Yes and no. ProtonVPN has both a free plan and paid subscriptions. Its free account is a rare case where you can get a good enough VPN without paying for it. Most of the free VPN services come with below the average performance and high risks involved.
Fortunately, that is not the case for ProtonVPN’s free plan. Signing up for a free account will give you access to a quality VPN service, one of the best available on the market. As one would expect, in the case of their free plan, there are some limitations.
About ProtonVPN's free account
Although the VPN use itself is unlimited, both in terms of period and bandwidth, free subscribers can use just one device. Personally, I don’t think this condition is really a problem for most VPN users. It will be more than enough in many cases. There are more significant constraints you’ll have to deal with on the free plan, though.
Your server locations will be limited to only three countries, namely the Netherlands, Japan, and the United States. Still, an excellent geographical distribution. You will also be missing many advanced features, available for paying users only.
Depending on what you need a VPN for, it might be necessary to upgrade your plan to access some functionalities. But there’s no doubt ProtonVPN’s free plan is a safe place to start. You’ll get a pretty good service with easy-to-use apps.
ProtonVPN free vs. paid plans
If ProtonVPN already offers a good VPN service for free subscribers, it gets even better at paid plans. Paid subscriptions allow more simultaneous devices, a much higher number of server locations, and a full pack of advanced features. The table below shows the main differences.
Advanced features available for top paid plans (Plus and Visionary) include:
- P2P (torrenting) support;
- Tor over VPN;
- Secure Core servers;
- Ultra-fast 10 Gbit servers;
- Complete access to the server network (choose the server you want);
- Enhanced streaming capabilities;
- Adblocker (NetShield).
See the complete review to know more about ProtonVPN.