As part of the New Year's deal, PureVPN is offering a crazy 100% discount on their premium subscription. PureVPN is notorious for their crazy discounts and it is one of their advantages. But is it really for free? Obviously, it isn't and there is a catch.
In order to get this deal, you still need to enter your valid credit card details. During the checkout, you don't need to pay anything, but the card is validated for fraud as usual.
The Catch – After 5 Days, You Will Be Charged $69.95!
The trick is, that you will be automatically charged $69.95 for a 1-year plan (e.g. $5.83 per month which is very expensive for PureVPN) after the first 5 days of the “free” subscription.
There is a small note about this during the purchase, but we estimate many users won't notice (see the screenshot below). It says “Note: A charge of $69.95 (1-year plan) will apply after the first 5 days.”
We consider this technique (rather a dark pattern) very aggressive as typically vendors are offering one month free if you enter your credit card or a few days, but with no payment data needed.
For example, the best VPN on the market, NordVPN, offers a 3-day free trial, but you don't need to enter your credit card. You can just download, install, and use it for free.
On the other hand, once you got charged, you can still use the PureVPN's generous 31-day money-back guarantee.
Better Deal on the 2-Year Plan
Besides this “deal” which is actually very bad (unless you are looking for a free VPN for 5 days, lol). PureVPN offers another decent one on the 2-year plan. For only $3.29 per month (e.g. for $79.00) you will get a premium 2-year subscription.