Speedify VPN Review (2019): Crazy Speeds?

Speedify definitely isn’t a run-of-the-mill VPN. It uses its own protocol entirely, and can even use your cellular connection. It claims this makes its service lightning fast, including its free version. Can this VPN live up to its name? Let’s find out.

PROS

  • Excellent free version
  • Channel bonding technology
  • Cheap
  • Above average speeds
  • Kill switch
  • Very easy to use

CONS

  • Lowish server count
  • US location
  • Some logs

Speed & Expectations 

To measure speed, we tested the 3 main speed indicators:

  1. Download speed: The rate at which data is transferred from the server to your device. This is measured in megabytes per second (mbps) and a higher number is better.
  2. Upload speed: The rate at which data is transferred to the server from your device. This is also measured in megabytes per second (mbps) and a higher number is better.
  3. Ping (or latency): Tested by “pinging” the server, it’s the amount of time it takes for it to receive and process your request. This is measured in milliseconds (ms) and a lower number is better.

First we ran a baseline test using a default 100mbps internet connection in Chicago, IL.

Then we tested various Speedify VPN servers across the globe.

We ran each test 5 times to increase reliability.

Speed results

These are the results of our baseline test:

So the average baseline score was:

  • Download: 84.7mbps
  • Upload: 17.4mbps
  • Ping: 9.4ms

Next we ran our tests on a Speedify VPN United States server:

US averages of the 5 different speed tests were:

  • Download: 79.6mbps (6.1% slower) 
  • Upload: 11.2mbps (35.7% slower)
  • Ping: 57ms (506.4% longer)

(You would expect these to give the fastest results since we’re performing the tests in the US).

Next we tested Europe:

Europe’s averages were:

  • Download: 51.3mbps (39.4% slower)
  • Upload: 10.4mbps (40.2% slower)
  • Ping: 118.4ms (1159.6% longer)

Here’s Asia:

Asia’s averages were:

  • Download: 22.5mbps (73.4% slower)
  • Upload: 12.3mbps (29.3% slower)
  • Ping: 254.2ms (2604.3% longer)

South America:

South America’s averages were:

  • Download: 25.9mbps (69.4% slower)
  • Upload: 11.6mbps (33.6% slower)
  • Ping: 168.2ms (1689.4% longer)

And Africa:

Africa’s averages were:

  • Download: 26mbps (69.3% slower)
  • Upload: 13mbps (25.4% slower)
  • Ping: 296.2ms (3051.1% longer)

We also compared these results against the average of other VPN tests. How does Speedify measure up?

First up, let’s take a look at download speeds:

VPNUSEuropeAsiaS.AmericaAfrica
Speedify-6%-39%-73%-69%-69%
ZoogVPN-59%-74%-80%-98%-87%
NortonVPN-34%-68%-72%-29%n/a
SurfEasy-43%-61%-65%-37%n/a
Celo VPN-75%-93%-93%n/an/a
proXPN-52%-73%-74%n/an/a
X-VPN-71%-75%-99%-62%n/a
SpyOFF-66%-57%-76%-65%-63%
VPN.ht-48%-78%-68%-67%-67%
vpn.ac-52%-51%-67%-47%n/a
Tiger VPN-48%-68%-68%-55%-72%
VPN Unlimited-27%-77%-79%-64%-61%
Cyberghost-35%-59%-71%-56%-68%
Torguard-37%-58%-81%-60%-67%
ProtonVPN-35%-50%-56%-77%-54%
PureVPN-26%-68%-94%-32%-89%
Trust.Zone-14%-99%-80%-66%-82%
AVG Secure VPN-56%-87%-69%-75%-68%
Hoxx VPN-12%-96%-93%n/a-68%
VPNSecure-68%-93%-98%-61%-77%
IPVanish-36%-54%-72%-76%n/a
NordVPN-40%-99%-69%-58%-75%
ExpressVPN-71%-58%-64%-95%-67%
Avast-45%-63%-72%-66%-77%
Windscribe-44%-57%-80%-98%-73%
Average2.5%-24%-46.9%-34.4%-52.2%

Speedify was well above average for the US and Europe, and just above average for Asia and Africa, but below average for South America.

Next, how did upload speeds compare?

VPNUSEuropeAsiaS.AmericaAfrica
Speedify-36%-40%-29%-34%-25%
ZoogVPN117%24%50%3%24%
NortonVPN161%38%59%9%n/a
SurfEasy-4%-17%-50%-2%n/a
Celo VPN-35%-30%-40%n/an/a
proXPN-7%-15%-52%n/an/a
X-VPN-33%-61%-98%-77%n/a
SpyOFF-9%-18%-88%-52%-50%
VPN.ht-10%-17%-25%-23%-63%
vpn.ac-6%-18%-44%-16%n/a
Tiger VPN-3%-14%-20%-17%-42%
VPN Unlimited-13%-39%-85%-19%-56%
Cyberghost-8%-16%-92%-37%-48%
Torguard-9%-20%-35%-22%-41%
ProtonVPN-2%-15%-20%-41%-29%
PureVPN13%2.5%-54%-11%-72%
Trust.Zone-13%-45%-67%-28%-84%
AVG Secure VPN-19%-58%-75%-80%-77%
Hoxx VPN-5%-90%-24%n/a-51%
VPNSecure-9%-19%-92%-26%-56%
IPVanish-5%-19%-84%-22%n/a
NordVPN-13%-46%-26%-16%-70%
ExpressVPN-9%-24%-34%-72%-42%
Avast-13%-42%-78%-70%-77%
Windscribe-6%-17%-52%-97%-53%
Average1%-24.6%-46.2%-34.4%-50.7%

Upload speeds were well above average for Asia and Africa, average for South America, but well below average for the US and Europe.

And finally latency:

VPNUSEuropeAsiaS.AmericaAfrica
Speedify506%1160%2604%1689%3051%
ZoogVPN386%1931%4176%5004%6194%
NortonVPN194%1569%2276%1426%n/a
SurfEasy-9%792%1711%1058%n/a
Celo VPN915%1161%1654%n/an/a
proXPN194%996%2194%n/an/a
X-VPN-28%397%837%560%n/a
SpyOFF213%944%4278%2533%2598%
VPN.ht273%785%1667%1282%2109%
vpn.ac60%388%968%487%n/a
Tiger VPN9%895%1786%1105%2309%
VPN Unlimited33%935%3946%1411%2535%
Cyberghost27%1085%2344%1352%2415%
Torguard7%1036%2023%1384%2502%
ProtonVPN17%810%1840%1185%2017%
PureVPN-23%708%489%1018%1823%
Trust.Zone104%1206%2438%1396%2750%
AVG Secure VPN1021%1111%2419%3560%3336%
Hoxx VPN566%1098%2470%n/a2794%
VPNSecure281%1051%2519%1530%2917%
IPVanish240%1038%4144%1424%n/a
NordVPN34%1278%2328%1560%2696%
ExpressVPN98%965%2122%1545%2461%
Avast33%1133%2465%1556%2815%
Windscribe310%1018%1904%2042%2782%
Average218.4%1019.6%2304.1%1641.2%2783.6%

Latency was just below average in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, and well below average for the US.

Speed (Summary)

Speedify has slightly above average speeds overall, with fast downloads, average uploads and slightly slow latency.

Performance & Features

In this section we look at the key features all VPNs have and see how Speedify matches up.

Number of servers: 200+

How many active servers are available to connect to across all countries, regardless of their physical location.

This is a low to respectable number. The top VPNs have thousands of servers, such as ExpressVPN, whilst the dregs have less than 50.

Number of countries: 38

How many countries the total number of servers cover, regardless of how many are located in a single country.

This is medium-level, not as high as the giants but definitely higher than most others. You can see all the locations here.

Number of connections allowed: 5

How many devices can be connected to a server (or number of servers) based on a single VPN account or subscription.

5 is average across VPNs.

Torrenting allowed: Yes.

Whether you can download and share files on a peer-to-peer or P2P network as opposed to a single server.

Speedify has torrenting servers, but you can’t choose your location. We always got the Netherlands.

Kill switch available: Yes.

Whether the VPN software can disable your connection to the network in the event you disconnect from the VPN server. This prevents your IP address from being exposed.

Speedify has a kill switch, but only on desktops.

Performance and Features (Summary)

Speedify has a low to respectable number of servers in a medium number of countries. It’s got some torrenting servers, a kill switch on desktops, and allows an average 5 connections. So overall it comes in OK, but not stand-out.

Privacy & Security

How secure is Speedify?

First let’s look at the technical aspects:

Protocols/Encryption: AES 128-bit or ChaCha encryption with custom protocol

First up, encryption. Speedify uses AES-128 bit encryption on recent devices, which isn’t very secure and pretty easily cracked. Most VPNs use AES-256, which is considered the gold standard.

On older devices they use ChaCha encryption, a relative newcomer that is nonetheless secure. It uses a 256-bit key and tends to be faster on mobile devices.

They do this for a good reason; basically ChaCha tends to be faster on older devices, and AES on newer devices.

In terms of protocol, things get even more complicated.

Speedify use their own custom protocol called ‘Channel Bonding’, based on DTLS.

Whilst most VPNs use one connection, Speedify distributes your traffic across all available connections, including wifi, cellular and wired. This improves reliability and supposedly speed.

For example, if you go out of range of wifi on a mobile, it’ll switch to cellular, instead of your connection just dropping out. And if one connection is slow, it’ll send more traffic over another connection.

Pretty damn smart. Kudos to Speedify for taking a leap here.

It’s just a shame about the AES-128 encryption. It seems they’re sacrificing security for speed here.

DNS leaks: None found.

IP leaks: None found.

WebRTC leaks: None.

Viruses/Malware: 1 false positive.

Legal issues

Jurisdiction: Philadelphia, US. The US isn’t exactly an ideal VPN location, what with it’s NSA privacy worries, data-sharing agreements with 14 other countries, and the ability to force companies to hand over all their data on you.

Logging policy: Logs.

If a VPN’s based in the US, you definitely want a watertight no-logs policy. So that if the US authorities did come knocking, the VPN wouldn’t have any data on you to hand over.

Unfortunately, Speedify logs a quite a lot of data.

This includes:

  • IP address
  • ‘Unique device identifiers’
  • Location
  • Time of initial connection
  • Data transferred
  • Duration of connection

If you visit their homepage, they also log your browser type and operating system.

The only thing they don’t log is browsing history/websites visited.

But still, that’s a lot. And it’s been shown in the past that IP address is all the authorities really need to track you.

Combined with the US location, this is not good.

Privacy and Security Summary

Speedify uses its own clever protocol that uses multiple connections. It uses secure ChaCha encryption for older devices, but only AES-128 for newer devices. We didn’t find any leaks.

Unfortunately, Speedify is based in the US and logs your IP address, location, and connection times, though it doesn’t log browsing history.

Usability

This section looks at the following aspects:

  • Streaming/Geo-spoofing
  • Compatibility
  • Overall UI/UX

Streaming/Geo-spoofing

Netflix is a popular reason for purchasing VPNs, so let’s see if Speedify works in this regard.

  • Netflix: Partially Detected. Bizarrely, Netflix worked in Brazil, but nowhere else.
  • Hulu: Detected. Hulu wasn’t so lucky.
  • YouTube: Undetected. YouTube worked fine on all servers.
  • Kodi: Undetected. Kodi worked fine with Speedify.

Compatibility

Is Speedify compatible with most devices?

We tested everything from Tor, iOS devices, Android devices, Smart TV’s, Amazon Firestick, Mac, Windows, to routers:

  • Tor browser: Supported. Tor works fine in conjunction with Speedify.
  • iOS (iPad, iPhone): Supported. Speedify has a fully-functional iOS app.
  • Android: Supported. Same for Android.
  • Smart TV’s: Not Supported.
  • Amazon Firestick: Not Supported. Speedify doesn’t offer any direct support, although you can try and sideload it.
  • Windows: Supported. Speedify has a Windows app.
  • Mac: Supported. Speedify has a Mac app.
  • Routers: Not Supported. Speedify offers zero router support, which is a shame.

Overall UX/UI

Speedify’s interface is fairly small with a pleasant pale color scheme.

Your various internet connections are shown at the top. There’s a simple radio button and text to show connection status, and a helpful speed graph at the bottom.

You can toggle this to show usage data and latency as well.

To connect to the quickest server, just turn the VPN on.

However to pick the location yourself, you have to click the settings cog.

And then click ‘more’. This gets a bit annoying if you change locations a lot.

Servers are listed in distance order, and there’s no option to change that sadly. Most VPNs list in alphabetical order, which I prefer.

You can drill down to city-level but selecting the country and clicking the arrow dropdown on the right.

To connect to a torrenting server, click the option at the top. You can’t pick your location, and we always got the Netherlands.

Once you’ve selected your server, just press the ‘X’ button which takes you back to the server list and automatically starts connecting.

And that’s it for the server list. It’s a very basic one, with no sorting options or even favorites, sadly. However, it’s nice and easy to navigate and at least you can select your city. A lot of basic VPNs just stick to the country level.

There’s a fair few settings available though, which was a nice surprise.

Under ‘Sessions’ settings, you’ve got one auto-connect setting, and you can also choose your port between TCP or UDP.

There’s also Jumbo MTU, which is set automatically to on, to increase speeds. Speedify recommend only turning this off if you run into issues.

You can also turn on ‘Redundant Mode’, which makes your connection more reliable, but uses a lot more data and battery power. A nice little advanced feature.

Under privacy settings you’ve got your kill switch and DNS leak protection. You can also change your DNS, turn off crash reports and turn off encryption as well, which is a first.

This is for speed freaks, as Speedify claims it only increases speeds by around 3%.

The mobile interface is identical, which is great.

As you can see this is where Speedify’s Channel Bonding really comes in handy, utilizing both my mobile and wifi connection.

As far as the multiple connections go, you can prioritize these as you wish.

For example, if you’ve got both wifi and a cellular connection, you might want to prioritize the wifi. Although Speedify will most likely do this automatically.

You can also set data limits.

The server list is exactly the same, with the torrenting option still available.

A few settings are missing, the only major one being the kill switch. 

We didn’t run into any connection issues, and connection times were average.

Usability (Summary)

Speedify only unblocked Brazil Netflix, and no Hulu either. It has the basic 4 apps, but no router support, or anything else. It’s VPN was pleasant to use with a basic but easy to navigate server list, and a fair few settings. The mobile and desktop UI’s were identical.

Pricing & Refunds

Speedify offers monthly or yearly pricing options. The monthly price is below average, and the yearly price is very cheap, at just $3.99.

They also offer a hefty discount for 5 users, called their ‘Family’ plan.

Bear in mind though, individuals still get 5 simultaneous connections.

Here’s where it gets confusing though: there’s also a ‘Team’ option.

This doesn’t offer more bulk discount as you might expect. It actually offers a better service: it gives you the chance to purchase dedicated servers, and access server analytics and API keys.

It’s the same price as the individual option, and you can purchase as many as you like, but there’s no bulk discounts.

So basically, if you’re an individual user, go for the ‘Team’ option for 1 instead, in case you want a dedicated IP later.

Speedify also offers a nice free plan.

It’s got a 5GB monthly data limit, and can only be used on 1 device, but apart from that, all the features are there. This is a pretty incredible free plan if you ask me. Most free plans limit servers and speeds considerably.

On top of that, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee. This is incredibly generous considering you can fully test out the service for free first.

There doesn’t seem to be any catches with it, either. Just email their support team for a refund.

Unfortunately, payment options are disappointing, with just card or Paypal available. No crypto option for the privacy freaks.

Pricing (Summary)

Speedify is cheap, especially its yearly plan. They also offer a bulk discount for 5 users, and a confusing ‘Team’ option with more features. There’s a great free plan with a 5GB monthly limit, and a generous 30-day money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, payment is limited to card or Paypal.

Support

Speedify doesn’t have live chat, which is a real blow.

Email support is also only 9-5 EST weekdays, another major disappointment.

The silver lining is they’re pretty fast within support hours, taking around a couple of hours to respond.

The quality is decent, with staff seeming to know what they’re talking about and answering all of our queries adequately.

Their knowledgebase was also fairly impressive.

Oddly they have completely separate knowledgebases for desktops and mobiles, but both are comprehensive.

I really like their search bar, which automatically pops up with relevant articles as you type.

Below the search bar they show their most popular articles, and below this there’s also categories to help you out.

Overall, very easy to navigate.

They have a lot of general information articles, which a lot basic VPNs skimp on.

The articles themselves are detailed and easy to understand. They’re not at all heavy on technical lingo, which beginners will appreciate.

They don’t have any manual setup guides though, which I guess you can expect with a custom protocol.

They’re also very light on troubleshooting, with very general advice.

With no live chat, this is a concern.

Support (Summary)

Speedify only has 9-5 weekday email support available, which is disappointing. Staff respond within a couple of hours during these times, and are helpful. The knowledgebase is fairly comprehensive and easy to navigate, with a lot of general information, but not so much troubleshooting.

What Do Other Reviewers Say?

What are other reviewers opinion of Speedify? Here’s an overview.

Most agreed that 200 servers was fairly low, and very low compared to the major VPN players. However, one said it was impressive since they’ve only been around since 2014. A couple of VPNs wrongly quoted 1,000 servers.

Speeds varied drastically. A lot found around average speeds. One said they were excellent from the UK to US, but decreased a lot over longer distances. One said downloads were fine, but latency was so slow they wouldn’t recommend it for gaming.

However, two tested speeds when using 2 connections. Both found super fast uploads. One found downloads increased threefold too, however the other found downloads were unaffected.

All liked the kill switch, and were extremely impressed by the ChaCha encryption. However, a couple of reviews stated that this was the only encryption Speedify used.

Most found no leaks, but one review shockingly found 5 DNS and WebRTC leaks.

All agreed the privacy policy wasn’t ideal with some logging, although a few stated that it didn’t collect IP address, so they weren’t too concerned.

Those that included IP address found the policy more worrying. They said it was OK to use the free version for simple browsing, but not OK for purchasing.

Only one reported Netflix and Hulu access. The rest found none.

One criticized the lack of torrenting servers, and lack of choice.

They all highly praised the unique Channel Bonding technology, which they said is groundbreaking and especially great for mobiles. They also liked the redundant mode in settings.

Most agreed that the interface was very easy to use. One said it appeared to be designed for mobiles. However, one said the interface was quite complicated. They also didn’t like the speed graph, small number of settings and feature-lacking server list.

Some were disappointed by the lack of device compatibility, particularly Linux and routers.

They all loved the email support, stating they responded very quickly, within 1-1.5 hours, and were very knowledgeable. They also liked the easy to navigate categories within the knowledgebase.

Unlike us, most stated the pricing was average to expensive, although I think Speedify have reduced their prices recently. Some said it was cheap.

One said the real value was with the family plan, which was an incredible deal. Another said it’s a shame they don’t offer contracts longer than one year.

Most liked the free plan, although some criticized the 5GB data limit as not being enough.

What Do Other Reviewers Say (Summary)

Most rated it excellent, except one who found DNS leaks. They liked the channel bonding technology, easy to use interface, free version and a couple found super fast speeds. They didn’t like the US location and its logs, and lack of features.

Our Verdict

Speedify is a cheap, easy-to-use VPN with slightly above average speeds.

It’s not super-packed on features overall, with only 200 servers, only Brazil Netflix access, and only standard device compatibility.

However, it’s got a kill switch, 5 connections and some torrenting.

It’s also got a pretty incredible free version, with a 5GB data limit but full access to all of its servers.

It’s stand-out feature is of course its Channel Bonding, which combines connections to speed everything up and avoid dropouts. It’s extremely clever, though of course mostly useful on mobiles.

Although we didn’t see any lightning-fast speeds as Speedify claims, some reviewers found incredibly high uploads and downloads when using 2 connections. It’s definitely worth testing yourself using the free version.

Security-wise, newer devices aren’t that secure with only AES-128 encryption. It’s also based in the US and logs your IP address, location, and connection times. This is too much.

Therefore, although the Channel Bonding and speeds are great and the price is right, I would be too concerned with security to use this VPN for anything more than light browsing. Overall, we would rate this VPN 2.8 out of 5.


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