New VPN Providers (2012)

There are quite a few VPN services that have contacted me and asked to be featured on this site.  One problem with new VPN services, as we’ve seen before, is that they work for a period of time, but then are blocked by the firewall soon after.  I have tried these services below, and they work great.  However, I would like to emphasize that the services on the main page have worked in China for many years, and these have yet to prove themselves long-term. Still, they’re fast, reliable, and work in China, so they’re currently good options.

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July 2012

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IPVanish Logo IPVanish

Price: 8/10
Speed: 7/10
Reliability: 9/10
Support: 9/10
Features 9/10

This is a new VPN service that I’ve been trying out for some time now. Unfortunately, I’ve been having trouble getting it to connect at decent speeds. I’ve been in contact with their support team, and I’ve tried a couple of their suggestions, with no results. I’ve inlcuded it here because well, the more VPNs the better. About half of working VPNs in China are running off of mirror sites, and even some of the mirror sites are getting blocked. IPVanish is new around town, and NOT BLOCKED.

Support got a 10/10 for being fast and friendly. They got a minus point however for their weird system of sending back your own email to confirm that they received it. IPVanish offers a decent amount of server locations, and has a simple pricing system of $10 per month* for full access to all servers. I’ve given them a high rating for features because they own their own server network, meaning maintenance and upgrades are all ‘in-house’. This also means privacy is a priority.

All in all, it’s a good VPN service, and a good choice for users in China.


Features

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • 7 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Free Server Switching
  • Servers in US, UK, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Malaysia, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, China
  • PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN
  • Owns and Maintains Entire Network

Packages * (new!)

  • $10 /1 month
  • $26.99 /3 months
  • $77.99 /12 months ($6.49 /month)

Official Site: www.ipvanish.com

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Sept 2012

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LeafyVPN in ChinaLeafyVPN

Price: 10/10
Speed: 10/10
Reliability: 6/10
Support: ?/10
Features 7/10

This service is unique in that they’ve been providing VPN service to Chinese customers for a few years now, and have just started an English language service.  This is great because it means that they have experience with the GFW, and how to provide reliable service to people in China.  They’ve got a simple, cheap pricing system, with discounts for signing up long term.  Servers were very fast, and even with their trial VPN servers in The US I was able to stream YouTube video seamlessly, which is pretty rare. Definitely 10/10 for speed.  There is no OpenVPN or SSTP, but their PPTP and L2TP protocols seem to work fine (OpenVPN and SSTP have better data encryption and are the usual #1 choice for China)

Setup was not difficult, but it was not quite as fast as with other services – but nothing to worry about there.   The only thing that went wrong with the trial is that the VPN would frequently drop the connection.  After about 10 minutes of connecting to the US VPN server, some sites that were blocked in China became blocked again. I was still able to access all non-banned sites, and even some that were banned were accessible.  However, there were some that would time out.  This may be a problem with the trial servers, or some error on my end – I’ve emailed their customer service to ask about this problem.  This is why the Support category has a ? – it’s still in the testing phase.

One completely awesome feature that no other service currently has is that there’s a 3 day free trial that requires no credit card or payment.  You only have to give them your email address so you can receive your username and password. Of course you only get access to Trial Servers in The US for the trial period, but still, that’s pretty cool.


Features

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Servers in US, UK, Germany, France, Russia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan
  • Free Server Switching
  • Free Trial (3 days!)

Packages

  • $9 /month
  • $24 /3 months
  • $39 /6 months
  • $69 /12 months ($5.7 /month!)

Official Site: www.leafyvpn.com

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More Later….

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