IPVanish Pricing: The Bottom Line
Sign up with IPVanish for a month or a year, with prices starting at only $3.99 per month.
- Access to ESPN, HBO, MLB TV, NBC Sports, and other streaming services
- Dynamic IP addresses
- Unlimited server switches and devices per subscription
A virtual private network (VPN) is a great tool that enables you to securely access the Internet both from public networks, like the one at your local coffee shop and from home. Here, we’re letting you know our thoughts on IPVanish, a VPN designed for everyday Internet use. We’ll be covering everything from the company’s history to available subscription options to help decode the tech-speak and find the right VPN for you.
|Encrypted backup cloud storage||500 GB for $3.91 per month and up|
|Servers||2,000 servers with 40,000 shared IP addresses from 75 locations|
|Streaming (YouTube, Spotify, Sling TV, etc.)||Yes|
|1-month subscription cost||$10.99|
|1-year subscription cost||$47.89 for first year, $89.99 for second year|
How Much Does IPVanish Cost?
IPVanish’s most economical option is $3.99 per month for the first year’s subscription, and the costliest is $10.99 a month for a more low stakes month-to-month commitment. However, consider the fact that after the first year, the annual subscription will jump to $89.99, or $7.50 a month.
|Monthly rate||$10.99||$5.32 for the first three months, $10 per month thereafter||$3.99 for the first year, $7.50 for the second year|
|Total amount billed||$10.99||$15.96 for the first quarter, then $29.99 per quarter||$47.89 for the first year, then $89.99 per year|
Unfortunately, IPVanish isn’t offering any student discounts right now. Rats!
Each subscription includes:
- Apps that are compatible with all devices i.e. Windows, Mac, iOS, Fire TV, Linux, Chrome OS, Androids and routers (note that IPVanish is one of our best VPNs for Android).
- Unlimited bandwidth
- 256-bit AES encryption
- Strict logging policy that only collects data such as page requests, browser types, operating systems, bounce rates, and average times spent on their site, but not web traffic or activity
- SOCKS5 web proxy
- Access to censored apps and websites
- IKEv2, OpenVPN, and L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols
IPVanish is right on the money when it comes to price. At $3.99, it’s on par with NordVPN’s price, one of our favorite VPNs. When you consider that some VPNs, like Perfect Privacy costs as much as $9 per month, that’s a bargain.
Can I Try IPVanish For Free?
Kind of. Unlike many other VPN companies that offer free trial periods, IPVanish has a money-back guarantee instead. That means that we had to first purchase the plan and then request a refund within 30 days of the transaction. However, IPVanish pledges to refund purchases in their entirety, with no questions asked. In other words, we can cancel for any reason, even if we just don’t like the product. However, we like using IPVanish, so, fortunately, we haven’t had to cancel or even think about it much!
Heads Up: Our card was charged as soon as we made the purchase, so make sure to cancel your plan via your personal control panel within the 30-day time frame.
Cloud Service Through IPVanish
Aside from the VPN, we purchased 500 GB of cloud data storage from IPVanish, an add-on it provides through SugarSync. With the monthly plan, the cloud storage tacked on $2 per month to our fee. The cloud service protected our videos, pictures, and documents in one place so we could access them wherever we went. We liked that we could bundle this service with our VPN. However, some VPNs, like StrongVPN’s subscriptions, offer storage for free. StrongVPN only offers 250 GB, but that’s still a great deal when you don’t have to pay for it.
IPVanish accepts major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, as well as JCB, Delta and PayPal.
What If I Want to Cancel?
If we wanted to cancel our subscription, we would have done so via the IPVanish user control panel online. At the bottom of the page, there’s a button that reads “I wish to cancel my subscription.” After completing the cancellation process, a confirmation email would be sent. We could have also contacted IPVanish to cancel our account for us by getting in touch with their support team and making sure we had our account information handy.
We think IPVanish is a solid option for those looking for a VPN with far reach that can allow for multitasking on many devices, without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorite aspects.
- Connect to an unlimited number of devices simultaneously: We connected to 10 different devices at the same time using IPVanish, which was super convenient for our small but mighty office.
- SugarSync: We stored thousands of photos using SugarSync and felt better knowing that everything was protected through encryption. We also liked that we had the option to wipe our devices clean remotely in case they were lost or stolen. When one of us lost our phone down a subway grate, this feature certainly came in handy.
- Worldwide coverage: IPVanish has over 40,000 shared IP addresses and operates in more than 75 locations around the world. That’s important because when we are closer to a server, our Internet speed improves. This wide network gave us a lot of options whether we were at home in Brooklyn or traveling to Japan.
- Torrenting is permitted: We torrent our favorite documentaries and eBooks using uTorrent.
- Strong encryption: IPVanish used AES-256 encryption, which is the highest quality encryption on the market today.
- Split tunneling: We used IPVanish’s private servers and the public network server in a coffee shop at the same time, which was convenient when we needed to access a server normally only available in our office.
- Superior customer service: IPVanish has a 24/7 chat, phone line, and email support. When we contacted IPVanish to clarify subscription costs via email, the responses were quick, within the same day, and our customer service representative was polite and knowledgeable.
- Minimal information logging: IPVanish only keeps track of things like operating system, browser type, amount of time spent on the server, and payment information for billing purposes; however, they never logged any of our web traffic or activity, the point of a VPN in the first place.
- Streaming options: We accessed Spotify, YouTube, Bing, Facebook, Gmail, Kodi, Google, Skype, Sling TV, Twitter and WhatsApp under IPVanish.
Watch Out: Where a VPN is based matters. If a VPN company is U.S-based, it’s part of surveillance agreements like Five Eyes,1 Nine Eyes and 14 Eyes. That means the government could force the company to share customer data.
Mudhook Media, part of a company under the Highwinds Network Group founded IPVanish in 2012. Since then, the company has changed hands several times. Stackpath acquired IPVanish in 2017, and in 2019, J2 Global bought Stackpath.
There was some controversy with IPVanish back in 2016 when it was under Highwinds Network Group. The company had collaborated with the FBI to share information regarding a person of interest. The involvement with the FBI is not the questionable part, but rather, the concern is that the information shared was information that IPVanish told users it never collected, meaning that IPVanish was not actually practicing their “zero-log policy” as advertised. However, when StackPath acquired IPVanish in 2017, the new management vowed to more strictly adhere to its no-logging policy. In 2019, media giant J2 Global bought Stackpath, and currently owns IPVanish. So far, IPVanish hasn’t been involved in any privacy controversies, but we continue to keep an eye on their practices.
IPVanish has servers in over 75 locations. It’s beneficial to have options in different countries because then you can access the Internet as if you were physically in that country. This is especially useful because the closer we are to a server, the faster speeds we have, not to mention that the Internet is not freely accessible in all places due to government restrictions. IPVanish has servers in:
- United States
- Costa Rica
- United Kingdom
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand.
As you can see in our IPVanish review, the VPN itself is totally worth it, despite their past privacy issues. The price is right, and there are several great features that gave us even more bang for our buck. Between the unlimited devices that we connected simultaneously and the bundle with SugarSync for our pictures, videos, and documents, we liked that we didn’t have to worry about managing so many different services to protect all of our digital assets. The service uniquely suited our torrenting needs with its 40,000 IP addresses and non-restrictive P2P activity. Additionally, the widespread availability of servers meant we had a speedy connection most of the time. And, at the end of the day, if you’re not happy, or need help taking full advantage of all the features IPVanish has to offer, their customer support is available 24/7.
IPVanish Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to the questions that might still be on your mind.
Can I torrent on IPVanish?
Yes, IPVanish is one of the best VPNs to torrent under. Its 40,000 IP addresses make it an ideal choice for a high-bandwidth activity like torrenting, and P2P activity is allowed on all servers. We also needed an IPVanish SOCKS5 proxy username and password to work with uTorrent, but it was pretty straightforward to set up.
Has IPVanish ever been in legal trouble?
Does IPVanish have a kill switch?
Yes, IPVanish has a kill switch that can be toggled on and off. Unfortunately, this kill switch is unavailable in the iOS app.
Who owns IPVanish?
Currently, J2 Global owns IPVanish. Originally, Mudhook Media, part of a company called the Highwinds Network Group, founded IPVanish in 2012. In 2017, a company called Stackpath acquired the Highwinds Network Group and two years later, J2 Global purchased Stackpath.
Does IPVanish log my information?
CNN. (2017). What is the Five Eyes intelligence pact?