The latest and most promising app in the field of mobile messaging is Telegram (http://telegram.org/dl2). It is a messaging app with main focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free.
In short it is a simple SMS app (similar to Whatsapp) but with more power. You can send messages, photos, videos and documents to people who are in your phone contacts (and have Telegram). You can also create groups for up to 200 people. To my surprise, Telegram app has already been downloaded more than 5Million times (number is growing big each day) in very short span of time.
People behind Telegram
Telegram is supported by Pavel and Nikolai Durov. They also founded VK, the largest European social network. To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram is the fastest and most secure mass market messaging system in the world.
The question is we already have a flood of mobile messaging application and the most used application known as “Whatsapp”. So why is that people are showing interest in this application. This will get answered once we take a look at its various features. For a detailed comparison with Whatsapp, you can refer to this article.
Group Chat of 200+ People
You can create group chats with up to 200 people so you can stay connected with everyone at once.
Share Videos Files and Images upto 1GB (that’s too much)
Plus, you can share videos up to 1GB, send multiple photos from the web, and forward any media you receive in an instant. Learn how you can share files in Telegram messenger.
Access from anywhere
All your messages are in the cloud, so you can easily access them from any of your devices. Telegram has an app for windows mobile, blackberry phone, nokia symbian phones, webogram (online web client of Telegram). Web Link: http://telegram.org/dl
Featuring end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient. When it comes to Secret Chats, nothing is logged on the servers and you can automatically program the messages to self-destruct from both devices so there is never any record of it. Learn more about Secret chat here.
Why Switch to Telegram ?
FAST: Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market because it uses a decentralized infrastructure with data centers positioned around the globe to connect people to the closest possible server.
SECURE: Security flaws in popular apps like WhatsApp have gotten a lot of bad press recently, so we made it our mission to provide the best security on the market.
CLOUD STORAGE: Never lose your data again! Telegram offers free unlimited cloud storage for all your Telegram messages and media that you can securely access from multiple devices.
GROUP CHAT & SHARING: With Telegram, you can form large group chats (up to 200 members), quickly share gigabyte size videos, and send all the photos you want to friends.
RELIABLE: Built to deliver your messages in the minimum bytes possible, Telegram is the most reliable messaging system ever made. It even works on the weakest mobile connections!
100% FREE & NO ADS: Telegram is free and will always be free. We do not plan to sell ads or introduce subscription fees.
PRIVACY: We take your privacy very seriously and will never give third parties access to your data!
In short, its a must try from my side.
Important Questions Answered
Q: How are you going to make money out of this?
We believe in fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free. Therefore Telegram is not a commercial project. It is not intended to sell ads, bring revenue or accept outside investment.
Q: Who can I write to?
You can write to people, who are in your phone contacts and have Telegram.
Your contacts, who have Telegram, are shown at the top of your Contacts. They also have pictures.
Q: How do I invite my friends?
iPhone: The basic invitations are simple SMS messages. They will be charged as standard outgoing SMS by your carrier (unless sent via iMessage). Naturally, you have other options to bring your friends here. Try sending them a download link via any other messaging service: email, Facebook, WhatsApp, an actual telegram — you name it. The link: http:/telegram.org/dl or http://telegram.org/dl2
Android: Go to Contacts — Invite Friends. Then choose an application via which you would like to send out invitations.
One tick — message sent (and is on our server, waiting for your friend to open Telegram), notification sent (your friend is notified, if he receives notifications).
Two ticks — message read (your friend opened Telegram and opened the conversation that had the message).
iPhone: Start a new message (tap the icon in the top-right corner in Messages). Then ‘New Group’.
Android: Tap the … icon in the top-right corner. Then ‘New Group’.
Q: How are secret chats different?
Secret chats are meant for people who really want secure messaging. All messages in secret chats use end-to-end encryption. This means only you and the recipient can read those messages — nobody can decipher or intercept them, including us here at Telegram. Messages cannot be forwarded from secret chats. You can also order your messages to self-destruct in a set amount of time after they have been read by the recipient. The message will then disappear from both your and your friend’s devices.
One last difference between secret and ordinary chats in Telegram is that secret chats are not stored in our cloud. This means you can only access messages in a secret chat on their device of origin.
Start a new message (tap the icon in the top-right corner in Messages). Then ‘New secret chat’.
Remember that secret chats are device-specific. If you start a secret chat with a friend on one of your devices, this chat will only be available on that device. If you log out, you will also loose all your secret chats. You can create as many different chats with the same contact as you like.
The Self-Destruct Timer in available for Secret Сhats. To set the timer, go to Secret Chat Info (tap the small picture in the top-right corner of the chat screen), then Set Self-Destruct Timer to a desired time limit. The timer is applied to a message the moment it is displayed on the recipient’s screen (two green ticks). As soon as the time runs out, the message disappears from both devices and leaves no trace.
Q: Can I make calls or leave recorded messages in Telegram?
Not at the moment. However, we like the idea of fast and secure voice messages and calls. Stay tuned for updates.
Q: What happens if I change my phone number?
Each new phone number is a new Telegram account. So if you change your phone number, you won’t be able to access your messages until you relogin. We may add some features later that would let you use multiple numbers, but for now it is not possible.
All our applications support phones and tablets, including no-wifi devices. Unofficial alpha apps for Windows Phone can be found below.
- Telegram, S-edition (Android)
- Webogram (beta) (Windows \ Mac \ Linux)
- Webogram Chrome App (beta) (Windows \ Mac \ Linux)
- Telegram for Windows (beta) (Windows)
- Messenger for Telegram (beta) (Mac OSX)
- Telegram CLI (beta) (Linux)