- Connect to 70+ countries
- 5 simultaneous connections
- 7-day money-back guarantee
“Some speedy servers and strong privacy features on a budget”
Proprietary protocol using TCP port 443 a great tool for beating the censors
Tested and working on many services plus great speeds on European servers
Fast and stable connections make VPN Unlimited great for sports fans
VPN Unlimited offers a solid, well-rounded VPN service with flexible and affordable pricing options. It offers an impressive 1200+ servers in 70 locations worldwide, including a good spread in the US with city and region-specific options. As its name suggests, VPN Unlimited offers unlimited bandwidth for all users across its range of packages.
Support for five devices comes as standard and VPN Unlimited gives its customers the options to upgrade to a 10 device allowance, which is among the most generous in the market.
Speeds can be inconsistent for more distant servers (and that includes US in our tests from the UK) but test results for EU servers were absolutely blistering and competitive with top-tier VPN services. Unlimited VPN offers some interesting extras, such as Personal IP and even the option to have your own entire Personal Server.
We love the proprietary KeepSolid Wise protocol that makes use of the TCP 443 port that’s used by secure web traffic (HTTPS) and the DNS leak blocker that routes all traffic through their first-party DNS servers. The app is OpenVPN-only and while we would prefer more choice, it’s the fastest, most secure protocol. Other protocols can be used with some manual set-up outside the app.
Less positive is that torrenting is only allowed on a handful of servers and that the company is based in the US, which is far from privacy-friendly. While VPN Unlimited does not log your browsing activity, it does keep a temporary record of your basic connection details, such as data usage volume and the IP address used to access their service.
Optional extras for the privacy minded include your own dedicated IP address or even a whole server for your own use. We also liked the Chrome and Firefox extensions for keeping browsing private that had comparable performance to the full app.
|Open VPN (Auto)|
|Open VPN (UDP/TCP)|
|Supports TCP Port 443|
|Supports SSH Tunnel|
|Supports SSL Tunnel|
|First party DNS servers|
|DNS Leak Blocking|
|Anonymous payment method|
|Tor over VPN server|
When VPN Unlimited is fast, it’s very, very fast but we would trade some of that speed for a dash more consistency across its network. In our UK-based tests, the most popular European servers blew us away with some top tier results. The UK servers were a step down from that but worse, the US results were pretty mediocre. Worse, Australia, Brazil and Mexico were outright poor.
The US servers were patchy in their performance and while we don’t doubt they can cope with HD video, you might struggle to implement VPN Unlimited on a router and expect to stream US services on multiple devices simultaneously. The Euro servers on the other hand would absolutely handle such a heavy load.
Latency was a little sluggish, as was average time to connect, suggesting gamers may wish to look for snappier alternatives.
|Max download speed||55.38 (FRA)||61.14 (UK)||46.57 (US)|
|Max upload speed||30.19 (DE)||36.64 (FRA)||36.14 (US)|
|Average time to connect||12s||8s||13s|
|Tested and working with||HBO, BBC iPlayer, Kodi, Sling TV, Google-Gmail, Facebook||Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Gaming, Torrenting, Facebook, Twitter, Google-Gmail, Kodi||Netflix, Facebook, BBC iPlayer, Torrenting, Twitter, Google-Gmail, Youtube, Kodi|
|SERVER LOCATION||Download Speed (Mbps)||Upload Speed (Mbps)|
VPN Unlimited offers the most choice in North America and Europe. We love seeing US city-level server choices at this price point and there’s a good east/west coast spread with options in southern states too. Canada has options also. You can also choose from over 30 European locations.
The rest of the world is less well-served, although it was good to see three servers in India plus a Turkish server. South America offers Brazil and Chile only.
Across its mobile and desktop apps, VPN Unlimited is an above-average looker without being a stunner. Similarly with ease-of-use, you won’t have any trouble getting the hang of the software but it slightly lacks the intuitiveness of the very best apps. We’re nitpicking because you can certainly do a lot worse than the very solid VPN Unlimited.
The search function works well, fortunately as we found the scrolling twitchy. Advanced settings, such as the use of TCP 443 port and DNS leak blocking, are well laid out but buried in sub-menu on the Account screen. We found the Information section (mainly social media buttons) largely redundant, along with the (nice-looking) map screen. Some streamlining and a smaller window and VPN Unlimited would be very nice indeed.
VPN Unlimited makes up for their lack of live chat with a very snappy response time to their web form. We were very impressed with their quick turnaround times. The quality of response was mixed and felt like a combination of individual response and copy/paste from the website. However we appreciated that the response stayed on topic and didn’t bamboozle with masses of irrelevant FAQ fluff.
The online resources were comprehensive and well-organised, which made up for a lack of search functionality. Beyond a fantastic selection of set-up manuals, there was good material on more general subjects like online security, bypassing censorship and data privacy, which we loved.