To get your grip on the fastest internet you could possibly get, you’ll need to download the app for your device, either a computer or mobile device. After a funny and amusing installation process where Speedify will feed your cat, call your grandma among other delicate tasks, you will be given the free account by default with the option to upgrade to any of the paid subscriptions within the app’s menu. All you need to choose then is the priority of your connections; you’ll be choosing between “Always”, “Secondary”, “Backup” or “Never” with all of them providing you a short explanation of what each one is best used for.
Packet Loss & Error Correction
Speedify gives you packet loss and error correction to protect you against the packets of data that could potentially get lost or received out of order due to TCP communication protocol use. The problem is that when TCP detects the packet loss and tries to resend them, your connection is slowed down. To overcome this, Speedify uses a VPN over your internet connection. The difference with a purebred VPN service is that there isn’t a protocol applied to the connection, which makes that this VPN connection doesn’t encrypt your traffic. The VPN is merely applied to increase your performance, as it will detect that packet loss and resend it immediately, avoiding the aforementioned connection decrease. This is useful for those whose internet drops a lot of packets, especially for Wi-Fi networks where this is much more likely to happen.
More Stable, Better Quality Connections
The software also boasts failover protection, which basically works as a service interruption preventer, seamlessly moving your traffic to the next working connection if any of the others fail. With this, all downloads will be granted, even if the connection drops on you. There’s also a redundant mode that works best for sloppy and unstable internet connections, since this sends all of your data over every one of your internet connections at the same time. The trick here is that whichever packet gets through first is the one to be delivered, which will grant you improved latency and more stable and reliable internet access.
When we analyze VPN services by themselves, one of the main aspects where battles can be won or loss is the server network. With Speedify, things are a little different since this is not a typical VPN service. Although, to provide you with faster internet, the service also makes use of worldwide servers that you’ll need to connect to. The so-called Speed Servers are 86 in total, spread over 16 countries in the 5 continents. The combination of your multiple internet connections made by Speedify can be increased up to 100Mbps. This will always depend on your own ISP’s provided speed as well as the server you connect to, since the servers that are the closest to you will very likely be faster.
Bittorrent with Speedify
Furthermore, if you have torrenting intentions or desires, this ability to pick servers around the world is almost obligatory, since it is mandatory for you to virtually change your location. We’ve previously seen that some countries can get you fined and even jail time if you get caught doing it – and with this blending of software you’ll be doing it much faster. It’s good to know that Speedify also features P2P Speed Servers for you to make use of, with these being the only ones that support torrenting.
OS, Device Support
Speedify offers its services for all major operating systems for computers and mobile. In fact, the user interface is very similar on both mobile devices and desktop, so you won’t be confused when using it across multiple devices. When choosing one of these it is important to check your operating system version. If you’re on a computer, Speedify runs on Windows 7, 8 and 10 and on Mac OS X 10.8+. On mobile you’ll need to have at least iOS 9 and Android 4.4 (Kit-Kat). The software is also able to run on Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition to this software’s plentiful devices supported, note that you can use it on two machines at a time.
We’ve tested both the computer client as well as the mobile app, both of which have exactly the same interface, which is always good news since you won’t need any extra time to accustom yourself to the apps. Installation and usage is one of the simplest we’ve seen with close to no technical knowledge required at all. In fact, Speedify’s website tells you to get started in 60 seconds or less and, truth being told, they deliver.
To use Speedify you’ll need to create an account and, by default, you will be given the free pack. Unlike the different VPN services we cover, this company doesn’t hold any time-restrictions to your free account and, in the same measure, all plans give access to the full service itself, not requiring an update to enjoy more server locations or specific high-standard features. What you are limited in though is the monthly data usage. The free plan will get you access to only 1GB of data that is reset every month. After that, we have the paid subscription plans that are billed monthly or yearly, depending on your preferred subscription. Unlimited Monthly costs you $8.99 each month (it was $19 per month before), whereas the Unlimited Yearly plan comes down to just $4.16 per month or $49.99 paid upfront for a year. Compared to the previous selling price of the Unlimited Monthly plan, you’re saving 75% with the annual subscription. It’s safe to go with the discounted Unlimited Yearly plan if you’re not fully sure about the service yet, as there’s a 30-day money back guarantee in place. Payment methods include credit cards and PayPal.
The best way to get in touch with customer support is to use the default contact online form they present you on the website itself. Speedify is present on most social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube. Though on Twitter, you’ll find a fixed tweet advising you to post your questions over firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no 24/7 live chat or support over the phone; email is the only way you can contact the staff.
But the truth is you probably won’t need to get in touch since the FAQ page covers pretty much every doubt you may end up with. There are some explanatory videos as well as detailed explanations of every feature that Speedify holds.
To end with, Speedify is a breath of fresh air to slow and bumpy internet connections, regardless of you using a VPN service or not. Although it will always be depending on such external factors like your ISP’s provided speed and your proximity to Speed Servers, in general, you’ll be able to notice at least a slight increase of your internet’s velocity. Using one of the P2P Speed Servers alongside a VPN will provide you extra speed and security while you break internet barriers. Although customer service is limited to e-mail, the truth is the program is very simple to use and has the same interface on every device so it will most likely not give you any doubts. But, if it does, give the FAQs page a check before anything as the majority of the questions are answered there.
- Unlimited time free account
- Plenty of speed optimization features
- P2P speed servers
- Easy to use on different devices
- Limited customer support options