Telegram Premium is more expensive if you have downloaded the app from Google Play or App Store. The reason: commissions

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A couple of days ago Telegram made official what had been an open secret for a long time: Telegram Premium. In a few words, it is a subscription that offers various advantages to users, such as faster download speeds, sending files of up to four gigas, no ads etc. The price? 5.49 euros per month, but it depends.

And it is that Telegram Premium yes, it costs 5.49 euros per month as long as we subscribe from the versions available on Google Play and App Store. However, the price is much lower if we activate the subscriptions from the official APK available on the web or the desktop app, where it costs 3.99 euros. Guilty? Although there is no official confirmation (we have contacted Telegram to verify it), it is evident that commissions from Google and Apple.

Subscribing to Telegram Premium can be cheaper if you know how

Price Differences

On the left the price with @PremiumBot and on the right the price via Apple Pay.

The debate on the commissions that Google and Apple charge apps for using their payment gateways has been open for some time. In a nutshell, any service that offers a subscription or micropayment It has to go yes or yes through the payment gateways of Apple and Google so that, in this way, Apple and Google get a slice.

In the case of Google Play, the so-called “service fee” for auto-renewing subscription products is 15%. In the case of the App Store, the fee is 30% the first year and, once the subscriber accumulates a year of paid service, the fee drops to 15%. this fee is reflected in the price that users pay when subscribing to Telegram Premium.

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It is not possible to use the bot from apps downloaded from Google Play and App Store.

However, the desktop version and the Android version (via official APK) are not subject to these conditions. In this way, the important amount of the subscription goes to Telegram, which charges through its own payment gateway, and the user does not have to assume the commission. Hence the price is 3.99 euros. Therefore, to subscribe to Telegram Premium there are two options:

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On the left, Telegram downloaded from Google Play. On the right, Telegram downloaded from the official website.

It could be thought that one way to avoid the commission from apps downloaded from Google Play or the App Store is to launch @PremiumBot from the mobile and do it from there. But not. If we do that, Telegram returns an error messageindicating that this feature is not available in our version of the app.

Thus, and since the subscription is at the account level and not at the app level, there is a way to subscribe to Telegram Premium cheaper: download the desktop app or the APK for Android from the web, subscribe from them and use the “official” app from Google Play / App Store again.

A couple of days ago Telegram made official what had been an open secret for a long time: Telegram Premium.…

A couple of days ago Telegram made official what had been an open secret for a long time: Telegram Premium.…

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