Looking for a good VPN service, is like looking for a nerd at MWC. There are simply too many, and everyone has their own angle. I was drawn to IPVanish as they were more service focused, then trying to get me to sign up for a free trial. They tout themselves as “the world’s fastest VPN”, with 40,000+ shared IPs, 700+ VPN servers in 60+ countries, unlimited P2P traffic, five simultaneous connections and much more.
IPVanish works with most clients such as Android and Windows. Now the rub is the cost:
- £7.69 a month
- £20.50 for 3 months
- £60 for a year
There is no free trial, which for me was a breath of fresh air. I understand these guys are offering a premium service, and have to keep the servers running. This would be noticeably more difficult if most users are just free trialers. As a annual user, I’d be annoyed if the service suffered because of cheapskates.
One thing I wasn’t aware of is that these are single accounts. So you could setup your parents computer to use IPVanish, while you use it on your Android TV box. But if there’s heavy usage between five connections with the same account, they do have the right to cancel your account. Again this for me is understandable, you want a clean fast service, so you don’t want to have one account used of 15 machines.
I loved the simplicity of the IPVanish app. Just log in, select the country and you are away. There are additional settings like to connect on startup, and switching between TCP and UDP. I was more impressed with the windows app, and hope that they continue to develop the Android app.
I was massively impressed overall by the performance. I found speeds to be excellent, with my download dropping by 5mbs, which was no issue for me. Torrent downloading had no problems, with a 1.1gb test file taking 30 mins on my normal speed, and 40 on IPVanish.
Price is going to be the sticking point for a lot of people. But I always think “you get what you pay for”, if you want a premium service, with great performance, then you will have to spend a little more money. The annual subscription works out at £5 a month, which isn’t a lot at all. I would highly recommend anyone using an Android TV box, or just wants a layer of protection to their web browsing.