B.VPN is the latest in a series of VPN services developed by iSpire. Located in The Netherlands, iSpire is a software development company which strongly believes in online privacy and security. Our B.VPN review and speed test will analyze pros & cons of this VPN connection and determine how secure this service is for your privacy.
Right after the uprisings of the Arab Spring, iSpire launched its first VPN service, iWASEL which mainly targeted the Middle East. WASEL Pro followed with more features and applications to support the top 4 operating systems.
At the beginning of 2015, B.VPN was introduced to be the international version and in no time it became a real competitor to the most popular VPN providers that have been in the market for years.
With a very user-friendly interface at the first glance you might think that this VPN service provider targets more of simple users, but with a deeper look you will find out that this service provider is growing to be one of the high-end VPN providers with cutting edge technologies yet most convenient to use applications.
Table of Contents
- 1 B.VPN Core Features In A Nutshell
- 2 B.VPN’s Network of Servers
- 3 OpenVPN over SSH Tunnel
- 4 B.VPN SMOKE Tunnel
- 5 Simultaneous Connections
- 6 Customer Support
- 7 B.VPN Other Features
- 8 Pricing & Plans
- 9 Discount and Offers
- 10 Payment Methods
- 11 Trial and Money Back Guarantee
- 12 B.VPN Website
- 13 Sign Up
- 14 B.VPN Applications
- 15 Speed Test
- 16 Conclusion On B.VPN
B.VPN Core Features In A Nutshell
- Servers: A global network of TIER 4 hosted servers in more than 25 geographic locations
- Server Switches: Unlimited
- Protocols: OpenVPN (UDP, TCP, SSH, SMOKE) L2TP/IPsec
- Encryption: 256-bit
- Supported Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Linux & Chromium
- Simultaneous Connections: 6 simultaneous connections per account
- Customer Support: 24x7x356 live chat customer support, email or feedback form
- DNS Leak Protection: Yes
- No logging policy: Yes
- Bandwidth: Unlimited
- P2P: Allowed
- Torrent: Allowed on selected servers
Now let’s discuss these features and more in depth.
B.VPN’s Network of Servers
B.VPN’s servers expand all over the world and they are constantly updated. Thanks to more than 25 real dedicated TIER 4 hosted servers, B.VPN covers you on web, helps you keep snoopers under control and allows you to bypass internet censorship and get unlimited access to geographically restricted websites.
B.VPN’s network of servers includes:
8 servers in The United States distributed as follows:
- 3 in California
- 2 in New York
- 1 in each of the following locations: Florida, Illinois and New Jersey
12 servers in Europe distributed as follows:
- 3 in The United Kingdom
- 3 in France
- 2 in The Netherlands
- 2 in Germany
- 1 in each of the following: Ukraine and Sweden.
5 servers in Asia distributed as follows:
- 2 in Saudi Arabia
- 1 in each of the following: Singapore, Japan and India
1 server in Canada and 1 server in Australia
More than 25 servers with a huge team of developers always working on adding new severs according to the customer needs.
Servers in Asia, especially Japan and Singapore servers are best options for users in China where many B.VPN users are based.
Saudi Arabia server is an option you won’t find in many VPN providers although it is frequently requested by users who would like to be able to access beIN Sports websites and applications outside MENA.
All paid users with all plans have unlimited access to all servers either with OpenVPN or L2TP/IPsec protocols.
VPN Protocols Supported By B.VPN
As many of us already know, there are various VPN protocols and choosing the right VPN protocol depends on your priority whether it’s speed or encryption and security.
B.VPN developers know how tough the choice can be and that is why it gives the user all the possible options. However, they wouldn’t have settled for less than 256-bit encryption using two of the most reliable VPN protocols: L2TP/IPsec and OpenVPN (UDP, TCP or SSH) in addition to custom developed tunnel called SMOKE.
L2TP/IPsec is the protocol which B.VPN has relied on for its iOS application and also be used for manual configuration on Linux, Chromium and some routers since B.VPN has not launched applications for these operating systems/ devices yet.
It can also be used as an alternative for B.VPN Windows, Mac OS and Android applications in case they were not supported (such as in case of Android earlier than 4.0.3) or in case of multiple connections.
OpenVPN is the protocol which B.VPN has relied on for its Windows, Mac OS and Android applications. Users also have the option to use standard OpenVPN clients to connect to B.VPN servers on any operating system supported by OpenVPN.
OpenVPN over SSH Tunnel
B.VPN was one of the very first VPN service providers to introduce OpenVPN over SSH option in a single click built in Windows, Mac OS and Android applications.
The main aim was to enable users in countries which implement Deep Packet Inspection technologies, such as China and Iran, of hiding OpenVPN connection in order to avoid being detected and cut by firewalls. It was a huge step forward till the latest update of The Great Firewall of China.
B.VPN SMOKE Tunnel
B.VPN’s dedicated team of developers has taken another step in the direction of double data encryption by adding SMOKE tunnel feature to Windows, Mac OS and Android applications.
SMOKE covers the OpenVPN connection while it’s being set up between the users’ device and B.VPN server by transmitting disguise packets to cover the OpenVPN TLS handshake specifically.
Additionally, it adds traffic obfuscation to make VPN traffic unrecognizable to DPI firewalls.
SMOKE even shields the VPN connection from data corruption techniques. In fact, it has the ability to identify throttle and adjust with it as it moves between different IPs/ Ports dynamically without disconnecting the tunnel; keeping the connection established for the longest time possible.
SMOKE uses UDP style, which is more speedy than TCP, still it confirms that packet have been delivered both sides by preserving backup of data on each side till it’s sent correctly if it’s not detected by server and client.
It is the perfect solution for a well-masked, steady VPN connection even behind the most sophisticated firewalls.
B.VPN allows up to 6 simultaneous connections for paid accounts of all plans: 3 OpenVPN and 3 L2TP connections to ensure covering all users’ desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets etc… at once without having to logout.
The user may contact friendly, well-trained support team via live chat widget located on right corner down the website 24x7x356; you will instantly receive an answer to your inquiry.
Even if you are new to the whole VPN “thing” they can be your guide and walk you through the signup and setup process. In the off chance that the user is having an unusual problem, they may simply ask customer support agent to use remote assistance software TeamViewer.
Customer support may also be reached via email or feedback form. Typically, the user will receive a response within a few hours.
If you are not comfortable speaking to someone online or you prefer doing things yourself, there is FAQs section where you can find answers to the most common inquiries. Also, you can find a News section where all updates are added.
B.VPN Other Features
DNS leak protection option is in-built all B.VPN applications and it is on by default.
B.VPN takes its users privacy very seriously and that is why it never keeps logs of use. And given the fact that the developer company is based in The Netherlands and it complies with Dutch law, B.VPN is in no way bound to keep records of the user’s online activity.
B.VPN offers unlimited bandwidth for all plans.
Pricing & Plans
Let’s keep in mind that using a free application is just like throwing yourself in a pool and you even don’t know how to swim. Free software is very harmful especially while dealing with VPN applications.
Most of the free VPNs are phishing applications; so in order to keep these phishers away better use a paid application.
B.VPN comes in one size fits all, which makes it incredibly easy to decide. Unlike other VPN providers which are confusing customers with multiple incomprehensible plans, B.VPN plans are as basic as follows:
- 1 month: $9.99
- 6 months: $50.00 ($8.33/ mo)
- 12 months: $90.00 ($7.5/ mo)
And since all plans have access to the same features, we recommend going for 1 year plan since it is the cheapest.
Discount and Offers
B.VPN occasionally announces big discounts and offers especially on 1 year plan which may get as low as $36.00 ($3/ mo). In fact there’s an offer running right now as we are writing our review.
B.VPN accepts credit card, PayPal, WebMoney, Mint, OneCard, CASHU, iDeal, Fanapay among others.
B.VPN users in China have the option to purchase via Alipay.
Moreover and as mentioned above, B.VPN accepts Bitcoin so online security freaks shouldn’t have concerns. Honestly, I would be amazed if you don’t find at least one payment method available for you.
Trial and Money Back Guarantee
B.VPN’s team fully understands how tricky it can be to choose a VPN provider and that is why all users are offered 100% free, no credit card required VPN trial period that goes as follows:
- Desktop applications (Windows & Mac) trial period: 90 minutes daily, selected servers, no registration required. Just install the application and connect and you’re good to go.
- Mobile applications (iOS & Android) trial period: 3 days fully-featured, all servers, 6 simultaneous connections, install the app, register, login and connect
Furthermore, you may ask customer support agent to provide you with link to get free trial voucher.
Even if you have already paid and you’re not satisfied with the service provided, you may send request for refund within 7 days of the beginning of your subscription period.
B.VPN’s website is very easy to navigate through; stylish and modern yet you can reach what you’re looking for through homepage. The website is available in languages English, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Turkish, Urdu and more languages are expected to be added soon.
FAQ section has detailed tutorials with screenshot explaining how to use B.VPN service on any device/ operating system in all of the three available methods:
- using B.VPN applications
- using L2TP/IPsec manual configuration
- using standard OpenVPN/ Tunnelblick/ Viscosity clients.
It also have detailed tutorials on how to purchase a B.VPN plan in each one of the available payment methods in addition to answers to many other common inquiries.
Although you basically do not need more than a valid e-mail address to sign up, it is clearly stated that B.VPN would never share your information with any third party under any circumstances.
Once successfully registered
- go to your inbox
- open activation email
- click the link attached
- you will be redirected to B.VPN’s website
- you will be asked to insert your email address and password to login to your profile page
- you can choose your preferred plan and payment method.
Desktop (Windows & Mac OS)
As mentioned at the very beginning of this review, B.VPN applications have a user-friendly interface.
The main 3 buttons are:
- Pin button: opens the “List of Servers” window where you can either choose the location of the server you prefer or choose “Random” server selection mode.
- Gear button: opens “Advanced Settings” window where you can either choose the tunneling protocol and port yourself or let it be “Common Configurations” by default. Windows users also have the option to choose “Driver” whether it’s TAP-BVPN Driver or Official OpenVPN TAP Driver.
- Connect button: obviously lets the application starts connecting your device to the server you have chosen previously.
The main 3 tabs are:
- Login: is where paid users insert their username and password before connecting.
- Settings: is where users can choose language (English, Arabic or Chinese), whether to let the application run at system startup or not and whether to let the application reconnect automatically or not.
- Get Help: where user can see a link to contact customer support team via live chat and also check the current version of the application.
If you’re a Windows user, you need to be running Windows Vista or later to be able to use B.VPN.
If you’re a Mac OS user, you need to be running Mac OS 10.07 or later.
Mobile (Android & iOS)
B.VPN for Android can be found at Google Play Store and it requires Android 4.0.3+ to be installed.
When you first install the app, you will need to either Login, in case you already have a paid account, or Register in case you’re a first time user.
Once you have registered and activated your account you have the option whether to start your free trial period or right away purchase a plan using your Google Play account.
B.VPN for iOS can be found at iTunes store. Same as Android application, you need to either Login or Register and you may as well purchase a plan using your iTunes account.
Although it is mainly an L2TP/IPsec VPN application, you have the option to use OpenVPN protocol instead.
B.VPN doesn’t claim to be the fastest VPN ever.
However, B.VPN always assures its users that they will never have to compromise their connection speed and that it will do its best to provide a better browsing experience.
After the speed test we found B.VPN to be a very reliable and well-performing VPN.
During our B.VPN review, we performed a speed test from a Macbook located in Boston USA with 100 mbps up/down connection.
This was the result
However, B.VPN customer support team always advises users to test all servers if possible till they find out which one works best for them.
Conclusion On B.VPN
To sum it up, B.VPN is doing an awesome job for a fairly new VPN provider that has only been in the market for two years.
With unlimited and speedy access to all servers and unlimited bandwidth B.VPN is becoming more and more a popular VPN provider each day, especially when it offers up to 6 simultaneous VPN connections per account offering applications for all major operating systems and supporting multiple operating systems and platforms such as Chromium OS, Linux and you Xbox, PlayStation or even your DD-WRT router.
B.VPN also offers many protocols that give you extra layers of privacy and security especially when you use SSH or SMOKE tunnels. Additionally, you have no logs kept policy to rest assured that your online activity is in good hands and DNS leak protection to make sure your original IP address and geographic locations are well-hidden from any third party and to stay protected from all sorts of piracy.
The 24x7x356 friendly customer support agents are waiting for your questions and ready to answer and provide you with all the needed information. All these features and more at your fingertips with plans starting from $7.5/ mo.