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SwitchVPN Review

SwitchVPN Review
Rating
Countries 27
Servers 50+
IPs 1000+
Price $4.95/mnt
Payment: Credit Card, Paypal, Bitcoin
Protocols PPTP, IPSec, OpenVPN, SSTP

SwitchVPN is headquartered in India. The company offers a fairly broad choice of nations in their server network, along with SSTP encryption, in addition to the usual protocols.

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Pricing and Plans

Like many VPN providers, SwitchVPN prices its service based on the length of your term.

  • One month of service for $9.95
  • Three months of service for $8.95 per month
  • Twelve months of service for $4.95 per month

Every plan comes with unlimited bandwidth and five simultaneous connections.

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Switch VPN also offers a business version of their plan, which allows for more connections by default and additional ones if needed, for $2 each.

  • One month of business service, $59.95
  • Three months of business service for $49.95 per month
  • Twelve months of business service for $25.00 per month

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Payments can be made with credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin and a variety of other online payment services.

Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee

SwitchVPN offers a thirty-day, no-questions-asked money back guarantee on all their services.

Privacy & Anonymity

SwitchVPN does not log your traffic, but the specifics of this policy are a bit confusing, to say the least.

They collect the time and date you connect, the server you connect to, how long you stay connected and the amount of bandwidth you use.

The company says that they will not comply with requests for information unless they receive a court order and that they regularly “cycle this information.”

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Torrent Policy

Torrenting is allowed on this provider.

Customer Support

SwitchVPN has a live chat feature on their website. They also have a Skype address and a knowledge base, as well as a support area on their site where you can request assistance.

Product Testing

SwitchVPN Main
SwitchVPN Advanced Options

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SwitchVPN has a rather simple client compared to other providers, but it offers all the basic controls that one might need. You have your choice of protocols and servers on the main screen, with an advanced screen that lets you tweak some of the options.

Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.

SwitchVPN has clients for Mac and Windows.

Speed Test

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SwitchVPN Baseline Speedtest

SwitchVPN Speedtest

SwitchVPN Speedtest

In this area, SwitchVPN did not perform well. We tested it over their different protocols, excepting SSTP, which has a very limited server selection.

Our speed dropped nearly 40Mbps from baseline. We tested this on several servers and got roughly the same results.

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IPCheck and DNSLeak

The IP address checked out. With a Windows 8 computer configured to obtain the DNS address automatically, it leaked.

Feature Summary

  • PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, SSTP
  • Five connections Pro, ten connections Business
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Torrents allowed
  • Bitcoin accepted
  • PC, Mac, Linux, router and mobile compatible

Countries Supported

Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Netherlands
Poland
Romania
Russian Federation
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

We Liked

This company offers very high encryption levels, up to 2048-bit, providing excellent security. They allow torrents, take Bitcoin and, in most every other regard, are a great service where privacy is concerned, but see below.

Areas for Improvement

The privacy policy could be clarified a bit. As it stands, they don’t log but they do. Simply rewording this to be a bit clearer, or just dispensing with logs entirely, would be a nice change.

The speeds were not impressive in testing.

Conclusion

The strong points for SwtichVPN are their easy accessibility as far as customer service goes, their very strong encryption option and their addition of the SSTP protocol to the typical PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN choice offered by most other providers.

Their weak point was their speed, which we tested several times. Combined with their somewhat confusing privacy policy, this doesn’t make them the best choice out there for P2P, but for encryption they do have quite a bit to offer.



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4 Comments about SwitchVPN Review


  1. jean on February 1st, 2012

    BE AWARE THIS VPN IS VERY DANGEROUS, THEY USE CRIMINAL IP ADRESS AS EVERY CRIMINAL ( ON LINE USE).
    The problem is that if you use your vpn doing online payment , you credit card will be registered with this IP and then problems start.
    if your are doing online business, say goodbye to your google ads account, same for Facebook.
    Say goodbye to spend money freely with your card .
    I lost everything due this VPN

  2. Ammarxv on March 13th, 2012

    it’s a great review but think twice before jumping to it
    they say 7 days refund no questions asked … BULLSH*T
    THEY DIDN’T REFUND MY MONEY

    it’s been 15 days since a order a refund still nothing and they didn’t even replay my email

  3. mtech on December 7th, 2012

    Total ripoff. The service didn’t work, their customer support was absolutely terrible. It took me a week at a time to get a response and they repeatedly closed my support tickets. In the end, I was told I would recieve a full refund and my account would be cancelled. I later discovered neither of these were true and had to go through CS hell a second time to get back the $40 they charged me over two months. They are thieves, and bad ones at that.

  4. Oli on October 13th, 2013

    Servers are slow and always down. I do not recommend.

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