Telegram Messenger is WhatsApp’s Secure Clone

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Telegram Messenger is an instant messaging app like WhatsApp, and the developers claim that what they have created is a much more secure clone of WhatsApp. Here is an excerpt from the app’s description:

Telegram Messenger - privacy

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.

There is more:

For those interested in maximum privacy, we’ve added Secret Chats, 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 our servers and you can automatically program the messages to self-destruct from both devices so there is never any record of it.

We built Telegram to make messaging safe again so you can take back your right to privacy.

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.

And more exciting news:

Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices.

That has got to be good. WhatsApp limits you to one device at a time. If you setup your WhatsApp account on a second device, the first is disabled.

Telegram works just like WhatsApp, using your existing telephone contacts base. It is free and the developers say it will always be free. They have no plans to sell ads or introduce subscription fees.

I have installed Telegram Messenger on the Orbra Inferno tablet and see that I have just three out of over 1,000 contacts using the app. It has a WhatsApp-like time stamp too, showing when last a contact was seen. When I select to chat with a contact who is not using the app yet, I am prompted to send them an invitation.


What do you think? Have you tried it out yet or do you want to give it a go?

Android: check. iOS: check. Windows Phone: Soon

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I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

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  1. Came across this app about a month ago, brought this to the attention of some people, because it looked cutting edge.

    People did not show much enthusiasm.

    The problem of any (new) IM is the number of people already using it, or willing to switch.

    Otherwise, it won’t take off.. A chicken and egg problem!

    Reminds me of Imsy for Android… that I came across long ago that also looked ultra capable. Not many adopters.

    Too bad.

  2. “…It is free and
    the developers say it will always be free. They
    have no plans to sell ads or introduce subscription
    fees.”///

    So, what exactly is in this for them? How do they make their money back? What’s the catch? I know there’s always a catch!

    On the issue of security, people don’t give a hoot much. When a feature doesn’t have any perceptible effect on their UX, they don’t bother. BBM has touted security as an advantage also, but people that predominantly use WhatsApp didn’t change their habits. Then another is the issue of ubiquity, how many platforms does this app support? WhatsApp is in virtually all mobile platforms devices, BBM is on 4 operating systems. WeChat, LINE and Co have extensive OS support too.

    So how does this one expect to be better?

  3. “…you can automatically program the messages to self-destruct from both devices so there is never any record of it.”

    This alone is why I will get it.
    Once I know I need my ass covered, or don’t trust the contact, the chat must be held on Telegram.

  4. So, what exactly is in this for them? How do they make their money back? What’s the catch? I know there’s always a catch!

    Not necessarily. How about philanthropy, giving back to society?

    Then another
    is the issue of ubiquity, how many
    platforms does this app support?
    WhatsApp is in virtually all mobile
    platforms devices, BBM is on 4 operating
    systems. WeChat, LINE and Co have
    extensive OS support too.

    The platform presence is wide too.

    ((…. ))

    This alone is why I will get it.
    Once I know I need my ass covered, or
    don’t trust the contact, the chat must be
    held on Telegram.

    The other party must have it, otherwise, no show.

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