Pric­ing and pay­ments

Who’s got the best deal for you, and can you try be­fore you buy?

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Com­par­ing VPN prices is more com­pli­cated than you might think. Some ser­vices have free plans, oth­ers of­fer monthly pay­ments, and some­times you can save by sign­ing up for even longer. If you’re look­ing for a sim­ple yearly plan, Slick­VPN gives you the best deal at £3.20 ($4) a month. Buf­fered VPN costs more than twice that at £6.60 ($8.25), IVPN is sim­i­lar at £6.66 ($8.33), and Per­fect Pri­vacy is the most ex­pen­sive of all at £8.84 ($11.05) per month for a one-year plan.

If you just need a VPN oc­ca­sion­ally, pay­ing for a sin­gle month could make more sense. Mul­l­vad wins out by charg­ing only £4.24 ($5.30), while Slick­VPN’s sin­gle month charge is £8 ($10), Buf­fered VPN £10.40 ($13), Per­fect Pri­vacy £11.46 ($16.86) and IVPN is a monthly £12 ($15). Pay­ing by Bit­coin can be use­ful as it means you don’t have to trust the provider with your iden­tity; Slick­VPN, IVPN, Per­fect Pri­vacy and Mul­l­vad all ac­cept Bit­coin, but Buf­fered VPN doesn’t.

Free tri­als are al­ways wel­come with us, but Mul­l­vad is the only one of our group to of­fer one. It’s hor­ri­bly short at only three hours, but enough to con­firm you can con­nect. The other ser­vices have no trial, but give you a money-back guar­an­tee in­stead. Slick­VPN and Buf­fered VPN are the most gen­er­ous with no-risk 30-day money-back guar­an­tees; IVPN is next, with a seven-day term; Per­fect Pri­vacy also of­fers a seven-day term, but with more con­di­tions than the oth­ers.

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