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5 Best VPNs for Blackberry 2017

The first thing to note is that this article on 5 Best VPNs for Blackberry is specifically concerned with BlackBerry 10 OS. This has been discontinued since the last Blackberry 10 phone, the Blackberry Leap, was released in March 2015.

More recent Blackberry-branded phones do not use Blackberry OS. They use Android instead. These phones include the BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry DTEK50, and BlackBerry DTEK60. If you have one these more recent phones, you should therefore check out 5 Best VPNs for Android instead.

Blackberry 10 replaced BackberryOS in 2013. This older BlackberryOS included a built-in PPTP VPN client, but this was dropped in Blackberry 10.  This means that anyone still using an old pre-Blackberry 10 phone can use any VPN service that supports the PPTP VPN protocol. Which is most of them! Please do be aware, however, that PPTP is no longer considered secure.

Best VPNs for Blackberry 2017

Note that since 2013 the Blackberry Playbook uses Blackberry 10 OS

The problem with using a VPN on a Blackberry 10 device is that these devices do not support the VPN protocols used by most commercial VPN services. The good news, however, is that over the last year or so, more VPN providers have started to support the IKEv2 protocol.

This means that although often not explicitly supported by these services, Blackberry devices can be used with them. So let’s check out the Best VPNs for Blackberry 2017!

Best VPNs for Blackberry Summary

Rank Company Score Price Link

1

NordVPN LogoNordVPN
Read Review10/10
$5.75 / monthVisit Site

2

TorGuard LogoTorGuard
Read Review8.8/10
$4.99 / monthVisit Site

3

hide.Me Logohide.Me
Read Review8.4/10
$4.99 / monthVisit Site

4

PureVPN LogoPureVPN
Read Review7.4/10
$7.99 / monthVisit Site

5

WiTopia LogoWiTopia
Read Review6.8/10
$5.83 / monthVisit Site

*All prices shown in US dollars

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Editor's Choice Award

Winner

NordVPN

5/5

Best VPN List

  • ProsPROS
  • No logs at all
  • Up to six devices at once
  • Fantastic value for money
  • Servers in 47 countries world wide
  • Excellent technology
  • ConsCONS
  • Speeds can be slow

This tech-savvy VPN provider is based in Panama. This is an ideal location to base a VPN service, as it is outside the direct area of influence of the NSA and GCHQ. It would also be hard to copyright holders to gain much traction there. This focus on privacy is further evidenced by NordVPN keeping no logs at all, using very strong encryption, and accepting payment in Bitcoins. “Double-hop” VPN is also available for those who want it.

An issue with NordVPN is that it is can be rather slow. But for Blackberry users, the big news is that NordVPN now supports the IKEv2 protocol. Although no explicit instructions for setting up IKEv2 on Blackberry devices are provided, it should be easy enough to adapt guides for other platforms.

Additional features: P2P is permitted, DNS leak protection, per-app kill switch (desktop clients).

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2nd place

TorGuard

4.4/5

TorGuard

  • ProsPROS
  • No logs
  • Very fast
  • SSH tunneling
  • DD-WRT routers
  • Server status information
  • P2P: yes
  • ConsCONS
  • Unclear jurisdiction

TorGuard is a fast no logs VPN service (billing logs are kept, but this can be avoided by paying with Bitcoins). Which country’s jurisdiction it falls under is somewhat unclear (parent in Nevis, HQ in US), but it seems to have things in hand. TorGuard runs obfsproxy-based stealth servers to evade censorship firewalls, offers SSH tunneling, and provides detailed server information.

The 30-day money back guarantee sounds good, but you should note that it is limited to 10 GB of data. Critically, not only does TorGuard support IKEv2, but it provides setup instructions on how to set this up in Blackberry 10. These are somewhat barebones, but are there. Yay!

Additional features: Stealth servers.

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3rd place

Hide.me

4.2/5

Hide.me

  • ProsPROS
  • No usage logs
  • Up to five simultaneous connections
  • Based in Malaysia
  • P2P: yes
  • ConsCONS
  • Some connection logs
  • A little pricey

Hide.me is a Malaysian VPN service that supports IKEv2 and provides a detailed setup guide and video tutorial for Blackberry devices. It keeps no usage logs (but some connection logs), and allows up to five simultaneous connections. Speed results during our tests were a little mixed, and pricing is a rather high for what is really a mid-range service But the bottom line is that Hide.me is a decent VPN service that supports BlackBerry.

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4th place

PureVPN

3.7/5

PureVPN

  • ProsPROS
  • Global coverage
  • Fast speeds
  • Five simultaneous connections
  • P2P: yes
  • No usage logs
  • ConsCONS
  • Many complaints
  • Some connection logs
  • DNS and WebRTC leaks

We have received a large number complaints about this high-profile VPN provider. Most notably regarding users not getting a refund after trying its three-day money-back trial. So please be warned. But this Hong Kong-based service does support Blackberry via IKEv2. It even features Blackberry 10-sepcific setup guides.

It is also fast servers that are located all over the world. Unfortunately, our reviewer detected DNS leaks and WebRTC leaks, and experienced connection issues on some servers.

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5th place

WiTopia

3.4/5

WiTopia

  • ProsPROS
  • IPSec for BlackBerry
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Two simultaneous connections
  • ConsCONS
  • Keeps logs
  • Poor performance
  • Money back offer dubious
  • US based
  • P2P: no

This somewhat elusive US-based VPN company offers good desktop software and great 24/7 customer support. Most importantly, it offers BackBerry support. Unlike the other providers listed here, this comes in the form of support for the IPSec/ Cisco Secure PIX Firewall VPN protocol. Please see below for more this.

WiTopia keeps logs, turned in poor performance during our tests, and we think its “30-day money-back guarantee” is somewhat disingenuous. It does, however, remain an option for BlackBerry users.

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VPNs for Blackbery Considerations

Blackberry 10 does support a number of VPN protocols used by businesses to run private corporate networks. But these are not used by commercial VPN services

As noted above, however, wider support for the IKEv2 protocol means that commercial VPN options for Blackberry 10 users have improved greatly. WiTopia is something of an anomaly, because instead of IKEv2, it supports Blackberry devices with IPSec (using Cisco Secure PIX Firewall VPN).

Note that any VPN service which supports IKEv2 can be used with Blackberry 10 devices. This is true even when Blackberry-specific instructions are not available. Simply use the guide provided by Hide.me as a template, and fill in the settings provided in guides for other platforms.

IKEv2

Dubbed VPN Connect by Microsoft, Internet Key Exchange (version 2) is an IPSec-based tunneling protocol that was jointly developed by Microsoft and Cisco. It is particularly good at automatically re-establishing a VPN connection when users temporarily lose their internet connections. For example when entering and leaving a train tunnel.

IKEv2 also supports the Mobility and Multihoming (MOBIKE) protocol, which makes it highly resilient to changing networks. This is great for Blackberry and mother mole phone users who regularly switch between hotspots, or between WiFi and mobile networks.

This protocol is both stable and secure.

IPSec (using Cisco Secure PIX Firewall VPN)

IPSec is an encryption suit that needs to be paired with a VPN protocol. In the commercial VPN world, this protocol is almost always L2TP (Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol), although IKEv2 is also IPSec-based.

Cisco Secure PIX Firewall VPN is another protocol that can be paired with IPSec. It is supported by WiTopia. More information about Cisco Secure PIX Firewall VPN can be found here.

VPNs for Blackberry Conclusion

For those still holding onto your Blackberry 10 devices, 2017 is looking up in terms of VPN support. There is already a much better choice of VPN services to choose from than were available last year, and this is a trend that is only likely to continue.

Best VPNs for Blackberry Summary

Rank Company Score Price Link

1

NordVPN LogoNordVPN
Read Review10/10
$5.75 / monthVisit Site

2

TorGuard LogoTorGuard
Read Review8.8/10
$4.99 / monthVisit Site

3

hide.Me Logohide.Me
Read Review8.4/10
$4.99 / monthVisit Site

4

PureVPN LogoPureVPN
Read Review7.4/10
$7.99 / monthVisit Site

5

WiTopia LogoWiTopia
Read Review6.8/10
$5.83 / monthVisit Site

*All prices shown in US dollars

* Advertiser Disclosure

Douglas Crawford I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. Find me on Google+

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12 responses to “5 Best VPNs for Blackberry 2017

  1. Hey Douglas,
    Thank you for a review.
    I use Hide.me on my Passports, but since winter 2017 their server is blocked in Russia.

  2. Good going David. There aren’t many bloggers who are not affiliates in disguise and still post excellent info for BB10 BlackBerry phones.

    1. Hi Roger,

      Thanks for those links. Yes… terrible. I find the use of a single global encryption key (which was then handed over to the RCMP particularly shocking). BlackBeryy’s new CTO has agreed to an interview with BestVPN.com, so it will be interesting to hear what he says about the company’ past security disasters.

  3. It’s so great to have those like you with kind heart. I do have blackberry z 30,and I downloaded those above vpns but failed to work. Please if there could be a way to make them work. You can text me on my email blow.
    gboyzjt19@gmail.com.
    I tried to setup the phone vpn but didn’t work also.
    Please help me out I am a student and more websites are restricted.
    God bless you.

    1. Hi Thok,

      TorGuard, Hide.me and PureVPN all have instructions for setting up Blackberry devices running BlackBerry 10 OS. Links to these instructions can be found in the article. As the Blackberry Z10 runs Blackberry 10 OS, you should be able to use these instructions without any problems.

    1. Hi olokoshe,

      You will not find these services on your phone. Your Blackberry Classic can, however, be configured to use them using the IKEv2 protocol. As noted in the provider summaries above, some providers have specific instructions for doing this in Blackberry 10, while for others you will need to figure it out for yourself (just use a guide from another provider and enter your chosen provider’s settings instead).

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