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My Expat Network Review – Watch Streaming Services Online

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

My Expat Network is a privacy solution that is geared towards expats and tourists who want to access streaming services from their home countries. Launched in 2011, the service is brought to you by a United Kingdom based company. This My Expat Network Review will focus on the most important features of the service so that you can make a subscription decision.

Server Locations and Site Access

My Expat Network has VPN gateways in 5 different countries – United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Sweden. Although the choice of locations is on a lower side, the service makes it incredibly easy to unblock premium services like Netflix, Rara, BBC iPlayer, ABC iView, Sky Go, Pandora, SBS, Spotify, CTV, Lovefilm, USA Network, Eurosport, UK TV, CMore, Much Music, Amazon Prime, 4OD, Hulu, Demand 5, Spacecast, Global TV, HBO Go, TNT, Voddler, Viasat, TSN, Star TV, The Comedy Network, CWTV, Bravo, WimpMusic, Xfinity, Ten Network, CBC, NBC, iTV, City TV, STV, MTV, MLB, SVT, Vevo, FOX, Vudu, NHL and CBS from anywhere in the world. Moreover, for people who are frustrated with the firewalls and censorship deployed by their schools, workplaces and governments (such as China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Brazil etc.), the service works as an anti-censorship tool and provides unrestricted access to blocked sites like Twitter, Gmail, Skype, Facebook, YouTube and Blogger. Subscribers who need access to streaming content from multiple countries can subscribe to multi-country plans offered by the company.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

My Expat Network does not place any kind of speed or bandwidth restriction upon its users. This makes the service suitable not only for streaming On-demand services but also for downloading, VOIP and online gaming activities.

Privacy Settings

My Expat Network offers its service via L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN protocols. These two protocols are considered more secure than the PPTP protocol and deliver a secure privacy service on a device of your choice. The data encryption and tunneling features available through the service would help your to secure your private data at public Wi-Fi hotspots as well as allow you to secure many types of online activities with just one configuration.

My Expat Network logs bare minimum connection details (bandwidth usage and connection/disconnection time) to prevent abuse. However, the company remains committed to user privacy and it will not share customer details with third parties unless there is a legal requirement to do so.

Supported Operating Systems

My Expat Network can be used on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8), Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch, Android, Linux, Windows Mobile and routers (DD-WRT and Sabai). The company provides an easy to use VPN client for Windows and Mac but other devices and operating systems require manual configuration. The company has provided details setup instructions for most operating systems so the installation shouldn’t be tough even for tech novices. The service can be used from 3 different devices at the same time plus it can also be configured on gaming consoles, Smart TVs, Roku and Apple TV through pre-configured Sabai routers.

Customer Support

The company provides 24X7 customer support through its helpdesk. Customers who are unable to install the service can also request for remote assistance via Teamviewer.

Pricing Options

My Expat Network offers device and country specific VPN plans. Here is a snapshot of the US VPN plans available through the service:

PC, Mac & router US VPN plan Access to US servers from computers and routers for $5 per month.

Tablet & Mobile US VPN plan – Access to US servers from mobile devices for $5 per month.

Multi-use (Computers+Mobile) US VPN plan – Access to US servers from any device for $7 per month.

Multi-country VPN plan – Access to US+UK+CA+AU servers from any device for $14 per month.

Unusually, the company operates separate websites for each server location and the price of single country plans vary from one location to another. So, while you may have to shell extra money for accessing servers from a specific country, it also provides an opportunity to save money on multi-country plan by subscribing to the service in a different currency. The company accepts payments only through PayPal which may put off some customers. On the plus side, the company provides a full one month money back guarantee though there are no free trials available.

Final Verdict

Overall, My Expat Network mostly delivers on its promises. While the multi-country plans offered by the company are indeed expensive, the service delivers a high level of performance that is vital for streaming premium services online. So if you want to unblock your favorite streaming sites from any location in the world, test drive the My Expat Network service today. For more information, please visit: www.my-expat-network.com.

April 23, 2014

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