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How Does The Telegram App Make Money? What You Should Know About The Free Chatting App

How Does The Telegram App Make Money?
Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service with more than 200 million monthly active users all over the world.
Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type via the Telegram apps available for iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, Windows Phone and Windows NT devices.

While messages shared via Telegram are encrypted when stored on its servers, the can still be accessed by the Telegram service provider, who holds the encryption keys. In addition to this, the chatting app also provides optional end-to-end encrypted "secret" chats between two online users, yet not for groups or channels.

How Does The Telegram App Make Money?

Looking at the number of Telegram users, one should be surprised on how they manage to run without ads, after all, Facebook, Twitter and other big forums/social networks all make use of ads while still retaining their users.
How Does The Telegram App Make Money?
The first time someone introduced me to Telegram, I visited the official website, Telegram.org and was happy with all the features available, from its speed in delivering messages, to the fact that its messages are cloud-based and many others.

Was still going through it until I saw that the platform was being run free, without ads and subscription fees. Like...how will a platform run without ads, yet without having any way of accepting donations from its users?

In a post I ran across in American social news aggregation, Reddit, a user who was also inquisitive on how the site is being run without ads even pledged a monthly donation if given the opportunity, so far Telegram maintained its security and encryption without any back doors ensured.

This isn't new in the internet, big sites like Wikipedia are running ads free with donations from users who appreciate their works. This isn't a bad idea, as it helps keep them independent while still helping in the running of the site.

What of Telegram?

Taking a peep at the Telegram's frequently asked questions (FAQ) page, I got something that cleared my doubts on why Telegram manages to run without ads or any kinds of subscriptions.
Question: How are you going to make money out of this?
Answer: We believe in fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free.

Pavel Durov, who shares our vision, supplied Telegram with a generous donation, so we have quite enough money for the time being. If Telegram runs out, we will introduce non-essential paid options to support the infrastructure and finance developer salaries. But making profits will never be an end-goal for Telegram.


Pavel Durov is a Russian entrepreneur and founder of the country's most popular social networking site, VK. VK is currently the 23rd most visited site in the world and 3rd in Russia, according to Alexa.
With a net worth of US$3.8 billion, running an entirely free platform won't be such a heavy load to the Durov brothers (Pavel created the platform with his elder brother, Nikolai Durov).

Durov left Russia after resigning as the CEO of VK, and obtained Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship through donating $250,000 to the country's Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. After that, he started working on his next company (Telegram) which was originally based in Berlin and focused on an encrypted messaging service.

Their thoughts on internet privacy:

As we all know, big companies like Google and Facebook earn their living off user's data which help them in serving targeted ads for their sponsors. At Telegram, your private conversations are protected from third parties like officials and employees.
They also protect your personal data from third parties, such as marketers and advertisers, hence you see why your app experiences are not being disturbed by ads.
So in short, Telegram is really the truly free messenger, without the usual caveats. Recall that we previously revealed the hidden truths on how WhatsApp makes their money.

Well, the Facebook owned instant messaging app might soon start showing sponsored ads to its users. The information was made known in a statement released by the WhatsApp vice president, Chris Daniel.

What do you think? Before you leave, also read about the amazing features like slow mode, silent messages, animated emoji and admin titles available in Telegram's just released version.

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