Messaging app Telegram will launch a paid subscription plan for its users this month, founder Pavel Durov said on Friday.
Users who opt for Telegram Premium will get higher chat, media and file upload limits, Durov said in a blog post.
“The only way to let our most demanding fans get more while keeping our existing features free is to make those raised limits a paid option,” he said.
The app, along with messaging tool Signal, has seen an uptick in users due to privacy concerns with bigger rival WhatsApp, owned by Meta Platforms Inc. Telegram now has 500 million monthly active users and is one of the 10 most downloaded apps in the world, according to its website.
Durov said the move to offer a paid subscription was to ensure that Telegram remains funded primarily by its users and not advertisers.