IPVanish is a brand new VPN service just released in 2012. The service rollout seems to have gone very smoothly based on customer feedback. Our editors took it for a test drive, and from what we can tell, the IPVanish VPN client application and VPN service are working very well. IPVanish offers OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP VPN protocols for a fairly low monthly price. All IPVanish plans are unlimited downloads without any speed limitations. At the moment they have 15 countries available, ranging from the big names of US and UK to small foreign countries like Malaysia and Hungary. The IPVanish VPN client for Windows makes it a breeze to select between countries and switch protocols. This means you can hide your IP address very quickly, and change it at will. IPVanish VPN is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
The pricing from IPVanish is pretty low when compared to similar offerings. At only $10/month, the unlimited service from IPVanish looks pretty good, even when compared to other big name VPN services. This has definitely been a plus for IPVanish because it’s clearly driven some customers there way right out of the gate. The added benefit of providing all three major VPN protocols, PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN, has also attracted some attention amongst customers. Many other providers mix up their VPN protocols, countries offered, and VPN pricing to create a lot of various subscription plans. IPVanish has opted for a much more simple and customer friendly approach of one price, one plan, all countries, all protocols, and unlimited downloads. Definitely a big plus for people looking to get the best bang for their buck from a monthly VPN service plan.
In our tests, the VPN service from IPVanish showed good reliability. Servers from the major countries performed flawlessly. The IPVanish Windows VPN client software provides the ping (ms) for each server, making the selection of the fastest server dead simple. Easy to use radio buttons give you the ability to select VPN protocols. Pings for our east coast tester ranged from the ultra low <15ms to about 200ms max. All the US servers were responding very quickly, and many of the UK and EU servers were also very fast. For example, Amsterdam pings were always <100ms.
Now offering 41 countries and 90+ servers, IPVanish is growing quickly. Recent releases of VPN software for Mac and a partnership with Flashrouters have improved the service. IPVanish supports Win7/Vista/XP and Mac OS X with free VPN software. PPTP and L2TP setups are also offered for Android/iOS.
Overall IPVanish offers a quality VPN service for nominal monthly price. The per month cost is low when compared to many other providers, and the features offered are quite nice. Simplifying the service to include all protocols and all countries for one low price makes it that much easier for new VPN users to join. The VPN client software for Windows, although only version “1.0”, makes selecting countries and protocols very easy. Our editors will keep an eye on IPVanish in the future, and we’re convinced there are more good things to come from this company. Prospective customers can probably expect the rollout of application updates, as well as the inclusion of new countries in future. Stay tuned!
Logging Policy: From the IPVanish terms of service, “We only log the times you connect to and disconnect from IPVanish. We do not log any of your activity (e.g. what websites you visit, who you chat/talk to, or what data is transferred).”
Multiple Connections: IPVanish supports two simultaneous connections, as long as they are using different protocols. For example, your desktop can be connected via OpenVPN while your smartphone is connected through either PPTP or L2TP.
Blocked Countries: IPVanish does not block orders from any countries.
January 2013 Update: The service from IPVanish continues to improve with updates to the desktop software and additional servers in new countries. Check out our news bulletin for all the latest on what’s going on at IPVanish.
March 2014 Update: IPVanish VPN service is exploding in popularity due to their speedy and ever-expanding network of VPN servers. Now with 110+ servers in over 47 countries, IPVanish is a big footprint in personal VPN providers. Multiple updates to their IPVanish software have been completed bringing some much needed stability to the connection process. Prices remain at market lows with their basic plan costing only $10/month for Unlimited VPN with OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP support. NAT firewall thrown in for free! IPVanish has also covered the bases with free mobile apps supporting both iOS and Android. Features like auto-reconnect and a simple server listing make using VPN on your mobile device extremely easy with IPVanish.
|Cost per 1 Month||$10.00|
|Cost per 3 Months||$26.99|
|Cost per 6 Months||$53.98|
|Cost per Year||$77.99|
|Low Plan Term||1 Month|
|Low Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN|
|Low Plan IP||Shared|
|Low Plan Cost||$10.00|
|Medium Plan Term||3 Months|
|Medium Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN|
|Medium Plan IP||Shared|
|Medium Plan Cost||$30.00|
|High Plan Term||12 Months|
|High Plan Protocol||PPTP & L2TP & OpenVPN|
|High Plan IP||Shared|
|High Plan Cost||$120.00|
|Protocol L2TP IPSec|
|File Share P2P|