GooseVPN

April 2018 Review & Coupons

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7.2
Our verdict

“An up-and-coming VPN with lots of promising features”

7.2
RECOMMENDED FOR
  • Unblocking
  • Privacy
  • Streaming
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Minimal logging policy
  • Unlimited connected devices
  • Optimized servers for P2P and streaming
Works with
  • Netflix
  • Kodi
  • Torrenting

Top GooseVPN plans for April 2018

1 Month - Unlimited
$12.99 per month
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Connect to 30+ locations
  • Unlimited bandwidth
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12 Months
$12.99 $4.99 per monthsave 62%
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Connect to 30+ locations
  • Unlimited bandwidth
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1 Month - 50GB
$2.99 per month
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Connect to 30+ locations
  • 50GB data allowance
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GooseVPN Overview

GooseVPN is a Netherlands-based VPN that offers some promising features despite only being around since 2016. We love their minimal-logs policy and protection against DNS leaks, and a recent update introduced a VPN killswitch feature, showing that they are moving in the right direction in terms of privacy.

Considering how long they have been on the market, GooseVPN’s speed and performance is actually fairly impressive, if a little inconsistent. Server speeds across Europe and Australia were very good, but we were a little disappointed by the results we saw in the US. Their server network is still on the small side but is constantly expanding to fit with customers’ needs.

Their desktop app is straightforward and easy to navigate, which is great for inexperienced VPN users but could be lacking in advanced features for the more tech-savvy. The mobile apps need a lot of work to bring them up to speed with the desktop client. GooseVPN has the best intentions for its customer service, and 24/7 livechat has just been made available along with some in-depth video tutorials about the product.

What we like
  • Works with Netflix
  • User-friendly apps
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
What we like less
  • Inconsistent speeds
  • Small server network
  • Few advanced features

Privacy
8.2

It is unsurprising that as a fairly new VPN provider, GooseVPN are lacking in a few top-tier privacy features, but they are definitely moving in the right direction. Their minimal logging policy is a good start, but we don’t like that they advertise themselves as not keeping any logs at all. It was only when we delved into the privacy policy that we discovered they actually store logs for 30 days, including your location,  referring and exit pages, and a date stamp. Thankfully all of this information is non-personally identifiable.

A recent update introduced a VPN killswitch feature, which prevents your true IP address from being leaked should the connection drop for any reason. DNS leak protection is another privacy plus. P2P/torrenting is permitted on most servers.

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FeatureGooseVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Open VPN (Auto) TrueTrueFalse
Open VPN (UDP/TCP) FalseTrueTrue
PPTP TrueTrueTrue
SSTP FalseTrueTrue
L2TP/IPSec TrueTrueTrue
IKEv2 TrueTrueTrue
Supports TCP Port 443 FalseTrueFalse
Supports Multihop FalseFalseTrue
Permits P2P TrueTrueTrue
Strongest encryption AES-256AES-256AES-256
First party DNS servers FalseTrueTrue
DNS Leak Blocking TrueTrueTrue
Killswitch TrueTrueTrue
Accepts cryptocurrency TrueTrueTrue
Accepts Paypal TrueTrueTrue
Activity logging FalseFalseFalse
Connection logging TrueTrueFalse
Tor over VPN server FalseFalseTrue

Speed & Performance
8.0

GooseVPN was a real mixed bag when it came to speed. When it was fast, it was very fast, but otherwise it was pretty mediocre. Results were very good in the UK, Canada and throughout Europe, but US results were below average and Singapore was downright poor. Latency was low, making it a good option for gamers. 

It was great to see such promising speeds in Australia, considering we test from London. It is clear that GooseVPN has the potential for really good speeds, and it is perhaps just a case of waiting for them to grow and develop a little more as a provider.

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FeatureGooseVPNZenMateNorton
Avg global DL speed 67.12 (UK)85.11 (DE)65.13 (DE)
Avg global UL speed 88.23 (UK)87.32 (UK)86.56 (NL)
Ping time 4ms13ms4ms
Unlimited bandwidth TrueTrueTrue
Average time to connect 12s2s19s

Speed breakdown

Server LocationDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
Australia34.718.96
Germany60.7178.32
UK67.1288.23
USA18.685.16
Singapore1.571.38
Netherlands44.6242.92
France55.2971.01
Canada64.3236.02

How do we test these VPN speeds?

  • We continuously test the performance of all our featured VPN providers to ensure you have all the latest information you need to choose.
  • For this provider we use the Ookla speed test tool, on our fibre-optic line in central London and via our own paid-for VPN subscriptions.
  • Our base (no VPN) download speed is around 80Mbps, upload 90Mbps and ping 3ms and results are from London to the listed locations.
  • Our tests are intended to give you an idea of the range of connection speeds. The closer the server and faster your connection, the faster your speeds.

Locations
6.6

GooseVPN’s server network is still relatively small (one of the smallest we’ve ever seen) at 30 locations, but this is to be expected of a provider that is only just over a year old. Most popular locations are covered, with city-level server choice in 7 locations in the US, and 2 in the UK, Canada, Germany and Netherlands. It would be nice to see some servers in Africa and South America, as currently they are sadly lacking, but there is a fairly good range elsewhere in the world.

The great thing about GooseVPN is that they are constantly expanding and you can submit server requests through their website on a daily basis, so we are expecting to see a great deal of network growth in the coming months.

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FeatureGooseVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Server locations 3014861
Servers 68+2,000+3,500+
IP addresses 68+20,000+3,500+
Dynamic server switching FalseFalseTrue

Ease of use
7.9

What we like
  • P2P/streaming servers clearly marked
  • Great for inexperienced users
  • Easy to navigate settings
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What we like less
  • Difficult to switch server
  • Desktop app can be clunky
  • Mobile apps lacking in features

At first glance, GooseVPN’s desktop client appears outdated and cluttered. However, it is overall pretty user-friendly, catering mainly to inexperienced VPN users who are not looking for much in terms of advanced settings. We like that the main screen keeps it simple with an on/off toggle, your server location and IP address, as well as a reminder of your chosen protocol at the bottom of the screen.

The desktop app is unfortunately a little clunky, sometimes taking a while to respond, especially the connect button which can be frustrating. This is not a massive problem but becomes more apparent when you switch servers, as your real IP address is often exposed for a lot longer than you would like. The settings menu is split up into easy to navigate sections, but some of these are annoyingly grayed out when you’re connected, meaning you have to disconnect in order to change them.

Servers suitable for P2P and streaming are clearly marked, which is useful, and we like that you can choose your favorite locations and ‘star’ them. However, you have to disable the smart server list in the settings menu in order to get the full list of server locations, and GooseVPN also does not automatically default to OpenVPN. These are not issues for the more tech-savvy, but some people will not be aware that allowing the app to select the fastest protocol could mean sacrificing several layers of security.

The mobile apps certainly look more streamlined, but are very stripped back in regards to features when compared with the desktop client.  The home screen is simple and functional, but there are no settings to choose from at all, meaning you are stuck with whatever protocol GooseVPN has decided is best for you. We also had a few issues with the desktop app telling us we were connected to one country when we were in fact connected to another, e.g. our IP address showed we were in London on the app, but New York on an IP address checker. Hopefully these issues will be ironed out as GooseVPN continues to grow and develop.

Is GooseVPN compatible with my device?

Device/OS/BrowserGooseVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Windows TrueTrueTrue
Mac TrueTrueTrue
Linux TrueTrueManual
iOS TrueTrueTrue
AndroidTrueTrueTrue
Router TrueTrueManual
Games consoles Manual Manual False
Fire TV Stick TrueTrueManual
Chrome extensionTrueTrueTrue
Firefox extensionFalseTrueTrue
Safari (for mac) extensionFalseTrueManual

Customer Support
6.5

GooseVPN promises “timely high-quality support”, which seems promising, however they do not quite deliver on the quality front. The knowledge base is adequate enough for basic FAQs but is overall very limited, however it’s nice to see that they have recently introduced some video tutorials. We’re also not huge fans of the layout of the support section, as instead of being able to access all FAQs in a drop-down menu, you are forced to click through to a specific page for each one.

Goose has finally got up to speed with their rival providers and now offers 24/7 livechat on their site. Replies were very snappy and helpful without feeling too scripted, and our issues were solved within a matter of minutes. Sadly their email support leaves a lot to be desired, with the support agent simply apologizing to us and telling us to try and connect again, which was not ideal. There is a contact telephone number included on their support page, but Goose do advise that they don’t offer support over the phone, which begs the question as to why they felt the need to provide it. There is also the option to fill in a contact form on the website, but we found it a lot quicker to just use the livechat facility.

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FeatureGooseVPNExpressVPNNordVPN
Support quality 7.5109.2
24/7 support TrueTrueTrue
Live chat TrueTrueTrue
Knowledge base TrueTrueTrue
Video tutorials TrueTrueTrue

Value for money
7.2

What we like
  • Works with Netflix
  • User-friendly apps
  • Unlimited connections
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What we like less
  • Clunky desktop app
  • Small server network
  • Inconsistent speeds
Our Rating
7.2
“An up-and-coming VPN with lots of promising features”
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