Free Trial VPN: options, nuances, advice

  • Posted on: 27 May 2019
  • By: Dean VPNchester

Virtual Private Network provides us with a safe and confidential connection to the network without restrictions. In order to get that done, a VPN encrypts our connection and masks an IP to prevent third parties from tracing our activity on the Internet. The use of VPN services becomes the necessity with increasing frequency.

It’s reasonable to try the service and only after it to pay for it. All the more so, as no all of them work properly.


At the same time, not everyone can afford a paid VPN. In this regard, it’s possible to make use of a free VPN (we’ve already discussed the

 

best free VPN providers).

 

However, many internet users don’t trust free VPNs for a set of reasons:

  • a limited number of VPN functions;
  • fear to be under control;
  • activity logs kept by free VPN providers;
  • probable spam;
  • too slow speed;
  • poor reliability of apps.

I offer you two different ways to use paid VPNs free of charge.

  1. Make use of free trial (1-7 days);
  2. Make use of money-back (7-45 days).

Each of these two variants has both advantages and disadvantages. I’ll enlist them all, and you’ll choose the best way for you.

Special aspects of free trial subscription:

+ Simplicity. You won’t have to contact the support service or make the case that you are going to try a free trial.

+ You can try several services simultaneously without spending money on it.

- Rapidity. 1-7 days, offered by the services, are suitable for short-term issues only.

- Restrictions. Some providers restrict users in locations or number of allowed devices during a period of a free trial. There are also other nuances.

- Automatic payment. If you don’t manage to unsubscribe in advance, you’ll be charged automatically after the period of free trial ends.

In order to choose correctly and download a VPN with a free trial, it’ll be useful for you to read down to the last line. I’ll offer you the best contenders and report about all the nuances of their free trial periods.

Special aspects of the use of paid VPNs with the further cancellation of services:

+ Usage period. You’ll have 30-45 days of free use.

+ Access to all functions. You won’t experience any restrictions in the functions of the VPN service you use.

- You’ll have to pay for the subscription from the very outset.

- You are to contact the customer support service to cancel the subscription.

- Waiting for a refund. You’ll have to wait for about 7 – 30 days from the date you ask for a refund.

- Not all tariff plans offer a money-back guarantee. As a rule, only long term packages allow it (a great sum of money is required).

With an eye to make use of this method, study the refund policy thoroughly, read the document down-the-line or contact the support service of the chosen service.


5 best free trial VPN services

Exploring the work of paid VPNs with a free trial, I’ve faced some issues I’d like to point out in this section as illustrated by the 5 VPNs with the free trial I find the best ones.


1. CyberGhost (1 day for free)

CyberGhost free trial (1 day)

Why does the VPN with only 1 day of free trial take the first place? Unlike many rivals, CyberGhost doesn’t require payment details (credit card) for the majority of platforms (a 7-day refund is offered for Android, but a credit card is required).

Whereas the fabulous refund policy of CyberGhost stands out against a background of its rivals:

CyberGhost refund (45 days)

45 days of use with the facility to get money back against 7-30 days offered by the rivals! But this period is shortened to 14 days for a 1-month package.

Besides, CyberGhost is among the top 3 best VPNs.  It possesses a great number of servers and many useful advanced features.

That’s why this VPN take the first position of our rating.

Peculiarities of a free trial:

  • period: 1 day
  • inquiry of payment information: not required
  • restrictions: no

Refund conditions:

  • term: 45 days
  • plans with the support of money-back: 3-year subscription for $2.75 monthly ($99 for 3 years), 2-year subscription for $3.69 monthly ($88.56 for 2 years), 1-year subscription for $5.99 monthly ($71.88 for 1 year).

General description:

  • servers: about 3700 in 60 countries
  • platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, routers
  • facility to unblock video services: yes, Netflix, Amazon Prime and others
  • torrenting: yes
  • Kodi: yes
  • facility to go round blocking of OpenVPN protocol (China, Egypt and etc.): no

Visit CyberGhost


2. Surfshark (7 days for free for mobile apps)

Surfshark free trial (7 days)

Good news for the users of mobile gadgets who are searching for a free trial VPN – Surfshark. It’s one more VPN out of the top three the best ones. It’s available to use free of charge on Android and iOS for 7 days. Credit card is not required.

A 30-day refund is available for the users of other platforms.

Surfshark refund (30 days)

A differential characteristic of Surfshark is the Camouflage Mode technology (for the desktop version) which is used to unblock the Internet in China and other countries blocking VPN protocols.

Peculiarities of a free trial:

  • period: 7 days
  • inquiry of payment information: not required
  • restrictions: available for Android, iPhone, iPad

Refund conditions:

  • term: 30 days
  • plans with the support of money-back: all
  • specifying the reason when asking for a refund: not required
  • loyalty to the cancellation of services: yes

General description:

  • servers: over 800 in 50 countries
  • platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, routers
  • facility to unblock video services: yes, Netflix, Hulu and others
  • torrenting: yes
  • Kodi: yes
  • facility to go round blocking of OpenVPN protocol (China, Egypt and etc.): yes

Visit Surfshark


3. ProtonVPN (7 days for free)

ProtonVPN free trial (7 days)

ProtonVPN is interesting because it offers a trial version as a part of a free VPN package. You can get a feeling of unlimited VPN connection during the first 7 days, after which you’ll have to subscribe for a “Plus” plan or keep on using the free package with restrictions in locations and speed.

It’s interesting to know that ProtonVPN offers special secure servers in Switzerland to achieve maximum safety. They are placed in a bunker in the rock at a depth of 1 km, and only ProtonVPN AG stuff has access to them.

Peculiarities of a free trial:

  • period: 7 days
  • inquiry of payment information: not required
  • restrictions: no

Refund conditions:

  • term: 30 days
  • plans with the support of money-back: all
  • specifying the reason when asking for a refund: not required
  • loyalty to the cancellation of services: yes

General description:

  • servers: over 400 in 33 countries
  • platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, routers
  • facility to unblock video services: yes
  • torrenting: yes
  • Kodi: yes
  • facility to go round blocking of OpenVPN protocol (China, Egypt and etc.): no

4. VyprVPN (3 days for free)

VyprVPN free trial (3 days)

If the first three servers failed to meet your requirements whatever the reason, have a look at VyprVPN. It allows using its trial version for free for 3 days.

To make use of it, it’s required to subscribe for one of the plans on offer. Actually, this trial period varies little from money-back.

The advantage of this provider is that it similar to Surfshark can hide both your IP and the fact you are using a VPN.

Peculiarities of a free trial:

  • period: 3 days
  • inquiry of payment information: required
  • restrictions: no

Refund conditions:

  • not provided

General description:

  • servers: over 700 in 70 countries
  • platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, routers
  • facility to unblock video services: yes
  • torrenting: yes
  • Kodi: yes
  • facility to go round blocking of OpenVPN protocol (China, Egypt and etc.): yes

5. HideMyAss (7 days for free)

HideMyAss free trial (7 days)

HideMyAss (HMA) offers a trial period which lasts for 7 days when opting for a 12-month plan. Similar to VyprVPN, it’s possible to make use of it only after entering credit card details.

Surfshark trial (payment details)

The service doesn’t have any remarkable advantages, but it’s on our list because of strong server network and facility to make use of the second option of free usage – service cancellation.

Peculiarities of a free trial:

  • period: 7 days
  • inquiry of payment information: required
  • restrictions: 12-month plan only

Refund conditions:

  • term: 30 days
  • plans with the support of money-back: all
  • specifying the reason when asking for a refund: not required
  • loyalty to the cancellation of services: yes

General description:

  • servers: over 930 in 190 location
  • platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux
  • facility to unblock video services: yes
  • torrenting: yes
  • Kodi: yes
  • facility to go round blocking of OpenVPN protocol (China, Egypt and etc.): no

Other good VPNs with money-back

Here I’d like to tell you about the providers which don’t have a trial period but have a money-back guarantee. They are large-scale and reliable VPNs which cannot but be mentioned in this article.

  1. NordVPN (a 30-day money-back)
    An indisputable leader in the market. A vast number of servers (over 5200) and fast speed. Just a while ago, NordVPN had a free trial period for 1 day for all platforms. As for now, it offers a 7-day free trial for Android and iOS only.
  2. ExpressVPN (a 30-day money-back)
    In recent times, ExpressVPN is falling behind its rivals because of its pricing policy, but it isn’t falling behind them if take into account its technical details. It’s one of the most experienced and largest VPN providers. ExpressVPN doesn’t offer a trial period, but it’s ready to give a refund when a user cancels the subscription.
  3. Private Internet Access (a 7-day money-back)
    It’s worth paying attention to this provider because of its special attitude to users’ security and because its app offers so many options as no other rival does.
  4. IPVanish (a 7-day money-back)
    One more large-scale VPN – IPVanish. It offers users a proxy (socks5) by means of which you can open ipvanish.com in case VPN sites are blocked. Also, I’d like to point out a very fast speed of IPVanish.

Conclusion

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