Last update: 06.28.2019
We’ve got some bad news for you: the very popular NordVPN 7-day free trial has officially been discontinued. The creators of the top-rated VPN service claims that the free trial saw widespread abuse, and they had no choice but to close it.
Hello! Free trial was heavily abused by scammers, it took a toll on our infrastructure and harmed our service in multiple ways. Insignificant advantages provided by free trial were not enough to justify all major drawbacks, therefore we decided to remove it. We wi…
— NordVPN (@NordVPN) May 5, 2019
When the program was still alive, however, it was immensely popular, as users were able to get a full-fledged, high-quality VPN for free. NordVPN has stepped ahead of most competition through diligence, a forward-thinking approach, and, crucially, a clear set of guiding principles.
Now, the 7-day free trial has been replaced by NordVPN’s risk-free 30-day trial. In today’s guide, we’ll go over how you can get your own 30-day money-back guaranteed trial to one of the most popular VPNs on the market.
NordVPN risk-free VPN trial – the terms
So, what exactly are you getting here? First off, the timeframe for their risk-free trial is 30 days. During this time, you’ll be able to use NordVPN to the fullest, no holds barred. However, to call it a “trial” is a bit of a marketing stretch.
Technically, you’re trying it out, so in that sense it’s a trial. But essentially what you’re doing is buying a NordVPN subscription. That’s why you can use the 3o-day risk-free offer with any of their subscription plans. If within 30 days you feel you don’t like it, you can go ahead and get a full refund, which is luckily pretty easy to do with NordVPN.
Within that time, you’ll also be able to change your subscription plan if that’s the part that you don’t like. However, if you don’t cancel within that time, you won’t be able to get a full refund. You will be able to cancel the plan, but you won’t get your money back.
If you wish to claim a refund, you can do so within 30 days following your purchase of NordVPN Service. We seek your full satisfaction with our services. However, we would like to troubleshoot an issue you experience first. There are common VPN service configuration issues that may hinder NordVPN service for you and we resolve most of user issues encountered.
You can read the NordVPN refund policy in their Terms of Service.
NordVPN 7-day free trial and 3-day trial
Previously, NordVPN had offered its popular 7-day free trial. You simply signed up, provided a payment option (but you wouldn’t get charged), and got your free trial. After the 7 days passed, NordVPN would automatically charge you for a 3-year subscription.
If this isn’t what you wanted, it would’ve been a pretty big, bad surprise, but there was also the 30-day money-back guarantee as a backup. Therefore, at any time during those 37 days, you were able to change the plan or cancel your subscription.
Before the 7-day free trial, NordVPN offered a 3-day free trial. The big difference, besides the amount of free days offered, was that the 3-day free trial didn’t require any payment details. You simply entered your email address and you got your free trial.
Of course, that system was pretty easy to abuse, which is why they stopped offering it. Unfortunately, the same abuse impacted their 7-day free trial, so they’ve now changed that to the 30-day risk-free trial.
What to do after the risk-free trial ends
When your risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee period ends, you’ll either continue being subscribed or you’ll be automatically charged for the next billing cycle. It really depends on what plan you chose for your risk-free trial.
If you chose the simplest (and most expensive) 1-month plan, you’ll be automatically billed for the next month.
If you chose the longest (and cheapest) 3-year plan, then you were already charged the entire 3-year price when you signed up. In this case, nothing will happen after 30 days – you’ll just continue being subscribed to that plan.
If you wanted to get a refund, and the 30-day period is finished, then you’ll have to contact support for more options.
If you’re still within the 30-day period, you can simply cancel NordVPN and get a refund. After you’ve followed those steps, here’s what you need to do to turn off future payments:
- Log into My Account from the NordVPN website
- Navigate to My Services and find the Change Plan button
- Click on the three dots on the right of the button and select Cancel automatic payments
- Click Confirm Cancellation on the popup
After that, your future automatic payments will be cancelled. Now, to cancel and get a refund, you’ll need to contact support. They usually respond within an hour and your request will be processed within 1-2 business days.
Why no free version?
There will always be people wondering why there’s no NordVPN free version. That’s a fair question, but in reality, there’s a reason why so few of the top VPN services offer a free version. VPNs are very expensive to run at a good level because they require a lot of investment in infrastructure – server lists have to be expanded constantly, in order to keep up with a growing user base as well as server-blocking measures from Netflix, China, or some other entity.
The majority of free VPNs have strict data transfer or bandwidth limits, overcrowded servers, few features, and are just an abusive way of upselling.
VPN providers must always consider that free versions mean more users. These new users also need a half-decent level of service. In the end, the well-being of the free-loaders gets subsidized by paying customers – most think that’s unfair.
Additionally, having looked through many free account deals we can safely say that few of them are worthy of your time. The overwhelming majority have severe data transfer or bandwidth limits, overcrowded servers, few features, and are no more than an abusive way of upselling.
If you’re unsure whether this tool is worth your precious time and money, you can sign up for their 30-day risk-free trial.
Your credit card details are necessary, plus payment, but you can always get a refund quickly and painlessly before the 30 days are up.