- Price starting from $4.95/month
- 77 servers in 25 countries
- Strong encryption up to 2048 bit to ensure data safety
- Compatible with all the popular devices
- Diverse payment options
- L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols support
- 6-hour free trial (on request)
- No VPN client for iOS
With its headquarters in India, SwitchVPN does look promising and appealing to the internet users. The company started its operation back in 2010; with a vision that every user should get ultimate internet security and freedom. It has more than 30K users till date.
SwitchVPN promises a lot of things to its users, but honestly we will have to see it for ourselves before we make any decision. Majority of the VPN providers have lots to offer but when it comes to fulfilling those promises even half of the promises are not met.
I am going to dissect SwitchVPN in this review to see how their VPN works, how many devices it is compatible with, the pricing plans and packages it offers and the encryption it provides to the users.
Pricing and Plan
SwitchVPN provides two different types of plans: Combo Pro and Business, that are further classified into Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly subscriptions.
If you subscribe to Combo Pro for a year, you will get 3 simultaneous connections with additional features and much more for a mere $4.95/month. Quarterly subscription of Combo Pro will cost you $8.95/month and monthly subscription will cost you $9.95/month. We recommend our readers to always opt for a yearly subscription because of its effective nature.
If you own a business and are looking for a VPN that is easily affordable and worth its price, you should look no further. Business Plan provides you with 10 simultaneous connections (note: you can request for more connections) and it does not keep any log to ensure your business communication remains within your walls. It also allows VOIP services that are essential for businesses nowadays.
If you opt for the Business Plan and subscribe for a year, it will cost you $24.99/month. A Quarterly subscription will cost you $49.95/month and Monthly subscription will cost you $59.95/month. If you opt for a yearly subscription, you can save up to 42% and can request for more simultaneous connections.
Limelight Features of SwitchVPN
It was a pleasant surprise for us to know that SwitchVPN provides multiple logins, proxy services and unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee as unique selling propositions to all its users. It also offers a 6-hour free trial to the users. It is always a treat for a user to get a VPN that offers free trial and money-back guarantee.
It has free applications for Android and Mac users that are easily available in their respective app stores. Having said that, I would discuss all these features below in detail to give you a better understanding of how these things make SwitchVPN a better VPN than most.
Reach of Servers
SwitchVPN has 77 servers in 25 countries at present. You can choose from 23 servers in USA, 7 servers in UK, 6 in Netherlands, 4 in Canada, 3 in Germany, 2 in France, 2 in Switzerland, 2 in Sweden, 2 in Hong Kong, 2 in Singapore, 2 in Luxemburg, 2 in Malaysia, 2 in Latvia, 2 in Italy, 1 in Czech Republic, 2 in Russia, 2 in Romania, 2 in Belgium, 1 in Japan, 1 in Spain, 1 in Denmark, 2 in Poland, 1 in Australia, 2 in Ireland and 2 in India.
When we enquired about server support for protocols, we were told that all the servers are supported on all the protocols. Even though, we realize SwitchVPN’s server count isn’t as big as you would want it to be, but to be honest with you (and considering what most of the other VPN providers are dishing out), they are doing an excellent job.
Encryption & Protocols
Encryption is perhaps the forte of SwitchVPN. When we were told about its strong encryption we were left speechless. The jaw-dropping 1024-2048 bit strong encryption is easily the turn-on factor for many users who are concerned about their online security. It would be an understatement to say that it easily distinguishes it from other VPN services.
When it comes to the support of protocols, SwitchVPN definitely stands out among other VPNs. It supports all the protocols including OpenVPN, SSTP, L2TP and PPTP. All the servers are supported by all the protocols. And all the protocols are supported by 1024-2048 bit strong encryption which, honestly, is the cherry on top.
Compatibility with Devices
SwitchVPN is designed keeping the users’ interests in mind. It is compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. It also works on DD-WRT and Tomato Routers. The setup is free and doesn’t cost you anything. You can download and install it in your devices and use it wherever and whenever you want.
To make sure the users aren’t lost; SwitchVPN always provides an option to its users to sign up to any of its packages as per their needs and requirements. Being compatible with many devices surely allows SwitchVPN to compete with its competitors. However, getting an edge over them purely lies on how it works on different devices.
VPN Client for Windows
We downloaded the official software of SwitchVPN from its website on Windows to see how it fares on desktops and laptops. And boy did it work! It is simple and very easy to use. Follow the installation of the software, and just double click to open it.
Enter your username and password or click on sign up if you haven’t registered as yet. Once you have entered the login details, select the protocol you wish to tunnel your traffic through. After you are done selecting the protocol, select the server and click on connect. Make sure it gets connected, once it does, you will be notified in the following manner.
You can also click on Update to update to SwitchVPN’s latest firmware. Clicking on Debug will give you the details of your original and current IP address and connection. If you are a VPN veteran and wish to explore it, then click on Advanced and see what it has to offer.
While you are at it, you can also exclude websites from VPN coverage. Just click on the tab, enter the URL and save it, it will serve as a filter and will not unblock (or tunnel data from) websites that you do not want to access.
VPN Client for Mac
The VPN client for Mac is as user-friendly as it is for Windows. You will hardly notice a change between the two. The app runs smoothly on iPads and laptops, and provides great security to the users while they access the blocked contents. The number of servers and protocols available on Mac is same as Windows.
VPN Client for Android
If you have Android version 4.0 or above, you can easily find the SwitchVPN app on Google Play. The app is absolutely free to download and does not cost anything. Once you have downloaded the app, it will automatically install itself. Once the installation is done, just tap it to open it.
Enter your username and password and then click on select server. You will be presented with a list of server locations (countries).
Select the desired server you wish to connect to and click on connect. Once the connection is successfully established, you will be notified on the same screen.
Now that you are protected and your data tunneled, unblock whatever you want while remaining anonymous and hidden.
Honestly speaking, their Customer Support is better than the most. We tested their Live Chat and Open Ticket service and found them very prompt and helping. We had a chat with one of their representatives, Jibin, and found him very nice and active. We asked him a several questions to which he reacted very quickly and answered all our queries.
When it comes to Open Ticket service, my ticket was opened on 02nd October 2014, at 8:05AM and was answered at 9:18AM. I asked them a basic question about their services and packages and set the priority of my question High to check how long it takes for them to respond.
SwitchVPN does not maintain its blogs regularly. We would have loved it to see if they had but sadly that is not the case. This is where they fall short of the mark and give other VPNs the competitive edge. However, having said that, they still have many blogs on their websites including their latest Press Releases that are more than enough to cater to the needs of the users.
You can also checkout the Knowledgebase which is given at the bottom of the page. You will find many articles over there that might help you setting up your VPN connection manually.
SwitchVPN provides many options to its users to choose from. It’s up to them which method suits them the most. They can choose to pay through Visa card, Mastercard, Paypal, Paysafecard, Perfect Money, Bank Transfer, Western Union, Web money, Alert pay and Bitcoin.
If you are new to the world of VPNs and do not have any clue about how to configure it on your device(s), you need not worry. SwitchVPN makes sure that all the users (no matter what their experience levels are) get ultimate support by it in the form of detailed tutorials.
The Knowledgebase is the area where you get hold of all the tutorials. You can check all the tutorials before you try to set your VPN up with your device. All the protocol options are explained in the tutorial section and you can follow the steps to easily configure your devices.
SwitchVPN does not monitor your online activities and does not keep any logs but it does keep a record of your log-in time, location and date, duration of your VPN connection, and the bandwidth you used during the connection. It claims on its website that it does this in order to protect itself and the users from spammers and hackers.
Free Trial and Money-Back Guarantee
SwitchVPN provides a 6-hour free trial to the users. There are very few VPNs that provide free trials and SwitchVPN is one of them. It does this to help the users decide if they should opt for its services or not.
It also provides an unconditional 7-day money-back guarantee to its users. In case the users are not happy with its services they can ask for refunds.
However, they ask the users to contact them before cancellation of the service because according to them, 99.99% of the problems are solved if the users contact them.
Even though SwitchVPN is relatively new to the world of VPNs, it has successfully made a name for itself. It offers a good deal of security to its users with its 1024-2048 bit strong encryption, which is one of the main purposes of a VPN. The Customer Support is quite good and handy if you are having trouble with your software and applications.
The user-friendly software is designed while keeping all the users (veteran and new) in mind and does not demand a degree in rocket science to run it. I enjoyed operating them on my laptop and Android device. It gave me the much sought after joy I was looking for in VPN software and applications.
The pricing plans and packages are good for the services they are offering; however the prices do have a slight room for improvement. We would definitely recommend our readers to give this VPN a try if they are looking for online security while accessing blocked content.
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