Overplay is a rapidly growing VPN provider that aims to offer a selection of servers in countries across the world to bypass various restrictions and remain secured. They are based in the United Kingdom.
There are two plans to choose from: SmartDNS and Global VPN. The first package provides ability to bypass geographical restrictions only and does not include data encryption, which should be looked for by anyone who is at least a little bit concerned about their privacy. The Global VPN plan offers regular VPN features by enhancing your SmartDNS package with data encryption to provide their users with ability to remain secure from online threats that a lot of people may consider necessary due to the ever occurring data crimes. The SmartDNS package has 4 options starting with 1 month subscription for $4.95. Global VPN that in our opinion is much better option also has 4 different packages. The subscription length for the Global VPN varies from 1 month to a year and also includes 3 months and 6 months packages. Depending on the time you are willing to subscribe Overplay’s Global VPN you will have to pay $9.95, $27.95, $52.95 or $99.95. Unfortunately, Overplay does not offer a free trial and the money back policy affects their Global VPN only. Even then you are only able to ask for a refund only for two days after buying the VPN. This only leaves less than two days to test all the features the provider offers and the stability of servers as well as their bandwidth.
Overplay offers servers in 48 different countries to choose from: Europe (29 servers), North America (12), South America (3), Oceania (4), Asia (8) and Africa (2). It looks like their focus is Europe as about 60% of all servers are located there. Though most of the countries have only a single server, it shows that they are looking to provide their customers with a convenient option to ensure that their VPN remains unnoticed.
Overplay allows you to choose from 3 different encryption methods: PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and OpenVPN. The data going through one of these protocols is encrypted using up to 256 bit encryption. Even though the used encryption may be as strong as other VPN providers offer, in pretty much all cases it is enough to keep your information secure.
It is one of the weakest points of Overplay service. Unfortunately, there are only 2 payment options to choose from – Credit Card and Google Checkout. Even though these payment methods are accessible to most of the people what we do not like is the lack of anonymous payment option like Bitcoin that is offered by most of other VPN providers.
Overplay offers customer support through 24/7/365 live chat and tickets. After testing the live support effectiveness we were not disappointed as we received informative answers that perfectly answered the questions we had about their service.
You are able to configure most of your network devices that you use in your daily live to connect to Overplay VPN network. They also have a custom VPN software that is close to being necessary to emphasize the strengths of the service. Although it does not work on all operating systems there are easy to use follow tutorials that will guide you as you are configuring your devices.
Even though Overplay does not track their users’ online activity, they do keep certain information about us. The logged information include login IP address, date/time and the duration of connection. Depending on the situation this information may be enough to find enough to relate your online traffic to you.
We would like a VPN to have no effect on our connection speeds and ping. Sadly, it is not he case with Overplay. The speed tests we have performed showed that the bandwidth while connected to a VPN was 2 times smaller than without VPN and it may influence your overall experience. Fortunately, we have not noticed any increase in ping. On the contrary, we even noticed a decrease in ping, which for some people may be even more valuable than download speed.
Overplay offers a VPN service that allows their users a variety of servers in different countries. However, the fact that they log specific information makes us want to offer to try NordVPN that does not log similar information and provide an ability to pay using Bitcoin maximizing their users’ anonymity which we consider to be the back bone of all VPN services.