Telegram provides complimentary premium subscriptions in exchange for utilizing users’ mobile phones to transmit verification SMS.

Telegram’s P2PL Program Offers Free Premium Subscription in Exchange for Privacy Risks

In an effort to offer users a free premium subscription, Telegram has introduced a new program called peer-to-peer login (P2PL). Through this program, users can voluntarily offer their phone number to be used as a relay for one-time password (OTP) SMS messages. In exchange for allowing their phone number to be used to send up to 150 OTP SMS messages per month, users will receive a free monthly premium subscription that includes additional features such as the ability to upload larger files, download media content at a faster speed, convert voice messages to text, and send exclusive stickers.

However, it is important for users to be aware of the potential risks associated with this program. SMS messages sent through the P2PL program may incur charges from mobile phone operators, and sharing phone numbers with other users for login code purposes can present privacy risks. The recipient of the OTP SMS may have access to the sender’s phone number.

Telegram emphasizes that users who participate in the P2PL program need to take precautions against potential risks and consider the consequences of sharing their phone numbers. The company is not responsible for any inconvenience, harassment, or damage that may result from sharing phone numbers. Users can withdraw from the program at any time if they wish to discontinue participating in it.

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