SpiceVPN delivers versatile and affordable service, but not without some caveats.
We appreciate a reliable, no-frills VPN — this one gives you excellent encryption (including OpenVPN), decent server variety, and acceptable speeds. Advanced features include dedicated IP addresses and Double VPN protection, but no kill switch.
One interesting thing about SpiceVPN is the daily plan. For pocket change, you can use the service in case you need it for a quick task. If this task isn’t data-intensive, you can further cut the cost with a limited 400MB package. Just be careful not to exceed this threshold, as the provider charges extra for overhead bandwidth. Of course, this isn’t an issue if you purchase a plan with unlimited data.
So, is it worth your time and money? The bottom line is SpiceVPN performs adequately, but it isn’t upfront on several important aspects. Another blow to the user is the lack of a refund guarantee — an alternative is buying the VPN for a day and testing it that way.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
SpiceVPN has servers in 9 countries.
SpiceVPN offers baseline functionality, the highlight being an OpenVPN client for Windows users.
In other words, there isn’t much to talk about here — no standalone apps, custom features, or automatic configurations. You’ll have to involve yourself in the setup, which isn’t as challenging or time-consuming as you’d expect, thanks to the helpful visual guides.
However, some of those (particularly the Windows tutorials) are wildly outdated. We get that one can probably install the VPN on Windows 8 or Windows 10 by using the XP/7 guide for reference, but come on!
Your customer support options include email, Skype, and ICQ (yes, we’re serious). Live chat is supposedly available as well, but the link doesn’t take you anywhere, so we assume it’s not an option anymore.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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