VPN Reviews

BTC Tunnel Review

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

BTC Tunnel is a Canada based privacy service which was launched in 2013. The service is backed by BBB accredited XNS Technology Group Inc., a privately held company of 50+ people providing IT services to over 10,000 clients from 70 different countries. BTC Tunnel was one of the first commercial VPN service providers to accept bitcoins as payments which shows its commitment towards online privacy. In this BTC Tunnel Review, we will look at all the features offered by the service and decide whether it is worth our time.

Server Locations & Site Access – BTC Tunnel’s VPN network consists of 7,000+ IP addresses spread across 24 different countries. The company has servers located at United States, Switzerland, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore, Russia, Sweden, Iceland, Austria, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Germany, Australia, Romania, Malaysia, Ireland, Hong Kong, France, Chile, Isle of Man, Spain, Italy and Poland.

BTC Tunnel’s impressive choice of server locations is definitely a boon for expats and tourists since it allows them to access location restricted content irrespective of their location. By changing your IP address through the service, you can unlock GEO-IP restricted On-Demand sites like BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Russia TV, Spotify, NHL, CBC, RTE Player, ABC iView, Lovefilm, CTV, Canal+, Voddler, Demand 5, HBO Go, TVB, Much Music, Direct 8, iTV Player, Pandora, E!, WimpMusic, Zattoo, Sky Go, Mio TV, Global TV, MyTV, Rai TV, Wilmaa, TV Japan, Vudu, 4OD, CWTV, USA Network, TV Asahi, Arte, FOX, RTL, MLB, CBS, ABC Player, Vevo, Deezer, MTV, Rara, NBC, Star TV, Xfinity and TV Tokyo from any geographical area in the world.

And if you are planning to visit China, Middle East or Latin America, the service can help you bypass the local censorship and access Facebook, Skype, Gmail, Twitter and YouTube. Users of the service can also switch freely between different server locations and access local content from multiple countries at no extra cost.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – BTC Tunnel guarantees 99.9% uptime through its network of high speed servers that are connected to 1 GBPS ports. The company is committed to providing a fast and unrestricted privacy service to its subscribers so it does not limit browsing speeds or bandwidth in any way. The company has a team of engineers who monitor its network round the clock to ensure the best speeds and uninterrupted connectivity.

Privacy Settings – BTC Tunnel supports all common VPN protocols including OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec. The service first encrypts your session and data and then routes them through a secure tunnel which ensures that your browsing activities remain hidden from all kinds of surveillance. The service even protects your identity and other precious data while you using the Wi-Fi facilities at malls, hotels, coffee shops, airports and libraries. And since the privacy solution anonymizes all types of sessions (including FTP, browsing, emailing and messaging) automatically, you don’t have to worry about configuring each and every application separately.

The privacy policy of the company says that it has a strict policy of not logging any sensitive information. While this statement can be interpreted in many ways, it should be kept in mind that most VPN providers log connection details anyway so we should expect BTC Tunnel to do the same. Since Canada does not have strict data retention laws, the company is not bound by legislation to log connection data of its users.

Supported Operating Systems – BTC Tunnel works well with common devices and operating systems including Windows, Linux, Mac OS/X, Android, iPhones and iPads. The provider offers its own client for Windows (Quick Connect Desktop Client) but other systems require manual configuration. The service is even compatible with DD-WRT routers so you can also use it on your gaming consoles (Xbox, Wii, PS) as well as Smart TVs.

Customer Support – BTC Tunnel provides fast and responsive support through live chat, email and tickets. The company has an in-house team of 10 trained professional who work behind the scenes to provide first rate customer service.

Pricing Options – BTC Tunnel VPN is available for $5 per month, $13.5 for 90 days (9% saving), $25.8 for 180 days (14% saving) and $49.5 for a year (18% saving). Although there are no free trials available, the providers offers a very generous 30 day money back policy. If anonymity is your primary concern, you can pay for the service through Bitcoins or Gift Cards.

Final Verdict – Overall, the BTC Tunnel service does not disappoint in any way. The service is fast, provides unrestricted connections as well as offers a good choice of server locations. We definitely urge our readers to take a look at the service if they are not happy with their current VPN provider. For more information, please visit: www.btctunnel.com.

January 14, 2015

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