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Unblock-Us Review – Unlock Social Networking and Premium Streaming Sites From Anywhere

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Unblock-Us is a popular Smart DNS service that allows people to access their favorite sites from anywhere. The service was launched in 2010 by UnblockUs Inc. and since then it has steadily become more and more popular. In this detailed review, we will look at the features offered by the service and decide if the service is worth subscribing.

Server Locations and Site Access

Unblock-Us allows you to unlock premium services from several different countries including United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. Unlike a VPN, the service does not change your IP address but it still provides a way to bypass ISP and location based restrictions and access your favorite social networking and streaming sites from anywhere (even from China, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait). By subscribing to the service, you would be able to unlock sites like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Videos, Pandora, NHL Gamecenter, Vudu, CBS, ABC, Fox, MLB, HBO Go, TBS, TruTV, Crackle, Rdio, Vevo, iTV Player, Cinemanow, Blockbuster, Spotify, RTE Player, Eurosport, MSN, Dishworld, PBS Videos, Food Network, Demand 5, 4OD, CTV and MTV. The service also makes it incredibly easy to switch locations and even appear at multiple locations at the same time (appear to be in US for one website and Canada for another at the same time). However, the service does not support many premium websites (for example Sky, Zattoo etc.) so it is advisable to check the list of supported and unsupported sites before subscribing to the service.

Speed and Bandwidth

The Unblock-Us service is considerably faster than most proxies and VPN services. Since the service does not encrypt traffic and changes only the location based information of your web requests, the speed loss is almost negligible. If you want near-broadband speeds for streaming premium HD content then Unblock-Us would definitely be a good choice for you.

Privacy Settings

Unblock-Us delivers anonymous and secure service to its customers. However, unlike VPNs, the service cannot be used for anonymizing online activities since there is not encryption or tunneling involved. The company does not monitor the browsing sessions of its users and since only a little portion of your web traffic passes through the company’s servers, your personal data remains safe and secure.

Supported Operating Systems

Unblock-Us is compatible with an incredibly wide range of operating systems and devices including Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP), Mac OSX, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Amazon Kindle, Android, PS 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii (including Wii U), Samsung Smart TV, Sony TV, LG Smart TV, Google TV, Apple TV, Boxee, Roku, Panasonic Viera and WD TV Live Devices. For even more compatibility, the service offers support for routers from AirPort Extreme, Netgear, D-Link, Linksys, 2wire, Siemens, Bell Cell Pipe, Actiontec, Bell Aliant Speedstream and Tp-Link. The company offers easy to install apps for Windows, Apple and Android but other systems require manual configuration. However, the setup process is extremely easy thanks to the detailed configuration instructions available on the company’s website.

Customer Support

The company provides 24x7x365 support through a ticket based system. The company has also published a wealth of information on its website so it is possible to troubleshoot common connection problems with ease. The company even publishes the latest customer support ratings on its official site so you can expect quick replies to your queries.

Pricing Options

Unblock-Us provides a no-obligation, 7 day trial to all new customers. The trial is absolutely free of cost and you don’t have to provide your credit card details in order to test the service. In case you want to continue using the service after the trial period is over, you can subscribe to the service by paying $4.99 per month. The service does not offer refunds for monthly plans so it makes sense to test the service first.

Final Verdict

Overall, Unblock-Us delivers on most parameters. Although the service does not support every premium service out there, it provides a fast, easy and feasible way to access blocked websites. Check out the free trial offered by the company if you are not happy with the speeds provided by your proxy provider or VPNs happen to be way too much complicated for you. For more information, please visit: www.unblock-us.com.

August 16, 2013

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