Fly VPN is a reputable VPN that has been around since 2007. It is a highly rated VPN to this day. In the world of VPNs, it is rare to stay at the top of the charts. Once a user notices an issue or two with a particular VPN brand, that’s pretty much it.
From a minor issue to slow customer service, users will still switch to another VPN brand. Still, it’s important for a VPN brand to stay on top, and Fly VPN has managed to do just that. I wanted to take a closer look at this VPN to find out why people are talking about it and if I feel the same way.
No big surprises on this front. FlyVPN has the usual features like
- AES 256-bit encryption
- Unlimited bandwidth
- P2P support
- Compatible with Windows, macOS, Android, Linux and other operating systems.
- Support for UDP, TCP and Socks5 protocols.
- Private dedicated IP
- 14 free servers
- Over 300 self-developed enterprise servers
- 30 days money back guarantee
The bad news: you may not like what they say. FlyVPN doesn’t log your Internet traffic, but it does collect session data, including your local IP address, the time you connect, the assigned VPN IP address and port, and the time you disconnect.
The “Usage History” section on the FlyVPN account page lists the last server accessed, the source IP, and the start and stop times.
There is no information on how long FlyVPN keeps this information, but it claims that it will allow investigations if it believes “a DMCA or SPAM violation has occurred,” so presumably more than a few days.
The company hasn’t commented on whether it will share the data with investigators, but since that’s not ruled out either, it seems at least possible.
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Unfortunately, we didn’t find any performance with FlyVPN in some of our tests. To give you an idea, the image below shows our speeds without VPN. As you can see, our normal speed was 460 Mbps. We were connected to a server in Manassas, VA.
Here are some of the other cities we tested and their corresponding speeds. Some places are better than others, of course. Our results show that it probably performs better in Europe. If you plan on streaming content, you may struggle a bit in some places.
The speed of the service matters, depending on your goals. However, there are some places where you might run into problems when you try to stream content. Due to the large speed drop, we think the performance could be better.
For the value it offers, FlyVPN is disproportionately expensive. Here are the pricing plans.
- 1-month plan: $9.90/month
- 6-month plan: $45.00 ($7.50/month)
- 1-year plan: $80.00 ($6.67/month)
- 2-year plan: $119.00 ($4.96/month)
There is also the option of a dedicated US IP or a dedicated Korean IP subscription, which (very strangely) cost exactly the same.
You’ll also notice that FlyVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and a free version. The latter is great for trying out the service to see if it suits your needs, but it’s basically just a matter of opinion. There are serious limitations, including fewer servers, 2 server changes, and a total of 20 minutes per server.
When it comes to payment methods, you have more options to choose from. These include Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and many other options. And yes, you can also pay anonymously with Bitcoin.
The installation process of FlyVPN is quite simple. Within minutes, we installed the VPN in our Windows client, created an account, and selected a server from a long list. It even showed us the estimated load and ping times. We started running performance tests between the US and the UK and noticed some exciting things.
For example, download speeds were almost 60% of normal. The free version was also very fast. However, in the speed test between the UK and California, download speeds were very slow, dropping to almost 1 Mbps. Overall, the simplicity of the user interface stands out, appealing to both new and existing customers.
FlyVPN may offer a good service at a reasonable price, but can it compete with other top VPNs? It’s hard to say that it does. If you want to make sure you’re choosing the right VPN for your needs, check out our list of the best recommended VPNs.
If you’re like many VPN users, you’ll want to take advantage of your VPN provider’s ability to unblock geo-blocked content, such as content from Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and more.
In the early days of the streaming industry, almost all VPN services offered worldwide access to streaming content.
Then, streaming providers discovered the VPN trick and started blocking access to their content libraries from the IP addresses that the VPN provides. Therefore, it is important to have a global VPN provider that is able to set up new, unblocked IP addresses when the old ones are blocked.
FlyVPN’s access to geo-blocked content is restricted. While the provider unblocked Netflix fine in the area I tested, my attempts to watch BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu were all denied.
While I appreciate the access to Netflix, other streaming providers remain inaccessible, which is a shame. It’s also important to note that you won’t get everything you should from the service, as the provider’s global server network is somewhat inadequate for unlocking restricted content.
FlyVPN offers good customer support that includes 24/7 live chat. If you prefer, you can also use the email support team that can resolve your issues within 24 hours. I don’t know why you choose the email option, but at least you have the option.
Pros and Cons
- Excellent pricing
- Good number of servers
- Multiple payment options
- Easy to use interface
- Free trial
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Performance may be off over long distances
- Not available in some languages
- Sometimes very slow
FlyVPN is a hybrid service. It excels in some aspects and is pathetic in others. You have a large network of servers, multiple protocols, strong encryption, and strong platform support. All of these things are the hallmarks of a great VPN service.
On the other hand, they have data logging, although local laws do not require them to store that much user information. The speed of the service is also nothing to brag about. The customer service language is questionable.
The user interface is not very functional. The user’s privacy can be compromised by the lack of additional security features. The service provider has to solve a lot of problems before putting the product in the top category. Of course, we can’t recommend the service to users until it fixes the problems we mentioned and gets better.