram and get access to additional exclusive features. This allows us to offer users who have requested them over the years all the resource-intensive features while maintaining free access to the most powerful messaging system in the world,” says Telegram.

The maneuver sparks comparisons between Telegram and competing services like Matrix and Signal. In self-hosted and federated networks there is matrix where it is possible to connect to many providers and then select a customer. Conversely, some netizens expect Telegram to become a federated network and an open-source server.

The complaints against Telegram are likely to increase the service’s suspicions of collaborating with certain governments. German investigative journalists published a report earlier this month claiming that Telegram had responded to a series of requests for data from Germany’s federal criminal police regarding terrorism and child abuse suspects. The operators of the messaging app Telegram are said to have passed on user data to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in several cases. The type or nature of the allegedly leaked data was not specified in the report, but the authors believe it went beyond IP address and phone number.

For its part, Telegram defends, and remains consistent with the content of its website’s FAQ with each publication, that the service has never transmitted “any bytes of user data” from third parties, including governments. In Section 8.3 of its privacy policy, which was last updated in 2018, the company states that it discloses users’ IP addresses and phone numbers to authorities if they are presented with a warrant for related charges. An FBI report published at the end of last year goes in the same direction.

The FBI claims not to have access to the content of conversations, but to metadata from encrypted intelligence services. In the case of Telegram, according to the app’s privacy policy, the Bureau may obtain a user’s IP address and phone number for terrorism-related investigations. For its part, Signal does not disclose any information by providing the date and time of creating an account, as well as the date of a user’s last activity on the Service. Nevertheless, some netizens think that all security issues aside, Telegram is probably the messaging service that offers the best user experience. The launch of a premium paid version is therefore justified for the latter, always looking for more functionalities on the axis of user experience.

Source: Telegram

And you?

Which email service offers its users the most security? Which one is closest to confirming the primacy of the privacy aspect of third parties who made their choice? Signal? Telegram? Whatsapp?
Do you share the opinion that the user experience of the free version of Telegram is already enough to load the channel of monetization via the premium version?
Are you a Telegram user? How do you compare this messaging service to its competitors?
Which functions are you still missing?

See also:

A Telegram feature leaks your exact address to hackers, but the app’s developer hasn’t expressed any intention to fix the vulnerability

Germany is not ruling out shutting down the Telegram messaging service on its territory amid concerns over its use as a platform for extremist groups

Russia halts attempts to block Telegram as the ban proved ineffective, and Russians have found ways to access the messaging service

The Russian judiciary decides to block access to Telegram, the very popular encrypted messaging application on the territory

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