Orchid’s Distributed VPN Service Now Starts At $1

Today, Orchid, the decentralized, crypto-powered VPN, announced new, lower pricing by leveraging  the xDai blockchain to avoid Ethereum gas fees.  As a result, users can use the VPN service for as little as $1 using a simple in-app purchase. With Orchid’s iOS and macOS app, users simply buy VPN credits for $1, $5 or $20, which is then turned into a XDAI-backed account. Once the user’s VPN is active, users are only charged for the bandwidth run through the VPN, with no recurring monthly or annual subscription fee, in stark contrast to other VPN offerings. The current market rate for Orchid service is only $0.06 per GB or roughly 16GB per $1. 

Orchid built an innovative payments system called probabilistic nanopayments that allow for tiny amounts of money — thousandths of a penny in crypto  — to be sent between parties. This capability makes it possible for users to pay based on usage alone — a feature unique among VPN services, which fixes a pain point for a major group of users where an all you can eat subscription model doesn’t make sense. Orchid is also the first blockchain-based consumer application to allow users to set up accounts through in-app purchases (IAPs). IAPs allow people to set up Orchid accounts and use the service with nothing more than an ordinary credit card. Simply open the app and to get started for as little as $1. 

Affordability and flexibility will both be key for digital privacy in the years ahead. The VPN market is growing rapidly across the globe, particularly in developing countries, and it’s essential that people have access to a service that meets their needs where they are, on their terms. To protect user privacy, the Orchid Network brings together technical innovations to provide strong privacy, ample bandwidth and flexibility, and now has the lowest cost of any open-source VPN provider. In doing so, we hope to make it easier than ever for more people to reclaim the Internet as a place of open exploration.

Download the Orchid app today to start exploring the Internet freely.

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