Expat Telly Review – Unlock US and UK Based On-Demand Services
By Paul Liu
Monday, April 21st, 2014
Expat Telly is a UK based VPN provider that has been around for more than 5 years. Like its name suggests, the service is primarily geared towards expats who wish to watch their favorite TV shows and streaming services online. This Expat Telly Review will list down the features of the service so that you can make an informed decision regarding subscribing to it.
Server Locations and Site Access
Expat Telly has VPN gateways in United States and United Kingdom which means American and British tourists and expats can unlock their favorite streaming shows from anywhere in the world. In particular, you would be able to watch On-Demand services like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, iTV Player, ABC Player, Pandora, 4OD, CBS, Sky Go, Hulu, Eurosport, USA Network, NHL, Amazon Prime, Xfinity, Lovefilm, UK TV, Vevo, FOX, Demand 5, NBC, HBO Go, CWTV, TNT, STV, Vudu, MLB and MTV without coming across any GEO-IP restrictions. Additionally, the service allows you to access social networks, video portals, VOIP tools and email services from locations where these services are usually blocked. For instance, you can unlock Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, YouTube, Viber, GTalk and Blogger from your school, office and countries like UAE, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Kuwait, Oman and Thailand without revealing your personal details to ISPs or network administrators. The company even provides access to both American and British content through one account.
VPN Speed and Bandwidth
Expat Telly delivers unlimited speeds and bandwidth to its customers which makes it possible to stream HD TV shows and movies without experiencing any lags or buffering. In addition, the service supports activities like multiplayer gaming, VOIP and downloading which usually require a lot of resources.
Expat Telly delivers its service through the PPTP VPN protocol. While the PPTP protocol is definitely not the most secure VPN protocols available today, it supports fast speeds and is compatible with a wide variety of computing and mobile devices. You need to keep in mind that the target audience of Expat Telly would clearly want a faster VPN service rather than a more secure privacy solution. Still the service can be used to secure financial transactions and social networking sessions from hackers while using the wireless facilities at airports, malls, coffee shops and libraries.
Expat Telly does not clearly specify what kinds of logs are collected for its VPN service. However, since the company is based in UK, it can be safely assumed that it will co-operate with law enforcement agencies and reveal customer details when served with a court notice.
Supported Operating Systems
Expat Telly is compatible with Windows (7, 8, XP, Vista), iPod Touch, iPads, iPhones, Android, Mac, Linux and routers (DD-WRT, Tomato etc.). The company does not provide its own VPN software so you must configure the service manually by referring to the step-by-step instructions available on the company’s portal. The company has partnered with Flashrouters to sell pre-configured Expat Telly VPN routers which make it possible to use the service along with with gaming consoles (Xbox, PS3, Wii) and Smart TVs.
The company provides customer support only through email. Since there is no troubleshooting information available on the company’s website, you would need to contact the support team even for minor connections issues or technical problems. However, the support staff promises to respond to most queries within 24 hours (usually a lot faster).
Expat Telly’s plans are available for 9.99 Euros per month, 19.99 Euros for 3 months, 35.99 for 6 months and 59.99 Euros for one year. Unfortunately, the company does not provide free trials but customers who are not satisfied with the service can ask for 100% refund.
On the whole, Expat Telly fulfills its promises. While the service is not the best privacy solution available online, it does provide fast access to your favorite TV channels and On-Demand streaming services. So if online privacy is not your main concern, you can check out the VPN plans offered by Expat Telly. For more information, please visit: www.expattelly.com.