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Canada based Blockless bases it's main operation around it's SmartDNS service, so we will discuss this first. They provide well rounded support and set-up for this and as shown below there is virtually no speed loss. It provides a great service if you wish to be constantly connected to a streaming service, though (like most other SmartDNS) it can be a bit of a nuisance if you wish to keep changing back to your standard internet settings and properties. The SmartVPN service (which they recommend when you're on the go) helps bypass the above mentioned problems, but unfortunately, it doesn't always work - though the issues seem to be reserved for BBC iPlayer. Luckily for Blockless, their service hasn't been blocked by Hulu yet (like with many other providers) and this is a VPN that works with Netflix, Pandora, etc. The Blockless service allows streaming from 17 different countries. While no Asian or African connections, these locations were clearly well thought out and are the countries where major streaming services are based and available from. They allow 1 IP to be used for the SmartDNS service and 1 connection to be used for their SmartVPN.
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Speed and Performance
We gave Blockless our standard performance test to see how it faired. Unsurprisingly, there was hardly any speed loss with either the SmartDNS or PPTP connection. With regards to IP test, we always obtained our own IP since there is no security implemented in either system. The DNS results weren't exactly what we were expecting, since most of the time it pointed towards the US/Canada and Germany but the service and their system worked so we shan't worry about this.
Like every other VPN out there Blockless provides three different plans, with increasing price discounts the longer you sign up for. Compared to a traditional VPN service, they are cheap, however compared to SmartDNS and streaming services [their target market] they are similarly priced. Slightly annoyingly they do not display this information until you sign up for an account. When you sign up you also receive a 7 day free trial (without having to enter any credit card details), which can be extended to 10 if you like them on Facebook.
Blockless has two kinds of support: an FAQ and ticket support. Their FAQ covers the basic topics while the ticket support is available for solving the more complicated problems. The ticket support replied in a reasonable amount of time and seemed knowledgeable and friendly. Unfortunately they weren't able to solve our issue with the SmartVPN but we won't hold this against them as they tried their very best and in the end its the developers fault, and not the support teams.
Privacy and Security
Since Blockless is aimed at providing high end streaming and uses SmartDNS technology, it does not provide much in terms of security but it understands this and makes no claims on this - which is great. Their SmartDNS does not provide any security what-so-ever but this means you can have the best streaming speeds possible. They also have a service called SmartVPN, but we believe this is wording to be slightly misleading as it is not a private network in reality. The reason for this opinion is as follows:
- It uses a PPTP connection, which as we have mentioned numerous times before, is not very secure.
- The settings they use for this PPTP connection also means that it is not encrypted in any way.
Overall, while there are some things that could be ironed out, Blockless is a well rounded service. They score plenty of ticks in the right boxes and their service is well targeted and fulfils that target market well. There are a few large competitors that Blockless can be compared to but due to their lower pricing and determination they stand their ground well.
- Great speeds
- Fantastic support
- Good value for money
We weren’t so sure about
- Proprietary apps aren't very impressive
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