Speedify Review 2019 | Fast, Free and Powerful but is it worth it?
Speedify is among the lesser known VPN providers in the industry.
Technically it isn’t solely a VPN provider. In fact, Speedify’s primary function is to combine both cellular and Wi-Fi networks to offer boosted internet speeds.
That said, it still boasts a fancy website, claims it doesn’t log user data, offer a free account and even offers fairly attractive and flexible subscription plans.
I have to admit, on the surface Speedify seems to be among the best compared to more VPN reviews I have conducted.
However, in my experience reviewing VPNs for a living, sometime that is not the case.
In this Speedify review, I’m going to put the VPN aspect of Speedify to the test and tell you guys what I like and dislike about this VPN.
As always I’m going to test the following:
- Modern Interface
- Good Speed
- Channel Bonding Protocol
- 1000+ Servers in 28 Countries
- 1000+ Dedicated Servers
- P2P Compatible
- Works with Tor
- Helpful Customer Support
- 30 Day Money back Guarantee
- Unsatisfactory Terms of Service
- Failed the Leak Test
- Does not Support Netflix
Things I like about Speedify
After using Speedify for about a week as my primary VPN service, I actually found a couple of things I like about it.
I’ll covering everything I like about Speedify down below.
Modern and Universal Interface
Right off the bet, the interface of Speedify is what caught my eye. Everything is neatly laid and vividly mentioned within the application. Color scheme is also something I really like. The hues of pinks and blues really give Speedify a unique look.
The interface of Speedify is split in to two sections. The top part contains the Speedify toggle button along with both the cellular and Wi-Fi signal strengths and the bottom part graphically shows the speeds.
The bottom part is also where you’ll be able to see the stats of your monthly and daily data consumption.
Encryption wise I found Speedify to be quite impressive as well. Instead of using AES-256 Bit encryption, Speedify uses what they call ChaCha 256-Bit Encryption.
This encryption mechanism is supposedly way harder to crack than the usual AES-256 Bit encryption found in almost every other VPN service.
ChaCha 256-Bit Encryption is also what makes this VPN standout amongst other VPN providers in its class.
The way it works is quite complicated so I won’t get too much into details. Rest assured you don’t have to worry about anybody decrypting your private data.
Download and upload Speeds we’re actually great. To test the speeds, I used speedtest.net. I also performed the test on multiple servers just to get a more accurate result.
Both the German and U.S servers did managed to almost max out my bandwidth. However, the Indian server was slightly behind the two. The Netherlands server also manage to output a rather noteworthy downloading speed.
|Speedify Speed Test Results|
Unique Channel Bonding Protocol
Another key selling point of this VPN is their channel bonding technology. Since almost every other VPN tends to burden down network speeds due to overhead encryption, Speedify came up with their own solution to mitigate this issue.
To boost up speeds and reduce latency, Speedify developed their own protocol by the name of “Channel bonding”.
Like the name suggests, this technology works by combining all network connections such as Wi-Fi, cellular, Ethernet etc. simultaneously to offer a seamless and refined network connection.
Another thing that I really found helpful about Channel bonding is the ability to stay connected even when one of the connection sources becomes unavailable.
This protocol is truly handy. It saved my download progress at least twice during my testing week.
Chunky Sever Count
It’s no surprise that servers are the key selling point of VPNs. The more servers a provider offers the faster speeds you’re going to get.
Aside from that, servers also play an important role in reducing latency and bypassing geo restrictions.
Fortunately, Speedify does offer 1000+ servers in around 28 countries. I tried connecting to multiple different servers in Africa, Europe, Oceania, Asia, North America, South America and they all worked without a hitch.
This was quite impressive considering how new they are.
Perks of Dedicated Server
Other than offering 1000+ secure servers, Speedify also offers dedicated servers. Getting a dedicated server means you don’t have to share server space with other Speedify users.
That said, getting a personal server isn’t cheap.
It’s a bit expensive and probably too much for an average user who’s just looking for a bit of privacy and getting past geo locked content.
That said, it is perfect for avid streamers. Professional streamers who streams hours’ worth of gaming videos everyday often use dedicated servers.
Since dedicated servers don’t share server space with others, priority users can consume bandwidths to their limits.
I haven’t tried out their dedicated server but based on popular reviews I hear it’s quite amazing.
Torrenting is an absolute necessity for every VPN user. Luckily, Speedify does support Torrenting and P2P alike.
Although you don’t get to choose which servers you want to use for torrenting, it is nice to see that it even supports it in the first place.
Within the application, you’ll just get an option to use “Torrent friendly servers”. Selecting this options connects you to the most optimized P2P server.
Since Speedify supports torrenting, it should be a good choice for VPNs for Kodi.
Kill Switch worked as it should
The Kill switch feature worked as expected, however, I did noticed something which I haven’t seen in other VPNs. Typically when the kill switch feature is enabled, it doesn’t do anything right away. You just know that it will work in case your VPN stops working.
Speedify on the other hand actually temporarily disconnects your internet connection every time you enable the kill switch or connect to a different server.
I actually like this weird quirk of Speedify. At least I get the feedback that my kill switch is properly working.
I also manually tested the kill switch feature of Speedify by closing one of the running services in the control panel. As soon as the error occurred, my internet was disconnected.
Needless to say, it met my expectations.
Noob Proof User Experience
Using the Speedify application is dead simple. You just can’t mess it up. The moment you fire up the app, you’ll see a fairly simple interface to work with.
Hitting the cog button will show you various server locations available. When you connect to any of the available servers, it’ll automatically remember that location and connect you to it the next time you open the app.
Since there are over 1000 servers to choose from, you should have no trouble connecting to the server of your choice.
Tor worked too
Tor compatibility is also something most VPN users look for. If you’ve ever used Tor before, you’ll likely know that it’s more geared towards privacy as opposed to security.
Luckily, Speedify does support Tor.
To verify this, I also talked to their customer support agent. According to them, Tor browser can run over the already running Speedify VPN client.
This is actually great since you can combine the security of a VPN and the privacy of Tor for a truly anonymous experience.
Aside from what the company claims, I did tried it out for myself and it worked effortlessly. I also didn’t notice too much latency that you typically get with Tor.
Helpful Customer Support
Although there’s no life chat support on their website, their email ticketing system was to the very least helpful.
Besides offering email support, they also have a bunch of helpful query related articles on their website. They are also quite detailed so you should be able to resolve your issue right there and then.
However, if for some reason the related articles doesn’t offer any help, you can also shoot them an email. Their support team is online Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern US Time.
When I first emailed them, I only got an automated email response. However, they did get back to me with in a couple of hours.
Their response is what really impressed me the most. Unlike other VPN provides that only provide vague answers, Speedify actually answered all my questions properly.
Props to them.
Affordable Pricing Plans
Speedify’s subscription plans are quite affordable. They currently offer 4 plans. Starter plan, individual, family and team plan. Each plan is straight forward. Their starter plan is absolutely free, however, it only offers a limited 5GB data a month.
Individual plan covers one user, Family plan covers 5 users and the Team plan covers as many users as you like.
Personally, I like their Team plan, however, both the Team plan and the Family plan are the most affordable. Plus they cover multiple users as opposed to only one.
With the Team plan you can also get a dedicated server. Though it’s worth noting that it costs an additional $900.
Their Team plan costs $8.99 monthly and $49.99 yearly.
Besides offering flexible plans, Speedify also offers flexible payment options. All major credit cards / debit cards are supported and there’s even support for PayPal and Amazon Pay. All transactions are also secured by Norton secured.
That said, what you won’t find is the support for cryptocurrencies.
Speedify Free Download
Other than the affordable pricing plans, I also liked the fact that Speedify offers a free version. The free version also comes with all the features you’d normally find in their paid version.
That said, you might have to go for their paid plans since the free version only comes with a 5 GB monthly data limit.
Best of all:
You don’t even have to create an account to get the free version. Once your data runs out, it’ll automatically get updated in the next month.
Extensive 30 Day Refund
Their refund policy is also pretty great. All of their plans are covered by a full risk free 30 day money back guarantee.
If you don’t end up liking their service, you can always get a refund.
Things I dislike about Speedify
Although I have to admit, I’m mostly satisfied with Speedify. However, there were a couple of things that I wish they would address.
Down below I’m going to mention some of things I don’t like about Speedify.
Jurisdiction under the Surveillance of the 5 Eyes
No matter what protocols or encryptions a VPN provider uses, it all comes down to the jurisdiction from which the provider is operating from.
Despites Speedify’s over the top performance, it still falls under the surveillance of the 5 eyes. Since Speedify operates from America, they have to abide by strict data retention laws. This is not ideal for a VPN company.
Although Speedify claims to log no user data, the fact that they operate under the nose of the five eyes makes me quite skeptical.
Unsatisfactory Terms of Service
To verify if Speedify truly secures user data and is Speedify safe to use, I scoured their Terms of service. Under their usage policy, the 3rd paragraph clearly states: “While using the Service you agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations”.
This one line is seriously concerning. Think of it this way. If they’re saying we have to comply with all laws and regulations, we would also have to corporate with any related inquiry or investigation. Long story shorty, this is not ideal.
Aside from that, after going through some of the clauses in their terms of service, I felt like they don’t really care about their customer’s privacy. Basically, you are responsible for what you do. The company is not liable for your actions.
Now I don’t know about you but I can’t put my faith in a company that can’t even back up their own customers.
Their Logging Policy isn’t actually True
What’s funny? I didn’t even had to dig through their website. They literally had everything in plain sight. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Allow me to explain…
Under their “What Personal Information We Collect” heading, they clearly mention all the information they gather about their users.
- Contact information
- Homepage access logs
- Device information
- Location information
- Speedify server access logs
This is just some of the information Speedify collects about their user. They use the stored logs for a bunch reasons too, not to mention data collection through Google Analytics.
Overall I’m not satisfied with their logging policy.
Only Supported on 4 Platforms
When I was conducting the Speedify VPN review, I was surprised to see that there were apps available for Windows, Macs, iOS and Android but there wasn’t an application for Linux.
Not that I’m being super picky but it’s almost 2019 and they still don’t have apps for router and gaming consoles.
What’s worse? Every other VPN in the industry seems to offer support for both routers and gaming consoles.
Speedify has to definitely step up their game.
Miserably Failed the Leak Test
While the technology behind Speedify does seem bullet proof, there were some major flaws. To see whether or not Speedify leaks, I conducted a DNS and WebRTC leak test.
While both ipleak.net and browserleaks.com weren’t able to report a leak, dnsleak.com actually did. This was seriously disappointing.
I’ll add a screenshot below for reference.
Surprise surprise, Speedify Netflix doesn’t work
One of the biggest reason why people even get a VPN is to watch unrestricted Netflix. Since Netflix restricts their content libraries to certain regions, it is impossible to access it without a VPN.
I tested Speedify to see if it unblocked the U.S library of Netflix. Unfortunately, even after connecting to their U.S server, I was still getting the dreaded streaming error.
This was quite disappointing to say the least. If you want to watch Netflix, perhaps you might find Ivacy Netflix helpful.
Speedify Trustpilot Review
Trustpilot also had some mixed reviews for Speedify. As per their current rating, 33% percent users rated Speedify as excellent, while 67% rated it bad.
All in all, Speedify does have an average 3 start rating on Trustpilot.
Speedify Reddit Review
Since Speedify did failed in my leak test. I did also look up on Reddit to see if others also faced this issue. Surprisingly enough, one Redditer was also frustrated with this issue.
Another reddit user was frustrated.
So what do I think about Speedify? Well it’s kind of difficult to say.
Aside from that, while they offered applications for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, they didn’t offered any applications for both Linux and routers.
While they do offer a Speedify free account, it only comes with 5 GB of data.
All in all, all of their features do come with few annoying caveats.
That said, if you just want to bypass restricted websites or use it as a VPN for Firestick, Speedify is great. However, it can’t be trusted with your privacy.
I hope you found this Speedify review informative. Do let me know what you guys about this VPN in the comments below.
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