VPN Unlimited Review
- Limited time $99.99 lifetime offer is an industry best
- Proprietary KeepSolid Wise masks traffic as regular HTTP
- Provides access to over 1,000 servers in 55 countries
- Responsive mobile apps
- Browser security extensions for Firefox and Chrome
- Ad blocking and malware protection included
- Fast European download speeds
- Tons of manuals available from VPN Unlimited's website
- DNS and WebRTC leaks detected
- Keeps session logs for up to 7 days
- Weak stance on privacy for users
- Based out of the USA, which is also not good for privacy
- Unreliable internet speeds outside of Europe
VPN Unlimited is one of very few services currently offering a lifetime plan. That it comes with a 7-day money-back guarantee makes it a popular option. The service offers over 1,000 servers across 55 countries, primarily in the US and Europe. This is fantastic for internet browsing and streaming, especially when coupled with KeepSolid Wise to mask your activity as though it were regular HTTP traffic. Where VPN Unlimited falters is in downloading and torrenting due to privacy issues and unreliable speeds. But with a lifetime package cost of $99.99, you'll have enough money leftover to subscribe to another VPN when privacy needs arise.
Privacy and Security
Do not select VPN Unlimited for true internet anonymity. They record connection data for up to 7 days. And while they don't normally record activity logs, they will if you are even suspected of any illegal activity. They're also based out of the USA. The combination of these various factors means you should not count on keeping your activities hidden. Depending on browser settings, DNS leaks and WebRTC leaks have been also detected. These should be fixable with support's help, but it's worth noting for first time users. For true anonymity, we would recommend something like NordVPN instead.
On the bright side, OpenVPN is basically turned on everywhere by default. This ensures your data is encrypted to the highest degree from the onset. A customized suite of protections that include anti-malware, ad blocking, and track record blocking options add further protection onto any existing anti-virus software you may be running.
VPN Unlimited also provides KeepSolid Wise, a proprietary add-on using TCP port 443, to greatly enhance concealment. It basically masks your traffic as regular HTTP traffic. This opens the doors to unblocking streaming content or bypassing China's Great Firewall.
VPN Unlimited is perfectly acceptable for streaming HD content. European speeds surpassed 40Mbps, with uploads capped at 20MBps by my own connection. American speeds ranged from 15 to 30 Mbps. Often times, this was fast enough to stream multiple shows simultaneously. The UI also displays current server capacities which, dramatically increased the chance of landing on a fast server. Dynamic server switching can also help alleviate the chance of any one server getting overloaded.
These speeds aren't really great for file sharing but that's not something we recommend using VPN Unlimited for anyway. While they do allow torrenting, their attitude towards recording usage and sessions is worrisome. Ping and connection times are about average so there are also better choices for gaming.
With access to 70 locations in 55 countries, VPN Unlimited users will find most of what they want. KeepSolid Wise, which is similar to TorGuard's Stealth Mode, dramatically increases the chance of evading VPN blocks. That said, there were still issues watching Netflix effectively. There are a lot of servers spread out through the US and Europe, which makes VPN Unlimited great for sports streaming. The performance of other international servers in South America, Asia, and Australia inspired less confidence as they ran into speed/connection problems.
Ease and Usability
The signup process requires minimal information, and the client is light weight. The only real options to choose between are the aforementioned anti-malware, ad blocking, and track record blocking features. It's an easy to use client that's perfectly setup for novices or intermediate users who aren't looking to hide everything. The Android and iOS apps responded well and were just as easy to use as the desktop software. The lack of more standard protection features such as DNS leak protection and an internet killswitch might be a deal breaker for advanced users though.
Support is offered by email only and is not staffed 24/7. The responses can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. The staff seems like a mix bag. Some are knowledgeable and helpful, while others feel like talking to a robot. VPN Unlimited does provide detailed manuals for usage of their product, but we would prefer a more human touch.
On one hand, VPN Unlimited is far from a "do it all" VPN service. We really only like them for streaming TV shows and sports online and limited internet browsing. But if that's all you want out of a VPN then there is some great value to be had. For one thing, the economy package is the cheapest monthly VPN plan at $6.99/month. Their $39.99 yearly plan is also great, but it's the $99.99 lifetime offer that is truly eye catching. VPN Unlimited appears to be pretty good about refunds so the smart money says to buy the lifetime package and see what you think. Those that want a longer trial can opt for one month at $6.99, but be careful as the lifetime offer is for a limited time only.
VPN Unlimited provides a limited set of features but doesn't make you pay extra for what it doesn't have. You could easily combine this with another value service like Ivacy, which offers fantastic privacy and security options but not much else. If all you need a VPN for is streaming or privacy/security from third parties then this is clearly a service worth serious consideration.