VPN Services with Access to International IP Addresses

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National television broadcasters, gaming sites, and other video and social network sites sometimes place country restrictions on their programming. These service providers use geolocation methods, based on the IP address client devices use to reach their site, to either allow or block access. For example, people residing in the UK can access BBC UK TV channels online, while those located outside the country normally can not.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology provides a simple way to bypass these IP address location restrictions. Various VPN services on the internet offer "country IP address" support, where registered users can set up their client to route through a public IP address associated with their country of choice.

The below list describes representative examples of these VPN country IP services. When evaluating which of these services is best for you, look for the following features:

  • Client operating system support: Does it work with all the different types of clients you care about; such as Windows PCs, Apple iOS phones and tablets, or Android devices?
  • Reliability and performance: Does the service have a reputation for high quality? Some international VPN connections can perform sluggishly and/or suffer from frequent drop-outs.
  • Security protection: If needed, do the VPN connections have sufficient security safeguards, such as encryption?
  • Trial versions: Are free trials or other short-term contracts available? To ensure the service works reliably, it's strongly recommended to first sign up for a minimal plan before making a bigger commitment. Unfortunately, most vendors in this category only offer money-back guarantees instead of free trials.

Subscribers are responsible for using these VPN country IP services in accordance with national and international laws.

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Easy Hide IP

Easy Hide IP is one of the most affordable reputable VPN IP services. Users generally report good reliability and selection of countries and cities to associate with. The company FAQ indicates that target data rates are 1.5-2.5 Mbps. 

What We Like

  • Inexpensive.

  • Supported on most devices.

What We Don't Like

  • Occasional downtime.

  • Does not support OpenVPN protocol, which is stronger and more secure.

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HMA stands for HideMyAss (the mascot being a donkey), one of the more popular anonymous IP services out there. The Pro! VPN service includes national IP address support in more than 50 countries. The HMA VPN client supports all popular operating systems including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, making it a good choice when needing support across a wide range of devices.

What We Like

  • Broad support for IPs worldwide.

  • Available for most operating systems.

What We Don't Like

  • Simplistic interface might not appeal to power users.

  • Costs more than others.

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ExpressVPN also supports a full range of Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux clients. ExpressVPN offers IP addresses in 21 or more countries. It seems to be especially popular in Asia with people looking to access social networking sites via U.S. IP addresses.

What We Like

  • Solid, flexible VPN that works on all operating systems.

  • Easy to use.

  • At least 94 countries and more than 2,000 servers.

What We Don't Like

  • Can use on only three devices at one time.

  • Can be expensive.

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Established more than 15 years ago, StrongVPN has built a reputation of solid customer service. StrongVPN supports a full range of client devices (including game consoles and set-top boxes in some cases); the company even offers a 24/7 online chat system for customer support. Some service packages are limited to inside the country, but others support international IP addresses in over 20 countries. For connection performance, StrongVPN claims their "servers and networks are the fastest available," but some users report frequent slowdowns.

What We Like

  • Excellent customer service.

  • Broad support of client devices.

What We Don't Like

  • Supports only two simultaneous connections.

  • Can be slow.

  • Outdated interface.