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VPN Unlimited is the virtual private network service from software developer KeepSolid. In many ways, it’s similar to the other VPN services we’ve reviewed and recommended. With VPNs, however, small differences can be a big deal, so I put KeepSolid VPN Unlimited through the rigorous testing we’ve subjected its competitors to.
I found a lot to admire about KeepSolid VPN Unlimited. The service takes a no-frills approach, which can have its drawbacks — in this case, fewer VPN servers and supported protocols — but I was impressed by how effective VPN Unlimited was and how its pared-down approach made security simple. Throw in the affordable KeepSolid VPN Unlimited prices — including a lifetime plan — and you have a recipe for a pretty solid (get it?) VPN service.
A VPN service isn’t worth a lick if it can’t do the very basic job of protecting your data online. VPN Unlimited hits this mark, and it makes it fairly easy for even a newbie to connect to a VPN server.
VPNs also perform another duty: Because many people use them to connect to servers in other countries, they can make your internet traffic appear as though it’s coming from another place. A bank website I often use, for example, will not work outside the United States without a VPN, presumably to prevent fraud. If you run into a similar situation, VPN Unlimited can help with that.
Then there’s streaming. Let’s say you’re in Peru, and you want to watch the latest season of a show on Netflix. If you’re outside the United States, Netflix may not let you see it. Using a VPN — including VPN Unlimited — can fool Netflix into thinking you’re somewhere you aren’t. The process works in reverse too: If you live in the U.S. and want to watch content that isn’t available in your area, you may be able to use a VPN to unlock regional or international streams.
I tested two streaming video services with VPN Unlimited: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. First I connected in Houston, where I’m located, and checked out the service’s content libraries, which had everything I’m used to seeing. Then I connected to a server in Mexico City and checked them again. Both services worked, and both services showed me their Mexico-specific catalogs. If you’re outside the U.S. and you try to do the reverse, you should be fine. VPN Unlimited claims support for nearly every major streaming video service, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t also work.
Even the best VPNs are a mixed bag in terms of features. Some are stripped down and focus mainly on core VPN functions, while others offer a whole bunch of extras you may or may not use. VPN Unlimited is more in the former category, leaving out the goodies in favor of a streamlined experience.
VPN Unlimited hits the main features. There’s a kill switch, for example, which will shut down your internet connection if you lose the VPN for a bit. I think every VPN service should have this feature, so I was glad KeepSolid VPN Unlimited included it.
There’s also a DNS Firewall, which will keep an eye out for malware-infected websites so you don’t accidentally install something you’ll wish you hadn’t. Beyond that, VPN Unlimited doesn’t offer many features — but I barely noticed it when I was using the service.
VPN providers love to tout their numbers, telling customers how many servers they have and in how many countries. Server count and location are both important if you travel a lot or if you want to be assured you’ll always have a smooth connection. This is an area where KeepSolid’s VPN falls short, however, at least in the amount of servers. It offers a lot of locations, but those locations don’t have many servers to connect to.
The company says it has more than 500 servers, which is not very many since its competitors tout thousands. It makes up for its paltry number of servers, however, by having those servers in more than 80 locations. If you just need to connect to a specific country, you shouldn’t have trouble. If you need a specific place in a country, however, VPN Unlimited may disappoint. It isn’t the end of the world — power users will notice the issue more than casual users, and streamers will still have plenty of location-shifting options — but it’s definitely a negative for KeepSolid VPN Unlimited. KeepSolid's VPN service lags behind the high server counts that you'd get with a PIA subscription or a CyberGhost subscription. Solid server counts also boosted the scores of our Surfshark review and our ExpressVPN review. Here with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, however, this category is a liability.
You can usually tell right away what type of experience you’ll have with an app. Most try to make things as easy as possible to get you up and running quickly. Others require a bit of learning, and can frustrate people who aren’t tech savvy. I found VPN Unlimited to be fairly easy to navigate, and I appreciated the consistency the apps had across the devices I tested them on: Windows PC, iPhone, and iPad. The process of finding a server, connecting to it, and going about your business is pretty painless.
Once you’re connected, VPN Unlimited continues to perform pretty well. I didn’t experience any connection drops, and it was pretty simple to change from my current server to a new one. If I had to nitpick anything, it would be the placement of some ads for other services the VPN’s parent company sells. They’re tucked away on their own screen, however, so I can’t complain too much.
VPN Unlimited offers only two VPN protocols: OpenVPN and WireGuard. This isn’t a huge issue from a security standpoint — they’re both very solid, and we recommend using protocols like these anyway. There are trade-offs between protocols and things like speed, however, and some power users like to change their VPN protocols. These two protocols may be enough for a typical user, but you may wish to have others available if you value flexibility.
VPN Unlimited could present a big problem if you are dead set on keeping your browsing habits private. The company has a no-logs policy, which is very important since the service and its parent company, KeepSolid, are headquartered in the United States. That means it falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government, which would be well within its rights to force VPN Unlimited to hand over data about its users. Ideally, there wouldn’t be any data to hand over — there are, after all, no logs — but given the power of the U.S. and other governments, many of KeepSolid’s competitors set up their businesses offshore away from major Western powers. Government snooping may not be a huge concern for all users, but some VPN fans may prefer a service based outside the U.S.
VPN Unlimited’s speeds also threw me for a bit of a loop. I’m plugged into a gigabit connection, yet I didn’t see anywhere near gigabit speeds even though VPN Unlimited claims it doesn’t throttle. Oddly, I got better speeds connecting to a server in France than I did connecting to a server in Colorado, even though I’m based in Texas. Here’s my VPN-free speed test, which you can use as a baseline.
When VPN Unlimited was on, the ping numbers I saw were what I expected: higher connecting to France and lower to Colorado. But I can’t figure out why my Colorado speeds took such a hit. It may just be that the internet is unpredictable at times.
You may want to take VPN Unlimited for a test drive and check your own speeds, just to be sure.
It’s always difficult to determine value for VPN services, because you end up weighing the pros and cons against the price. VPN Unlimited makes it hard because it’s one of the few providers with a lifetime subscription, and that tier of service is actually very affordable.
As we mentioned on our VPN Unlimited page, you can pay $9.99 a month for the service or sign up for a year at $59.99, which works out to about $4.99 per month. If you’re willing to pay $99.99 up front, however, you can have Unlimited VPN for life with no further billing. How do you value a VPN service you pay for once and never again? How do you weigh the pros and cons against that?
I think you could skip Unlimited VPN if not for the lifetime subscription. That option simply cannot be ignored. If the more negative things you read in this review don’t bother you, Unlimited VPN offers the deal of all deals with its $99.99 lifetime subscription.
I found KeepSolid VPN Unlimited to be a pretty solid VPN for typical users. I wouldn’t recommend it to power users who want to tinker with settings and do bandwidth-intensive things on their VPN though. If you want that, you may find VPN Unlimited a little too bare bones and a little too slow.
Whether VPN Unlimited is right for you depends on your needs. If you just want basic VPN protection, it does that — and for a very fair price. If you just want to connect to a server in a different country for location shifting, it can also do that. If you want more security features or more in the way of privacy, VPN Unlimited may not meet your expectations.
If you’re in the former camp, paying $99.99 for a lifetime subscription seems like the obvious way to go since it’s a steal in the world of VPN providers. Even Surfshark's low prices and the leanest subscription plans from ProtonVPN can't beat that. If you’re in the latter camp, however, you may want to consider more than the hit on your wallet and look elsewhere. Better-reviewed options like NordVPN and ExpressVPN (one of our favorites) are pricier, sure, but they also do a lot of things better.