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It’s true that Telegram is available worldwide, and is also free to use. Despite that, you might still not be able to access and use the service due to various reasons:
Governments Censor Telegram
While Telegram itself doesn’t use geo-restrictions to prevent people from certain countries from using the service, some governments might use firewalls to block the service altogether instead. The ban period can be long-term, temporary, or indefinite, and – in some countries – there’s no telling when it can occur.
Why do many countries block Telegram? It’s usually because some governments want people to use their own VoIP services, so that they can better track online users in their country. That, and they might also want to shut down any competition their own national ISP services might have because of these convenient VoIP platforms. Political, religious, and security-related reasons can also be at play.
Your ISP Can Block Telegram
If you happen to live in or travel through one of the countries we mentioned above, the ISP you will be using to connect to the web will more than likely block access to Telegram if the government requests it.
However, sometimes, ISPs can block Telegram even if you are in a country where the service should normally be available. For example, an ISP who offers both telecommunication and Internet services could block Telegram because they consider it a competitor. Alternatively, they might block the app because it eats up too much of their network bandwidth (basically, because too many of their clients use it).
Telegram Can Be Blocked at Work or School
Unfortunately, even if your government or ISP aren’t preventing you from using Telegram, you might still not be able to use the service if your workplace or school’s network admin is required to block the service with a firewall.
Why would something like that be a requirement? Because the company or school might think their employees/students would “slack off too much” if they’d be able to use Telegram to talk with their friends. Some companies might even restrict access to Telegram alongside any other VoIP service to prevent employees from leaking sensitive company info.
Whichever the case, it’s hardly fair that you can’t get to relax chatting with your best friend or significant other when taking a break from studying or work.
It’s tempting to do that, but it’s not really worth it. Here’s a quick overview of why free VPNs aren’t good options:
If you’d like to learn more about how free VPNs compare to paid VPNs, check out this in-depth article we wrote about that topic.
Well, in theory, a proxy server should let you unblock Telegram since it hides your IP address and handles connection requests on your behalf. So, firewall restrictions shouldn’t be an issue. But the problem is that many proxy servers are often overcrowded and unstable (especially the “free” servers). That, and proxies don’t exactly offer the same level of security VPNs do.
All in all, it’s a safer bet to just use a VPN provider whose servers double as proxy servers. That way, you get the best of both worlds, and always have a backup plan if one service doesn’t work for you.
1. You’ll Get Better Security/Privacy
Telegram offers pretty decent security. However, using a VPN for Telegram will still provide you an extra layer of privacy that will help you keep annoying “personalized” ads at bay. Basically, since your Telegram traffic and usage will no longer be so easily tracked, third-party advertisers won’t have such an easy time bombarding you with Telegram-related ads on the web. Also, your traffic will be much safer when using public WiFi.
2. You Won’t Have to Deal With Bandwidth Throttling Anymore
If you’re not familiar with bandwidth throttling, here’s an article that might help you understand it. Basically, it’s when your ISP limits user bandwidth in an attempt to get rid of network congestion. It’s also a way for them to try and make more money by pressuring users into paying for a bigger data plan or pricier subscription.
Luckily, if you use a VPN for Telegram, you won’t need to worry about your ISP lowering your speeds because you’re “spending too much data on Telegram.” They won’t be able to see what you’re doing online, so they won’t manage to throttle your bandwidth.