HOLA Ultra VPN119.88 EUR
HOLA Ultra Review (Firefox add-on)
The Israeli provider HOLA VPN is best known for its free service. But there are also other plans – HOLA Premium and HOLA Ultra. We took a closer look at HOLA Ultra for you, here is our review. We can reveal one thing in advance: streaming fans can be happy! On the recommendation of the HOLA team, we decided to use the Firefox extension for our test, since the HOLA extensions are supposed to perform particularly well.
HOLA VPN free version – privacy & security problems
The free version of HOLA VPN is built on the peer-2-peer principle. HOLA Premium clearly offers more privacy and security in comparison. However, our 2020 test showed that the user has disadvantages in terms of data protection (also with Premium). However, the provider performed well when streaming foreign services. Since HOLA Ultra offers SmartDNS, among other things, we were especially curious about the performance and the possibilities when streaming German services like Netflix etc. …
|Product description||HOLA Ultra VPN|
|Recommended applications||Amazon Video Germanyavoiding geo-blockingNetflix (DE)Sky GoStreaming (Urheberr.)|
Compared to its free HOLA VPN version, that lacks of privacy, HOLA Ultra is much more convincing. Especially when it comes to streaming, the provider does really great work thanks to SmartDNS – stable, 4K quality on all services like Netflix DE, Sky DE, Disney+ etc. (German and international). Including direct connection with the appropriate VPN server via browser extension with just one click. Very practical!
It is also possible with HOLA Ultra to enable no-logs and other settings for more privacy. Also helpful features: Killswitch and pop-up blocker. So far, so good and recommended for streaming fans. But like everywhere in life, there is a downer: the price. Here, HOLA Ultra is really expensive – there are some providers that offer more for less money.
Abut the company
HOLA VPN has been in the VPN market since 2012. The service was founded in Israel by Ofer Vilensk and Derry Shribman, who wanted to revolutionize the Internet. This idea was well received and continues to do so: In addition to over 1600 million users, HOLA can also count on the support of investors. The provider is particularly well known for its free VPN.
HOLA Ultra does not only have more than 1,500 “fast servers” worldwide, but also 200+ “ultra fast” servers. As with HOLA Premium, the available protocols are IKEv2/IPsec and PPTP/L2TP. Encryption is done with DES3, AES128, AES192 and AES256.
|Local laws influence on clients protection||✔|
|Operation and billing are separated||✘|
|no log files||✘|
|Own DNS server||✔|
|Owner of IP-address||✘|
HOLA Ultra Pricing
It is no surprise that the free HOLA VPN service is very popular. Of course it is a great thing if you don’t have to pay for your VPN, but most of the time there come also disadvantages with a free service, or rather many advantages, as soon as you pay something. This is also the case with HOLA Ultra. Compared to the free plan, you get great features like SmartDNS, 4K streaming, Killswitch, etc. In addition, you also get a no-log policy and you can use the service on up to 20 devices. But of course, these features cost something.
In the case of HOLA Ultra, not little. There are three different plans. The 3-year plan is still the cheapest in comparison. Here you pay a total of 244,44 euros, which is 6,79 euros per month. The 1-year plan, on the other hand, costs 16.98 euros per month. To give you an idea of the common prices: SurfsharkVPN currently (January 2021) costs 2.06 euros per month with the 2-year plan; NordVPN also in the 2-year plan 2.97 euros per month and even the premium provider OVPN, which offers really a lot of special features, charges 4.99 euros per month in the annual plan.
Unfortunately, it really has to be said here that there are equally or more powerful VPN services at cheaper prices. By the way, the “normal” premium rate of HOLA Plus costs 2,69 Euros per month in a 3-year plan, but it also offers far fewer features than HOLA Ultra.
|Prices / Tarifs|
|Tariff (1 Month )||119.88 EUR|
|Number of connections per account||10|
|Test options||Free tarif is availableMoney back guarantee|
HOLA Ultra Applications
You can use HOLA Ultra on a wide range of devices, first of all there are dedicated apps for iOS and Android, as well as Windows and Mac. In addition, the provider offers extensions for Firefox (we tested this one for our review), Edge, Opera and Chrome. These extensions are especially popular among users and are supposed to provide the best performance (we can’t complain either). However, with such an extension, your activities and data are only protected on the browser – please always keep that in mind. As soon as you close the browser, the VPN connection is also interrupted.
Other devices like Apple TV, router, Playstation, xBox, SmartTV and others can also be secured with HOLA Ultra. However, you have to do a manual installation, but instructions (English) will help you doing that.
|Available protocols||OpenVPN (TCP)OpenVPN (UDP)SOCKS5|
|Own apps||AndroidApple iOSChrome extensionFirefox extensionKODI Add-onMac OS XOpera extensionWindows|
Speed with HOLA Ultra
The free version of HOLA delievers speed that is ok, but not more. The premium version disappointed us in terms of speed. HOLA Ultra was much more convincing in our current speed test. Both the speed and the latency are good, which is certainly due to the Ultra servers.
In contrast to the free HOLA service and the associated data protection guidelines (which state that various data – including personal data – may be stored and also passed on if necessary), the provider now states the following in the guidelines for its payment plans:
“We have a no logs policy for Hola Premium and Ultra Subscribers. We do not track nor store logs of your activity, including no logging of browsing history, traffic destination, data content, or DNS queries. Additionally, we never store connection logs, no logs of your IP address, your outgoing VPN IP address, connection timestamp, or session duration.”
Of course, that sounds much better. In the settings of the Ultra browser extension, you have the option to set certain privacy settings. One of them is “No Logs”. The question now is whether no logs are saved even without activating this setting? We would recommend: Be on the safe side and check the No Logs option in the settings before you start using HOLA Ultra.
Also beneficial for user privacy is the location of HOLA VPN: Israel is not a member of the 14-Eyes surveillance apparatus. HOLA is therefore not legally obligated to hand over data in this context.
|Anonymity in internet|
|Altered virtual location||✔|
|Protection from requests for information||✘|
|General monitoring protection||✘|
|Targeted monitoring protection||✘|
|no log files||✘|
Streaming – great with HOLA Ultra
HOLA VPN stands for very good international streaming. But can HOLA Ultra also overcome the hurdle of German services? That is a very important feature for many users. We can reassure you: Thanks to SmartDNS, HOLA Ultra really offers almost limitless possibilities all over the world: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, DAZN, Sky, Disney Plus, etc. can all be streamed, the German versions as well as the international ones. And that in super 4K quality. Simply select the appropriate VPN server in the browser extension – if you want to stream German services outside of Germany, click on a German server, for US content, click on an American server, etc. Works great.
Automatic connection to the appropriate server with one click
HOLA always shows you an overview of particularly popular pages in the respective country on the start page. The advantage is that the pages are already unlocked or HOLA automatically switches to the appropriate server. In the example below I quickly chose the BBC iPlayer – and I was connected to a UK HOLA server. After a long loading time the “Fresh Prince” of Bel Air flickered across the screen in high quality.
By the way, sites like kinox or The Pirate Bay are also on the favorites list – interestingly, because torrent is generally not allowed with HOLA.
|Streaming TV and video content|
|Use on the home router||✘|
|Use with KODI||✔|
|Supported streaming platforms||NetflixAmazon VideoDAZNSkyEurosportMaxdomezattooWaipuJOYNARDZDFBRN24MDRrbbWDRArte3SatPro7Sat1Kabel1Disney+ (DE)MagentaTV (DE)ORFSRFServus TV|
|Supported international streaming platforms||Disney+ (US)Hulu (US)Amazon Prime Video (US)Netflix (US)Apple TV (US)Watch ESPN (US)Channel 4 (US)NFL Gamepass (US)MLB.tv (US)abc (US)CBS (US)FOX (US)NBC (US)Showtime (US)FLIX (US)epix (US)HBO Now (US)ITV (UK)Eurosport (UK)Sky (UK)Sky News (UK)Bloomberg (UK)BT Sport (UK)Channel 4 (UK)Sky Go (IT)YouTubestarz (US)hustlerTV (US)PenthouseTV (US)PlayboyTV (US)|
Download & Torrent
As mentioned above, torrenting is generally prohibited on HOLA. If you like file sharing, then the HOLA Ultra version is not for you. In this case, it is better to choose another provider.
|Download and Torrent|
|Torrent usage allowed||✘|
|Own Torrent Server||✘|
HOLA Ultra on the Router
In Progress – we will provide you with the information about the router test shortly!
|Using with VPN-Client Router|
|Using with Routers||✘|
|Own router application||✘|
HOLA Ultra offers manuals to connect various game consoles like xBox, PlayStation etc.. These manuals are in English, but it is easy to get along with them. So the basis is already there. And since the latency is also good, nothing stands in the way of online gaming.
|Use on game consoles||PlayStationXBox|
HOLA Ultra on travelling
When we are away from home, we still like to stream our favorite series, etc. As a streaming expert, HOLA Ultra is of course a good choice. With the protocol Shadowsocks, you can also circumvent censorship in restrictive countries and surf the Internet without restrictions.
|VPN for travelling and in foreign countries|
|Using in restrictive networks (China, hotels)||✘|
|Protection in unsafe WiFi-networks||✔|
|Shadowsocks or SOCKS5||✔|
As a HOLA Ultra customer, you can of course use the help page. The big plus of the top rate, however, is the 24/7 support via e-mail from “real” people (at least that’s what the provider promises). However, you need to know English here as well.
|Customer service||EmailQ&A Website|
|Customer service language||English|
Below is a summary of all the features of HOLA Ultra. Compared to the free version, there are a few more interesting features. SmartDNS, for example, is only available in the Ultra tariff, but not in the Premium tariff. This feature is of course a highlight, since streaming – as already reported – works really well with HOLA. Another nice feature is the pop-up blocker (but you have to activate it manually in the settings).
|Always On Server||✘|
|Multi Hop VPN||✘|
|Own IP adresses||✘|
|Own Torrent Server||✘|
|VPN with TOR||✘|
Erstellt am: 03/05/2021