How Much Does PureVPN Cost?

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VPN service pricing isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem, and that was particularly true of PureVPN, a solid service with fast speeds and a logging policy that won’t keep your web activity. With a 31-day money-back guarantee, you can choose between a one week trial, a monthly or six-month subscription, or long-term commitments. However, things aren’t that simple; we’ll expand below, as well as go over discounts, PureVPN’s referral program, and even a bug bounty program that can make you up to $1,500 richer per vulnerability you find.

Contract costs

Length of contract Total amount billed
1 week $0.99
1 month $10.95
1 year $49.95
2 years $69.95

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Free Trial

PureVPN doesn’t have a free trial; however, it does have a paid trial period of one week for the full service for only $0.99. But be careful: if you don’t cancel PureVPN within the first week after purchasing it, it will renew for a year automatically.

Personally, we don’t think the one week trial is worth it, since it auto-renews to the tune of $69.95 a year or $5.83 a month. There’s a better way of trying out PureVPN risk-free and enjoy a lower monthly rate for a longer time. We’re talking about the 31-day money back guarantee. After buying a one-year or two-year subscription, you have 31 days to try out the service. If, within the 31 days, you decide it’s not for you, PureVPN will refund your money. You can cancel by logging into your account and requesting a refund.

Now, here’s why we think the 31-day money-back guarantee is better than the one-week trial. If you end up liking PureVPN, you get to keep your one-year or two-year subscription, which cost $3.74 and $2.91 a month, respectively. Only once your subscription is over will your account renew for $69.95 a year ($5.93 a month), so you’ll enjoy a discounted rate for longer.

Subscriptions

Whether you’re using PureVPN for personal or business reasons, it has subscription options to fit every budget.

Personal

When it comes to subscriptions, PureVPN can be a bit confusing. Why?

Because things change quite often. Currently, you can buy access to PureVPN for a week, a month, a year, or two years. Now here’s where it gets even more confusing. Once your one week, one year, or two-year subscription expires, it will auto-renew with a different rate, more specifically, $69.95 a year.

The monthly plan, on the other hand, renews monthly at the same $10.95 a month rate.

PureVPN Subscription Options
PureVPN Subscription Options

Despite all the confusing options, PureVPN’s pricing is fair, especially with the yearly and two-year plans. With a $2.91 monthly rate, PureVPN’s two-year plan is still more affordable than NordVPN’s two-year plan, which costs $3.67 per month.

Pricing details 1 week 1 month 1 year 2 years
Monthly cost $0.99 $10.95 $3.74 $2.91
Total amount billed $0.99 $10.95 $49.95 $69.95
Subscription length when plan auto-renews 1 year 1 month 1 year 1 year
Renewal rate total amount billed $69.95 $10.95 $69.95 $69.95

Tip: For the most savings, sign up for the two-year plan, which works out to just $2.91 per month.

Extras

Some people may want to get the same IP address every time, port forwarding, or DDoS protection. If that’s the case, you can add on these services. However, note that they’ll only work on Windows, Android, and iOS devices or routers, and some of the add-ons only work on a portion of PureVPN’s server locations.

Service The monthly price of add-on Compatible servers
Dedicated IP $2.99 Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Malta, Singapore, U.K, U.S
Port Forwarding $0.99 All
Dedicated IP with port forwarding $3.49 Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Malta, Singapore, U.K, U.S
DDoS Protection $3.99 Germany, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, U.K, U.S

What do these services entail exactly?

  • Dedicated IP: A dedicated IP address means that only you will use the IP address that PureVPN assigned you. Typically, PureVPN has users share IP addresses, which makes them less easy to trace. We prefer shared IP addresses, actually, and ideally, the IP addresses are also dynamic, meaning we get a new one every time we connect. However, if you need a fixed IP address to access confidential work files, for example, PureVPN’s dedicated IP addresses will do the trick.
  • Port forwarding: Imagine data heading straight to your router, firewall, or proxy server. With port forwarding, PureVPN will redirect this data to a different port or IP address to provide an extra layer of digital security.
  • DDoS protection: DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attacks is when hackers try to send a bunch of traffic to a web page to disrupt its service. Using malware or botnets, hackers may use your computer or phone to perform DDoS attacks. PureVPN’s DDoS Protection add-on can provide protection against that.

Business

Remote working has its advantages, one of them being a 30-second commute to your home office. However, with almost 40 percent of Americans working remotely from a personal computer, digital security risks abound, especially for those that handle personal business or customer information, according to our study on remote work digital security.

And shockingly, only 24 percent of Americans use VPNs, which means that over 75 percent of Americans working remotely aren’t protecting their web traffic or IP addresses. If you want to protect your business, PureVPN has options.

Business subscription options The monthly price of the monthly plan The monthly price of the annual plan The total amount billed for the annual plan Coverage of 1 subscription
VPN for Teams $8.45 $5 $60 1 User
Dedicated IP VPN for Teams $9.99 $6.99 $83.88 1 User
Dedicated VPN Server for Teams Starts at $399 Starts at $399 Starts at $399 Whole team

As you can see, the monthly cost per user is either $5 or $8.45, depending on if you pay annually or monthly. If you want more security and a server for your team only, that’s a flat rate starting at $3.99. These prices are as reasonable as the personal prices, and slightly less confusing.

Deals and Discounts

There are a couple of ways to save on PureVPN; one of them is signing up for two whole years. However, depending on the season, there are more deals available.

Student Discounts

Students can get 15 percent off of subscriptions from PureVPN from Student Beans. We’re not students so we can’t see the coupon code, but if you log into Student Beans, you can copy and paste it before you purchase PureVPN for some great savings.

Subscription length Total price with 15% student discount
1 week $0.84
1 month $9.31
1 year $42.46
2 years $59.46

Again, to get PureVPN at its cheapest possible price, sign up for the two-year plans, which for $59.46 works out to just $2.48 per month.

General Discounts

Every now and then, PureVPN would provide discount codes that you can enter at checkout. We’re not aware of any discount codes at the moment. However, as we were browsing PureVPN’s website, a special deal popped up. PureVPN offered us the two-year plan for only $59, more than $10 off the regular two-year price ($69.95).

Holiday and Special Discounts

Throughout the year, PureVPN offers a slew of different discounts, so if you’re looking to save, just wait until the next holiday. Here are the deals we’ve seen throughout the years:

  • Special deal
  • Lifetime offer
  • Halloween deal
  • Crazy Frenzy deal
  • Black Friday deal
  • Cyber Monday deal
  • Christmas deal
  • New Year’s deal

Bug Bounty Program

There is one way to actually make money from PureVPN, but only if you’re well-versed in information technology and quality assurance. In a partnership with BugCrowd,2 a network of over 90,000 white hat or ethical hackers, if you find a bug or vulnerability within PureVPN and report it to the program, you can get anywhere from $50 to $1,500. Yes, you read that right!

Our Favorite Features

Of course, pricing is all relative; even a monthly price under a dollar wouldn’t be worth it for an unsafe VPN. But we think PureVPN is worth its pricing, and here’s why:

  • No surveillance: With a headquarters in Hong Kong, PureVPN won’t hand the government over any of our data (or at least, governments can’t force it, legally).
  • No data logging: PureVPN only kept our basic information like our names, email addresses, and payment information, along with the total bandwidth we consumed while connected. However, PureVPN didn’t log our IP addresses, browsing activity, DNS requests, or timestamps.
  • Kill switch: When we accidentally spilled orange juice on our keyboard, somehow killing our VPN, our web browsers closed, too, protecting our web activity. Think of a kill switch like burning a house down in order to hide evidence of a crime (which by the way, we don’t recommend, although it’s a useful metaphor).
PureVPN Kill Switch
PureVPN Kill Switch
  • Split tunneling: Business-related users will appreciate the fact that they’ll be able to access their private office network from the public network at the coffee shop they spend eight hours a day at.
  • Netflix access: After the day is done, you can keep PureVPN on to watch Netflix.
  • Server count: With over 6,500 servers and counting, PureVPN has one of the most expansive fleet of servers among the VPNs we’ve tested. Not only that, but its servers are spread across the globe in 140 physical and virtual locations.

FYI: Sick of everything on your country’s Netflix server? You can watch Netflix with a VPN to make it appear as if you were in other countries to access more content. To see what programs are available on what servers, use this guide from Finder.2

  • AES-256: PureVPN encrypted our web traffic and IP addresses using AES-256, which is what the military and banks use, so you know it’s secure.
  • Fair prices: Especially if you sign up for two years, PureVPN can cost as little as $2.91 a month, or less if you take advantage of the student discount.
  • Money-back guarantee: Not in love with PureVPN? Cancel within 31 days of purchase to receive a full refund, no matter what subscription you signed up for.

How To Cancel

To cancel your VPN client subscription from PureVPN:

  • Go to https://my.purevpn.com/refundrequest.
  • Fill out the cancellation form.
  • Click Submit.

Again, if this is within 31 days of your original purchase, you’ll get a full refund; otherwise, you’ll just stop your subscription from renewing automatically. Having said that, you probably won’t want to cancel PureVPN. Read our PureVPN review to learn why.

How To Upgrade

If you want to upgrade to a longer-term length to lock in savings, or downgrade if you won’t need your VPN for as long as you originally thought, changing your subscription is as easy as asking PureVPN’s support staff over live chat. Alternatively, you can email PureVPN at help@purevpn.com; it’s the same process if you accidentally canceled your subscription and want to undo the cancellation.

PureVPN Customer Support
PureVPN Customer Support

Payment Methods

Strangely, we could only pay with PayPal or credit cards with the personal plans, but the business plans opened up a slew of payment options.

Payment Methods Personal Business
PayPal Yes Yes
Visa Yes Yes
MasterCard Yes Yes
American Express Yes Yes
Google Pay Yes Yes
Cryptocurrencies Yes Yes
Alipay No Yes
iDeal No Yes
Giropay No Yes
WebMoney No Yes
QIWI No Yes
Neosurf No Yes
Yoomoney No Yes

We wish PureVPN would open up all its payment methods to all subscriptions, but this isn’t a dealbreaker by any means.

Compatibility

But wait! Does PureVPN work with the device you want to protect? Check out compatible devices as well as browser extensions below.

Devices

  • Android
  • Android TV
  • Boxee box
  • Firestick TV
  • Fire TV Stick
  • iOS
  • Kodi
  • Linux
  • Mac
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Now TV Box
  • PlayStation
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Roku
  • Routers
  • Windows
  • Xbox
PureVPN Mac App
PureVPN Mac App

Browsers

  • Chrome
  • Firefox

Recap

Despite its somewhat confusing pricing and auto-renewal rates, PureVPN is a good choice for its Netflix access, speed, split tunneling, privacy policy, and logging policy. However, if you want a VPN with phone support, we’d recommend either HideMyAss or Norton Secure VPN; to learn more, read our HideMyAss review as well as our Norton Secure VPN review.

Most Common Questions

That’s about everything related to money and pricing, but we wanted to answer the questions we get about PureVPN the most.

  • Is PureVPN any good?

    PureVPN is a good VPN with quick speeds, no data logging, Netflix access, and split tunneling.

  • Is PureVPN legal?

    PureVPN is legal in countries where VPNs are legal, like the United States. However, it’s not legal where VPNs are illegal, like in China, so make sure to look up the federal legislation regarding VPNs in the country you’re in before connecting.

  • How much does PureVPN cost?

    PureVPN costs either $0.99 for a week, $10.95 for a month, $49.95 for a year, which translates to $3.74 a month, or $69.95 for two years, which works out to $2.91 a month. For students that register with Student Beans, these prices are 15 percent off.

  • Does PureVPN work with Netflix?

    PureVPN works with Netflix along with other streaming services like Disney Plus and Hulu.

Citations
  1. Bug Crowd. (2020). Public Bug Bounty List.
    bugcrowd.com/bug-bounty-list/

  2. Finder. (2016). Netflix USA vs The World: Content libraries compared.
    finder.com/netflix-usa-vs-world-content