David Chartier, on 21 March 2012 - 08:38 AM, said:
GalakFyarr, on 20 March 2012 - 01:46 PM, said:
It'd be the same thing if dropbox's free option was 1GB maximum server space, and you can only upload files of maximum 25MB large. And you can only upload 1 file every month. Oh, but the app is free! Did we mention the 20$ upgrade?
The free period is a trial to let you get to know the service, not an indefinite freemium period like Flickr offers its customers. Cloak's approach is more like test driving a car. You don't get to use the car for 2 hours a day indefinitely; you drive it for a brief, singular chunk of time to decide if you like it.
And the service isn't "advertised as free." The utility itself is free—that's fact, not misleading. Should I have written that the app costs money so that you'd be surprised once you discover on your own that it is, in fact, not? No, I shouldn't have.
If you spend a lot of time on public networks, it's not a bad idea to encrypt your traffic and protect your sensitive information and credentials. Services for doing that cost money to run. Cloak is one of the simplest solutions I've ever seen for end-users, and its fees are quite reasonable.
I didn't mean to say Cloak's prices are overpriced, the only problem I have is with the ridiculous restriction on the trial. 33MB or 4 minutes / day is absolutely nothing at all, whatever your activities on the internet would be. How are we supposed to get to know the service and the application with so little time to use it? If I'm going to pay for an online service, I'd like to know first it works just the way I want. if I have to wait 30 days because I tested the service for just 2 hours, sorry, no thanks.
So sure the application is free, but how is that an advantage? Can the application be used for other VPN services? As far as I can tell from the article, I don't think so. So this application is not actually free, it's just part of the fee you pay for the service. It's exactly the same as a MacBook's power adaptor, you "think" you pay only for your laptop, but in fact you pay for everything included in the box.
I understand there have to be limits for the free users, but this is basically useless unless you pay. It'd be more interesting to be able to use the service fully and for free for a set amount of days (one week?) (and of course a REALISTIC limit of data per day, to avoid abuse) , then if you really want to use Cloak, you pay. if you don't, you simply uninstall Cloak, and you're done with it.
I'll repeat my Dropbox comparison: while Dropbox has a limit of 2GB for a free account, 2GB is still something you can work with (not to mention Dropbox actually gives a LOT of ways to expand this free space). If Dropbox had put the limit on 100MB, then I'd never even try Dropbox out.
This post has been edited by GalakFyarr: 21 March 2012 - 10:19 AM