Last modified April 18, 2012 by Paul Nash

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.

Conclusion

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.