I recently mentioned Telegram , a pretty good looking mobile messaging client and protocol. At the time we were only providing client support for the iPhone, but it turns out that the open protocol allows other programs to also allow us to log in on any device .
I’ve seen my Telegram contact list keep growing over the last few days, so let’s take advantage of that and see how we can set up Telegram on all our devices and have a whole synchronized messaging platform. Is this a dangerous rival for WhatsApp? It’s up to us.
All Telegram customers, official or not, will ask us for only one thing to log in: our phone . The number serves as a unique identifier, and also acts as a secure authenticator since we cannot open our conversations until we confirm our identity by entering a code that we will receive with an SMS.
That’s why the nerve center of Telegram will always be our phone, we can’t use other customers without it. Even if we do not have a service client installed on it, we will need it to receive the codes sent to us with SMS messages.
That makes us think about the possibility that someone will try to access our sessions if they know our phone number, but they won’t be able to do so since we will be the ones to receive the code. In addition, every time we log in with our number, Telegram will inform us within the application itself including the IP address, the platform and the country from which the request came. If we detect someone else trying to log in where they shouldn’t, we have the option to cancel all our sessions preventively .
Thus, in any Telegram customer, we will enter our phone number and confirm our identity with the SMS code. I have tested with a web client, Webogram; and a native OS X client called Messenger for Telegram. Both are free, and with the login we discussed.
What surprises me most is the speed of the protocol. Everything I type or write in my conversations is instantly reflected on all my devices. And I’m not exaggerating, the wait is zero. On the order of hundredths of a second . It will still behave this way as it gains users, but for the moment it is the fastest messaging service I have seen with text and even with images.
One thing I’ve noticed is that if we want to have an encrypted conversation in the official phone application it won’t stay in sync with the other clients. It remains to be seen whether this is because we are still dealing with a protocol in testing or if the very nature of the private conversation means that there is no synchronization.
Another important thing: each message has a double confirmation system like those of WhatsApp, but there is a difference. A green tick means that the message has been sent, and two ticks means that the recipient has read the message . This is confirmed from Telegram’s own official twitter.
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Anyway, try it yourselves. At the moment I see a reliable and fast service , very promising . We will see what the future holds. Remember: phone number to log in everywhere and you will not have problems with synchronization.