SwitchVPN is a VPN provider based in India. This company draws public attention because it supports the SSTP VPN connection, which is an extremely secure protocol. However, there are several aspects that we have to consider before concluding that their technology is worth a try.
In this Switch VPN review, we checked the most important features of their VPN services. We will examine their pricing, customer support, logs and privacy and technical aspects. On the technical side, we will discuss the speed and performance, IP address and VPN servers.
Pricing and Packages
SwitchVPN offers two packages that come in three pricing plans with higher discount rates for longer subscription plans. The packages are Pro VPN package and Business package. For this review, we will only discuss the Pro VPN package. The Pro VPN package comes with great features, as follows:
- PPTP / L2TP / OPEN / SSTP
- Multiple VPN Gateways
- 3 Simultaneous Connection
- Up-to 5 Additional Connection
- Instant SwitchVPN Download and Setup
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- P2P and VoIP Allowed
- Compatability on all devices
- 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Pro VPN package come in a 1 month VPN plan, 3 months VPN plan and 12 months VPN plan. The monthly plan costs $9.95 per month. Meanwhile, the 3 months VPN plan costs $8.95 per month and billed every quarter. You save 10% when you choose the 3 months VPN plan.
If you plan to use the VPN for a long time, then getting the 12 months VPN plan gives the best value for your money. This annual plan costs $4.95 per month, giving a discount of 50%. This plan is billed annually.
SwitchVPN accepts Bitcoin as their payment option. We are happy about this payment option because this allows us to pay anonymously. In fact, this is the most secure way to pay for your order.
Here are the other payment options accepted by SwitchVPN:
- Credit Card
- Bank Transfer
- Perfect Money
- Western Union
You can also get SwitchVPN coupon or SwitchVPN discount code that you can use when you purchase a package.
Speed and Performance
We performed our usual speed test to check the speed of SwitchVPN using our broadband connection. Our first speed test was not without VPN to set a benchmark for our next tests. Without VPN, we obtained 6.23Mbps download speed, 4.91Mbps upload speed and 45ms ping. This result is normal in our location.
The speed test with VPN using London server revealed 3.62Mbps download speed, 4.51Mbps upload speed and 144ms ping. As you can see, the SwitchVPN download speed was slightly lower than the standard speed but is still a satisfactory speed.
We also tried. We checked for DNS leaks. After several times of checking, SwitchVPN is clean from any leaks and other issues.
There are many ways to get a support from SwitchVPN. They have a knowledge-base and an FAQ section that provides answers to commonly asked questions. Also, they have an easy-to-follow guide for the installation of their software for various platforms.
They also have a live chat support. We tried it and asked several questions. Their chat support is available 24/7. Our questions were answered in a timely manner. The support person was also knowledgeable and was able to answer both simple and technical questions in a timely manner.
You can also reach them through email and Skype. We also tried these two systems and were satisfied with the response and response time.
Logs and Privacy
On the technical side, they provide an impressive level of OpenVPN encryption between 1024-bit and 2048-bit. This encryption is better than the ones provided by other VPN providers. Though it is unusual, SwitchVPN offer SSTP encryption that uses port 443. The technology they offer increases the privacy and security of the users.
SwitchVPN provides various connections to secure your online experience. They provide:
- OpenVPN with encrypted between 1024-bit and 2048-bit
Supported Devices and Operating Systems
SwitchVPN supporting various devices running various operating systems. The VPN software is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS. This being said, it can be installed in computers, mobile devices, iPhone, iPad and DDWRT and Tomato routers.
You can find helpful installation guides for SwitchVPN android app, iOS app and DDWRT routers on their website.
SwitchVPN provides shared IP address. This type of IP address provides security because your traffic will be mixed with all the traffic of all users. Hence, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to identify the exact user.
SwitchVPN has many servers in 27 different countries all over the world. With servers all over the world, you are assured that there is a server near your location. It eliminates the lagging problem due to the distance from the server. Here is the list of countries where you can find a SwitchVPN server.
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
After our review period with SwitchVPN, we are somewhat torn on our feelings about this VPN provider. There are many things that we like about their service. However, there are also things that we do not like about their services, and some things are on the grey area.
We like the fact that they provide OpenVPN connections with very strong 1024-bit to 2048-bit encryption. Also, they offer SSTP but for a price. The speed test results were good and satisfied our purpose for using a VPN. We also like their extremely fast and good customer support.
We didn’t like the fact that we have to put a lot of information during the sign up process. This defeats the purpose of accepting Bitcoin for total anonymity.
SwitchVPN is suitable for those who simply wants to access blocked contents from a certain location. Those who want extremely secure and log-free provider might want to go somewhere else.