5 Best Cheap VPNs

8 Apr 2013 |

While free is everyone’s favorite price, we also know that free usually means some serious compromises have to be made This is certainly true in the world of VPN, where even the best free services are severely limited by speed caps or maximum data limits, even when advertising is not too intrusive.

So is it possible to get a top quality VPN service for ‘cheap’?  Well, given that most VPN providers charge less than 10 bucks a month (and all of the ones in our list of Top 10 favorites do), you could argue they are pretty much all a bargain for the online protection they offer (remembering that we only really recommend ‘no logs’ providers).

However, we have decided to set the maximum price point for this category at $7.00 per month. The reason for this is that the only full VPN service that we have yet reviewed that is substantially cheaper than this is ibVPN, which comes in at $4.95 per month. Aside for the fact that if we went for a lower maximum price point this list would be very short (and we don’t much recommend ibVPN), there are some crackingly good VPN’s out there for $7 which we would like to recommend.

In addition to ‘proper’ VPN, some providers offer low cost proxy and DNS spoofing services, which if your needs are limited may provide a solution that works for you, and saves a few dollars each month.  However, we have yet to see any such service that we feel matches the value and convenience of VPN, and anyway… we are a VPN review site! We will therefore only concern ourselves with VPN services here.

Summary

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Here’s a short paragraph about each service and why we’ve chosen them:

Editor’s Choice

Winner – ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN

Positives: Easy-to-use software, excellent speeds, good customer service

Negatives: Bit pricey, but worth it for the features

With apps across all platforms and software that blows the competition away, ExpressVPN secures our vote as the best value VPN. The download speeds are impressive and the software is straightforward to use. We really love some of the features like automatic protocol selection and server location recommendations.

ExpressVPN boasts round-the-clock customer support and an ultra reliable VPN network spanning 33 countries and hundreds of servers. They are also adding new locations all the time. These guys have done a pretty awesome job in building what we believe to be the best VPN service out there.

The pricing is not the cheapest, but you do get what you pay for. ExpressVPN also offers unlimited bandwidth and supports your mobile device (Android/iOS) for no extra charge.

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2. CyberGhost

Positives: no logs, fast, great VPN client with internet kill switch, good free service (although not fast enough for 4oD), 30 day free trial, P2P: yes

Negatives: Does not accept Bitcoin, VPN client is Windows only (although guides are provides for setting OpenVPN up on other devices)

With a fantastically generous 30 day free trial and an otherwise excellent ‘no logs’ VPN service that is plenty fast enough, CyberGhost is a close competitor for our budget number one spot. It comes with a funky and feature-full (including internet kill switch) Windows VPN client (other platforms need to be configured using third party OpenVPN software), and also has rather good free service to boot. Bravo.

 

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3. Mullvad

Positives: accepts Bitcoin, no logs, good speeds, cheap, client features internet kill switch and DNS leak protection, P2P: yes

Negatives: A number of things didn’t work

It has to be admitted that Mullvad’s service is still a little rough around the edges. During our trial period we were only able to connect to its Germany based servers, and when we tried to set up OpenVPN on devices other than those it has clients for (Windows, OSX and Linux), we found the configuration files were missing. All of which is a bit of a shame, as in many way Mullvad ticks all the boxes that are important to us. It is a totally ‘no logs’ service that also encourages anonymous payment by Bitcoin (and provides links on how to ensure such payment are truly anonymous), it is fast (or at least the service through its Germany based server was!), and the custom VPN client is simple, but includes handy features such as an ‘internet kill switch, DNS leak protection and dynamic port forwarding. It should also be noted in regard to the theme of this article, that while the price in dollars is quoted as $7, if you pay in €uros the price is €5, which works out at somewhat less. Basically, we think that Mullvad is all set to offer a fantastic low cost service, just as soon as it has ironed out a few technical kinks.

 

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4. Kepard

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Positives: great VPN client (especially for Android), logs only kept for 3 days, 15 day free trial, P2P: yes

Negatives: logs kept for 3 days, not amazingly fast

Kepard is service we like because it provides a simple but elegant Windows VPN client which is a pleasure to use, as well as the best Android VPN client we have yet reviewed. The Android client works with all versions of the mobile OS, and offers full OpenVPN functionality without the need to root your device. As with the Windows client, it is a joy to use and we definitely recommend Android users give Kepard’s service a try, especially in light of the 15 day free trial on offer. Where Kepard is let down slightly is the fact that it keeps logs. These are only kept for 3 days, and although we have no idea how the legal system in Kepard’s native Moldova works, we find it difficult to believe that non-Moldovans using the service are likely to encounter any problems… but still…

 

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5. ibVPN

Positives: cheap, no logs (but many caveats), accepts payments via Bitcoins, P2P: yes

Negatives: painfully slow on a regular basis, many caveats to ‘no logs’ claim

ibVPN is one of the highest profile VPN providers on the net, due in no small part we sure to its ultra-low $5 per month pricing (for one of its basic packages). On paper the service also looks very good, with a dedicated P2P package (using Netherlands and Luxemburg servers), a free DNS spoofing service for streaming geo-locked media, and the claim to keep ‘no logs’. Unfortunately this last is an area where we have issue with ibVPN, as logs containing quite a lot of information (although not actual details of IP’s visited) are retained for 7 days, which in in our view is far too much information kept for far too long to justify ibVPN’s much advertised ‘no logs’ policy claim (contrast this with Private Internet Access’s absolutely no logs ‘of any kind’ policy). In addition to this, although the initial results of our speedtest.net trials impressed us, longer term use of the service proved that it could be so painfully slow that we ended up abandoning it before our contract time was out. Still, it is cheap…

 

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Conclusion

Private Internet Access and CyberGhost demonstrate just how good a ‘cheap’ service can be, easily matching or exceeding the features, performance and anonymity offered by most pricier services. Mullvad too, once it gets its act together, promises to be a superb (and low cost) VPN solution. Slightly slow speeds and that 3 day data retention policy hold Kepard back a little, but we still think it provides a good service, and one that Android users in particular should be interested in using. Unfortunately, although winning on price we really cannot recommend ibVPN, because of both the dubiousness of its ‘no logs’ claims, and its awful ‘real world’ speed performance.


And here’s the summary once more:

Summary

Rank Provider Score Review Link

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  • Paul

    I love your Best VPN site. But just a couple of things I noticed…

    1. Private Internet Access does offer a free 7 day trial: “We strictly only provide refunds in the 7 day period after signing up” You can read it here: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/contact-us

    2. Many of the comments about CyberGhost above appear to be about Mullvad, rather than Cyberghost.

    3. Other sites claim that Private Internet Access offer 256 bit OpenVPN but you say on BestVPN that it is 128 bit only. I am not sure who is correct?

  • http://www.bestbackups.com Pete Zaborszky

    Thanks for the comment!

    1. I don’t think 7 day trial is the same as 7 day moneyback, but to make it clear I’ve added it to the Private Internet Access section.

    2. I think I was a bit tired when I wrote this and wrote Mullvad instead of CyberGhost, this is corrected too.

    3. I can’t find any evidence of 256bit encryption on PIA, so I stand by our review :)

  • Lucks

    I also like BOXPN.COM they have great discount on yearly accounts for 3.75USD per month.

  • Skypik

    Hello,
    thank you for this list.. today I also like cheapvpns.net and its great. Actually their plans start s on $1.99 per month and they have all what I need

  • slki77

    Best cheapest VPN in the world nowadays is Mudfish Cloud VPN (http://en.loxch.com/) in my opinion because it’s available with only $0.99. The important point is that it’s not per month but traffic usage based. So you can use 3 ~ 6 months with only paying $0.99 depending on your traffic pattern. However the customer support is terrible.