International proxy provider Smartproxy has launched a new pay-as-you-go plan for its residential proxies. From now on, the provider’s customers can choose whether to subscribe or use the service without commitment.
With the new plan, Smartproxy’s customers can get residential proxies at a fixed rate of $12.5 for 1GB. It doesn’t require going with monthly or yearly subscriptions, and the traffic won’t expire for one year. The new option costs more per unit than the other plans, so it works best for small or intermittent projects.
The pay-as-you-go plan has no limits on how much traffic you can use. However, it doesn’t allow paying for it in advance: you start with 1 GB, and after using 90% of it, the system automatically charges for the next gigabyte, as long as you have money in the wallet.
Moreover, you won’t be able to transfer pay-as-you-go traffic to a different plan – after subscribing to one, it will disappear. The same rule applies the other way around, too.
Pricing Updates for Old Subscriptions
With the new launch, Smartproxy has also updated its two cheapest subscription-based plans, Micro and Starter. Their absolute price has slightly increased, but the price per unit has become markedly cheaper:
- Micro: $75 for 5 GB ($15/GB) -> $80 for 8 GB ($10/GB)
- Starter: $200 for 20 GB ($10/GB) -> $225 for 25 GB ($9/GB)
A Busy Year
This year has been busy for Smartproxy. Just a few months back, the provider added Smart Wallet functionality to its services, paving the way for today’s release. The company also increased its shared datacenter proxy pool from 40,000 to 100,000 IPs, adding addresses in Europe. Finally, Smartproxy paid particular attention to web scrapers – it launched three new APIs, together with a no-code web scraping service.
The Bottom Line
Smartproxy’s release comes just a few days after another proxy provider, Oxylabs, introduced its own pay-as-you-go plan. As a cheaper mid-range provider, Smartproxy will put even more pressure on specialized resellers. It should also make a strong statement to price leaders like IPRoyal and PacketStream, which until now drew in many customers with a low budget and basic needs.