VPN Unlimited is a VPN service produced by KeepSolid, a company that provides online security and productivity solutions. VPN Unlimited is KeepSolid’s second product. After initially launching a photo transfer app in August of 2013, the company (then Simplex Solutions) set up its VPN service one month later with just two servers, one in LA and one in the Netherlands. Fast forward 15 years and VPN Unlimited’s server network covers over 70 locations with more than 400 servers.
VPN Unlimited’s origins story is quite charming in a rags to riches kind of fashion, but how does the service actually perform? Let’s find out.
Server Network, Switches, Bandwidth, and Speed
As we mentioned earlier, VPN Unlimited has over 400 servers in 70+ locations. Its presence is mostly concentrated in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. There is one server located in each of South America and Africa.
For the vast majority of users, VPN Unlimited’s network coverage is more than adequate though. What’s more, VPN Unlimited offers dedicated servers for streaming Netflix, Hulu, and the BBC iPlayer. Here’s the full list:
- North America: Canada, Mexico, and the US
- South America: Chile
- Europe: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine
- Asia: Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam
- Oceania: Australia and New Zealand
- Africa: South Africa
On the website, VPN Unlimited takes great pride in being one of the few VPN service providers that offered unlimited traffic and bandwidth as far back as 2013. Hence the name unlimited in the name perhaps. There is no cap on server switches either.
Platforms & Simultaneous Connections
VPN Unlimited covers a broad range of platforms: iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Linux, Windows Phone, and Apple TV all have native apps; there are also browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
The website also features installation guides for setting up VPN Unlimited on a number of other devices, including streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick, WD TV, Spotify, Chromecast, Android TV Box, and a number of routers and other connected devices from Asus, Mikrotik, DD-WRT, pfSense, and QNAP.
One VPN Unlimited account can run on up to 5 devices simultaneously. That’s roughly the industry average, which is again adequate for the vast majority of users. Users can upgrade their count to 15 devices for an additional fee.
Personal VPN Server
You can also buy a dedicated VPN server. We’ve come across VPN services that offer person IP addresses, which shares some of the benefits of having your own dedicated server (we’ll discuss those in the next point). But having a personal server means a lot more speed, as the whole server is dedicated to your activities. Basically, you will not be sharing hardware with any other users. This is particularly important for gamers. It also means that each server gets a Personal Static IP address in addition to the military grade encryption.
Personal Static IP
As the name implies, a personal IP means that the service will dedicate an IP to one user, as opposed to using a shared one from the pool of IPs that the company owns. This means that you are much less likely to be blacklisted – typically, online services that look out from traffic coming from VPNs, target shared IPs and block them. A Personal Static IP offers some of the same functionality as a personal server but costs much less.
VPN Unlimited uses the OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols, in addition to its own protocol KeepSolid Wise. OpenVPN is set by default on Android and Windows platforms; IKEv2 on macOS and iOS.
The selection isn’t very wide, but VPN Unlimited gets by by offering two strong protocols. To give you a quick idea about them,
OpenVPN is an open source VPN protocol. This means that anyone can access its source code and potentially expose vulnerabilities. There is a general consensus that it is the most secure protocol.
Internet Key Exchange version 2, or IKEv2, is a robust tunneling protocol. It is compatible with a wide range of encryption methods and particularly well suited for mobile devices since it is good at reconnecting following drops in the connection.
When it comes to encryption, OpenVPN supports AES 128-bit and AES 256-bit encryption. IKEv2 connections use AES up to 256-bit, Camellia 256-bit, and ChaCha20Poly1305 encryption methods.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited claims that it also offers an additional layer of encryption and data obfuscation for restricted environments (think China, Russia, Turkey, and KSA, and Iran for example) with KeepSolid Wise, a protocol extension that uses AES-256 with an ‘OpenVPN as a backbone.”
Location & Logs
VPN Unlimited is located in New York. From a privacy perspective, there aren’t any benefits to being under US jurisdiction, only downsides.
US intelligence agencies are notorious for their technical capabilities and penchant for often unjustified snooping. While this kind of behavior isn’t too uncommon from an intelligence agency, it’s the sheer size of the surveillance that we came to know about from leaks that are extremely worrying.
If it’s any consolation, with the exception of the amount of web traffic per session and session dates, VPN Unlimited does not log any other user activities. The above-mentioned metrics merely collected to be displayed for the client. The service also keeps track of the number of connected devices for each account.
VPN Unlimited does not feature live chat support on their website. There is a little support pop up widget at the bottom right corner of the screen, but that opens up a complaint form. While not instant, VPN Unlimited’s support is very fast – it took about an hour for me to get an answer. It must be noted that their responses were courteous and answered my inquiries comprehensively.
VPN Unlimited did magnificently well it came to downloads. The download speed dipped a mere 11.5%, 7.3%, 5.3%, and 3.5% respectively using servers in New York, Coventry, Frankfurt, and Paris.
Upload speed was very minorly impacted in New York and Coventry – with a 7.3% and 6.7% drops respectively – while it dipped 35.3% and 37.15% respectively in Frankfurt and Paris.
Price & Verdict
VPN Unlimited isn’t cheap; but it isn’t expensive either, which puts it in an awkward spot. There is nothing wrong with the service, in fact, it performed exceptionally well with it came to speed. But for a couple of dollars more, you can get NordVPN or ExpressVPN, two of the most feature-heavy VPN services on the market. There’s a 7 day free trial period on offer; my best advice would be to give it a try and then decide for yourself.
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