VPN Reviews

PowerVPN Review – Can You Trust This Service Provider?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

PowerVPN is a premium VPN solution from Gameservers.com (formerly known as ClanServers Hosting, LLC); a New Jersey based company. Gameservers is one of the biggest gaming server providers in the world plus it also offers dedicated servers and voice servers to its customers. However, the focus of this PowerVPN review is going to be PowerVPN and we are going to check the features of the service in a lot more detail in the paragraphs below.

Server Locations & Site Access – PowerVPN has more than 70 VPN servers in 5 countries. Here is a list of locations where the provider has deployed servers:

United States – New York, Seattle, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, San Jose, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.
United Kingdom – London.
Russia – Moscow.
Netherlands – Amsterdam.

Through its extensive network, the company offers more than 3700 IPs to customers. The availability of IPs from America and Europe is beneficial for customers who want to unlock premium streaming content that is available only in the above 5 countries. For example, the service provides unrestricted access to Spotify, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, Rara, Hulu, Demand 5, HBO Go, NBC, Pandora, Lovefilm, Deezer, Russia TV, Vudu, TV Lab, Amazon Prime, STV, RTVNH, ABC Player, USA Network, UK TV, Sky Go, iTV Player, Xfinity, 4OD, Film1, CWTV, Vevo, MTV, TNT, Sport1, AT5, MLB, NHL, FOX and CBS from all parts of the world.

What’s more impressive is that PowerVPN makes it easy to bypass state and institution level censorship and access Twitter, Gmail, Facebook, Skype, Viber and YouTube from anywhere. With your subscription, you will get access to servers from all locations so you would be able to unlock GEO-IP content from multiple countries as well as choose a server close to your location to experience faster browsing speeds.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – PowerVPN offers unrestricted speed and traffic plans so the service is ideal for streaming, downloading and VOIP. However, the company does restrict bandwidth to a maximum of 500 MB per day so you would not be able to stream HD content all day. On the positive side, the company’s servers are connected to Gigabit+ network that is continuously monitored and optimally routed for near continuous uptime.

Privacy Settings – PowerVPN offers 256 bit encrypted tunnels through PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP protocols. The lack of support for the OpenVPN protocol is indeed a downside since it is the most secure protocol available today. The service encrypts all your traffic (even VOIP, email and messaging) and routes it through a secure tunnel which makes it impossible for the ISPs to monitor your online activities plus it also protects you from all kinds of hacking and Wi-Fi security threats.

PowerVPN does not record browsing activities of its subscribers but the company would respond to all legal requests and may even reveal customer details if the service was used for illegal activities.

Supported Operating Systems – PowerVPN is available for Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8), Android and Apple devices such as Mac, iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads. There is a VPN client available for Windows based systems but for other devices, you will have to configure the service yourself. The good news is that the company offers detailed setup instructions (with pictures) so setting up the service isn’t a difficult task.

Customer Support – PowerVPN provides round the clock support through live chat and email. Existing customers can log into the portal and fire their support queries from within their account while non-customers can contact the support team via a form.

Pricing Options – PowerVPN offers two different types of plans:

1) VPN Unlimited – This plan offers shared IPs and costs $6.95 per month, $19.81 for 3 months, $35.45 for 6 months and $41.70 for one year ($3.48/month).

2) VPN Dedicated – This plan is meant for those who need a dedicated IP from US or Europe. The plan costs $9.95 per month, $28.36 for 3 months, $50.74 for 6 months and $59.70 ($4.97/month) for 1 year of service.

The provider does not offer free trials but you can definitely take advantage of 5 day money back guarantee.

Final Verdict – PowerVPN offers a good choice of shared and static IPs from America and Europe. While the service does not offer the best privacy (since OpenVPN is not supported) and even restricts bandwidth for heavy users, we recommend the service to our readers due to the background of the service provider. For more information, please visit: www.powervpn.com.

January 12, 2015

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