While in the west it may be Valentines day, February 14th over here marks the end of the Year of the Ox and begins the Year of the Tiger. Once again Chinese New Year is upon us and the great masses are shifting around the country on their way homeward for a well earned break. Trains will be packed and prices inflated. Firecrackers will be burnt and many multitudes of dumplings will be eaten. Some will drink so much baiju that they will forget the week altogether.

Those who were born in this year are supposed to wear red underwear for good luck but to spread a little joy of our own we’ve teamed up with the kind people at 12vpn to giveaway a free VPN account (12 months, without data limit) to 1 person and a 10% discount for anyone else who signs-up before the end of the May! Those who are wondering what a VPN is and why you might need one should check out this post on the subject.

To be in with a chance of winning the VPN account all you have to do is a leave a short comment below saying what you like/dislike about randomwire.com – I’ll pick a winner based on the most informative or funniest response on Feb 15th. Up to 9 runners-up will also receive a free account for 1 month.

If you can’t wait that long you can get a 10% discount right now by entering the promotional code RANDOMWIRE when you sign-up.

Happy New Year and Happy Free Surfing! (自由上网真快乐!)

Update (16/2): Thanks to everyone who took part and congrats to Tohokuben for being the overall winner – you should receive an email from 12vpn soon.


  1. gomobi says:

    Though I have built several VPN (OpenVPN and IPSec) by myself and there are a lot of VPN service providers, I feel that the service of 12vpn is quite competitive as they support not only common PPTP but also OpenVPN, L2TP and IPSec, which make it possible for customers to use their service on different platforms.

    And comparing to VPN gateways built by individuals, 12vpn has several advantages:

    they have multiple gateways in different locations, which is helpful when customers need an IP in specific region to use certain services like BBC iPlayer, Hulu and so on;

    As a company, I expect them have more resources for customer support. If you are familiar with VPN, you will know how difficult it is to support different platforms and network conditions (issues related to operators and firewalls)

    They provide experimental support for Symbian S60 native VPN client, though it only works on S60V5 (with mVPN V4) well at this moment, I hope it will work on my S60V3 FP1 (with mVPN V3.1) soon.

  2. gomobi says:

    In fact, I am planning to write a more detailed review about 12vpn on my own blog. Hope I will have time soon…

  3. ffxk says:

    Grateful to such a good VPN, I also want to use the Symbian S60 V3, the then extremely happy.

  4. Rex says:

    Yeah , Chinese New Year is coming

    I’ve never seen such a good VPN and i want to use it on my computer.
    Would you please give me one?

    Thanks so much

  5. Tohokuben says:

    I came across Randomwire by chance, in my search for a good VPN to get me back intouch with the freer world. Ive since found RW is a great take on the very aspects of China Im wading through on a daily basis (just got back from *my own* wander through a Beirut-esque Chengdu neighborhood Chinese New Years powder-keg). And a Taican Lu burger guide to boot – keep it coming!…

  6. gomobi says:

    The support for S60 platform from 12vpn seems to be really usable and stable now…
    BTW, I am wondering whether RandomWire could have a Chinese version since I think many information on your blog are more interesting to Chinese readers than to English readers.

    • David says:

      Hi Gomobi – I’d love for RandomWire to be in Chinese but unfortunately my Chinese language skills are not up to it 😀 I was thinking about an option to auto-translate using Google Translate but I’m not sure if it’s accurate enough to be readable.

      • gomobi says:

        I think Google translation is not good enough for Chinese yet. But I believe most Chinese readers can understand your posts. They just need your posts can be found in search engines for Chinese.

  7. Peter Fang says:

    Thanks for the great article. I have been using 12vpn for a few months and I always recommend their service to friends.

    Having said that I wouldn’t mind winning another account LOL.

  8. Sean says:

    Thanks David!
    Im eager to get connected again. Currently in Tibet for CNY/TNY; 12vpn will be great for letting folks back home know what Im up to!

    Thanks again,


  9. Ben says:

    Forget this paid, it’s wasting of money. There is lots of free VPNs you can use. One of the easiest to use and fastest free VPN I came across while I was in China – (url removed) No installation is needed ! It’s Chinese, the first button means ON, the bottom button is OFF. It works in IE and in Firefox (you need to set HTTP/HTTPS proxy in Firefox to port 1234 or alternatively you can tell Firefox to use system proxy).

    • David says:

      Hi Ben, running unknown software on your system which is communicating with unknown servers is a sure way to get your system hacked or worse. The person(s) running this service could be monitoring everything you do – stealing your passwords, credit card details, personal information etc… bad idea.

  10. jayesh says:

    how is configur nokia vpn clint

    i want connect to my pc with pc incoming connection
    please help

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