I'm also considering the $12 tier so I can try out a VPN for an extended 1 year trial on the cheap.
Does anyone have more detailed knowledge/opinions about Soda PDF or Windscribe VPN?
FWIW, I picked up a lifetime Windscribe VPN deal on StackSocial about 8 months or so ago, (was ~AU$50-60), and have been using it pretty constantly while I've been in the UK and Ukraine, (leave UA tomorrow).
It's been great for me, constant connection and the speeds have been very good, (except UA in where almost every WiFi hotspot I've had access to, dialup would almost have been preferable - I'm talking about the raw WiFi speed, not after VPN connection).
All the exit gateways have worked except one, (can't recall it atm).
Using it via Secureswan on Android has been easy, (they are writing their own app).
Bittorrent is available on all exit gateways, IIRC, within reason, they start limiting if it's abused.
You can combine the Windscribe VPN program with the Chrome browser extension to do a Double Hop, eg. Choose UK in VPN program, the browser extension will automatically switch to UK gateway but then you can tell the browser extension to use, say, Germany. So for browser traffic you go: Home->UK->Germany->Destination, through a VPN.
Only thing that would be better is if they provided the exit IP rather than TLD, eg. 220.127.116.11 i.l.o. uk.windscribe.com, (for Secureswan or OpenVPN configuration). You can always look it up though.
For what I paid even if they go broke in a year it was still a good choice.