June 16, 2024

Telegram’s P2PL Program: Share Your Phone Number for a Free Premium Subscription, but Beware the Privacy Risks

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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 receive a free premium subscription in exchange for sharing their phone number with other users. The program, called peer-to-peer login (P2PL), enables users to voluntarily offer their phone number as a relay for one-time password (OTP) SMS messages. In return, users who successfully send at least 150 OTP SMS messages per month will receive a free monthly premium subscription.

The premium subscription option on Telegram costs €5.49 per month and provides 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. To access these premium services for free, users can join the P2PL program by using their phone number to send OTP SMS messages.

However, it is essential for users to be aware of the privacy risks associated with this program. Sharing phone numbers with other users for login code purposes can expose the sender’s phone number to potential misuse or abuse. Moreover, sending SMS messages through the P2PL program may incur charges from mobile phone operators.

Telegram emphasizes that while the company does not bear responsibility for any inconvenience, harassment or damage resulting from sharing phone numbers through P2PL program; it is up to the user to consider and take necessary precautions against potential risks before joining this program. Users can withdraw from the P2PL program at any time if they decide not to participate anymore.

Overall, while this new initiative may seem tempting, users should carefully weigh the benefits against the potential risks before deciding whether or not to participate in Telegram’s P2PL program.

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