Free Premium Subscription or Privacy Risk: Telegram’s Peer-to-Peer Login Program Explained

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

Telegram has introduced a new program that allows users to obtain a free premium subscription by using their phone number to send up to 150 one-time password authentication SMS messages to other users. This program, called peer-to-peer login (P2PL), raises concerns about the privacy of users who choose to participate in it.

To access Telegram’s premium services for free, users can join the P2PL program by allowing their phone number to be used as a relay for OTP SMS messages. Under this program, participants agree to allow their phone number to be used to send a maximum of 150 OTP SMS messages per month. Upon successfully meeting this quota, users will receive a free monthly premium subscription.

However, users should be aware that the SMS messages sent through the P2PL program may incur charges from their mobile phone operators. Additionally, sharing phone numbers with other users for login code purposes can present privacy risks, as 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 consider and take precautions against potential risks, as 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.

The P2PL program offers additional features such as larger file uploads, faster media content download speeds, voice message conversion and exclusive stickers apart from regular premium subscription offered by Telegram which costs 5.49 euros per month.

In conclusion, while this offer may seem enticing for some users looking for ways to get more out of Telegram without paying extra money each month, it comes with its own set of risks that must be carefully considered before deciding whether or not it’s worth participating in.

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