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Editors' Review

by   / June 24, 2016

Private Tunnel, from the makers of the open-source OpenVPN protocol, offers an affordable way to keep your Internet traffic safe and private.


Pay per byte: Private Tunnel embraces a different payment model than most other VPN services. Instead of subscribing for a period of time, you can purchase a set amount of transferred data: 20GB for $9.99 or 100GB for $19.99. The pay-as-you-go plans cover unlimited devices. A limitless data plan goes for $29.99 per year and includes 10 devices. To check out Private Tunnel, sign up for a new account to get a free 2GB trial.

Skirt regional limits: Private Tunnel offers a handful of exit nodes to get around georestrictions, including in Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

Small hit on speed: In informal tests on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, Private Tunnel barely took a hit on network performance, and media streamed without a noticeable hitch. If you do experience connection issues, you can can switch to another transport protocol that Private Tunnel handles: UDP for a faster connection, TCP for more stability, or a proxy if you are behind a firewall. By default, the VPN uses its adaptive setting, which attempts to connect using the UDP protocol first and then tries the others.

Security: As you'd expect from the group that worked on the OpenVPN protocol, that's what Private Tunnel uses to secure connections, with 256-bit AES to encrypt data.

Personal information: Private Tunnel says that the only data it collects is related to billing -- including date, time, and data usage -- and it does not share user data with third parties.


Limited number of exit nodes: Private Tunnel hits many major locations with its server nodes but lacks the expansive list of other VPN services.

Bottom Line

Private Tunnel finds a good balance between capabilities and price and should meet the needs of most anyone except those requiring an expansive list of exit nodes.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.5

Changes from 3.0.4 to 3.0.5:

* (hotfix) updated proxy-list bundle to fix "cannot login" issues

* refactor of PT adaptive logic

* added PT cancel login

* changed PT icon

* Removed reconnect when changing timeout

* Bug fixes for UI, logs, shortcuts, timeouts and certificate revoke

Changes from 3.0.3 to 3.0.4:

* OBFS fix

* added pause/resume and clear logs feature

* added do not log out on back button feature

* new app icon


Publisher OpenVPN Technologies
Publisher web site
Release Date November 12, 2018
Date Added November 12, 2018
Version 3.0.5


Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size Not Available
File Name External File


Total Downloads 7,433
Downloads Last Week 14


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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