Overplay is amongst the innovative VPN providers in the VPN industry today. They take pride of their strength the number of servers located in over 48 countries worldwide. When it comes of servicing clients, having numerous servers helps in providing faster speeds because of a local presence.
In this Overplay VPN review, we checked their VPN features that are important to the users. We will examine the pricing, customer support, logs and privacy and technical aspects, which include speed and performance, IP address and VPN servers.
Pricing and Packages
Over play offers two products – the SmartDNS and Secure VPN. For the purpose of this review, we will focus on the features of Overplay VPN.
The VPN service of Overplay is priced competitively. You have the option to get it at per month, per 3 months, per 6 months or per year subscription. The pricing starts at $9.95 per month with an increasing discount to those who will get it at a longer subscription period.
Overplay accepts all major credit cards including Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. They also process PayPal payments.
Overplay promotional code and Overplay coupon are also accepted during checkout. To avail these promo codes and coupons, you need to check their site from time to time, as well as be a newsletter subscriber.
Speed and Performance
A series of speed tests was conducted to check the performance of Overplay. Our first speed test was conducted while being disconnected from the VPN. It was our benchmark for our next tests. We used our 15Mbps broadband connection throughout the tests.
The first test showed a download speed just a little under 10Mbps, upload speed of 3.35Mbps and 21ms ping. This is a standard result for our connection with our location.
For our second test, we were connected to the Netherlands server. The speed test result was lower than our benchmark, but still above average with 8.73Mbps download speed, 0.96Mbps upload speed and 37ms ping.
We tried using the Overplay Android app on one of our phones. The installation went smoothly and the speed performance using the phone was great.
Overplay has a 24×7 online chat support that is ready to help their customers. However, before can chat with them, you have to fill in your personal details along with your concern. You will be redirected to that chat window with a live agent. We tested their chat support and was satisfied with the responses. The chat representative was knowledgeable about the products, as well as able to ask the right probing questions before recommending a solution.
Logs and Privacy
The customers are the king for Overplay. Because of this, they ensure that they do not compromise the security of their customers. They have used technology to this favor and apply secured connection and protocol.
In terms of logs, they do not keep visits and website logs. However, they do maintain connection logs and data usage logs for statistical and troubleshooting purposes. These logs are periodically deleted from the database of Overplay. Overplay assures that their users have complete freedom in what they do online, at the same time assures them that no one is watching their activities.
All the servers of Overplay support OpenVPN connection with 128-bit, CBC –Blowfish encryption. Also, most of their servers accept PPTP and L2TP connections. Also, some of their servers support SSTP – a Microsoft SSL-based VPN offering.
Supported Devices and Operating Systems
Overplay VPN runs on both Windows and Mac OS X. The PPTP and L2TP can also be installed in iOS and Android devices. Other supported operating systems include Linux, Boxee and DDWRT.
All devices running on the above-mentioned operating systems can get Overplay VPN. Supported devices include computers, Mac, iPhones, iPad, Android devices (both mobile phones and tablets) and routers. We also tried it on our Xbox360 and it worked!
Overplay provides shared IP addresses, which give additional security because the user’s traffic will be mixed with all the traffic of all users. Thus, it will be impossible to identify a single user from all the IPs that the entire Overplay network uses.
Overplay VPN has servers in 48 countries around the world. Thus, you are assured that there is a server near you regardless of your location. It prevents lagging problems because of the distance from the server. Here is a list of countries in regions where you can find a server or servers of VPN Overplay.
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
- Japan (2)
- South Korea (2)
- Czech Republic
- Ireland (3)
- Sweden (2)
- Switzerland (2)
- United Kingdom (4)
- Canada (3)
- United States (7)
- Australia (3)
- New Zealand
There are many things that we liked about Overplay VPN. It is one of the providers that offer competitive pricing with great features. We liked the appearance and layout of their site because it is easy to navigate.
Their support team is also great and responsive to all our requests in a timely manner. Also, they seem very knowledgeable about their products. The FAQ and knowledge base pages are very helpful to our concerns. The topics are organized per category. The words are clearly stated in layman’s terms.
The speed and performance of Overplay are great. We didn’t have problems during installation of their VPN software. Speed test results are great.
There are a few things that we feel Overplay should improve. They do not have a money-back guarantee or a trial period. Hence, you have to avail their subscription and cancel it if you do not like the service. Also, they accept PayPal only for non-recurring subscription. They have an affiliate that offers a wide range of payment method, but not on their own site.
Overall, our experience with Overplay was good. We didn’t have problems with our connections. With a little improvement on their billing side, we are sure that this company is a great provider to be. We highly recommend this VPN provider to everyone.