VPN Unlimited was founded in 2013 and is located in the US (New York).
Not the best jurisdiction for a VPN provider.
However, they boldly state the following on their homepage:
Secure, fast and easy to access to any site online
But are they really fast?
And can they really bypass Netflix geo-restrictions and keep you secure on a public Wi-Fi?
In this in-depth VPN Unlimited review, I’ll do some research and give you detailed look at their cons and pros, as well as whether I recommend using this VPN or not.
Pros of Using VPN Unlimited
1. Confirmed: Works with Netflix
Ever since 2016, Netflix has been putting a stop to any user accessing their website via a VPN or proxy. According to our research, roughly 70% of VPNs manage to bypass this block.
Luckily, VPN Unlimited is no exception to this rule.
Here are the following servers we tested:
VPN Unlimited servers unblocking Netflix:
- United States: California
VPN Unlimited servers blocked by Netflix:
- Hampshire, United Kingdom (BBC iPlayer)
2 servers out of 4 worked. So they’re not lying. That’s a good start.
2. Good, 24/7 Customer Support via Live Chat
As I have stated time and time again, most VPN providers are kinda bad when it comes to customer service.
Much to my surprise and amazement, VPN Unlimited is not one of them.
While it is true that they do not offer a live chat feature like many of the more premium VPN providers, the quality of their email/ticket support is unparalleled.
I submitted a simple query on their website (asking whether or not their services would protect me from someone monitoring network activity directly from the router) around 6:48 p.m. my time.
Since some time had passed since I last reviewed their customer service (which used to be terrible by the way), I just wanted to gauge the speed and efficacy of their support team to see if anything had improved.
And it has…
I was pleasantly surprised when, only 20 minutes later, I opened my inbox to find a helpful and polite response from one of their representatives.
When you compare the customer support of VPN Unlimited to some of the other VPNs on the market (for example VPNs like CyberGhost and IPVanish), the quality and speed of their service are actually quite remarkable.
While it might not stand up to ExpressVPN’s live chat feature, the support offered by VPN Unlimited is a breath of fresh air in a market plagued with shoddy customer service.
3. Strong AES-256 encryption w/ OpenVPN, IPSec & Others…
VPN Unlimited encrypts your information with something called the Advanced Encryption Standard or AES.
This super secure encryption standard is the same one used by federal agencies to transmit sensitive data and it is, quite literally, the most secure symmetrical encryption standard in existence (at least that we know of).
It’s true that most VPN providers already use AES-256 to encrypt your data, but since security is one of the primary concerns when selecting a new service, this still counts as a “Pro” in my book.
If you peruse the list of different VPNs that we have reviewed, you will undoubtedly notice that most (if not all) of them offer the above VPN tunneling protocols.
So why in the world would I list this as a “Pro” for VPN Unlimited?
Because of one special little extension.
KeepSolid Wise is a special extension to the OpenVPN tunneling protocol that makes it difficult (nigh on impossible) to detect.
Think of it as your proverbial cloak of invisibility.
In countries with oppressive and outdated censorship laws, government officials will often search for individuals using VPNs to bypass their Draconian regulations.
As soon as they find one of these connections, they will throttle your performance and impede (or completely stop) your browsing session.
However, with KeepSolid Wise, you can slip through these nets and make your traffic appear just like any other standard connection.
And while this is a huge bonus for VPN Unlimited customers, unfortunately, it is not a bonus for all customers.
Currently, KeepSolid Wise is only available on the most recent versions of iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. Sorry Mac users…
Update: Since January 2018, they have also included built-in kill-switch feature to their app.
4. Their VPN Software is Smooth and Simple to Use
The interface on VPN Unlimited is incredibly easy to use.
After launching their software you are only one click away from anonymous browsing, and their simple sidebar allows you to quickly find exactly what you are looking for.
While some of the more advanced users might find their overly simplistic interface to be a turn-off, for most customers, this easy to use dashboard will provide everything that you need and more.
Cons of using VPN Unlimited
1. They Aren’t Fast Enough (Slow Speed)
Whenever you were a kid, you probably heard the statement “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”.
Well, that was true during your childhood and it’s true today.
After hearing about their lifetime pricing plan, many of you are probably chomping at the bit to get started with VPN Unlimited’s services, and I don’t blame you.
Unfortunately, their promise to provide Secure, fast, and easy access to any site online, has yet to be fulfilled.
While VPN unlimited is far from the slowest VPN that I have ever seen, they rank 50th out of 74 (well below average) and their server (which they have 400+, locations in 52 countries) are much slower faster than NordVPN’s which is a better and cheaper alternative.
Here are our results without using a VPN:
Here are our speed test results when using VPN Unlimited:
- Ping: 184ms
- Download: 25.69 Mbps
- Upload: 7.31 Mbps
- Ping: 37ms
- Download: 47.13 Mbps
- Upload: 24.70 Mbps
Asia Server (Hong Kong)
- Ping: 335ms
- Download: 12.42 Mbps
- Upload: 2.92 Mbps
- Ping: 51ms
- Download: 59.69 Mbps
- Upload: 42.09 Mbps
As always, you should take these tests with a grain of salt since they can vary wildly and are dependent on a number of uncontrollable variables. That being said, however, I have scoured the internet for other tests and even went so far as to ask some of my colleagues to test the speeds on their network and all of them reported similarly disappointing results.
While these aren’t the worst download or upload speeds that I have ever seen, if speed is of the essence for your VPN-related endeavors, then you should probably check out some of our other VPN reviews to find a provider that can offer the performance you are looking for.
2. They Possibly Keep Some Logs?
It’s a common practice for free VPN services to log your personal information and then sell it to advertisers and marketers to pay for the services that you are using.
However, most high-quality VPNs guarantee zero logging of your information or activity.
Unfortunately, VPN Unlimited is not one of them.
For starters, VPN Unlimited monitors how many people are trying to access their servers in order to maintain security and help customers troubleshoot network problems.
That seems harmless enough.
They also track the different clicks that you make inside of their software in order to optimize their interface and ensure the best customer experience possible.
Again, seems harmless to me.
Where I began to get suspicious, however, was when I learned that they also track the session duration of users to monitor bandwidth usage for the alleged purpose of “Providing detailed information intended solely for each concrete user.”
If you are someone with real security concerns, this suspiciously vague intrusion should raise a few red flags but, in my experience, shouldn’t be cause for any real concern.
While VPN Unlimited’s logging activities are (apparently) innocuous, I prefer a VPN with a strict “Zero Logging” policy.
And, in the spirit of total transparency, I want to ensure that every potential VPN Unlimited customer is aware of how the company tracks and stores your personal data.
While this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, VPN Unlimited certainly isn’t getting any points for their logging practices.
3. Limited Torrenting Capabilities
If you live in a country that enjoys the freedom of speech and do not plan on traveling anytime soon, then you’re likely in the market for a VPN for one of two reasons.
- You want to secure your connection while using public networks
- You want the ability to torrent online without worrying about potential legal fallout
Unfortunately, VPN Unlimited isn’t much use for potential customers who fall into the second category.
I took a look through VPN Unlimited’s FAQ and found this in response to the question “Is BitTorrent and other file-sharing allowed on all servers?”
While I have no doubt that this stance has earned the approval anti-piracy advocates worldwide, it has also alienated VPN Unlimited from a huge market segment.
If you need a VPN provider with torrenting capabilities, VPN Unlimited is probably not right for you.
4. You Need to Restart Your Computer After Installation
I know that this is a pretty minor bone to pick, but I couldn’t resist.
With so many VPNs on the market that allow you to secure your browsing experience only a few minutes after making your purchase, I was disappointed to find that VPN Unlimited requires you to restart your device in order to get started with their services.
This isn’t exactly a deal breaker, but considering some of the other problems with this VPN, I was hoping for a more seamless user experience.
Pricing, Plans & Payment Methods
The last time I reviewed VPN Unlimited, they offered more than 7 different pricing plans ranging from $2 for 7 days, all the way up to two years of service for around $50.
However, the times have changed and the team in New York decided to consolidate their plans into a more traditional set of pricing packages (with one exception).
They offer one month and one-year pricing options (both of which are budget friendly) which is pretty standard fare for a VPN provider.
But where things get interesting is when you look at their unheard of lifetime pricing plan which, as the name implies, means unlimited VPN access… Forever.
Here’s how it all breaks down.
Monthly Plan: $9.99
At $9.99, VPN Unlimited isn’t breaking into any new territory when it comes to VPN pricing. This is a pretty standard rate that can be expected across the board.
This equates to:
- $9.99 per month
- $119.88 per year
- 0% Savings
Yearly Plan: $59.99
Unlike most providers, VPN Unlimited doesn’t have any middle ground between their one month and twelve-month packages. If you want to buy a VPN for short-term travel purposes (i.e. a 3-month business trip abroad), then you will probably want to shop around a little bit more to find a company with a plan that is more tailored to your needs.
That being said, at only $5.00 a month, VPN Unlimited’s yearly plan is definitely budget friendly, but as you might now, NordVPN – $2.99/mo (highly recommended in our review) and Private Internet Access is even cheaper.
Here’s the break down:
- $5.00 per month
- $59.99 per year
- 50% savings
The “Infinity” Plan: $149.99
If this plan is making you scratch your head and mutter “Meh?” under your breath, you are not alone. VPN Unlimited is (literally) the only company that I know of to offer a lifetime plan to their customers.
Not to mention that all things considered, this plan is pretty darn cheap.
Only time will tell if this business move is genius or ludicrous, so until then, let’s suffice it to say that if you plan on using a VPN for the foreseeable future, this might be the cheapest option in existence (unless, of course, you are willing to settle for a sub-par free service).
VPN Unlimited also offers a 7-day money back guarantee on all of their plans so if you do make a purchase and then decide that they aren’t the VPN you are looking for, you can easily get your money refunded.
All the major payments options are available, such as Credit Card, PayPal and Bitcoin for anonymous payments.
It’s also worth mentioning that once you’re signed up, you have “auto-renew” ON. Unless you plan to keep using them, it’s worth turning it OFF.
Do I recommend VPN Unlimited?
To put it bluntly…
No, I do not recommend this VPN service. I went into the review process with high hopes.
Their app OK for hiding your IP and protecting your data, but…
There are too many much better VPNs on the market (at a similar or even cheaper price) to settle on a service that provides such limited capabilities and slow performance.
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P.S. Have you ever used VPN Unlimited before? If so, what was your experience like? I’m always interested to hear your experience (good or bad).
28 user reviews for VPN Unlimited
I signed up for VPN unlimited about 1.5 years ago after getting an email from my ISP about torrenting. I found a good deal I think $49.99 for life. I know this is an amazing and unsustainable price but I figured if it lasts 2 years it will pay for itself. When I initially got it it would say it was connected but not be sending my traffic though the VPN. Customer support was helpful and said the issue was with IPv6 and using IPv4 would fix the problem. While this is not ideal it did work almost flawlessly after that. When I signed up many servers were near 100% loaded and performance was about half my normal speed. However server load now is quite low and speed is quick. No matter what happens now I've already got my money's worth so it has been a good purchase.
Drew M Losure
very happy with the service
I've been using this service for over a year - got the Lifetime for 39.99 - and I adore it. The speed on any of my devices isn't significantly reduced when I use a low traffic server... I've occasionally gotten protocol errors like others describe, but I just choose a different server and then it works (so I'm not really sure why others would complain about the problem so vehemently). I have an account with ten device slots, so right now a friend of mine in china and a friend in prague both use my account to access US versions of websites (including Netflix, and with no issues...).
Frankly, it's easy to use, the speed drop is negligible and the peace of mind of having a service that I never have to renew is wonderful. I've tested other VPN services (thank God for free trials!) and while I haven't had any issues with them, either, they can't really beat the Lifetime price point.
Enough people below report issues that I can't completely discount them; I do believe that some folks must genuinely be experiencing major issues, However some of them also MUST be user error, as I haven't experienced ANYTHING like what they're describing. I've just had steady and consistent service, around the world if you keep in mind that my account has users in China and Prague,,,
So far so good...
I have just started using it on my Mac and it seems just fine as far as performance. I am getting 170Mbps down and 30Mbps up (which seems adequate) and ping times are only slightly higher (this is from a server in Canada to my system in the mid Atlantic USA). I am downloading (and uploading) a torrent as I type without issues. I was able to install it from remote without any need to restart (must be a Windows thing). I will know more later when I try it on my mobile devices, but for now the only reason it's not getting 100/100 is the vague logging policy.
Don't go near this VPN
This VPN messed up my Mac, is very slow and worst of all, after you've tried it for just a few days, when you ask for a refund, Stack Commerce that manages VPNU's billing tells you it won't give refunds. It took me four emails and another attempt via chat to get in touch with them. Stay very far away from this miserable operation.
Not good on iPhone
Added this service for a discounted price about 1.5 years ago and initially worked ok.
It is fine on my laptop at home - works on wifi, but on my cell phone – horrible. They do have good email support with a quick response time. In checking my download speed it shows 4.4 Mbps when using this app. And phone keeps telling me no internet or no wifi. If I turn the app off download speed is 85 Mbps. (20x slower!)
Should work a lot better and faster. And every time I use my phone I have to re-initialize their app otherwise other apps just sit there and spin/won’t open.
They Admit to Filtering Content ... Just Say No
By their admission, they monitor content and filter it. While they “may” limit torrenting, the bigger issue is that they admit that their scanning traffic and potentially applying their own judgement and rules to whether they’ll allow it or not. Go with a solution that is committed to a free and open connection without them intruding or scanning your content.
SECOND ATTEMPTED TO CHARGE ON MY CREDIT CARD
Do not trust on Keepsolid , this is the second time they tried to charge on my credit card without my permission, emails never replied, I will contact Amex to block you for good.
So and so...
I have been using it for a couple of months. Got it for $19 for lifetime subscription.
My issue with them so far is the constant protocol errors. Half the time it is useless no matter what. I tried two different computers. Support has no idea. Maybe because I have a slow 2M speed (the cheapest I can afford).
VPN Unlimited works great for my situation, which is occasional video or sports watching in other countries, especially the UK. I am based in the USA. No problem with speed including live sports in Europe. Look for a special deal from Stack Social – they often offer lifetime subscriptions at a very low price. After installation, be sure to restart your PC.
My only issue (experienced with other VPNs too) is that when I am finished and quit the VPN, sometimes my access to the internet stops working. Here is a tip to resolve this: Disable VPN Unlimited in the Task Manager (Startup tab) so that it doesn’t start up every time you restart your PC. Instead, click on the icon to start VPN Unlimited only when you need it. And instead of quitting it when you are done, just restart your PC. (Restart, not Shutdown, to return your settings to normal.)
I bought the lifetime package for 50 bucks on sale since I thought it was worth the chance. So far I’d give it a 2 out of 5 since it sometimes works, and it could be worse. But the neftlix specific IP, designed for one purpose as the name suggests, is very often blocked.
Worse, when U contact support (all Russians) they respond with such unhelpful advice such as “make sure you are connected to the correct server.” and “use a different browser”.
I would not recommend this vpn for any reason other than if you get a super cheap deal such as I did. Otherwise, it’s not worth the hassle. Spend the money and get a more reliable service, preferably one with a North American support staff. (Supposedly U say they are in NY but it sure does not seem like it, and I would have to argue their support staff are not. If so, they are hire all Russians which is weird)
Thanks for the Warning!
I’m still in the market for a quality VPN, this shows a ‘lifetime’ bundle for $39.99 with a pop-up for 10% off of 1st purchase, of which I accepted.
However, before pulling the trigger, Googled VPN Unlimited Reviews, this was among the first.
Thanks for the warning, will be looking elsewhere.;-)
It worked great, at first. This program is becoming a bad deal. I get notices that there are problems and it won’t start, it then takes up to 3-4 times restarting the computer before it will even try to connect, and then can take 30-45 minutes before I can use the Internet.
I bought the VPN unlimited license but it doesn’t work consistently. It will work for a few minutes then it will go down. Then I switch to a different server and it may log into it or it may not. If it does it might work for about 5 minutes then go down again. Today they sent an update and now it doesn’t work at all. Don’t mess with this piece of junk. It’s not worth it and it will just waste your money.
I’ve been using VPN unlimited for several months and it generally works fairly well for me at home, though I’ve run into a number of sites that will not allow a connection if the VPN is active.
More annoying, when I’m out at a coffee shop, library, etc., more and more frequently, VPN unlimited “connects” but sits forever in it’s “Virtual server loading…” state, never assigning a virtual IP address. In that state, I can’t get to any site, sometimes the DNS resolution of the site’s IP address cannot even be done. It’s becoming less and less clear to me that it’s worth the monthly fee.
Happy with VPN Unlimited
Have been using VPN Unlimited for a year (unlimited for $39). Works well. I have a 50 Mbps IP, and that is slowed to about 40 Mbps when using the VPN. Does have some servers that allow torrents. Has servers all over the world. Works on Mac and iOS devices. No problems.
I love VPN Unlimited
I have been a subscriber to VPN Unlimited since April 04, 2015 where I paid $39.00 for the VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription.
I moved to VPN Unlimited from PIA (Private Internet Access) and have not looked back. There were some speed issues initially, but those seem to be resolved. The customer service, as you share, is excellent and the response time refreshingly surprising.
VPN Unlimited also allows P2P or BitTorrent. I think your speed metrics should have been demonstrated as no VPN speed and a with VPN “X” on to illustrate the differences. In the past you could not stream Netflix, but you can now if you select the correct server. I use a Mac and I do not recall having to restart my computer to use the app, but that may have been the case and IMHO, that is a trivial issue. BTW, really, you counted that as a reason? I did need to purchase additional connections for the family, but that one-time charge is better than additional monthly fees to add another service. I am a “little” concerned with the logging issue, which is what keeps this from getting 100%.
Clear, clean, and easy-to-use interface, excellent connection speeds, and terrific customer support make up an excellent VPN service.
Works with Netflix now
Side note: they have a Netflix server option now that I test regularly with satisfaction from Colombia. They also added a BBC server option that works.
not worth it
Their logs politics is shady, they are based in USA, they don’t allow torrenting and you have to pay for that, it’s ridiculous.
I started using their service 2 Months ago and tried many sever but all of them extremely slow not exceed 500 KBITS/S !!!
I started using their service 2 years a go when I stumbled upon a ‘lifetime-deal’ for VPN unlimited. I didn’t think much of it and fully expected them not to honor the lifetime part at all. But still to this day I use their service almost daily.
VPN Unlimited has Desktop and Mobile apps, which both never gave me any trouble or errors. They have VPNs in almost every country of the world which you can ALL use. They specifiy which ones you can use to torrent.
The speed is OK, all VPNs slow down your original internet speed and theirs is just like that.
The only downside for me with VPN Unlimited is that I couldn’t easily find how to configure my OpenVPN settings with their service, which I actually still don’t know how to do. It should be possible though.
Doesn't Work For Days At A Time. Extremely Frustrating.
Purchased a 3 year package for what I thought was a bargain. VPN client won’t connect for days at a time. Cust service says reinstall & disable firewall. Even then it doesn’t work. Eventually (12 hours-3 days later) it will start working miraculously. Absolutely worthless if you need a VPN every day.
4 Stars For VPN Unlimited
I have used VPN Unlimited for a couple of months now, I use it for gaming on my xbox so I could get to use US servers, in certain games the ping is reasonable with some with very little to no lag like RN6. I rent my own server and so the download speeds aren’t bad since the server is in LA and I’m in Bangkok, Thailand around 8,000 something miles. The price is 20 dollars and I think its a bit high but its the best speed so far for me. The support takes sometime to respond which I would love to have a live chat but I’ll make do.
I’ve been using VPN unlimited for about 4 years now, it is easy to configure with the app but if you want to use it without it you can but it is somehow hard to get the info, you can select up to 4 devices to connect, right now I have a lifetime account, so that means that it won’t cost a dime in the future, all thanks to the promotions they usually do. The support team really works fast you could get your issue solved in a couple of minutes, the only thing that I don’t like is the cautions about using the service (i used it with an Asus router) and they were really clear that you need to know what you are doing with it.
Fast and cheap, but buggy.
VPN unlimited has some serious issues with its security system which allowed me to use it for free for almost 6 months. Overall the app is well designed and reasonably fast, my speed changes from 100mb/s without it to about 80 with it. But I live in London so results may vary.
There were some bugs leading app to error messages but only a couple times in 6 months. Out of 7 vpn apps I used, this one gives the best speed for the cheapest price.
I tried it and first it wouldn’t connect so they made some suggestions and on the last day of the free trial it worked. I asked and they gave another 7 days trial given it didn’t work through no fault of mine. After a couple of days I lost the ability to connect to the net with notices coming up saying there was no internet connection. I didn’t know that they had the connection but all it did was prevent me from getting on the net and I was left stranded. I had to reset my computer back to an earlier date to get rid of it in the hope that it would fix the problem. It did.
Have you any idea how that could happen? Also the download speed, when it was working, was no different to my regular download speed. In the UK they would be prosecuted under the Trades Descriptions Act which is contravened when selling something to the public and not delivering what it says on the label. Unless the fault was with me.
OK for watching Netflix
I don’t want to pay a ton of money for a simple software like VPN. Hence the reason I’m using VPN Unlimited.
YES, they aren’t that speedy, but that’s not an issue for me as I’m only using them to watch Netflix and it truly does the trick.
I’m recommending it.
Many VPN’s out there are good like ExpressVPN and VyprVPN, but their plans are expensive.
I discovered VPN Unlimited through their ads. Their logging policy and encryptions were good, kinda slow unlike the two others but for a price half of the two VPN’s were mentioned, VPN Unlimited is showing potential to VPN business.
VPN Unlimited has been my favourite provider for a while. I’ve also tried out VPNArea, TorGuard. VPN Unlimited stands out with their effective customer support and fast servers.
In my opinion, they’re incredibly fast + they have a huge variety of different servers across the globe.
I recommend them for anyone who’s looking for an “all in one” VPN service provider. I can tell you honestly, that I’ve never had any problems with them…