Premiumize is a service run by Nokotek Limited, a company registered in Hong Kong in November 7, 2013 with registration number 1992931. The service itself started in June 9, 2011 as an aggregated premium membership service (hence its name).
Premiumize back in September 15, 2012. The site started as a premium aggregator
No public information is published about the owner(s), but the company seems to be German (as suggested by its focus on the European market and the availability of a German version of the same since its first days). According to their Facebook page they are based on Belize.
What does Premiumize offer?
As the time passed additional services were added; the following are currently offered:
- filehost unlocking (i.e. premium aggregator).
- Cloud torrent.
- Usenet file fetching.
- Geo unrestrict (to unlock sites available only in a certain region).
All the services work under a “fair use” policy, where resources are distributed following a system of points. All users receive 1,000 points the first day of the month, which they can spend before the next period starts.
Roughly, 1 point equals 1 GB, but special regulations may apply for particular services. Some troublesome hosts are assigned a factor which acts as a multiplier to calculate the number of required points.
VoIP calls are billed per minute at a rate that depends on the specific combination of country and phone type (landline or mobile, with mobile lines usually being more expensive). For VoIP €0.01 = 1 point; a full list of prices may be found here.
There are no free or trial memberships, and you cannot use any service without first purchasing a premium subscription. VPNs are automatically conceded after upgrading your account and do not consume any points.
The cloud torrent service is bound as well to the monthly limitations, with specific limits depending on the available points. There is a list of sites for which premium download speeds are supported but some of them come with a maximum daily traffic limit.
Premiumize works fine with private torrents. By default the platform will seed during the download, but the user can request additional seeding at a 2:1 ratio or for 72 hours (whatever comes first).
Lifetime of files is technically unlimited, but you are charged 1 point per GB. In other words, if you only used the storage service on your account you could save up to 1TB of data. If you save files that you do not download or seed, you will receive back the points you invested after deleting them.
No downloads are required for download-related services, but an app or plugin is required for VoIP and VPN, respectively. Plugins are offered for most major download managers, including JDownloader, Candisoft Load! and Mipony.
There is only one type of premium account; thanks to the point system every user can decide how he will distribute his resources within a month. The cost of the membership varies and depends on its length; 1 month costs €8.99, 3 months are sold for €19.99 (€6.66 per month) and you will be charged €59.99 for a full year (€4.93 per month).
Purchasing a premium membership. Unlike other sites, not many “options” (plans / packages) are offered
Accepted payment methods are wire transfers, Bitcoin, Visa / MasterCard, PaySafeCard, PayPal and WebMoney. No additional methods are accepted without exceptions, but you can check with an official reseller for more options.
If you run short of points at a given period you have three choices: wait till you receive you refill at the start of the next month, extend your premium subscription (which will automatically reward you with 1,000 points) or buy a booster package.
Four booster packages are available: 1,000 points for €7.99, 3,000 points for €19.99, 6,000 points for €29.99 and €12,000 points for €49.99. Besides the payment methods accepted for memberships, SMS / call is available for purchasing booster packages.
Booster packages. By investing something between €50 and €55 you would have access to 13 TB worth of services!
Using the site
The site does not offer any trial or free membership. When it started, 7-day trial accounts were available; they have also given away temporary premium memberships to test new features.
How to download anonymously through Premiumize
We did not have the chance to directly test the service as a premium membership is required. According to their FAQ and resources on the net, the process is very similar to that of other cloud torrent websites. The site has a “downloader” embedded, where you can paste any magnet or torrent link or upload a torrent file and proceed with the download.
Yes, you have to pay for a premium membership, even if you wanted to download a 1KB file
During the initial setup you can configure whether you want Premiumize to seed or not, if you are grabbing a file from a private torrent where you have to keep a ratio you will probably want.
Premiumize can also be used to stream audio and video files directly from the browser. Any media files retrieved from any of the sites listed here will be automatically embedded in a web player to be streamed.
How anonymous is Premiumize?
Registration is mandatory but little information is collected during the signup process (barely an email account).
Any downloads effectuated through the site will hide your IP from the network; among other things, it prevents your ISP from limiting your access to certain sites or resources.
Premiumize makes the effort to store the least information, they do not keep track of your download history but do save data about traffic amounts (for their fair use system). They record as well payment information for some time, as it represents a powerful way to claim and prove ownership over an account if access was lost.
What about the security?
The site has supported HTTPS since its early days, meaning that any data transferred from and to the platform travels encrypted from end to end.
Downloaded files are not scanned for viruses, malware or any other kind of malicious code, so, any responsibility for damages caused to any devices to which the data is transferred fall into the user.
The site strongly opposes to temporary email accounts and tries to guess at registration time if the user is using one. If the system thinks so, the user will be asked to use an alternative address. Captchas are also included in some of the forms within the site to mitigate brute force attacks.
User experience on Premiumize
The site loads quite quick, it comes with an intuitive slightly old-fashioned interface that adjust to any screen size without trouble.
User ratings on Trustpilot are mostly positive, with scores from users with at least 1 other review in their history. The average score currently stands at 7.7/10.
Regardless of their usage of a service to hide the identity of the owner, Scam Adviser gives the site a 90% trust rating and Scam Aider a 100% score. The site is deemed to be popular according to Alexa, ranking within the 50,000 most popular sites. According to the same index, the site is particularly popular in Germany, where it has consistently ranked within the first 5,000.
Customer support is only available through tickets, and they have recently confirmed so on their Facebook account by stating that their social profiles are not a support channel. They have frequently criticized some of their customers by calling their tickets “unsable” and posting repeated times on their blog how a ticket must be properly filled.
Their Facebook manager does not seem to be very respectful, answering sarcastically and showing no much care about the customers of the site.
Is this the right way to treat your clientele? It was not when I was young…
- Anonymous downloads.
- A broad range of services offered.
- Every user is free to arm his own package by distributing his points according to his needs.
- Unlimited file lifetime (as long as you pay).
- 100% uptime is not guaranteed and users are not compensated always for downtimes.
- Customer support has plenty of room for improvement.
- Expensive, depending on the use case.
- No antivirus.
- No free or trial accounts.
- Too focused on the European market.
The best use case for Premiumize is taking advantage of their wide offering. If you are only looking for cloud torrents or storage, you will receive more for your money somewhere else. Considering that buying a subscription is not optional, occasional users are warned to stay away from the site and rather go for the free tier on any of its competitors.Go to premiumize.me