Telegram’s New P2PL Program Offers Free Premium Subscription for Phone Number Usage, but Comes with Privacy Risks

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

Telegram has announced a new program that offers users a free premium subscription in exchange for allowing their phone number to be used for one-time password authentication SMS messages. This initiative raises concerns about the privacy of users who choose to participate in this program.

The premium subscription option on Telegram costs 5.49 euros per month and provides additional features such as larger file uploads, faster media downloads, voice message transcription, and exclusive stickers. To access these services for free, users can now join the P2PL program by using their phone number to send OTP SMS messages.

The P2PL program, called peer-to-peer login (P2PL), allows users to 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. If they meet this quota successfully, they 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 presents privacy risks since 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 since the company is not responsible for any inconvenience, harassment or damage resulting from sharing phone numbers with others. Users can withdraw from the program at any time if they wish to discontinue participating in it.

In conclusion, while this initiative may seem like an attractive offer for some Telegram users, it is important for them to weigh the potential risks against the benefits before deciding whether or not to join the P2PL program.

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