Lantern VPN Review 2019: Is it better than a VPN? Let’s Find Out
Lantern ‘better than a VPN’ as it claims to be, is actually a proxy that gives access to blocked websites and apps.
But what makes Lantern VPN unique? It is the question that we have to ask by the help of rigorous testing.
In this Lantern VPN review 2019, I am going to answer these burning questions:
- Is it really better than a VPN?
- Is its free version any good?
- Does it really work in China?
Learn all this and more in our review below. Have a peak at our recent VPN reviews to learn more.
- Referral program
- Free and paid service
- Good rating of 4.3 stars on Play Store
- No virus detected on its Windows client
- Does keep logs
- Not compatible with iOS
- Based in US, a 5 eyes country
- No live chat support
- Does not unblock US Netflix
- Only available for 3 devices
- Average speed
General Overview of Lantern VPN
|Based in||Los Angeles, California (US)|
|Servers||2 (India and US)|
|Pricing Plan||$58 (2-year plan) and $38 (1-year plan)|
|Play Store Ratings||4.3 Stars (81K reviews)|
|Compatibility||Windows, Mac, Android, & Ubuntu|
|Number of Devices||3 devices|
|File Size||33 MB|
Lantern VPN Reviews on Play Store
Lantern VPN has a Google Play Store rating of 4.3 Stars out of 5 with 81K user reviews.
Here are the most recent reviews of VPN Lantern given by users:
As you can see, most user reviews are from Chinese users.
If you translate what they are saying, they’re quite unhappy and annoyed by this service.
If you notice all Chinese users except for one has rated 1 Star negative rating.
Lantern VPN is based in Los Angeles, CA, which makes it a part of 5 eyes countries.
Companies that are a part of fourteen eyes country VPN, will share your data to their authorities.
I wouldn’t recommend using a VPN that are based in such countries, because these companies are liable to share user data if warrant is presented.
Lantern collects information about you when you use our mobile applications, websites, and other online products or services.
It specifically says that these policies apply to any person living anywhere in the world.
Now the question remains, what kind of data do they collect?
Following are the information they collect:
- About pages users access on internet
- IP address
- Device ID or unique identifier
- Device type
- Connection information
- Computer information
- Web log data
- Ad data
These information are very CRITICAL to your online security.
If you want your identity to be tracked, then this service VPN is certainly not for you.
If you are looking for a VPN that doesn’t log users’ data, refer to our No Log VPN guide.
Currently, Lantern VPN is offering three pricing plans including a free plan. Premium plan include:
Its 2 year plan is the cheapest plan you can find at $58 ($2.41/month). The 1 year plan costs at $38 ($3.16/month).
To be honest, it is quite expensive for a proxy to charge that much for their service.
There’s a small motivation for Lantern VPN users though.
Every user who get to use its free service are given a referral code.
You get to invite friends under your referral code. If they purchase a 2-year plan, then you get 3 months of Lantern free!
How’s that for an offer?
Lantern is trying to make its users as its promoters and is working quite well.
With one Lantern account, you can use on up to 3 devices.
How to Use Lantern VPN?
Here are the steps you need to follow while using this service:
- On your mobile device, open the app
- Before turning on your VPN, go to its Menu
- Then click on Settings
- Turn ON Proxy all traffic
- Go back and Turn ON your VPN
- Start browsing blocked websites
It doesn’t mention specifically how many server countries they have because it connects automatically.
I connected thrice with this service, and each time I was routed to different servers i.e. India and US.
I have to make a point here is that, according to New York Times, this VPN service does operate in China.
In the reviews section above, I have already discussed that most users for this VPN were from China.
But we couldn’t confirm that.
It requires special obfuscated servers to bypass Chinese restrictions, which is very rare and couldn’t possibly be available under a free VPN service.
IP/DNS Leak Test
I tested for any kind of IP leaks with a website IP Leak.net.
I connected to Indian server automatically since it was their optimum server.
To my surprise, the VPN did NOT leak IP or DNS. Hence, it passed the test.
You can check out the results below:
I tested for speed on its free service on Android phone.
When I turned the VPN on, it connected to Indian server.
My original internet speed without a VPN is 15 Mbps using Speedtest.net.
Let’s see what results hold for us:
As we can see, the download speed found was 5.06 MB.
A decline of 64% in speed is not a very good sign, but since it is a free VPN I can manage.
In our Lantern VPN review, I tried to find its transparency report on many different platforms, but with no use.
After contacting its customer support, they informed me that their company does not reveal any such reports.
The transparency report reveals who many times the government has contacted the VPN service to share its users’ data.
VPNRanks has provided a complete list of transparent VPNs detailing which service provider.
App File Check
I checked if the Windows client for Lantern does contain any viruses or malware with the help of Virus Total.
It could only find one error in the file, but that was clean and not a virus or any of that sort.
It is safe to assume that this app is clean from any viruses or threats that could jeopardize your online security.
It is needless to even ask if this VPN service unblocks US Netflix. It does NOT.
Nor does it unblocks iPlayer to say the least.
But it does help you stream anonymously over Kodi.
Kodi is a media player that streams videos including recent Movies, TV Shows, and Live TV.
To unblock geo-restricted videos and stream anonymously, you can check for our complete list of Kodi VPN free.
It is compatible with the following:
It has yet to introduce Lantern VPN for iOS, but their customer support says it’s a matter of time.
VPN Lantern iOS app is coming soon.
There is no live chat support or user-generated pop-up message which is a negative from my side.
But there’s an e-mail that helps you with your questions but it doesn’t normally respond within 24 hours.
Lantern VPN Download
You can download Lantern VPN from the following links for your particular device:
Unfortunately, it is not available for iOS users, but is available on Mac.
Not so Lantern better than a VPN for me.
I would never recommend such a VPN that collects you data, whatever you doing online, and has a close eye on my online privacy.
As I said earlier in the jurisdiction section that since it is based in the US, it is bound to follow rules of that country.
These rules are very clear.
Companies must present authorities with users’ data provided that they present a warrant or a subpoena.
So in this Lantern VPN review 2019 I have tested all its features and came with a result that it is not appropriate for your online protection.