VPN’s have been increasing in popularity over the last few years due to privacy concerns and region-locked content. My Expat Network is another such service, targeting…you guessed it…expats! Here is our review.
We’ll take you through everything you need to know.
But just to save you some time – let me get this out of the way at the start. VPN’s are completely legal. The issue is just what you do with them once accessed. Tech Advisor have done a nice roundup on the legal arguments.
Accessing UK (or US) websites abroad
The idea is simple – you move country but you want to continue you using the content you enjoy.
You want to read the BBC online without redirecting to the version with the ads. or maybe you want to browse Google without all the results appearing in Spanish because of Google.es..
Accessing your favourite sites can be a real headache when living abroad so the good news is My Expat Network is designed to make this easier.
A VPN is the best way to go
VPNs, or “Virtual Private Networks” trick your internet connection into thinking you are somewhere else. T
They also help to hide your browsing habits from your Internet Provider which helps address privacy concerns in the post-Snowden age.
Enter My Expat Network.
According to their website they were founded in 2011. Their service is designed to allow customers (mainly UK by the looks of things) access to their usual services such as online video content, access to UK eCommerce stores and online gambling sites.
Where does My Expat Network work?
According to their website, My Expat Network supports 16 countries. Most of the countries you’d expect appear on this list including Germany, Spain, Italy and France.
The top package (most expensive) automatically covers all countries. This would always my recommendation, even if you don’t plan on moving – think about holidays!
The full list:
Strange that so many are missing. A service such as NordVPN gives you the pick of the globe and comes in much cheaper too.
Still – this is targeted at Expats, and My Expat Network’s customer service and help guides are all geared around this.
Those countries should be fine for most people’s needs – with the UK and US getting 99% of the use I am willing to bet!
Does it support my phone or iPad?
Depending on what package you choose, you can use your phone, laptop and tablets all at the same time.
My Expat Network’s top package advertises “use all devices”.
- Windows (PC & Laptop)
- MacOS (Apple iMacs, Macbook’s etc)
- Android tablets and Phones
- iOS (iPhones & iPads)
- Linux devices
- Chromebooks (another nice touch!)
They recently launched an Amazon Fire Stick app which allows you to use that too. A nice touch!
Each device requires a slightly different setup but their website includes all the setup guides needed. They also provide a customer support email address if you get stuck.
For use on a smartphone or tablet, it’s as easy as downloading an app from the App Store.
My Expat Network Pricing
My Expat Network is certainly not the cheapest option but price isn’t everything. Having said that, they don’t make their pricing structure easy.
Smaller companies have higher over heads and sometimes you will find the support better with the little guy.
A basic UK package that just covers your laptop will cost you around £4 per month if you sign up for a year.
It will cost you an extra £1 per month if you don’t want to sign up for the duration.
Let me save you some time – I recommend signing up for their “All Device” package for 12 months.
£76 for the top package may seem like a big increase, but it allows you to use unlimited devices. No worrying about using too many.
They offer a 30 day money back guarantee…so you have nothing to lose by trying it.
Conclusion: You have nothing to lose!
There are numerous VPN services targeting the expat community these days. Reputation is key and these guys have been around for an impressive 7 years already.
With a solid product offering, a loyal customer base and a 30-day money back guarantee – what have you got to lose?
Give them a trial and decide for yourself.
Had a positive experience? Perhaps they left you wanting more? Let me know your experiences when using My Expat Network below in the comments.