Does PrivateVPN Offer a Genuine Free Trial?
Before May 2022, PrivateVPN offered a seven-day free trial with unlimited bandwidth on all devices. In fact, the promotional page for it is still live now.
Disappointingly, PrivateVPN no longer offers a genuine free trial, and there is no 100% free version either. Although the feature is still advertised, it’ll redirect you to the premium subscription page if you try to sign up for it.
This free trial was previously one of the VPN’s most notable features, particularly because it didn’t require any payment details. Its removal has made PrivateVPN a significantly worse product.
To use PrivateVPN for free now, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription and then claim your money back using its risk-free refund policy. This enables you to enjoy international streaming and secure torrenting for 30 days, and then receive a full refund for the money you paid.
Why Was the Free Trial Removed?
Like many VPN providers, PrivateVPN has struggled with its free trial being abused.
Before canceling the trial outright, PrivateVPN tried to offer limited trials. There has been a free trial link on the homepage in the past, which only worked for a number of months. At one point, PrivateVPN would give you a free trial if you contacted them and asked for a voucher code.
No wonder there is some confusion. We contacted PrivateVPN, and they told us:
“We regret to inform you that our trial account is not available at the moment due to abuse.”
It is good to see the efforts PrivateVPN went to to try to keep its free trial live before canceling it altogether. However, we will be pleasantly surprised if the free trial returns. In the meantime, we’d like to see the VPN adopt a freemium model instead, like Windscribe or Proton VPN.