IPVanish is one of the most popular VPN providers out there. It is also famous for actually owning, not just renting their servers. Hardware stack ownership allows them to be more confident in delivering the no-log policy. In many reviews IPVanish is praised for their high speed, though our tests showed quite the opposite. Read further to find out all the pros and cons we have discovered while evaluating their services.
When trying to check out the IPVanish website, you will immediately notice that there is no free trial version available, though 7-day money-back guarantee partly covers the lack of the free trial version. You'll be forwarded to the payment page when clicking on the "Start Now" button:
There are three pricing options available, each varying on the subscription length. The discounts are calculated from a fictional month value, while the maximum you can pay per month is $10. The properly recalculated discounts are 10.03% for the 3 month subscription (compared to the shown 25%). The yearly subscription saves you 35% (not 46%). For me personally, this way of presenting the prices feels a little bit insulting and I wasted good 5 minutes trying to recalculate the shown discounts properly. The premium price itself might be justified by the extra security layer that the owned hardware provides, also the popularity of the service suggests that it might be worth paying $10 a month for service. Though if your budget is tight, there are definitely cheaper alternatives with a similar feature set.
In case you decide to buy a subscription, here is a tip on how to get an extra discount. Do not instantly fill in your CC details, pretend you want to exit the page. You should then see a pop-up with a discount proposition:
The pop-up will provide an extra 20% discount from the display prices and is valid for the first three billing cycles no matter which plan you go for.
Also, one more tip on how to get a free month of services - after the sign up, proceed to try and cancel the subscription. You'll have to pass a three step questionnaire on why you're cancelling their services. On the last step, you will see a screen proposing to redeem your free month of usage if you decide to stay with IPVanish:
IPVanish also allows P2P network connections, so torrent clients will definitely feel pleased.
Customer support is one of the weaker spots of IPVanish. There are only three ways to get your questions answered:
Neither live chat nor phone support is available. This can partly be compensated by an extensive list of articles in the support center, but those preferring quick help from "a real person" might find it a bit frustrating.
All major platforms are supported by IPVanish: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS.
Support center also has a short description on how to set up OpenVPN on Linux. We have tested the OS X application for one week and it did work flawlessly.
IPVanish has 700+ VPN servers in 60+ countries.
Desktop application has a map-based view enabling to quickly navigate the servers located in a precise area:
IPVanish is an established VPN provider with a large user base. You are paying a premium $10/month price, but in return you get an extra layer of confidence that the no-log policy is really implemented by the provider - IPVanish owns its hardware stack. It supports all major platforms and protocols as well as has a wide geographical coverage. If budget is not too limited - IPVanish is definitely worth its money.