Astrill VPN and Mullvad both fall into the category of top-tier VPN providers, which is why it is not a least bit surprising that so many people have a hard time deciding which of these two VPNs to sign up for. One way to decide is to look at specific areas of service and see which of them does better.
- Incredible ease of use
- DNS leak protection
- P2P sharing allowed
- 24/7/365 live support
- 5 simultaneous connections
- P2P allowed on all servers
- Cash and Bitcoin accepted
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- Submitted By Dimitri on 03/30/2019Lately, all of their servers have been running terribly in China. When I do finally connect, they're slow as molasses in January. I've contacted them and the only thing they recommend is constantly changing from UDP to TCP and randomly changing the connection port. After 3 years, this has been the worst one yet and I think it'll be my last. I may give ExpressVpn a shot, though I'd had a bad experience with them many years back, so could go either way.They really need to start providing better service and much better customer service support...
- Submitted By Charles on 01/16/2019Really poor customer support. BBC doesn't work (despite a whole page on their site specifically advertising that it works with BBC) and when I pointed out to their team, they eventually conceded that the basic package won't work with BBC. They generally have a terrible attitude and a not-great service.
- Submitted By Just Willie on 01/16/2018Amazing security features, really reliable, good speeds, but the prices are too high, especially if you want speed optimization and multi-hop, I mean, there are other VPNs that cost much less and offer similar benefits. They should really think about lowering the prices, not everyone is willing to pay so much for a VPN, no matter how good it is.
- Submitted By Samantha K on 01/16/2018I don’t use VPNs at home, but I went to China on business last month and everyone told me I need a VPN, because you can’t access anything there. A couple of friends who are sort of computer geeks told me Astrill is great so I took their advice (although I was really mad they don’t give Chinese people a free trial, what’s up with that?) and I tried it out at home first and it worked really well. I used it during my stay in China and there were more or less no problems, which is really rare among VPNs, according to my Chinese friends. So, I’m pretty happy with it and I may continue using it. If you need a VPN for China, it is definitely a good choice.
- Submitted By Gretter on 05/05/2019Mullvad does not work out of the box in China. Just home from China, here's a bit of hands on experience. Prior to travel, I tested it from europe. No problems. Tweaking settings as described didn't work for me. I'm a techie, but not on vpn, so some of it was in the blind. Combined with Wireguard, I did get a vpn connection. But I would not have been able to download the Wireguard app without a second working vpn connection. Now, I realize that there's probably sneaky way's to make this work, but if you're the average user... I don't recommend this vpn solutions for your China adventure as of early 2019.
- Submitted By Dosen Fleisch on 11/25/2018"Technically superior to a lot of the more popular services, but then out of left field, comes a surprise you weren't expecting." I run Linux and with that in the past year or so, comes DNS leak problems if you use Network Manager, so in the absence of a really good Linux client app, you have to deal with it. Then, along came Mullvad and to my surprise, their service was not only blazing fast used from North America, their app too worked wonderfully! Here finally was a service and a proper Linux gui that by itself was a work of art in its simplicity and ease of use. I could barely believe it! I tried out Mullvad for a few hours before I decided to try their "I don't need to know you" credit card payment. I was suitably impressed after three hours, risking 5 Euros didn't seem bad. Over the next weeks, I continued to be impressed, so I booked another six months service as that was all I had in cash to cover a credit card charge. (Seniors need to watch their pennies!) What impressed me was the speed coming out of servers in Berlin and in Newark, New Jersey. There were possibly more examples, but for my purposes, anything faster than 25 Mbps sufficed. On average all servers were generally not less than 50 Mbps, but at times, speeds on the German and US servers were approaching 500 Mbps! After a month of continuous daily use, I was satisfied, that I could lay out a year's service fees and be reasonably assured I had a service that was reliable. It was in fact technically superior to a lot of the more popular services, but then out of left field, comes a surprise I wasn't expecting. I'd elected to buy twelve more months and entered that into their payment gateway. With only five months on the clock left, the transaction was flatly refused. "Too many transactions and it was too soon to renew" the error message read. " After several email exchanges, in which the Mullvad folks adamantly refused to take my payment, it wasn't because I was misusing the service, it wasn't because my credit card provider was refusing to approve the transaction. "No", they said, "we have a critical credit card fraud problem" and while they didn't admit it, their explanations implied that they were throttling all credit card users as fraudulent in order to deal with it. I made argument upon argument that refusing customers service at the payment gateway was foolish, but they stuck to their guns and kept their rationale to themselves. I should likely have counted myself lucky that they offered me a refund at all, but they did. As I won't beg a service provider to take my business when other providers are offering decent performance, I was nonetheless disappointed with how Mullvad treated me and I took them up on their offer. But pride aside, I was even more disappointed that I was losing a pretty great service and to sum up, I was left with more questions than answers after interacting with Mullvad's customer service. Why would anyone beg them to take their money? Why offer an industry leading service then blow away an already paid up customer with more cash in his hand, who simply wanted more? Knowing that I was doing nothing whatsoever illegal using their service, this was akin to throwing a fish back because it was too small. Was my surfing history not interesting enough? Would a fraudster using someone else‘s credit card email them and argue with them? Along with the bizarre behaviour, it needs to be recognised that there is a lot of trust that is placed in a VPN provider to keep your information private. They say they don't want to know who you are, then offer a payment option that definitely identifies you and then willy nilly refuse you service with no good reason. Think about it. I rate their actual service at five stars. Their customer service was deplorable, I give it one star. Averaged out to be fair, this is a 3 star provider at most.
- Submitted By Notreally on 02/26/2019cool story bro
- Submitted By Matti_Linn on 09/08/2018Great for home use, less ideal for mobile. I've been using Mullvad for close to a year. Started with OpenVPN, but switched to WireGuard around six months ago. If you've got a compatible router, WireGuard is the best thing since sliced bread since it's much faster (almost 30% faster on my connection) than OpenVPN when you rely on anemic ARM-based router hardware to handle the encryption/decryption. Sadly, neither WireGuard nor OpenVPN are supported natively for iOS, so I have to employ a secondary IKEv2/IPsec VPN (rolled my own on a Digital Ocean VPS) for mobile use. Still, I'm giving Mullvad the full 5 stars because they support WireGuard and have the best sign-up procedure. I'm curious why it scored so low on this site's anonymity scale, considering they don't even ask for you're email.
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