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SinoVPN Review – A Privacy Solution For Chinese Customers

Friday, April 18th, 2014

SinoVPN is a Chinese company that has been offering its privacy service since 2011. Unlike other VPN providers, the company offers its service only to expats, tourists and businesses in China (but not to Chinese nationals). In this SinoVPN Review, we will look at the features offered by the service and show how it can help you to bypass the Great Firewall of China.

Server Locations and Site Access

SinoVPN has servers in just 3 countries – United States (Los Angeles and Miami), United Kingdom (Manchester) and Hong Kong. While the choice of server locations is indeed limited, you need to keep in mind that the service is primarily targeting American, British and Hong Kong based customers who have to travel to China frequently. As such, the service allows you to unblock IP restricted premium sites like Netflix, Pandora, USA Network, ABC, Fox, BBC iPlayer, HBO Go, MLB, CWTV, Eurosport, MTV, Hulu, Lovefilm, NBC, MyTV, 4OD, Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTV Player, CBS, NHL, Xfinity, TVB and Demand 5 from any location within China. In addition, you would be able to access popular sites such as Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Blogger and Twitter that are banned within the country. One important thing to note here is that individual users get access only to Log Angeles based servers while the business users can not only access servers from all 3 countries but also switch servers as many times as they wish.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

SinoVPN offer metered bandwidth plans (with 500 GB bandwidth limit) for individual users and unlimited bandwidth plans for business users. While the company has excellent infrastructure in place (with up to 1000 MPBS nodes), the speed available to you would depend on the plan that you choose (Personal users – 10 MBPS, Business users – 100 MBPS and Business Pro users – 1000 MBPS). While the speed for individual users is less than what is offered by other VPN companies, the speed on offer is sufficient for demanding activities such as streaming, downloading, VOIP and multiplayer gaming.

Privacy Settings

SinoVPN delivers its service via the OpenVPN protocol. The OpenVPN protocol is the most reliable way of bypassing the Great Firewall of China and it allows you secure all types of online activities (browsing, VOIP, FTP, emailing and messaging) with just one click. The service even protects your vital data (credit card numbers, passwords, social accounts) from theft and hacking attacks when you are connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot at an airports, mall, hotel or restaurant and shields your online activities from the Deep Packet Inspection activities carried out by the Chinese ISPs.

SinoVPN takes the privacy of its customers seriously. The company has a strict no-logging policy in place plus it never shares user information with third parties.

Supported Operating Systems

SinoVPN is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. While the individual users get access to shared IP addresses, the Business users are allocated their own servers and dedicated IP addresses. The company does not offer its own VPN client so the installation has to be done manually. However, the setup process is simple thanks to the step-by-step instructions provided by the company. And if you are based in Shanghai, you can also visit the company’s office to get the installation done. The company allows multiple simultaneous connections only for business users (Business users – 2 connections, Business Pro users – 10+ connections).

Customer Support

The company offers 24/7 support through email tickets. The company’s support team is based in China to offer fastest resolution to customer queries. Business users get priority support while personal users may have to wait for few hours before they get a reply to their queries.

Pricing Options

SinoVPN Personal plans are available from CNY ¥ 300 for 3 months (CNY ¥ 1,000 for 1 year), Business plans are available from CNY ¥ 600 per month (CNY ¥ 1,620 for 3 months and CNY ¥ 6,000 for one year) while Business Pro plan costs CNY ¥ 1,000 per month (CNY ¥ 2,700 for 3 months and CNY ¥ 10,000 for 1 year). Unfortunately, SinoVPN does not offer free trials but your investment is covered by a 7 day unconditional money back guarantee.

Final Verdict

It is clear that SinoVPN is not meant for everyone. SinoVPN comes with lots of speed and bandwidth restrictions plus it is not the cheapest VPN service around. However, if you are a business user, expat or tourist in China who is not able to bypass the Great Firewall of China then SinoVPN could indeed be a great choice for you. For more information, please visit: www.sinovpn.com.

April 18, 2014

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