Super VPN Review - 2021
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Why Choose Super VPN
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Pricing and Plans
SuperVPN is free for 60 full days. After that, you get to use the app for free for 60 minutes per session. When the session is over, you need to reconnect and initiate a new session. Let’s call it a free-forever plan with an insignificant session cap.
The free plan allows access to four server locations – France, Canada, the US, Germany, and Global, which assigns you a random server.
SuperVPN offers paid plans priced at $5 per month, $14 per 3 months, $27 per six months, and $52 for a year. On top of the server locations of the free plan, the paid service affords you two more locations – in Japan and the UK. That’s not much for the price, especially since it’s mobile-only.
You can not buy a subscription from the in-app purchases, however. Instead, you need to install another “payment” app by the same developer and pay from that app via your Google Wallet. There is no other option to make a payment.
SuperVPN supports iOS devices 8.0 and later, and Android devices running 4.0.3 and up. Right from the get-go, I was alarmed by an extensive set of permissions required by SuperVPN. Besides requiring access to your Wi-Fi connection information, it needs to access your photos, system settings, accounts, sensitive logs, and whatnot. This is suspicious if you ask me.
In use, however, SuperVPN is dead simple and predictably chock-full of ads. The first thing you see is a full-screen ad, and then some more banners.
The functional button is one – Connect. By default, the app is set to connect you to the Global profile, which picks a random server. My guess is it picks the least loaded server.
In my time with it, the Global profile would always choose a different server each time I connected, and several times it would get me a UK-based IP. So you can get to the British TV shows without subscribing to a paid plan.
Other than that, there is not much to review except for the Connect/Disconnect button and a menu that doesn’t have a dedicated button. It beats me why an app with plenty of screen real estate doesn’t have a small Menu button.
SuperVPN has no website of its own. All you get is the developer’s email, so good luck with that if you have any inquiries. The developer seems to respond to user feedback on Google Play, but there is no indication of a dedicated support, a knowledge base, or at least some basic FAQs.
It’s free and it doesn’t cap your bandwidth. You can connect to up to five server locations in a free plan, plus two more in a paid plan. That’s it. No kill switch, DNS leak protection, or even details of the technical specs like what protocol is used.
Despite the many flat-out suspicious things about SuperVPN (undisclosed tech specs, no dedicated website, no FAQs, extensive app permissions), the VPN passed my speed and security tests with flying colors.
Here is the breakdown of my speed tests with the top being SuperVPN’s US server, the second its UK server, and the third my default speed without the VPN:
It didn’t leak my DNS, WebRTC or IPv6, which is more than I expected from a free mobile-only VPN from Singapore:
SuperVPN surprised me again during streaming tests as it effortlessly unblocked BBC iPlayer:
Netflix identified I was using a VPN - its mobile app refused to load any content:
Privacy and Security
SuperVPN needs permissions to access your Device & app history, which means it can retrieve running apps and read sensitive log data. It can also find accounts used on your device; access your contacts and location; read phone status and identity; access your Photos/Media/Files and the contents of your USB storage; know your Wi-Fi connection information; read phone status and identity; enjoy full network access; modify system settings and read Google service configuration.
Phew! That’s a whole lot of permissions a VPN app shouldn’t be requesting. It legitimately needs some of those permissions, but it certainly doesn’t need to access the contents of your USB storage or know your identity and accounts used on the device.
SuperVPN is a data controller, as defined by the UK Data Protection Act of 1998. The VPN doesn’t monitor your traffic but logs your IP to make sure it’s not in the spammers’ blacklists.
You must also understand that the ads displayed inside the app come bundled with the third-party links and cookies. That’s why some antivirus reports rate SuperVPN as adware.
Of note is the next clause:
The free version doesn’t require a registration, so you’re not submitting your email, but the app can retrieve your accounts since you’re granting it a bundle of permissions when installing.
As if that’s not uninspiring enough, the provider does not disclose the technology used to encrypt your traffic. Nada. Zilch. Go figure.
SuperVPN for Android and iOS is a capable but basic free VPN that works well for BBC iPlayer streaming. Use it if you don’t mind ads, intrusive app permissions, undisclosed tech specs, and a UK jurisdiction of the company that might have access to your device’s sensitive logs.