NordVPN vs VPN Unlimited
Comparison & Test Results 2018
NordVPN is a valid choice for movie lovers, offering Netflix access in multiple areas of the globe. In addition, it provides comprehensive global server coverage to unblock all types of online content.
While the provider may not offer connection speeds quite up to those provided by its competitor, the speeds are still more than up to the requirements of the major streaming providers.
VPN Unlimited is an attractive VPN provider for economy-minded online users due to their reasonably priced subscriptions. The provider supplies fast connections, good app support and good customer support.
Users looking for global access to Netflix may be disappointed, but the provider still offers plenty of unblocking power for other types of online content.
How to Choose a VPN
It’s time for another one-on-one face-off between VPN providers. This time around, we’re pitting NordVPN against VPN Unlimited.
In this comparison, I’ll explain the 10 most important service categories to keep in mind when shopping for a VPN service. I’ll tell you why each category is an important consideration, reveal how well both VPNs performed in that area and declare a category winner.
At the end of the article, I’ll total the overall scores and crown a head-to-head winner. By that time, you’ll have enough information at hand to make an informed choice between the two.
Amazon’s Echo greets you each morning with a news brief as you sit at the breakfast table checking your appointments on your smartphone. Once you get to the office, you settle in at your computer and begin the Skype call to London.
It’s a connected world, and you don’t need anything slowing down your experience - particularly your VPN.
When I run connection speed tests, I test both VPN services using the Speedtest website. Both VPNs are tested in quick succession to ensure consistency in the speed testing.
Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)
The local speed test is meant to demonstrate the type of performance a user can expect to experience when using a VPN server located in their own region. I use a server located in my home country, the United States.
International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)
The international speed test offers an example of what type of performance a user can expect from a VPN server located in another country. For this test, I use a server located in the United Kingdom.
You may not be Rockwell, but somebody’s always watching you, too.
Well, at least whenever you’re online, that is. Everyone from your Internet Service Provider to the government to the hacker next door is looking to monitor your online wanderings.
When researching a VPN provider’s privacy protections, look closely at the following:
Panama respects online users’ privacy and doesn’t require VPN providers in the country to keep logs of their users’ online travels. Panama-based NordVPN takes advantage of this, following a strict “no logs” policy. The provider also accepts Bitcoin in return for their services.
VPN Unlimited is based in the United States, where it seems as if the government is getting more and more intrusive with each passing day. While VPN Unlimited isn’t yet required to keep user logs, they do keep limited logs, which include the session date and the amount of data used. Subscriptions can be paid for by using Bitcoin or merchant gift card balances.
Both providers should prove to be attractive to value-minded users who are looking for a lower-than-average price for a VPN subscription. Both providers charge less than $6.00 per month for their services.
VPN Unlimited is available for the nominal monthly fee of $5.00 per month when you pay $59.99 up front for a year’s worth of service. You’ll pay $9.99 per month if you decide to go month-to-month.
NordVPN’s charge of $5.75 per month (payable at $69.00 per year) for an annual subscription is still reasonably priced. The tariff increases to $11.95 per month if you opt for monthly payments.
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Global Server Coverage
Global server coverage is an important aspect of any VPN provider’s content-unblocking ability. The more countries a provider has servers located in, the more flexibility you’ll have for accessing content that might usually be blocked from your location.
NordVPN has 4,401 servers positioned in 62 countries around the world.
VPN Unlimited has over 400 servers stashed away in more than 51 countries.
Your Android TV streams entertainment to you every night, you read an ebook on your iPad in bed, and your smartphone is waiting for you on your nightstand each morning, ready to show you your appointments for the day. This is why your VPN of choice needs to offer optimal multi-platform support.
NordVPN’s native app support is as follows: they cover the Windows, iOS, macOS and Android platforms. They also make it easy to use the service with compatible routers, NAS devices, and Linux and Windows Phone devices. You can also protect your browsing with the provider’s Firefox and Chrome browser extensions.
VPN Unlimited’s support is just as varied as its competitor’s, offering apps for macOS, iOS, Windows, Android, Linux and Windows Phone devices. Chrome and Firefox browser extensions are available, and the service can be set up on compatible routers.
Multi-Platform Support Winner: It’s a Tie!
If you enjoy movies, there’s a very good chance that you have a Netflix subscription.
But did you know that the Netflix content available in the U.S. (or your home country) isn’t the same as what’s available elsewhere? If your VPN provider can help you access foreign Netflix content, it almost pays for itself!
NordVPN supplies access to Netflix content in 4 regions: Canada, France, the Netherlands and the U.S.
VPN Unlimited promotes access to the U.S. version of Netflix, but not other flavors. I found access to be hit-or-miss on streams outside of the U.S.
Customer support is like the Tylenol you keep in your medicine cabinet. You hope like heck you never have a reason to use it, but thank goodness it’s there when you need it.
VPN Unlimited provides a trouble ticket form that the provider promotes as offering a 1-hour response time. It also provides a contact email address and a searchable support area. It lacks live support chat.
NordVPN customer support consists of email contact (which lacks a 1-hour response time, unlike VPN Unlimited), and a searchable support library. 24-hour live support chat is not to be found here, either.
Encryption is the not-so-secret ingredient in any VPN provider’s protection scheme for their customers’ connection, as it provides a solid layer of protection, keeping a user’s online travels safe from prying eyes.
NordVPN’s applies AES-256 encryption to their customers’ connections, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP protocols.
VPN Unlimited also offers AES-256 encryption via OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IPSec, IKEv2 and TLS. The provider lacks NordVPN’s L2TP, PPTP and SSTP protocols.
AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP
AES-256 encryption, via OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IPSec, IKEv2 and TLS
You have more than one device that connects to the internet. And your employees have devices, and your family members have devices, and…Well, you get the idea. The ability to have more than one device connected to a VPN under the same login is an important feature to consider.
NordVPN allows 6 simultaneous connections, while VPN Unlimited allows one less, for a total of 5.
If you trade files using a P2P/BitTorrent connection, you had better be using a VPN to protect your file sharing activities from prying eyes. ISP providers and film studio lawyers tend to frown on such activities.
NordVPN allows BitTorrenting on servers in 42 countries.
VPN Unlimited allows P2P activity on their servers in US-California 1, Canada-Ontario, Romania, Luxembourg and France. That’s it.
NordVPN took this match, besting VPN Unlimited in 6 out of 10 categories.
NordVPN performed best in the privacy, global server coverage, Netflix, encryption, simultaneous connections and BitTorrent categories.
VPN Unlimited tallied wins in the connection speed, pricing and customer support columns.
The competitors performed equally well when it came to multi-platform support.
NordVPN finished with a 6-3-1 record, easily taking the overall victory. The provider is an excellent selection for any online user looking to access streaming and gaming content that might normally be blocked to their location. NordVPN’s Netflix and BitTorrent support is among the best in the industry. All of this makes NordVPN the best of these two VPN options.