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Warning: Do not activate free Telegram Premium

Telegram is using an unexpected method to offer free Premium subscriptions that is a privacy nightmare.

The premium version of the popular messaging app Telegram offers users special features such as the ability to upload files up to four gigabytes in size, a variety of stickers and emojis, and the ability to translate and convert voice messages to text messages.

Telegram offers its premium paid service for free to some of its users, but with a major precondition. These users must allow Telegram to use their phone number to send one-time codes via SMS.

According to the Telegram Info English Telegram channel, Telegram has launched a new program called Peer-To-Peer Login Program (or P2PL) on Android. Through P2PL, the messenger uses your phone number to send one-time codes to other users so they can log into their accounts.

Telegram says that more than 150 one-time code messages are sent per month by a phone number, and the cost is borne by the phone number owner. Users can opt out of sending SMS to international numbers to keep the cost of SMS reasonable.

One of the biggest security concerns with sending one-time code messages via your phone number is that it is displayed to other users. Telegram says it takes no responsibility for potential harassment of individuals by each other.

A free Telegram Premium subscription can be a positive step towards experiencing the special features of this messenger; however, the negative aspects and privacy violations of users through P2PL are one of the biggest reasons to consider it.

Here are some additional details about the P2PL program:

Users who sign up for the program will be able to send and receive up to 150 one-time codes per month.
The cost of SMS messages will be borne by the phone number owner.
Users can opt out of sending SMS to international numbers.
Telegram says it takes no responsibility for potential harassment of individuals by each other.

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