Avira Phantom VPN Review 2017

Avira Phantom VPN Review Quick Summary

Avira Phantom VPN is the brainchild of same team who developed a renowned Avira antivirus software.  The service typically aims at those internet users who wish to secure their online activities. Moreover, the service targets those netizens who do not want to spend much on their privacy.

Our Avira Phantom VPN review unveils all the features and privacy policy in detail. We were pleased to know that the service proudly offers a list of compelling features to its subscribers.

Pros

  • Offers both free and premium pricing plans
  • Established brand name
  • Compatible with all major platforms

Cons

  • Offers limited server locations
  • Expensive pricing for the subscribers

 

Avira Phantom Free VPN Review

According to our Avira Phantom VPN review, the service offers an exclusive free plan. You can avail this plan without any subscription. Furthermore, you do not need to register to start using the service. Through the free VPN plan, you can use 500 MB data on monthly basis.

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You can use the Avira free VPN plan on different platforms like Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. The plan also offers features like anonymous surfing, traffic encryption and DNS leak prevention.

 

Avira Phantom VPN Premium Plans Review

The Avira Phantom VPN review indicates that the service provides three types of pricing plans to its subscribers. These pricing plans include monthly plan, annual plan, and monthly plan for mobile users only. You can get the monthly plan at the cost of $10.00/ month.

Likewise, you can avail annual plan after paying just $78.00 based on yearly billing. Hence, you are able to obtain a lucrative 35% discount. Moreover, the iOS and android users both can avail mobile plan by paying $ 5.99 on monthly basis.

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Avira Phantom VPN Features Review

Our Avira Phantom VPN review disclosed that the service offers a list of compelling features. Here is the list of features that includes:

  • Offers server locations in 20 different countries
  • Provides secure encryption
  • Unblocks your favorite content
  • Strictly follows no- logging policy
  • Provides kill switch feature as a “Fail Safe”

After reviewing these features, the future of the provider looks quite optimistic. Since, the service is relatively new in the VPN industry. Therefore, 20 server locations in different countries is a huge advantage for the subscribers.

Apart from this, Avira Phantom VPN is making sure that the users must avail 256-bit encryption. Interestingly, Avira Phantom VPN also provides kill switch feature that does not expose your data to the internet service providers (ISPs).

Avira Phantom VPN Payment Methods Review

According to our Avira Phantom VPN review, the provider offers a list of online payment methods. Despite being a new entrant in the VPN industry, this is quite an encouraging sign that suggests service is moving in the right direction. These online payment methods include:

  • PayPal
  • Amex
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • JCB

We expect that Avira Phantom VPN will soon add Bitcoin as another payment option in its armory.

Avira Phantom VPN Servers Review

We have analyzed in this Avira Phantom VPN review that the service is currently offering 20 server locations worldwide. Hence, you can connect to any server of your choice available in below mentioned countries. We were impressed to observe that the service is trying its level best to increase the server locations.

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Through Avira Phantom VPN, you can access your favorite content like Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Showtime, Crackle and others. Despite being a novel VPN service in the industry, the service has presence in all the major countries of the world.

Avira Phantom VPN Compatibility Review

Our Avira Phantom review indicates that the service is compatible with leading platforms like Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. However, Avira Phantom VPN does not support Linux at present. We expect that the service will start supporting the platform in near future.

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Avira Phantom VPN Apps Review

The availability of apps for both Android and iOS users makes Avira Phantom VPN standout from the other VPN services. Hence, we tried to download the free app on our Android device to experience the service practically. The process of downloading and installation was straightforward. The provider only needs your email address and password to start using the service.

When we provided email address along with password, we obtained the below mentioned response.

 

When we clicked on the secure my connection option, we received the following response.

Finally, we were able to secure our connection and started web surfing anonymously. After providing email address and password, you can consume 1 GB data every month on your Android device.

Avira Phantom VPN Protocols and Encryption Review

According to our Avira Phantom review, the provider offers only TCP, UDP and ICMP as their internet protocols. We were expecting from Avira Phantom VPN that the service would provide a list of other tunneling protocols. However, it was not the case. The provider needs to offer tunneling protocols like OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, and L2TP/IPsec.

We tried our level best to evaluate each section of the official website. Still, we were not able to find any information about tunneling protocols. The website should have provided such basic information about protocols. However, it is a difficult task for subscribers to know how many protocols the provider offers.

Surprisingly, the provider claims that users may enjoy 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. Furthermore, we may assume that Avira Phantom VPN might be offering SSTP protocol since it uses 256-bit encryption. Thus, subscribers should take a deep sigh of relief because 256-bit encryption secures all your traffic magnificently.

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Avira Phantom VPN Customer Support Review

The provider only offers FAQs section as a form of customer support feature. The service must offer features like 24/7 live chat, tickets, email and a dedicated knowledgebase section. If you want to contact the service for any reason, you should send an email through Avira website.

Furthermore, Avira Phantom VPN must develop its own and designated website to grab the attention of potential and current users. Without creating its own website, it would be cumbersome for the provider to retain its customer base for longer period.

 Avira Phantom VPN Logging Policy Review

According to our Avira Phantom VPN review, the service does not track the websites users visit. Avira Phantom VPN does not record your IP address however; the provider records the amount of data you consume. Furthermore, diagnostic data is also record but it is optional since you can switch off this tracking within the product interface.

Still, not all the things are rosy. Since, Avira Phantom VPN keeps minimum connection logs therefore the service does not follow zero logging policy.

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Avira Phantom VPN Privacy Policy Review

After performing Avira Phantom VPN review in detail, we found the provider’s privacy policy bit abnoxious. According to Avira Phantom VPN, the service may record your personal identifiable information (PII). This personal identifiable information includes your name, address, email, phone number, credit card information and others.

The provider may also record your location along with IP address. Moreover, Avira Phantom VPN may use your device brand, modelm operating system version and other information. Hence, it becomes difficult for the users to understand the privacy policy.

If you live in Canada or US, the headquarter of Avira Phantom VPN is Avira, Inc., 330 Primrose Avenue, Suite 610, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA. Surprisingly, if you live in countries other than US and Canada, the address of Avira Phantom VPN is Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG, Kaplaneiweg 1, 88069 Tettnang, Germany.

The above scenario suggests that the Canadian and the US users will have to follow US jurisdiction in true letter and spirit. The situation does not favor both the US and the Canadian users to select Avira Phantom VPN services.

Hence, the users must think twice before selecting Avira Phantom VPN as their preferred privacy provider. If you still decide to opt for the service, you will have to compromise on your online privacy and protection.

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Avira Phantom VPN Review on Reddit

Avira VPN has lot to do to enhance its reputation among Reddit users. There are users those who experienced the service but did not like it at all. Hence, they prefer Reddit VPN instead of Avira VPN to secure their online privacy to the next level. Here is the response of one Redditor who does not endorse the use of Avira VPN.

 

Final Verdict

We were impressed with all the features and other offerings of the service until we found the privacy policy.  As soon as we explored Avira Phantom VPN privacy policy, it literally spoiled our fun. It does not matter how many servers and pricing plans a VPN service offers to its subscribers.

As long as the provider does not have a clear-cut privacy policy, the reputation of the service remains doubtful. Considering its dual policy for US, Canada and other countries’ users, we will recommend the subscriber to opt for other VPN service. Moreover, the service does not provide strong customer support feature that is necessary for every successful VPN provider.

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A business school grad specializing in marketing, Usman Hayat found his love for writing during studies. Usman now pursues a career as a digital privacy & security advocate for VPNRanks working as a blogger. Usman loves reading about sci-fi & technology while cricket is his game of choice. When the world cries ‘online freedom’ Usman stands resolute raising his voice for the rights of netizens everywhere.


One Response to Avira Phantom VPN Review 2017

  1. mania says:

    think speed avira phantom VPN he French server had the best timings all ~10 seconds. The UK one was ~30 seconds.

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