Disgruntled WhatsApp users switch to rival open source Telegram app

Disgruntled WhatsApp users switch to rival open source Telegram app

It seems that not everyone was delighted by Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the popular messaging service WhatsApp, with the news sparking a wave of defections to the rival Telegram service.

Disgruntled WhatsApp users switch to rival open source Telegram app

Created by  Pavel and Nikolai Durov, founders of the VK, the largest European social network, Telegram prides itself on being “100% free” with no charges or adverts, and is run as a non profit venture.

The app itself looks absolutely identical to WhatsApp and is available on Android/iOS and Windows Phones with the added bonus of a host of unofficial clients also being available, including a web version and desktop apps.

What does it do? 

Here’s the main features, as advertised on their website:

Private – Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct.

Cloud-Based – Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices.

Fast – Telegram delivers messages faster than any other application.

Distributed – Telegram servers are spread worldwide for security and speed.

Open – Telegram has an open API and protocol free for everyone.

Free – Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.

Secure – Telegram keeps your messages safe from hacker attacks

Powerful – Telegram has no limits on the size of your media and chats.

Disgruntled WhatsApp users switch to rival open source Telegram app

It’s catching on!

The app already seems to be picking up a load of new users, with many of our friends instantly switching to Telegram and dumping WhatsApp.

We’ve already switched and won’t be going back. Give it a go and tell us what you think!

Official downloads

All our applications support phones and tablets, including no-wifi devices.
Unofficial alpha apps for Windows Phone can be found below.

Unofficial