TunnelBear and SurfEasy are both companies that focus on providing VPN services. They bear some similarities in the kind of services and extras they offer, but the tone in which these are presented is like sky and ground. Both are capable VPN companies, and so we hereby present what they are about. Of course, it would not be comparison if there were not some differences between them. For example, both Tunnelbear and SurfEasy have their respective free trial offerings that let you use their services indefinitely. And, both of them have roughly the same restrictions on this free version, but the specifics differ. These little bits of info are what we are interested in, and you should be too, as these little “knowledges” might decide which one you will choose to side with in the end.
|Countries||US, UK, AU, CA, DE, FR, SE,..||US, UK, IT, DE, ES, NL, CA...|
|# Connected Devices||5||5|
|Languages||EN, FR, DE||EN|
|Extra Services||Browser Extensions, Ad Blocker|
|1 Month Plan||$9.99/mo||$11.99/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||n/a||$8.99/mo ($53.94)|
|1 Year Plan||$5/mo ($59.99)||$6.49/mo ($77.88)|
|Money-Back Guarantee||7 days|
So TunnelBear is without a shadow of a doubt the most humorous VPN service today. Building on the theme of bears (who would have guessed it), they can be discovered in every aspect of their service. Let it be the prices (from cub to a lazer-shooting, giant grizzly bear, representing the packages) or the wooden car radio design of the client software and app, Tunnelbear is packed with jokes and puns galore. They mainly deal with PC, Mac OS X, Android and iOS devices, and all of their software is extremely easy to use, leaving you with a few clicks, good humor and online freedom.
TunnelBear has a free trial without time limits, but with a data cap. You start off with 500 MBs but this will swell up with 1 additional GB if you help spread the word about the company a bit. And if you do step into a slippery waterfall, have no worries; the staff are extremely friendly, even teasing each other on social media and presenting news in memes, jokes. TunnelBear is a good load of fun.
SurfEasy is a more reserved, but this Opera-owned company also places high emphasis on friendliness and a welcoming presentation. The tone evokes more of a healthy company environment, with all the coffee mugs and pens lying around. SurfEasy is praised though by media outlets and for good reasons. For one, the prices are low, as you will never go above $4 per month if you bill annually. And it gets even better if you use mobile devices, which have a separate column with even more appealing numbers. SurfEasy also has an extra protection tool you can order – for a niftier price, though. The USB Private Browser is an actual USB device the company sends you, thus greatly helping you out if you sit down to browse at Wi-Fi hotspots for example. The safety you can attain here is something SurfEasy promotes proudly.
As mentioned before, there is a free account offered by this provider, too. It is a bit stricter than TunnelBear, though (which also suffers from restrictions) – you only have 500 MBs to surf away. Even Kelly Slater would have difficulties in real life on those small waves, but at least it is refreshed monthly and yes, this means that you can use SurfEasy forever, for free with this account.
All in all, both TunnelBear and SurfEasy are recognized VPN services on the market, because they do business in a way others do not. The former employs great humor and some literal tunneling to hide your IP address from plain sight, while the latter is more invested in making their service usable wherever you go, thanks to the USB Private Browser. Tunnelbear costs $6.99 for one month, and $4.16 per month annually. SurfEasy is a bit easier on the grip, as their one year durations cost $2.49 per month for mobile devices and $3.99 per month for any other machine and you can connect up to five different ones to your network as well in this case. With their respective strengths, both are worthy VPN service providers.