UPDATE July 5 16:44 UTC: Tenta has extended the deadline for the two-year deal until July 20th. This comes with the announcement of support for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Linux.
Our original story, published June 27, follows.
Privacy-focused web browser Tenta Browser is offering a two-year free trial of its VPN service as a thank you to users before it discontinues some of its free browser VPN features.
The offer is valid until July 4 2019 and there are no limits on the number of people that can take advantage of it.
The Android-only app currently offers a free browser VPN which encrypts browser traffic – while Tenta Pro encrypts traffic device-wide – using cipher AES-256. However, after July 4 free users will no longer be able to connect to all 23 server locations previously available.
Instead, they will be limited to the ‘fastest’ server location, which is automatically selected by the app. Only Tenta Pro users will be able to select from the server location list, which includes 16 countries and eight US cities.
“We believe that the core features of a private and secure browser should be free, so this is our effort to balance our free vs paid subscription model that’s sustainable long term,” said Jesse Adams, Co-Founder and CEO of Tenta Browser in a blog post.
“This is the biggest change from our current model where all locations are free and we only charge for device wide VPN, so we think it’s only fair to give everyone a few weeks of time to sign up and take advantage of the two year free VPN deal.”
Current beta customers need to select ‘Start Free Trial’ from within their app in order to receive the free subscription, and anyone else who wants to take part needs to download Tenta and create a free account by the deadline.
Tenta Browser will also be offering current Tenta Pro subscribers an additional two years for free as a thank you for their support.
After July 4 Tenta Browser’s Pro service will cost $1 a month, a considerable decrease from the $5 per month it used to charge for an annual subscription. The team at Tenta Browser believe that the $1 monthly charge will cover the cost of running their VPN service while achieving their “mission . . . to make private browsing ubiquitous.”
Tenta Browser will also be offering alternative payment methods in the form of user referrals and external app downloads for those who cannot afford or don’t want to pay money for the Pro service.
‘Freemium’ VPN services, in which a provider offers free apps to supplement its premium ones, have become popular as the demand rises for safe and privacy-friendly VPNs.
The free services often come with restrictions that affect speed, server location availability, and/or bandwidth. This allows users to test out the software before purchasing a premium subscription, which funds the complimentary service costs.