PAID services on digital apps are fast becoming a way to make money.
Messaging app Telegram is one of the latest social media platforms to announce a paid subscription.
In a blog post published on 10 June, the founder of Telegram Pavel Durov said users will have an option to subscribe to the premium version which comes with a higher limit for chats, media and file uploads.
Durov said they had requests from users to increase the current limits even further.
“The problem here is that if we were to remove all limits for everyone, our server and traffic costs would have become unmanageable, so the party would be unfortunately over for everyone,” he said.
Durov said the only way to meet the demand for advanced features by the users was to introduce a paid option. According to Neowin, paid Telegram will cost $4,99 (around R80) per month and will include features such as:
- The ability to view extra-large documents, media and stickers sent by premium users
- Premium-only stickers and reactions
- It will offer users an automatic transcript of voice messages
- Animated profile pictures and advert-free across the apps
- Fast speeds for media and document downloads
Non-subscribers will also enjoy the same features but with limited access.
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