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Free communication software that supports up to 1.5GB file sharing and a group chat feature

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Telegram, known as the latest for instant messaging apps, brings us plenty of new features, but it differs from WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber because it doesn't sit in the cribbing of Snapchat. In fact, they first introduced Telegram as a way to introduce voice calls, but the company came a little late to that party. Telegram emphasizes the focus on security and on the end-to-end encryption. If you're looking for a great way to make audio calls, Telegram extends its coverage to this field.

The Founding of Telegram

Pavel Durov first founded Telegram, and the Russian entrepreneur rose to fame because of his creation of VKontakte. This roughly translates to Russia's version of Facebook. The CEO had been ousted in 2014, but he now lives a nomadic existence, and he continues to develop Telegram as a software. In fact, the company has gained worldwide attention because many people now see it as a better alternative choice over WhatsApp. A lot of users weren't happy when they saw Facebook acquire WhatsApp in 2014, and they wanted a different choice. Telegram is that miracle in disguise.

Still Smaller Than WhatsApp

When you look at Telegram and compare it to WhatsApp, one of the first things you will notice is the smaller user base. It may not be the smallest clocking in at around 100 million users every month, and 350,000 users joining every day, but WhatsApp now has over one billion users, which is a hefty number to compete with.

A Great Messaging App

In the age where most messaging apps will include either video or audio calling, Telegram stands out because of the emphasis on call quality. In fact, the company states how they use artificial intelligence to continue to increase the level of quality, and they do this on a daily basis to improve their services. One thing to be aware of with the AI on Telegram is how it will utilize various calling information as a means of improvement. For example, they will look at the ping times, the network speed and the packet loss percentage. In the long term, this helps them to improve the quality of service with their calls. The more time spent talking through this service, the better it is getting every day.

Should you pick Telegram over the other choices in this inundated market? The app is great because you can limit the service so that only those within your contacts list will have the ability to call you. You also have encryption to keep your conversations private, and Telegram phone call have been built on the time-tested value of their services. 100 million users can't be wrong!


  • The company employs artificial intelligence to keep improving their services.
  • Telegram doesn't depend on Snapchat like how many of its competitors do.
  • Over 100 million users to chat with and meet.


  • Call quality is good, but there are times where it feels somewhat spotty.

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