Frustrated by Whatsapp’s lack of features? Why not consider swapping to the superior messaging app, Telegram! Here are 3 features WhatsApp lacks that has Telegram #winning the messaging app charts:
- Telegram Channels
They are public groups you can join to get special deals, news and promo codes.
- Telegram Bots
Basically the robots of Telegram! Send commands, like ‘/bus timing’ and it’ll automatically tell you how long it’ll take for your bus to arrive.
- Telegram Stickers & GIFs
Instead of your usual emojis, you can send stickers and GIFs (waaaay before WhatsApp could). Best of all, you can customise your own stickers!
So move aside WhatsApp, because Telegram is here to make our lives a whole lot easier and fun!
Get updates on the latest promotions, train breakdowns, bus timings, and even the daily life of our Prime Minister. Here are some of our favourite Telegram channels, bots and stickers we think every Singaporean should join or have:
A tool for broadcasting public messages to a wide audience, Telegram channels can be especially useful because they provide real time updates on a variety of issues ranging from traffic updates to food discounts. Here are a couple of our favourites!
Shopee Shake Group
Telegram Link: @shopeeshake
If you’re the ultimate Shopee Shaker who’s always looking for a Shopee Shake group to join, this is the place for you. Simply share your link or join the links to earn bonus Shopee Coins from now till 7 July.
The Official Shopee SG Channel
Telegram Link: @theofficialshopeesg
Yes we are on Telegram (and Whatsapp) now! ? Follow us on Telegram to get the latest promotions and deals, and stand a chance to win exclusive promo codes only via this channel~
Want to win a TV for yourself? All you have to do is join our Official Telegram Channel here >> https://shp.ee/dc8bmpf
and our Official WhatsApp Channel here
Lee Hsien Loong
Telegram Link: @leehsienloong
One of the more regularly updated Telegram channels, join this channel to read up about your favourite PM, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong. Receive news regarding the future Singapore alongside fun pictures with his well-known BFFs like President Jokowi!
SG MRT Updates
Telegram Link: @sgmrt
With the constant “upgrading”, the train services are a little unpredictable, especially during peak hours. Telegram channels like SG MRT Updates allow you to stay one step ahead with real time updates so you can plan an alternative route before it’s too late!
SG Cab Promos
Telegram Link: @sgcabcodes
If you prefer to skip the crazy peak hour rush by taking a Grab or Go-Jek, SG Cab Promos is a must-join. It includes Grab, Go-Jek, Ryde and ComfortDelGro Taxis promo codes. What’s great is that they even have exclusive giveaways for those looking for even more deals!
SG Food Deals
Telegram Link: @sgfooddeals
Craving for more promotions? Join SG Food Deals for even more food promotions and discounts in Singapore.
SG Kiasu Foodies
Telegram Link: @kiasufoodies
With prices soaring all around us, it would be wise to save money whenever you can. Stay updated with the latest food deals in Singapore with wallet-friendly Telegram channels like NUS FAT club’s SG Kiasu Foodies initiative!
Custom & Msia Road
Telegram Link: @sgcustom
While open Telegram channels tend to be more prone to spam and advertising, SGCustom enforces its rules to ensure only news about causeway traffic jams and requests for direct transportation into Malaysia are allowed. Do refer to the helpful pinned message for a guide on acronyms used!
SG Travel Promos
Telegram Link: @sgtravelpromos
Before you plan your next getaway, take a look at SG Travel Promos. They feature promotions for airline tickets, hotel accommodations and even overseas activities. With their wide variety of promotions, you can now travel on a budget.
Telegram Link: @SGUpdate
Sick of relying on radio broadcasts for traffic updates? Get real time traffic news with SGUpdate, one of few telegram channels dedicated to dishing out news about road accidents and obstacles so you can make that early detour and avoid congestion.
SG Weekend Plans
Telegram Link: @sgweekend
If you always FOMO, you should join SG Weekend Plans. They keep an updated list of things to do over the weekend from book fests to beer fests. With the wide variety of activities that they feature, they definitely have something for everyone.
Telegram Link: @dateideas
Bae complaining that dates are getting stale? Mix things up with Telegram channels like unique leisure activity recommendations from DateIdeas! From restaurant discounts to details about upcoming events, you’ll be spoilt for choice when planning your next date night.
SG Student Promos
Telegram Link: @sgstudentpromos
Maximise your student perks with SG Student Promos. If you’re lucky enough to still have a student card, this channel features all types of steals for you, including student meals, bubble tea deals and movie deals.
SG Budget Babes
Telegram Link: @budgetbabes
For all you shopaholics, check out SG Budget Babes for the latest beauty and fashion promotions. From online shopping vouchers to IPL promotions, this channel has got you covered! They also feature product releases from a wide range of brands, so you can keep up with the latest trends.
SG Parent Things
Telegram Link: @sgparenthings
Tired of your kids constantly playing on their iPads? Find the best places to bring your kids to with SG Parent Things. They also feature amazing deals for all the budget mommies and daddies out there.
Telegram Link: @inspiringimages
Need some motivational juice to keep you going? Check out the InspiringImages Telegram channel to get inspired today!
SG New Movies & Shows
Telegram Link: @sgnewmovies
Whether you’re a movie snob or a Netflix addict, you’ll enjoy SG New Movies & Shows. They have iMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings as well as short description and review to help you decide on the next movie/show you should binge-watch.
Tech In Asia
Telegram Link: @tianewsfeed
Don’t want to miss the latest tech scoops? Join the Tech In Asia Telegram channel to stay updated on up and rising tech startups as well as expert insights on the tech economy.
For the uninformed, Telegram bots are third-party apps that run within the Telegram app itself. You can interact with them by entering commands like /start. Here are the best Telegram bots Singaporeans have to know about.
Telegram Link: @Stickers
Personalise your messages by creating your very own sticker pack! Don’t worry about it being too complicated, the bot does a good job of walking you through the process. Get creative and feature things like your latest K-pop eye candy or an exclusive sticker pack just for you and your #squad!
Note: We recommend creating stickers on Desktop for the user-friendly interface.
Also known as the helpful Singlish spouting bot, this is any Singaporean’s new (sassy) best friend. You can get the latest train breakdown alerts, PSI readings and weather forecasts with a witty Singaporean twist. We don’t want to spoil the fun for you, so start chatting with the ShiokBot and brighten up your mundane day.
For non-Singaporeans, give this bot a try! It doubles as a crash course for all non-Singaporeans as it exposes all to the lahs and lohs locals have grown up with.
Telegram Link: @getmedia
Whether it’s your favourite song, the latest trending video on YouTube or your crush’s Instagram Stories (we don’t advocate unhealthy obsessions), this helpful bot will download any media directly to your phone!
YouTube Downloader Bot
Telegram Link: @utubebot
Similar to GetMedia, YouTube Downloader helps you to (as the name suggests) download YouTube videos. The creators of the bot has made it such that any video can be downloaded including 1080P, 720P and 480P. On top of that, you can also convert any video into MP3 format, allowing you to listen to your favourite music on-the-go. Simply tap on Start or type “/start” and send the bot links of your favourite YouTube videos to start downloading.
Bus Time Bot (SG)
Telegram Link: @bus_time_bot
This bot is dedicated to update you on all bus timings for SBS, SMRT, Tower Transit and even NUS and NTU buses. Simply send the bot your location and the smart creature living inside your phone will give you bus timings for the 5 nearest stops.
Telegram Link: @wiki
Ever wanted to prove your friends wrong? Have the world’s knowledge base at your fingertips with Wikipedia Search! What’s amazing is that you can simply type @wiki and you can search for anything from any chat on Telegram, regardless of whether you added the bot to the chat.
Telegram Link: @pollbot
Reaching a joint decision can be hard, especially when they’re as divisive as deciding whether to add pineapple to your pizza. Decide with the power of democracy when you use pollbot! With easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be making decisions and following the majority in no time.
Express yourself with a variety of hilarious stickers outside of the usual emojis! Here’s a list of our preferred stickers on Telegram.
SG Language Pack
Telegram Link: @SgLang
This is one of our favourite packs on Telegram because the Sibeh Hot melting sticker accurately depicts our thoughts every day on this sunny island. Also, we’ve yet to find another sticker that relates better to us than the Kancheong sticker.
BB Never Tell
Telegram Link: @BbyNeverTellSG
Intentionally filled with grammar errors, the BbyNeverTell stickers are hilarious because of the passive aggressive and smiley cartoon BB character!
Telegram Link: @Sgfooood
From bubble tea and chicken rice to carrot cake and xiao long baos, if you’ve ever felt the need to tease your hungry friends, you need this pack.
Telegram Link: @Kuehkueh
As Singaporeans, we clearly do take pride in our food because here’s yet another sticker pack dedicated to all kinds of Singaporean food such as Satay, Roti Prata and Ang Ku Kueh.
Telegram Link: @macdonalds
Other than our local delights, there is a special place in all our hearts when it comes to McDonalds. It’s the best way to tempt your friends for supper by sending across stickers of nuggets and fries. Yum!
Boba Tea Time
Telegram Link: @BobaTeaTime
Of course, we can’t leave out the trend that took Singapore by storm – Bubble Tea! These adorable Boba Tea Time stickers will definitely leave you grinning from ear to ear.
Telegram Link: @singaporee
This localised Singlish sticker pack is filled with all our favourite single sayings so “wake up your idea” and download this sticker pack now.
Telegram Link: @PikotaroPPAP
If your friends are annoying you, go one level up and annoy them with old memes! Dance like it’s 2017 with the Pineapple Pen sticker pack.
Telegram Link: @jillehdoodles
By @jillehdoodles features amazing hand lettering by (we’re guessing) jillehdoodles and is the prettiest non-picture sticker pack of our list!
Telegram Link: @pappap
Love them or hate them, the PAP is a major reason why Singapore is where it is today! Celebrate Singapore’s ruling party with this dedicated sticker pack!
PM of SG, LHL
Telegram Link: @SG50LHL
Because the prime minister has so many meme-worthy pictures online, there is of course a sticker pack dedicated just for him!
Telegram Link: @werewolfers
Werewolf fans, this dedicated sticker pack is just for you! Convince others you’re not the werewolf and give subtle hints to your actual role with various Werewolf-themed stickers.
In case you’re out of the loop, you can play Werewolf and other fun group games without meeting up with your friends in person! For more details, check out our list on fun games and bots.
For Telegram fans and veterans, we’d like to hear from you! Share your favourite Telegram channels, bots and stickers in the comments below!