ExpressVPN Review 2017 **October 2017**
|4.0 / 5.0 User Ratings||87 |
|United States |
ExpressVPN Review Introduction
ExpressVPN is a trusted VPN industry leader known for its high speed & ultra-secure servers. It gives me great pleasure to review ExpressVPN for a 4th successive year, to bring you the latest this iconic brand has to offer. This year’s ExpressVPN review will include an analysis of the usual features plus we will look at what users are discussing about ExpressVPN Alternatives.
It’s nice to begin my ExpressVPN review with the provider’s brand new website interface and a brand new slogan. Not much new to the very user friendly website navigation on the top right, something I have liked ever since they redesigned back in 2013. The basic tour is still there and a great section to learn about VPN and why exactly you should consider using one, recommended for all new users. ExpressVPN puts great emphasis on educational content on its home page to ensure users are well aware of the service they are about to subscribe to plus how it works.
ExpressVPN Pricing Review
ExpressVPN is currently offering three pricing plans including:
- 1 Month – $12.95/month billed every month
- 6 Months – $9.99/month, $59.94 billed every 6 months
- 12 Months – $8.32/month, $99.84 billed every 12 months
After a quadruple of ExpressVPN pricing reviews for my blog, I still remain unimpressed with the pricing of the provider. Usually, similar spec VPN services are available for subscription of an entire year for what ExpressVPN charges its 6 month plan. None the less there is no equal for ExpressVPN when it comes to certain aspects as we will learn in the following section. All Express VPN pricing plans include the following features:
- Server network across 145+ cities in 94 countries
- 30 days money back guarantee
- Exclusive ExpressVPN Apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Routers, Linux
- Unlimited speed & data usage
- Choice to secure behind 4 tunneling protocols OpenVPN, L2TP-IPsec, SSTP, & PPTP
- Choice between AES 128-bit & AES 256-bit Military Grade Encryption
- Absolute ZERO LOGGING Policy – No activities, no personal information & no user profiling
- Simultaneously connect 3 devices
ExpressVPN Servers Review
Express VPN is powered by a massive network of super speed servers across 94 countries. While the provider never offers the exact number of servers it offers across the world, nodes are expertly placed in the most popular & most attractive locations that web surfers tend to visit. ExpressVPN servers are optimized to use for streaming, P2P & torrent downloading, live TV viewing, music & radio, and routine browsing.
You can see the complete list of servers on the official ExpressVPN servers review page, you can also look up favorite servers and their details from the same page.
ExpressVPN Support Review
ExpressVPN offers multiple channels to support subscribers in case of technical, account and/or billing issues. The best place to get instant support is of course the Support section on the Home Page navigation menu. The Support section gives access to all available support channels including:
- Complaint Form
- Live Chat 24/7/365
- Setup Tutorials
- Troubleshooting Guides
Historically, I have never had an issue with contacting or getting responses from ExpressVPN support services. The provider’s live chat is possibly one of the best I have experienced, not only are support representatives technically sound but very courteous every time I have contacted them. As soon as you type in to the chat box an ExpressVPN representative will be present to assist you unless there is a queue. Shout out to Thomas in ExpressVPN live support, thanks for your help.
The second half of the support section offers a more technical approach to your issues with setup tutorials and troubleshooting guides available with illustrations to help you instantly. Setup tutorials range from Windows to Smart TVs allowing you to configure ExpressVPN over a multitude of devices. The troubleshooting guides offer a look under the hood, allowing you to tweak settings and resolve connection issues.
ExpressVPN Payment Methods Review
One of my favorite aspects of ExpressVPN is the variety of payment methods made available to subscribers. There is a selection between:
- Credit Cards & Debit Cards
- VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, JCB, VISA Electron, Delta, Diners Club
- Other Methods
- WebMoney, AliPay, Union Pay & more
Do note here that all ExpressVPN subscriptions come with auto-renewal. This means your subscription will automatically renew every month till you cancel it. TO cancel the auto-recurring subscription simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your account information.
ExpressVPN Compatibility Review
There is where you fall in love with ExpressVPN, the brand is compatible with a massive list of devices & operating systems including:
- Gaming consoles
- Smart TVs
- Windows Phone
- Blackberry, and many more.
ExpressVPN’s vast compatibility is complemented by the provider’s brilliant desktop & mobile apps. All ExpressVPN software is developed and managed in house to ensure that your privacy gets utmost priority.
ExpressVPN for Windows is probably one of the best VPN apps I have reviewed over the last 2 years. Not only is it easy to setup, but also very easy to go around and configure. The Windows app from ExpressVPN offers a simple interface designed to assist beginners with one click server selection and connectivity. You can search for your favorite locations, switch protocols, mark favorites and check recommended servers all in one app.
ExpressVPN’s Android app is very similar to the Windows App with more or less the same UI. The app is available free on the Google Play Store but make sure you have registered before downloading. The simplified selection menu shows a scrolling list of servers you can choose from and mark your favorite servers for future selection.
Even on mobile ExpressVPN offers excellent compatibility and stability with no crashes on my One+1 as of yet. App navigation is pretty fast and can be tested even with the free version, connectivity may suffer and it won’t let you connect the first time but a few retries will get you sorted none the less.
ExpressVPN Protocols Review
ExpressVPN offers a decent range of tunneling protocols to secure online activities coupling them with AES 256bit encryption to secure your data. Available tunneling protocols include:
The great thing with ExpressVPN is that you can also use the low strength 128bit encryption with PPTP & SSTP for video & music streaming. Alternatively, the tougher 256bit encryption standard is available to use with OpenVPN and L2TP protocols.
At the time of registration you will be required to submit certain personal information (name & email address) with your payment information. In addition, ExpressVPN will collect particular information including:
- Dates of connecting to the service
- Servers you connected to
- Total data transferred per day
Unfortunately ExpressVPN does not offer a free trial and hence does not offer its software for free. The desktop & mobile apps can be download from the official website after signing up. You can however download ExpressVPN apps from the following domains without a subscription:
- Google Play Store – Android App
- iTunes – iOS app
- CNet – Windows, Android & Mac
Subscribers can login to their ExpressVPN dashboard by going to the website Home and then clicking the My Account tab in the top navigation menu. This will take you to your account area where you can manage your subscription, tackle issues and contact the provider for premium support.
ExpressVPN remained one of the most effective services that allowed users to bypass the geo-restrictions placed on the Netflix US & UK library. During a short time when Netflix began blocking off access to VPN users, ExpressVPN IP addresses were blocked too. Since last November the service has returned to normal and now works absolutely fine when with the popular VoD streaming service.
All US servers offered by ExpressVPN allow instant access to the Netflix US library allowing you to watch your favorite shows & movies without experiencing DNS leaks anymore. With servers located across 15 US cities, Netflix subscribers can be assured of high speed video on demand streaming (depending on various factors).
ExpressVPN does not give away discounts throughout the year, but special offers are given away on Christmas, Black Friday, Cyber-Monday, Easter, and Halloween. The only yearlong ExpressVPN discount is available on the official website when you sign-up to the provider’s yearly plan.
The 35% discount on the 12 month plan gives you a massive saving of $56 when you subscribe.
ExpressVPN cracks are a common occurrence on Google searches. There are more than 20 domains offering cracked versions of the ExpressVPN Windows & Android apps. You can also find video guides and Pinterest posts offering links to ExpressVPN cracked apps.
While the prospect of getting to use a premium $100 VPN service for free is mouthwatering, the case has more than you see initially. Yes you will get to access all servers and use the service as usual, but have you ever though who developed this ExpressVPN crack? Using these unreliable and unofficial apps can lead to a world of pain for any internet user, simply because we have no idea who is watching behind the VPN app.
What if the crack was created by a cybercriminal? What can be the consequences of installing the cracked version of the app on your PC or Android phone? Using ExpressVPN cracks can lead to a number of vulnerabilities and issues including data theft, device high-jacking, financial theft and others.
ExpressVPN Review Reddit
Reddit is one place where you simply cannot mess with the public, not only is it a great place to get real time user reviews & feedback but also an ideal social platform to get latest news about ExpressVPN. Although I expected a landslide of amazing reviews, feedback from certain users was not all that exciting.
Reddit provides users a direct platform to share their grievances and complaints with others, as user bigkenw does above. ExpressVPN positive reviews on Reddit also provide great insight for new subscribers who are still changing brands looking for the ideal VPN service. Since most users look for a capable VPN to both unblock then use with streaming, ExpressVPN prides its brand competency on its exclusive streaming optimized servers in the USA, UK, Canada and Netherlands.
The most common complain that you will read in ExpressVPN reviews on Reddit is that the service is a bit expensive. This issue however is waived away by the massive acclaim for ExpressVPN’s superb servers capable to handle streaming, downloading, browsing, social media and anything else you can throw at them. In our exclusive Reddit VPN voting survey; ExpressVPN has secured the second most votes chasing PureVPN very closely. ExpressVPN reviews on Reddit indicate that that the service is ideal for streaming, torrent and mobile device users.
Expressvpn FREE TRIAL/Refund
ExpressVPN does not offer a free trial, instead there is a 30 Days Money Back Guarantee and an awesome 30 Days free when you refer the service to a friend.
After a comprehensive review of Express VPN, I have rated the service an extremely brilliant 4.5 out of 5.
ExpressVPN is one of the most stable and trusted VPN services in the world currently. There is no other brand that I certainly trust and rate better than turbo speed ExpressVPN. Not only does the provider offer superior speed & connectivity, all other aspects of ExpressVPN are just as capable. Here are all the features I loved and those that I feel need improvement:
Features I Liked
- Massive server network across 94 countries with over 2000 servers
- Compatible with all major devices & OS
- P2P/Torrents & Streaming optimized servers
- Exclusive ExpressVPN OpenDNS
- Email & Live Support available 24/7/365
- In house managed servers and apps
- Absolute Zero Logs Policy
- 30 Days Money Back Guarantee
- Excellent Referral Program
- Great variety of payment methods
Suggested Areas of Improvement
- Pricy … Very Pricy!
- Minor connectivity issue in Windows, Mac & Android app
- No free trial … suggestions for a limited feature trial