Private Tunnel Review

The California-based Private Tunnel is one of the few metered Virtual Private Networking service companies that provide an easy to use and hassle-free experience. Currently, Private Tunnel’s server locations are limited to six countries and they only support the OpenVPN protocol at the moment, probably because Private Tunnel itself has ties to the company that came up with the VPN standard, OpenVPN Technologies.

Private Tunnel review

Pricing Plans

Private Tunnel offers a metered usage scheme in which the pricing is based on the usage instead of a fixed monthly subscription plans. This makes Private Tunnel the perfect choice for people who only want to pay as much as their intended usage.

Private Tunnel pricing plans functions according to the following scale:

  1. First 100 megabytes is free
  2. 50 gigabytes costs $12.00
  3. 100 gigabytes costs $20.00
  4. 500 gigabytes costs $50.00

According to Private Tunnel, users are averaging 90-120 GB of data usages per year.

Payment Methods

Private Tunnel accepts several common payment methods, including Paypal, Credit Cards, and even Google Checkout.

Free Trials/Refunds

Private Tunnel doesn’t have an actual Free Trial promo, but due to its pricing structure, there is a way for users to test the service for free. The first 100 mb of data downloaded using their system is free, which gives users leeway to decide whether PrivateTunnel is for them or not.

Special Promos and Discounts

Private Tunnel does not have any special promos or discounts, relying solely on their sliding metered pay scale to provide users with the most value for their money.

Supported Countries

Private Tunnel have limited number of servers located in the United States, Switzerland, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden and UK.

Supported VPN Protocols and Security Features

Private Tunnel only supports OpenVPN. Private Tunnel is also integrated with OpenDNS and other anti-malware technologies to allow better and more secure web browsing experience. Such technologies also prevent you from accessing malicious web pages. Private Tunnel claims to protect all kinds of browsing habits as it uses another layer of encryption so even when HTTPS fails, users will still have high level of security.

Number of IP Addresses

Private Tunnel provides 1000 IP addresses ready for use by the clients, and there are talks of adding more to their service in the future.

VPN Clients

Private Tunnel supports the major desktop operating systems, such as Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. They also have clients for mobile devices such as iOS devices and basic support for Android.

Privacy and Usage Policy

Private Tunnel does not keep any records of user activity besides the username and the time users logged in and out of their system. They also have no restrictions regarding the usage, so it’s perfectly safe for torrents. While the VPN service uses the same TLS protocol that HTTPS uses, it guarantees that it does not use or track any session cookies or other browsing data.

Private Tunnel Compared to The Competition

The main selling point of Private Tunnel is their metered pricing structure, which is ideal for people who are very meticulous about their usage, as well as those who don’t want to be tied to a monthly subscription.

Along with the premium subscription options, Private Tunnel also offer a free VPN option. While nothing beats the price of nill, the free VPN option has a tethered usage and is only recommended for people who are on a tight budget and, perhaps, wants to get a glimpse of the world of VPN.


Even though Private Tunnel’s support for countries and OpenVPN protocol is very limited, it provides a decent alternative for people who cannot or do not want to be tied up to a monthly subscription plan.

Private Tunnel’s association with OpenVPN technologies also means that the level of quality in the sole VPN protocol they support is above average. All in all, PrivateTunnel is a good service for people who want a simple and robust OpenVPN service that only requires them to pay based on the exact amount of bandwidth they consume.

29 thoughts on “Private Tunnel Review

  1. My adsl provider (ttnet) has closed the port which used by privatetunnel. Now I can not use privatetunnel on my laptop, even I can not connect it’s internet adress ( But I can connect to your site with my android telephone by different provider (AVEA)

  2. I used this for years now and. Just two days back i had an issue my billing was suspended for some reason. used only 23GB of 510GB. Now its a pain in the arse trying to contact these guys. no solid support.

  3. good luck with these sh*t heads if something goes wrong their customer service SUCKS! no phone support, do yourself a favor and look for a better vpn..-they are out there-this company has no clue..they s**k

  4. One of the most stable and reliable services about. If they extended their service to a subscription, unlimited usage, service as an additional plan option, it would be my VPN provider of choice.

  5. Is there a reason my teenage son would be signing up for this? He is not into programming or anything that I am aware of that would make this relevant for him, and it seems suspicious.

    1. Better online security is good for your entire family. Using a VPN is part of it. You can actually install the VPN for the entire family through your router (if your router supports it). Other uses for VPN includes accessing geo-restricted content and websites. For instance, if you want to access Netflix in a country where it is not available. It’s not suspicious at all 🙂

  6. This is the best have used. The others I have tried slow you down to a crawl and my service is bad enough to begin with. This one seems to have no effect on my speed, it is simple and affordable.
    In fact I think my speed is enhanced a bit.

  7. Very good on Android where I have used it from several continents without much problem. OpenVPN Android client is pretty easy to configure but there is also a private tunnel client for Android that is very easy to use.

  8. I’ve tried several VPN’s; Hide my Ass, Open VPN, Private Internet Access and more. I’ve find that Private Internet Access is best for me. They also do not log users or keep lists of users should there ever be any investigation. With ip addresses available from every continent from several places on each it’s been great the last 5 years

    1. Private Internet slows my service down by ⅓!! Not Private Tunnel that so far is near 0 or even better than without a VPN!

  9. OpenVPN works very well on my Android phone. Decided to try Private Tunnel on my laptop since the software is made by the same developer. Easy to download and install. Now if it would only work. While multiple locations are available to connect with, the application just tries to connect and connect and connect for hours but never doing so.

  10. Very clear pricing and simple to use. Only 4 stars from me because the app I use on my S4 sometimes just stops working without warning, so I always have to check if the icon is visible before surfing. When this is fixed, def. 5 stars!

  11. Installed it then uninstalled it.

    Result – PC will no longer connect to the internet.

    This is no better than mallware. It cripples your PC !!!

    Do not use.

  12. Fairly new to the paid vpn world. That being said I found Private Tunnel to be easy to setup and use and love the pay as you go pricing. I will recommend Private Tunnel to others.

  13. I was an HMA user for two years, and I can say without any hesitation that all my frustrations with VPN’s have vanished since I began using PrivateTunnel. I regularly travel to five of the seven continents, and PrivateTunnel is so easy to use and works so reliably well in any situation, it is simply amazing and iron tight secure. No logs, no monthly fee’s…pay as you use…it’s awesome! I conduct online banking and bill paying from abroad constantly, and have NEVER had a single breach of my security.

  14. Hello guidokok,
    Do you know privatetunnel recommendation for VoIP use? What was the issue you encountered?
    I’d be glad to share info about this,
    Best regards

  15. Very good provider, due to their:- Fast support (i needed it because of a minor VoIP issue)
    – Very fast servers (almost always 80-90% of normal connection speed)
    – Unlimited connections
    – TCP & UDP Support
    – Best pricing model i have ever seen! (Metered)

  16. Hide my ass…should be called hide my wallet!!!!  wow its expensive for the same service that PrivateTunnel offers!!!!

  17. I have signed up for Private Tunnel account in France and it is working with sites like HBOGo and Amazon streaming but I cant get it to work with Netflix. Any suggestions?

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