There aren’t many details about the Verizon family plan yet, but it appears that the company is going with a standard shared-IP model similar to what T-Mobile uses for their Binge On plan. This would make sense since it saves them money and makes scaling easier as they add new users.
This plan seems to include all the important features needed for basic usability, though it’s still uncertain whether it will offer enough safeguards for customers’ privacy. This is primarily due to the lack of information available about the plan. Still, it’s better than nothing, and it’ll allow users to take advantage of the many perks that Verizon has to offer.
Shared IP And Why It’s Better Than Using Your Own
For starters, using shared IP allows for much faster speeds compared to dedicated IP. If a VPN company (like KeepSolid) has a certain number of IPs available, it can take advantage of this by giving you a free IP when you sign up. This is particularly useful if you’re trying to access content that’s optimised for Hi-Def or if you have a Netflix account and are on a slow/sluggish internet connection.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to use a VPN with a shared IP because it makes it much more difficult for ISPs and governments to determine your location. In theory, at least. In practice, this is often not the case since many VPNs are designed with the intention of being used outside of your home country (which is usually fine as long as you aren’t doing anything illegal).
If you are worried about your privacy, using a VPN with a unique IP is the way to go. Otherwise, it’s often difficult to determine where your data is going since it could potentially be routed through many different countries before reaching its destination. Using shared IP makes this considerably more difficult for snoopers, which is good.
What Kind Of Security Does It Have?
The only details available about the security features of the Verizon plan are the rough strokes of a marketing plan:
- 256-bit SSL encryption
- No Logs policy
- The ability to connect up to 5 devices at the same time
- Double VPN
As you’ll see below, all of this doesn’t mean that the plan is totally safe for your privacy. But it’s better than nothing, and from what we know so far, it does appear that the company has taken steps to protect user data.
Will It Work With My Phone?
One of the big questions surrounding the Verizon plan is whether or not it works with your phone. This is primarily because users can’t always be sure that they’ll have unlimited data (or at least very high-speed data) whenever they need it. And, as we’ve seen in the past, unlimited data plans can be pretty costly. If you’re interested in trying out the plan, make sure that your phone is compatible with it since you won’t be able to use many of the services that Verizon has to offer if you don’t.
How Many Devices Can I Use Simultaneously?
Another important question to ask is how many devices can I use simultaneously? The answer to this question is somewhat related to the previous one, and it depends on how you’re going to be using the device. If you have a computer or other similar devices, you can use them all at once. But if you have a mobile phone, you can only use up to two at once. The reason behind this is that two mobile phones connected to the same Wi-Fi network via USB can interfere with each other’s signals. If you want to use more devices, you’ll have to disconnect one of them and re-set it up with a different network name (this is required so that each device has a unique IP address).
This might seem like a hassle, and it is. But it’s also a common problem for mobile phone users who want to use their devices simultaneously. Since the number of available IPs on a mobile phone can be limited, it’s not always easy to find a free one when you need one.
Does It Offer Apps For iOS And Android?
If you use Android or iOS devices, it’s important to check whether or not the plan has apps for your platform. If it doesn’t, it means you’ll have to go the web browser route and deal with any issues that might arise there. Still, it’s better than nothing, and it means that you’ll at least be able to take advantage of some of the features that the plan offers.
What Is The Server Location?
One of the biggest concerns about using a VPN is where does my data go when I connect to it? Ideally, you don’t want your sensitive information (like banking details) being stored in a country that has a poor record of data security. If you’re not careful, it could be vulnerable to hackers or data thieves. To avoid this, most VPNs will tell you where they are located so that you can map out where your data is going. While this might not seem like a problem, it can be. If you’re not comfortable with your data being stored somewhere else, it’s best to find a VPN that is based in your home country.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to avoid connecting to unsecure Wi-Fi networks when you using a VPN. This is because even if the network is encrypted, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is secure. And, as we’ve seen in the past, some unscrupulous Wi-Fi hotspots will log your data and sell it to the highest bidder. Always remember: If you don’t trust the person you’re connecting to, you shouldn’t be connecting to them in the first place.
Does It Have A Money-Back Guarantee?
It’s always good to see a company stand behind their products with a money-back guarantee. This means that if you are unsatisfied with the service for any reason, you can ask for your money back without fear of being scammed. Unfortunately, not all companies are as generous as Verizon is and offer this type of guarantee. If you’re not sure whether or not a company will offer this, it’s best to ask beforehand so that you aren’t caught off-guard when the time comes.
To summarize, the Verizon family plan looks like it could be a decent option for people who want to use a VPN on a budget. It might not have all the features that some users are looking for, but it’s better than nothing. And at least it’ll allow them to take advantage of some of the safeguards that the provider has to offer.