Astrill is located in the Seychelles, giving it a significant selling point for those who want some jurisdictional layering and added privacy protection. This provider has limited pricing options, but does deliver in terms of speed and ease of use.
Pricing and Plans
Astrill offers personal VPN plans that come with unlimited speed and transfer. The pricing is based on your length of service and is as follows:
- Three months for $29.95
- Six Months for $39.95
- One Year for $69.95
You can pay via credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin and several other payment options.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
Astrill offers a free seven-day trial. You have to contact customer service to get it, but they deliver it via live chat almost instantly. A money back guarantee is not offered, but there is a conditional seven-day refund policy.
Privacy & Anonymity
Astrill does not log user data. Their location makes them suitable as a choice for those truly concerned about privacy, as well.
Torrenting is allowed over Astrill’s network.
Customer support is readily accessible. When setting up our free trial, we had to contact support to get it activated. It took all of two minutes via live chat. The company also provides extensive documentation and an online knowledge base.
Astrill’s client is small and easy to use. It’s really about as simple as it gets, with a large On/Off button controlling the connection. You can change your VPN protocol by selecting from a dropdown menu at the top of the client screen.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
Astrill offers a client for Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad and Android devices. They support Linux with RPM, DEB and command line installer packages, as well.
Astrill Baseline Speedtest
Astrill VPN Speedtest
From a performance standpoint, Astrill was excellent. The VPN connection barely slowed down our speed, bringing us to approximately 37Mbps. Hooking up to a server over the Astrill network was remarkably fast.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
Without changing any of our DNS settings, Astrill both prevented our DNS address from leaking and hid our IP.
- OpenWeb, OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, Cisco IPSec, SSTP, IKEv2
- No logging
- Torrents allowed
- Bitcoin accepted
- Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux
- Business packages available
Between the no-logging policy and taking Bitcoin, this is a great option for privacy.
Areas for Improvement
Having to contact support to get the free trial is a bit of a hassle, but a very minor one, at best. The company requires a minimum three-month sign up. A month-to-month option would be an improvement.
Astrill definitely offers a competitive service. They don’t log, they take Bitcoin and they’re located outside of the US, which are all advantages. Their VPN client isn’t quite as sophisticated as some of the other providers out there but, if that’s not an issue for you, they’re worth looking into.