Telegram is getting closer to launching its premium tier, according to a recent discovery by Alessandro Paluzzi. The tip comes from a data string that substantially alters the text of the messaging app's welcome page when it's downloaded and installed.
Right now, you're going to read "Telegram is always free. There are no advertisements. There are no subscription costs." "Telegram provides free limitless cloud storage for conversations and media," however, will replace that phrase. This is a strong signal that a subscription-based plan is in the works and will be released shortly.
The same developer reveals some of the premium capabilities that Telegram will offer to its paying users. The app will get you access to unique stickers and responses, as well as a star badge that will display next to your name in chat lists. We don't know how much a membership will cost, but we have a hunch we'll find out soon enough.