VPN Reviews

SolVPN Review

Monday, January 12th, 2015

SolVPN is an online anonymity service which has been around for more than six years. The service was launched by an American company called SolConsult LLC in 2008. This SolVPN Review will focus on both pros and cons of the service and help you to decide whether it is worth your time and money.

Server Locations & Site Access – SolVPN has a presence in United Kingdom and United States. While the choice of gateways is definitely on the lower side, the service works throughout the world. The service is a good choice for expats and tourists who are cut-off from their favorite entertainment options just because they happen to have a non-US or non-UK IP. The service can assist you in unlocking streaming content sites such as BBC iPlayer, Pandora, FOX, Demand 5, NBC, Amazon Instant Videos, Vudu, Eurosport, MLB, Syfy, Crackle, USA Network, Xfinity, MTV, Lovefilm, CWTV, HBO Go, Sky Go, Netflix, UK TV, NHL, CBS, Hulu, STV, ABC, Vevo, TNT, iTV Player and 4OD from all parts of the world.

Apart from unlocking On-Demand sites, the service can help you to get around local firewalls and regional censorship. For example, China has blocked Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Gmail within its borders but SolVPN can help you to unblock these sites while you are visiting the country. Similarly, the service can help you to access Skype, GTalk and Viber from Middle East and Brazil without leaking your identity to the local authorities.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – SolVPN offers high speed connections and unlimited bandwidth to its subscribers. The reliable network of the company ensures that your connection remains fast irrespective of your location. The service is perfect for resource consuming activities like streaming of live events and online TV shows, downloading files, VOIP and online gaming plus the provider also allows legal P2P sessions from within its network.

Privacy Settings – SolVPN secures your privacy with PPTP (128 bit encryption) or OpenVPN protocol (1024-2048 bit encryption). Once you establish a connection with a SolVPN server, your entire internet traffic (including emails, chats, VOIP) gets routed through it so you get protection for all types of online activities without any extra configuration. The secure tunnel created by the service also secures your data at Wi-Fi spots and protects your online sessions from being monitored by your ISP.

SolVPN does not record online activities of its users but it will provide client information to third parties in case it receives a subpoena from the US government.

Supported Operating Systems – SolVPN is compatible with many systems including Linux, Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Mac, iPhones, iPads, Android and Windows Mobile. Since the provider doesn’t offer a dialer client, you would need to do the configuration manually by referring to the setup instructions posted on the provider’s site. While configuring the service, you must also keep in mind that the provider’s OpenVPN service is not yet available for mobile devices so you must choose the PPTP protocol instead.

Customer Support – SolVPN provides support through live chat, email and tickets. In addition, you may contact the provider via phone or fax.

Pricing Options – SolVPN offers a variety of subscription options:

1) PPTP only package – Costs $10/month, $26 for 3 months, $45 for 6 months and $80 per year.
2) OpenVPN only package – Costs $12/month, $32 for 3 months, $55 for 6 months and $95 per year.
3) Combo (OpenVPN+PPTP) package – Costs $15/month, $40 for 3 months, $70 for 6 months and $125 per year.

In addition to the subscription cost, new customers are required to pay a one-time setup fee of $5 which seems unfair since the configuration needs to be done by the customers themselves. The company usually does not offer free trials but it may grant a free trial to you since it considers trial requests on a case-by-case basis. All new subscriptions are covered by a 5 day money-back guarantee.

Final Verdict – SolVPN delivers top-notch security but its plans are considerably expensive when compared with Tier-1 VPN providers. We recommend the service only to those who need US or UK IPs or are not happy with their current VPN service providers. For more information, please visit: www.solvpn.com.

January 12, 2015

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