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Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

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KungFuChe
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Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

Postby KungFuChe » Sun May 14, 2017 12:03 pm

In various places around the web, I often see these unlimited VPN service offers in the $40 to $80 range. Soon after they expire, new and similar offers take their place. I am not promoting them, I just want to know what the angle is. How can they do this, it sounds incredible... there must be a catch.

https://store.boingboing.net/sales/lifetime-of-purevpn
https://store.boingboing.net/sales/infinity-vpn
https://store.boingboing.net/sales/vpn- ... bscription
https://store.boingboing.net/sales/tige ... cription-3


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Re: Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

Postby PrivacyActivist » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:28 am

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They can "do" this because they offer subpar service in some way. They may use VPS, budget dedicated servers or oversell. Furthermore, these providers that offer "lifetime" subscriptions usually shut down months after because they've created an unsustainable business model.
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smarttony25
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Re: Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

Postby smarttony25 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:59 pm

Sounds too good to be true.


Noxe
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Re: Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

Postby Noxe » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:31 pm

smarttony25 wrote:Sounds too good to be true.


It's really there

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Re: Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

Postby df » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:35 pm

A lot of other VPN providers don't actually enforce connection/session limits, they just claim that the limits are there.
For those providers, if someone had a lifetime token/account/certificate/whatever, they could easily resell it several times to different people without any of them noticing.


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Re: Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

Postby DudeOfLondon » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:29 am

PrivacyActivist wrote:...Furthermore, these providers that offer "lifetime" subscriptions usually shut down months after because they've created an unsustainable business model....


@df
How is going with Cryptostorm in that regard? Do we need to be worried, since you are offering a $256 lifetime account currently?

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Re: Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

Postby df » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:38 am

@DudeOfLondon
There's nothing to worry about. The reason I started doing that cheap lifetime discount was mainly to apologize for not being able to provide a secondary card processor when Stripe arbitrarily suspended our account. The plan is to change the lifetime token price back to something higher ($350-$400) once we find a new processor, it's just taking longer than I expected for a new processor to accept us.
We've still got a dozen or so pending applications at different places, so it shouldn't take much longer before we find a new one.


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