Best VPNs with most IP addresses

It is not uncommon, particularly with large US based companies, for VPN providers to boast large numbers of IP addresses. What this generally means is that they have lots of servers in lots of different countries. While some of these figures can certainly be very impressive (StrongVPN for example boasts over 80 thousand IP addresses), the question is: why would you want this? Well, having lots of IP addresses to choose from does offer a number of advantages:

  • Privacy is increased… to certain extent. Regularly connecting to the internet from different IP addresses does make your online activity more difficult to trace, and therefore improves your anonymity. However, any serious investigation will quickly trace any IP’s used back to your VPN provider, so how anonymous you remain depends on how willing and able your provider is to hand over details linking you to the IP under investigation. The only companies that can realistically guarantee no details will be handed over are those who keep no logs, and therefore have nothing to hand over even when legally required to do so (or even have their servers seized). It is therefore much more important to choose a ’no logs’ service than one with many IP addresses, if maintaining your online privacy is a concern (as it is to most VPN users)
  • Access geo-locked services – if your VPN company has servers in many different countries then you can access geo-locked services such as Hulu, iPlayer and Pandora through those servers. However while this may be useful to some, most people only want to access services in one or two countries (for example the USA and UK for English speakers, or  thier native country when abroad), so having servers in 50 or countries is of limited use. Of course, having servers in more countries does mean that servers are available in less popular countries, but if this is what you are looking for, then it may be better to use smaller local VPN’s than large international ones.
  • Bypass restrictions on bulk emails – having multiple IP addresses is a means of bypassing bandwidth limits (and IP filters) on bulk email. While there may be legitimate reasons for doing this, we will leave it at stating that we strongly disapprove of spam.

To be honest, we feel that having servers in large numbers of countries, and having large numbers of IP addresses, is really a marketing gimmick. We also wonder whether US providers’ fondness for them has anything to do with disguising their poor reputation for keeping and handing over client’s activities (but this is just idle speculation). For most people, the important thing is to ensure your chosen provider has IPs (servers) in the counties you actually want to access the internet from and, if security is a concern, that it keeps no logs. All that said, here our list of VPN providers with the most IP addresses (that we have so far reviewed).

Summary

Note that pricing below reflects the plan than gives access to the most IP addresses. Cheaper plans may be available.

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  $6.67/mo 9.8
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  $11.52/mo 9.7
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  $10.00/mo 9.5
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  $10.95/mo 9.3
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  $8.32/mo 9.2
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Take a look below to see slightly more detailed views about each provider.

Editor’s Choice

Winner – VyprVPN

Positives: fast, 160-bit and 256-bit OpenVPN encryption (Pro only), Android app, iOS app, 7 day money back guarantee, up to 3 simultaneous connections, no usage logs

Negatives: not much, price on high end

Run by global internet consortium Golden Frog, VyprVPN is a great choice for users looking for many IPs, especially as it runs its own data centers, which is not something any other VPN boasts, and therefore has excellent speeds.

This also means they run their own networks, and have more IP addresses than any other VPN.

It keeps no usage logs (although it does keep some connection logs), and allows P2P downloading. Encryption is rock-solid at 160-bit to 256-bit OpenVPN, and the fact that you can connect up to 2 devices at once (or 3 for the premier package) is really good. Note that these comments only refer to the slightly pricey (our only real criticism) Pro plan, and that the PPTP only basic version should be avoided.

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2. Hide My Ass

Positives: 40,000+ IP addresses with 340 servers in 53 countries, great VPN client, lots of cool freebies

Negatives: keeps logs, could be faster, P2P: no

With 340 servers in 53 countries resulting in over 40,000 IP addresses, Hide My Ass beats ever other VPN provider on this list in terms of the number of countries it covers. What we like about Hide My Ass is the number of free tools it makes available, such a web proxy service, a real-time list of free public proxies, disposable email, and an anonymous upload service. The real problem we have with Hide My Ass is that as a UK provider it is subject to the EU wide Data Retention Directive (rigorously enforced in the UK), and has a history of compromising its customer’s confidentiality, famously leading to the arrest of a LulzSec hacking group member who, used its services.

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3. IPVanish

Positives: 3500+ IP addresses with over 90 servers in 20 countries, fast (with amazing upload speeds), nice VPN client

Negatives: ‘No logs’ policy is a joke, P2P: no

This US based company maintains over 90 servers in 42 countries, for a total of over 3500 possible IP addresses. Unfortunately our initial enthusiasm for this polished and fast (with fantastic upload speeds) ‘no logs’ service was more than a little diminished when we received a letter within 48 hours of registering, threatening disconnection if we did not cease copyright infringement via our BitTorrent client. We think this makes a mockery of the claimed ‘no logs’ policy, causing us to remove our original recommendation.

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4. ibVPN

Positives:620 IP addresses with 58 servers in 15 countries, very cheap, p2P: yes

Negatives: Very slow especially when used to download torrents, no logs policy is no good enough

ibVPN’s Ultimate ($10.95 per month) service boasts 58 servers in 15 countries, with 620 dynamic IP. However as with IPVanish above, an initially positive impression was fairly quickly ruined in longer term use. This time the problem was that despite great speed test results during the review period, in actual use we found them regularly so slow that we abandoned the service before our contract time was over. We also missed the fact that while ibVPN has a ‘no logs’ policy, it does retain far too much information for our liking for 7 days, which we think is just not good enough.

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5. ExpressVPN

Positives: between 84 – 336 IP addresses in 78 countries, nice VPN client

Negatives: keeps logs, P2P: no

Another US based VPN provider, ExpressVPN offers its users ‘hundreds of servers’ based in 78 countries. We contacted ExpressVPN’s customer support (which provided a fast and helpful response), and they told us that each server location has about 2 to 8 IPs. Putting on our thinking caps, we reckon that comes to between 84 and 336 IP addresses in total. In other regards we found the service fine, with decent but not exceptional speed results, and an easy to use VPN client.

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Conclusion

If a large number of IP addresses are important to you, then all of these companies can provide them by the bag load. We are however dubious about the utility of so many IPs, and place much greater value on providers having a robust no logs policy, which none of the above has (in fact most have no such policy at all). We therefore do not actually recommend any of the providers in this list VPNs with most IP addresses.

And here’s the summary once more:

Summary

Note that pricing below reflects the plan than gives access to the most IP addresses. Cheaper plans may be available.

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1

  $6.67/mo 9.8
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2

  $11.52/mo 9.7
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3

  $10.00/mo 9.5
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4

  $10.95/mo 9.3
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5

  $8.32/mo 9.2
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Published 2013-04-09

 Written by Pete Zaborszky

Source taken from bestvpn.com