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

Telegram’s P2PL Program: A Double-Edged Sword for Privacy-Conscious Users?

Telegram has announced a new program that allows users to get a free premium subscription in exchange for using their phone number to send up to 150 one-time password authentication SMS messages. This move raises privacy concerns among users who choose to participate in the program.

The premium subscription option on Telegram costs €5.49 per month and comes with additional features like larger file uploads, faster media downloads, text conversion of voice messages, and exclusive stickers. To access these premium services for free, users can now join the P2PL program by using their phone number to send OTP SMS messages.

P2PL is a peer-to-peer login program that lets users voluntarily offer their phone number as a relay for OTP SMS messages. Users who participate in this program agree to allow their phone number to be used to send up to 150 OTP SMS messages per month. Upon successfully meeting this quota, users will receive a free monthly premium subscription.

However, it’s essential for users to be aware that the SMS messages sent through the P2PL program may result in charges from mobile phone operators. Moreover, sharing phone numbers with other users for login code purposes can pose privacy risks as recipients of the OTP SMS may have access to the sender’s phone number.

Telegram emphasizes that users participating in the P2PL program need to take precautions against potential risks as the company is not responsible for any inconvenience, harassment or damage resulting from sharing phone numbers. Users can withdraw from the program at any time if they wish not to continue participating in it.

In conclusion, while Telegram’s new initiative offers an enticing deal for users looking for a free premium subscription, it comes with potential privacy risks that need careful consideration before opting into the P2PL program.


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