Avira Phantom VPN Review
While the Avira Phantom VPN is a relative newcomer in the VPN industry but is operated by a well-established company that has ample experienced in the cybersecurity sector. The Avira Phantom VPN service consists of several subscription options including a “Prime” option which is a whole VPN package consisting of Avira Connect, Phantom VPN, Scout, Avira Software updater, as well as Avira Antivirus.
While this may sound like an intimidating package, Avira Phantom is ultimately a VPN service that has been designed with the user in mind. The service package is easy to navigate and offers the user an optimum VPN experience that covers any VPN need. Avira Phantom is a comprehensive package backed by a reputable company and is available at a reasonable price.
Pricing and Plans
Avira offers both a free service and a paid subscription service. A free service is a great option for VPN newbies as it offers the full VPN experience, which will allow the VPN-newcomer to get a full experience of the service before deciding to commit to it. The free service includes the full package but is capped at 500mb per month.
Alternatively, the more serious-user can sign up for a subscription service to access the unlimited package which is available on both an annual and monthly payment plan. As with most other subscription services, Avira Phantom offers an incentive to annual subscribers with a discount, as annual subscribers commit for a longer period of time.
Interestingly, Avira Phantom offers a VPN service that is specifically tailored to mobile devices, however, the plan might be restrictive to some as you can only connect a single mobile device to this plan.
All packages are competitively priced, especially considering the many features that Avira offers. All plans, with the exception of the monthly plan, allows the subscribers to connect up to five devices per account.
To ensure that your VPN experience is even more extensive, VPN-intensive users can upgrade to Premium package which is priced only slightly higher than the regular packages.
The premium package is perhaps the perfect solution for users who wish to connect more than five devices per account.
Avira Phantom accepts an exceptionally wide variety of currencies from all over the world. However, the VPN service provider only accepts debit card, credit card, or PayPal payments.
Free trial and money back guarantee
Traditionally, when VPNs have a free version, they are unlikely to offer a trial period or money back guarantee. However, this is not the case when it comes to Avira.
In addition to the free version, users are also allowed a 30-day-trial and can receive a full refund after this period if they find that the VPN service does not suit their needs.
Despite the VPN service only being a year old, the platform already offers the user 36 servers from over 20 countries all over the world, including countries such as the US, UK, and countries in the EU. The wide variety is likely to offer the user access to content from all over the world.
Sign up and Client
The entire sign-up process and client has been intuitively designed to optimize the user experience. After deciding to upgrade, the user is directed to an Avira webpage where the payment method and subsequent payment is confirmed in only a few easy steps. After payment, the user is sent a confirmation email containing a link which directs them to a legitimate download of the Avira client software.
The download is quick and easy. After downloading, the installing process is completed within seconds and automatically launches the client upon completion. Initially, the client settings will be set to the server that is closest to your own location, but this can be easily changed by simply clicking on your preferred location.
Establishing a connection with your chosen server takes about a minute or less. After this process, the user can very easily manage every single setting on the intuitively designed client.
Remarkably the free client is no different from the paid version, except for the data usage restriction.
To test the performance and speed of Avira, an independent group performed a series of speed tests using a 50 Mbps finer connection located in the UK. Avira demonstrated a solid performance which did not take a toll on the internet connection or general speed.
The UK and Dutch servers demonstrated remarkable speed performance, while the US-based service was somewhat slower than average. Overall, Avira’s speed is conducive to high-quality media streaming that is sure to appeal to the general user.
In addition, Avira’s DNS tests did not indicate any problems.
Privacy and encryption
Avira uses OpenVPN on Windows and Android, while is uses L2TP for Mac and iOS. While users have no option to choose which encryption protocol is used, Avira does implement the international encryption standard which ensures that your online activity is secure.
However, what might be a drawback for many prospective VPN users is the company’s policies on logs and personal information.
Overall Avira offers a great, comprehensive service that is a great fit for the casual VPN user. The service is great, effective, fast, widely varied, and is very reasonably priced. However, the company demonstrates some issues when it comes to user privacy. So Avira might not be the best fit for those users who wish to completely hide their online activity.