As you surely know, finding a VPN that’s aligned with your needs requires plenty of research. When you set out to review your options, you’ll find VPN Unlimited being recommended every now and then. That’s because this VPN service invests heavily into marketing and often comes up with highly attractive deals and promotional offers. However, we hope that you know better than to trust anyone’s marketing messages. With this said, we’ll put VPN Unlimited through a series of rigorous tests – and we’ll see if this VPN solution is worth the money. So, welcome to our hands-on review of VPN Unlimited!
We’ve published dozens of VPN reviews so far, and we always use the introduction segment to present some of the most important information. We won’t stray away for our format for this review, so you’ll find three tables below. First, let’s check out this VPN’s ID card, allowing you to easily compare it to its competitors.
|Jurisdiction||The USA (5-Eyes Alliance).|
|Logs||Collects anonymized data.|
|Number of Servers||55 countries; 400+ servers.|
|Encryption Standards||AES-256; KeepSolid Wise, OpenVPN, IKEv2, IPSec.|
|Speed Reduction||57% on average.|
|P2P Support||YES (legal P2P only).|
|Live Chat Support||YES (not available 24/7).|
|Supported Platforms||Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, routers.|
During the last decade, VPNs have become highly popular due to their ability to unblock websites. As you can imagine, this includes media streaming platforms as well. We’ve tested VPN Unlimited with a number of worldwide-popular platforms, so here are the results.
|Media Streaming Support|
|Amazon Prime Video||NO|
And finally, we have one more table for you. In case you don’t have the time to read this entire review, here are some of the most important highlights. The following table will show you this VPN’s biggest strengths, weakness, along with our final verdict.
|The Bottom Line|
|Pros||Strong platform support; Easy to install; Freshly redesigned UI; Easy to use; Unblocks Netflix; Capable encryption.|
|Cons||Based in the US; Logs plenty of private data; Modest server network; Below-average performance.|
|The Final Verdict||At the moment, we can recommend VPN Unlimited only to fans of streaming platforms who aren’t overly concerned about their online privacy.|
And now, we’re ready to dive into our full review. Make sure to stick with us, as we’ll be taking a very deep look at VPN Unlimited, leaving no stone unturned.
VPN Unlimited – TechNadu’s Hands-On Review
We will be reviewing VPN Unlimited by taking a look at a series of individual aspects. If you’d like to learn more about how we review VPNs, make sure to use the provided link.
Background, Jurisdiction & Reputation
VPN Unlimited comes from the United States, which is certainly problematic. There are no previous data leaks, but some vulnerabilities were detected earlier. Our Score: 2/10.
When choosing a VPN, it’s easy to get focused on all the features you’ll be getting. However, don’t forget that knowing where the chosen VPN comes from is a piece of highly important information. While some countries allow VPNs to operate independently and avoid logging data, other countries are more restrictive.
Jurisdiction & Applicable Laws
You’ll often see VPNs bragging about their country of origin – especially if we’re talking about exotic locations like the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, or Seychelles. Well, these countries are home to numerous VPN providers due to their privacy-first laws. Unfortunately, VPN Unlimited isn’t one of those VPNs – as it comes from the United States of America.
This VPN is owned by a company named KeepSolid, headquartered in New York. As you can see, we’ve encountered a major obstacle even before we started testing the application itself. That’s because the USA is one of the most problematic countries when it comes to data logging and mass-surveillance. You know all about shocking revelations made by Snowden a few years back, and we also know that the USA is a member country of the infamous 5-Eyes Intelligence Alliance. What’s also interesting to note is that the US doesn’t have mandatory data retention laws, even though many believe otherwise. Still, there’s the SCA (Stored Communications Act) that’s a few decades old – and is still used to easily force data processors to collect data indefinitely.
We also need to say that there are many VPNs that come from the United States – and many of them are fighting for your privacy in the best way possible. However, we also have VPNs that openly collect different kinds of personal information, which actually beats their primary purpose. As you’ll see later on in this article, VPN Unlimited doesn’t hide the fact that it collects personal information and connection logs, so make sure to keep this in mind.
Previous Data Leaks
VPN Unlimited has been on the market for a while now – and luckily, it never went through a data breach. Back in February 2018, a researcher discovered a MacOS root privilege escalation vulnerability affecting version 4.2 of VPN Unlimited. However, this vulnerability has been quickly patched, and no data ever leaked.
It should be also noted that VPN Unlimited was among the group of VPNs targeted by the Russian government. A few months ago, Russia decided to force certain VPNs to register their users and provide access to sensitive data. VPN Unlimited was among the first VPNs to respond – and issued a statement that they’re refusing to cooperate. This was actually an opportunity for VPN Unlimited to present their KeepSolid Wise protocol, which masks VPN traffic as HTTPS traffic – overcoming any kind of geo-restriction (more about this feature later in the article).
Supported Platforms & Devices
VPN Unlimited is present on a large number of devices, including desktop and mobile platforms. The only thing that’s missing is media streamers. Our Score: 8/10.
VPN Unlimited allows you to connect 5 devices at the same time (you can also connect 10, by paying extra). So, let’s see which kinds of applications you’ll get to use.
|Desktop Platforms||Windows, MacOS, Linux.|
|Mobile Platforms||Android, iOS, Windows Phone.|
|Web Browsers||Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.|
|Routers||DD-WRT, Tomato, and more.|
As you can see, VPN Unlimited supports numerous currently popular platforms. When it comes to computers, you’ll find native clients for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. And when it comes to mobile devices, VPN Unlimited is present on iOS and Android, and even on now-obsolete Windows Phone.
In case you don’t want to use a native app, you can use Web browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. And lastly, you can install VPN Unlimited on a number of routers. However, please note that router support is available for those who purchase this VPN’s annual plan, at least.
So, you might be wondering what’s missing here? We could say that media streaming devices are missing (Amazon FireOS, Android TV, and more). However, tech-savvy users can find a way to sideload Android apps for this purpose. Sure, it’s not the most optimal solution, but it works.
Installation & Initial Configuration
You can install and begin using VPN Unlimited within a few minutes. The process of installation is very simple and highly streamlined. Our Score: 10/10.
Even though you don’t need an active subscription to download VPN Unlimited, you need one to use this application. So, your first step is to subscribe to VPN Unlimited. Then, proceed to download its installation file from the official website, depending on your platform of choice. We’ve tested this VPN on a Windows 10 PC, where the installation file comes in at around 35MB – pretty lightweight.
In case you installed any application on your Windows PC before, you’ll know what to expect from this VPN. Choose where to install the required files, decide whether to place a shortcut on your desktop, and that’s pretty much it. Within a few seconds, the application will be installed and ready to use. Open it for the first time and you’ll see its log-in screen. Enter your credentials, and you’re ready to use VPN Unlimited.
Installing this VPN on any platform should not be a problem. Perhaps the most complicated method of installation applies to routers, but you’ll find helpful installation guides online. Therefore, we’re happy to say that VPN Unlimited comes with a very simple installation method, with no distractions, software bundles, or anything similar.
VPN Unlimited is more of a basic VPN provider. It covers the basic features well, but it falls short in the realm of advanced privacy-related features. Our Score: 6.5/10.
You’ll certainly want to know what kinds of features VPN Unlimited brings. So, check out the table found below, and then continue reading as we’ll explain everything you can expect.
|VPN Features Checklist|
|DNS Leak Protection||YES|
|IPv6 Leak Protection||YES|
|Unlimited Server Switches||YES|
Unlike the majority of VPNs, VPN Unlimited doesn’t aggressively advertise its features. For example, to see what kinds of data protection this VPN offers, you need to contact its customer support. However, we’ve gathered all the information we needed, so here’s what you need to know.
When it comes to protecting you against any real-time leaks, DNS leak protection is employed. It also offers IPv6 leak protection – but we still recommend you to be careful if your ISP (Internet Service Provider) uses IPv6. There are many reports online that VPN Unlimited leaks IPv6 on MacOS, so this is definitely something to keep in mind. And to keep you safe at all times, even when your connection becomes unstable, there’s a kill-switch.
It should be also mentioned that VPN Unlimited doesn’t eliminate ads. There are reports online of this VPN using a specialized firewall in the past, which eliminated ads and related tracking. However, when talking to their support team, we were told that VPN Unlimited protects you against tracks, even though it no longer removed ads online.
Finally, it’s also good to know that by getting a subscription, you’ll get to use VPN Unlimited on up to 5 devices with no limitations. This means you’ll be getting unlimited server switches, bandwidth, and unlimited data. Therefore, we conclude that VPN Unlimited covers the basics well, but it falls short when it comes to more advanced and unique features that could have otherwise set this VPN apart from the rest.
Having 400+ servers, VPN Unlimited is nowhere near top-rated VPNs. However, you get access to 55 countries, individual cities, and unlimited switching. Our Score: 4/10.
When it comes to VPN servers, you’ll want to have plenty of options. This allows you to easily get a new IP associated with a different country and unblock websites available to that region alone.
|Server Count Info|
|Number of Servers||400+|
|Number of Locations||70+|
|Number of Countries||55|
|Specific Cities Selection||YES|
The good news is that VPN Unlimited has a nice coverage, with servers present in 55 countries. You can browse the available servers manually or go for specialized ones (streaming and torrenting). However, keep in mind that you’ll get over 400 servers, which might look like plenty. However, top-rated VPNs come with anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000+ servers, and many of these are more affordable than VPN Unlimited. As you can see, you’re not exactly getting the best deal.
We’ll also mention that you can connect to individual cities or regions, which is useful for unblocking websites restricted to those regions. And also, you’ll get unlimited switching. This means that you can easily hop from one server to another at any moment.
Ease of Use
VPN Unlimited comes with a recently overhauled UI that seems quite polished. However, there are occasional problems and glitches. Our Score: 8/10.
VPN Unlimited recently received an update that completely overhauled its interface. It’s now much more polished and easier to use. So, let’s see how it looks like, and what you can expect.
The home screen of this VPN looks simple enough. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a button allowing you to choose a server. Click on it, and you’ll be greeted by a list of the available servers. Clicking on any of these will instruct VPN Unlimited to automatically connect. Also, don’t forget to check out the top-placed tabs, where you’ll find servers optimized for torrenting (5 servers in total) and streaming. We’ll talk about streaming and torrenting later in the article, so make sure to stick with us.
To dive deeper into everything this VPN offers, click on the hamburger button in the top-left corner. This will open up a menu with four tabs. So, let’s go over everything that can be found here.
- My Account: The first tab gives you an overview of your account. You can see its duration, you can change your password, and you can explore additional products made by KeepSolid.
- Settings: VPN Unlimited comes with a very simple settings panel. You can choose from different VPN protocols (or instruct the application to choose one for you), enable or disable DNS leak protection, and you can make a list of trusted Wi-Fi networks. Also, this is where you can set the application to run on start-up so you can be protected at all times.
- Information: In case you want to check for updates and leave your feedback, this is where it’s done.
- Support: The final tab lets you review VPN Unlimited’s support section (by opening its website). You can also submit a support ticket from here.
All in all, VPN Unlimited comes with a really nicely designed UI. It’s simple enough even for complete beginners. However, we also have to note a few downsides. The application acts as a marketing channel, frequently pushing new offers and extras. And also, it sometimes freezes. As you can see from the screenshot above, the application froze once we submitted a support ticket.
Media Streaming & Torrenting Support
VPN Unlimited can be used to stream Netflix, Hulu, and iPlayer. In terms of torrenting, there are 5 servers on offer, across North America and Europe. Our Score: 8/10.
Now, let’s find out which media streaming platforms can be unblocked and used via VPN Unlimited. Take a look at the following table if you plan on using this VPN to stream movies and TV shows via your favorite streaming platforms.
|Media Streaming & Torrenting Support|
|Amazon Prime Video||NO|
As per our tests, VPN Unlimited can easily unblock Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer. This application offers a nice range of servers optimized for streaming, and there’s also a ‘generic’ streaming server. For website unblocking, we recommend you to set your VPN Unlimited client to use the ‘KeepSolid Wise’ protocol (TCP or UDP) – as this one seems to be your best bet. In addition, this VPN can also help you unblock ESPN+, HBO NOW, and Sony Crackle.
Also, if you’re having trouble with any of these platforms, make sure to clear the cache of your Web browser, restart your computer and your router, make sure to use the latest version of VPN Unlimited – and use the ‘KeepSolid Wise’ protocol.
When it comes to torrenting, VPN Unlimited offers five P2P-friendly servers located in Canada, France, Luxembourg, Romania, and the USA (California). You’re in luck if you’re near those servers. In case you aren’t, you’ll most probably encounter slow performance.
Security & Privacy
Even though VPN Unlimited comes with incredibly strong encryption and protocols, we can’t hide the fact that it collects plenty of your personal data. Our Score: 5/10.
Supported Encryption Protocols
When it comes to encryption, VPN Unlimited relies on AES-256. You’ll be happy to know that this is the strongest type of commercially available encryption, which encodes your information in a highly secure manner. In addition, VPN Unlimited relies on a Diffie-Hellman (DH) method for its cryptographic handshake, with a minim 4,096-bit key. Needless to say, your data is secure even if someone else somehow gets to it.
In terms of VPN protocols, VPN Unlimited supports OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP, and IPSec. Of course, you won’t get to use all of these at once – as this depends on your platform of choice. It’s also interesting to note that this VPN uses its own protocol called KeepSolid Wise. This stealth technology can be your best bet in countries with heavy censorship as well as in countries where VPNs are blocked or banned.
- VPN Unlimited collects data that you provide, which includes your last name, email address, address, username, password, as well as any other information that you decide to willingly provide by signing up, using this service, or contacting its support team.
- It also collects data automatically, including your IP address, Web browser information, your device name, time zone, Wi-Fi connection name, the total amount of Web traffic for each session, the number of devices using KeepSolid’s products, and more. However, it’s also important to note that this information is stored only while your VPN session is active. Once you end your session, this information is deleted.
As you can see, VPN Unlimited collects plenty of data. As per its legal documentation, this is done to process your purchases, service your KeepSolid account, detect and prevent frauds, stop illegal activities, as well as sell and market their products and services. Also, KeepSolid reserves the right to share your personal data if it gets acquired or merged with another entity.
With this said, we can’t recommend VPN Unlimited to those who wish to be truly anonymous online. Of course, using a VPN is never an excuse for doing anything illegal – and you should know that the majority of VPNs have the means to track what you do online. However, VPN Unlimited is among those VPNs that collect plenty of information as soon as you launch their software.
DNS Leak Test
As you can see from the image above, VPN Unlimited doesn’t actively leak data. In other words, it comes with reliable DNS leak protection mechanisms – so third parties on the Web will only see what VPN Unlimited shows them. This includes your virtual IP address, hostname, ISP, and country of origin (among other information, none of which is connected to your true identity).
Speed & Performance
VPN Unlimited made our Web connection slower by around 57%. This means that in terms of performance, this VPN doesn’t really deliver. Our Score: 4.5/10.
In general, VPNs tend to slow down your Web connection up to a certain extent. However, the best VPNs out there minimize this to around 10-15%. So, let’s see what kind of performance you can expect from VPN Unlimited.
We start by getting some baseline data. This means testing the speed of our Web connection without this VPN enabled. As you can see, we managed to get 149.15 Mbps for downloads and 9.75 Mbps for uploads. As our ISP guarantees a 150 Mbps connection, we can see that it’s not throttling us. Now, let’s launch VPN Unlimited.
To check the speed of a nearby server, we’ve allowed this VPN to find an optimal server. This means that VPN Unlimited tests ping values and makes a recommendation of the fastest server that also near your physical location. We’re located in Europe, and VPN Unlimited found a server in a neighboring country. Surprisingly, we got only 38.85 Mbps for downloads and 9.01 Mbps for uploads.
And finally, we also wanted to test a remote server, located in the USA. Based on this VPN’s recommendation, we connected to a server that’s also P2P-optimized (which means that it should deliver optimal performance). We got 91.01 Mbps for downloads and 4.31 Mbps for uploads. Now, let’s put all these numbers into a table.
|Download Speed||Upload Speed||Speed Reduction|
|Baseline Data||149.15 Mbps||9.75 Mbps||0%|
|Nearby Server||38.85 Mbps||9.01 Mbps||73.9%|
|Remote Server||91.01 Mbps||4.31 Mbps||38.9%|
We conclude that VPN Unlimited made our Web connection slowed by close to 57% on average. We have to say that we’re somewhat disappointed by this result. You can certainly find numerous VPN that can bring drastically better performance.
Even though there’s no live chat available, VPN Unlimited offers several ways to get help. Also, we liked that their average response time is around 1 hour. Our Score: 8/10.
In case of any questions or doubts, VPN Unlimited offers different ways to get help. So, let’s go over these communication channels and self-help resources.
- Email & Contact Form: Sadly, VPN Unlimited doesn’t offer live chat assistance. However, you can send them an email, or you can fill out an official contact form. This VPN promises to respond within one hour. In our case, we got a response after two hours – which is still highly respectable.
- Frequently Asked Questions: The official website of VPN Unlimited has a range of helpful questions and answers. These are related to your use of this VPN, technical questions, billing, and different kinds of troubleshooting.
- Manuals: Finally, you’ll also find a series of nicely written installation guides for Windows, Android, MacOS, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux, routers, and more.
All in all, we think you’ll manage to find answers to your questions, in a timely manner. We did wish to see live chat available, which unfortunately isn’t an option right now. However, the support team of VPN Unlimited seems responsive enough to somewhat mitigate this issue.
VPN Unlimited seems high-priced, especially after knowing all of its drawbacks. You’ll find the biggest savings in its 3-year plan. Our Score: 5/10.
VPN Unlimited currently offers four subscription plans, whose duration ranges from 7 days up to 3 years. Aside from their price and duration, all of the following subscription plans come with an identical set of features. Also, please note that the following prices apply for plans that support up to 5 devices at the same time (you can buy additional slots at any moment).
|Total Price||Per Month||Savings|
As we can see, VPN Unlimited is priced at $9.99 if you decide to pay monthly. Considering everything it brings, we have to say that it seems overpriced. You’ll find plenty of VPN applications in that price range that avoid collecting private data, unblock more streaming platforms, and bring faster speeds. However, the situation somewhat changes if you take a look at this VPN’s ‘lengthier’ plans.
You can save the most by getting the 3-year subscription. The price of this plan comes down to only $2.78 per month. This means that you’ll be charged $99.99 every three years, which does seem like a lot of time. However, investing in this plan is the only way to save in the long run.
Finally, we’ll also note that VPN Unlimited comes with a 7-day money back guarantee. And aside from paying via credit cards, PayPal, and third-party processors, you can also pay via cryptocurrencies.
Do We Recommend VPN Unlimited?
In case you’re truly concerned about your privacy, we don’t think that VPN Unlimited should be your first choice. It does have some interesting aspects, but we can’t forget the fact that it logs private data and that it comes from the United States. With this said, we can perhaps recommend it to those who simply want to watch the US version of Netflix.
- PROS: Easy to install; Polished UI; Strong encryption; Capable VPN protocols; Unblocks Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and more.
- CONS: Based in the USA; Relatively small server network; Logs private data; Below-average performance; Overpriced.
- OUR SCORE: 6.3 out of 10!