- 500MB data cap
- Tweet for extra 1GB
- Full access to features
“Great beginner's VPN that packs in lots of extra privacy features”
TunnelBear is a cutesy Canadian VPN that offers one of the better, if still very limited, free VPNs along with a paid version. TunnelBear doubles down on the bear theme, creating a memorable brand and user experience that’s heavy on cartoon bears and bear-related puns. It’s very accessible to VPN beginners and despite the quirky bear shtick, TunnelBear does pack a few interesting features and a sincere approach to internet privacy that elevates it from a joke product or gimmick.
TunnelBear Free is a good way to try before you buy (there’s no refunds on the paid plans) but with a 500MB monthly data cap, it won’t get you far even just browsing. You can tweet for an extra 1GB but that’s hardly ideal for privacy. Otherwise the only other restriction is access to the Australian server, which is for paid users only. The overall server network is rather small at only 20 countries, while performance of nearby servers will serve most needs, it’s nothing to get excited about. Speeds on distant servers were disappointing however.