IPVanish Review – Is it the Best VPN Service? (updated in June 2015)
By Paul Liu
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
IPVanish is one of the top VPN providers in the market. They have quickly established themselves as one of the best VPN service providers anywhere, providing tier-1 VPN service with fast and stable speeds.
The service was launched in March 2012, has aggressively expanded their presence and network coverage, and is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. The IPVanish team has over 15 years of experience in networking and content delivery services. In this IPVanish review, we look at the VPN features and what sets it apart from other service providers.
Choice of Locations
IPVanish has its servers spread across more than 60 countries, and 180+ major locations around the world. Server locations include:
In Europe: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Solvenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK.
In North America: Canada, Mexico, US
In Asia: Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey.
In Central/South America: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama
In Africa: Egypt, South Africa, Tunis
In Oceana: Australia, New Zealand
The great thing about IPVanish is that it owns all its servers so it is able to maintain tight control over them and consistently provide high quality service to its customers. When you subscribe to the service, you get access to over 25,000 IP addresses and you are free to choose a server of your choice from any country. You can also switch your servers as many times as you want without paying any additional fees. The newest Mac OS X client also added many new features, including:
-Kill switch: Automatically stop (or kill) all network activity if your VPN connection is lost.
-Personalization: Allows your IP address to automatically change based on a pre-selected time interval.
-Random switching: Customization based on your needs. Select server favorites and build a personalized list of locations.
-DNS selection: Choose between the default DNS of the IPVanish app, or a third-party provider of your choice
IPVanish provides unlimited bandwidth without any usage cap. The upload, download and streaming speeds are at par with the best providers in the business. This makes the service ideal for online gaming, streaming movies and SaaS applications.
IPVanish supports major protocols such as OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP and most browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera. The VPN client provided by IPVanish is easy to download and set up and supports Windows, Mac and Linux based systems as well as iOS and Android devices.
One great thing about IPVanish VPN service is that it allows 2 simultaneous connections, one for an OpenVPN system and another for a L2TP or PPTP device. This makes the service ideal for use from a computer and a smartphone or tablet simultaneously.
IPVanish provides excellent support though live chat and email. The live chat system is available during business hours while the email support is available 24X7.
The unlimited VPN package starts from $10 a month. You can save as much as 46% by subscribing to a yearly plan for $77.99 annually, though you will occasionally find coupon codes and special offers for the service, too*. IPVanish offers a 7-day money back guarantee for many users, so you can test its features risk-free.
IPVanish Final Verdict
IPVanish offers a premium VPN service at a great price. With unlimited bandwidth, great choice of servers, simultaneous access from two devices, and excellent customer support, IPVanish offers some amazing features that makes it one of the best VPN service providers on the market.