Who is Hola?

Before anything else, it’s important to know that Hola is unlike other traditional VPN services. Instead of relying on dedicated servers to reroute your web traffic, Hola has what it refers to as a community-powered VPN. Essentially, what this means is that users’ traffic is rerouted through other users’ internet connections. This provides the benefit of masking your IP address, thereby allowing you to access geo-restricted content. But it also means that your system’s resources and internet connection are shared with the rest of the network. It’s an interesting (and rather unsettling) approach, to say the least.

Here is a brief overview of Hola services:

Owned and Operated byHola
Year Launched2012
Base of OperationsIsrael
Operates in a Privacy-friendly Country?No
Logging PolicyKeeps user logs
Encryption Used(unclear)
Servers Located inN/A

Plans and Pricing

Hola is free for non-commercial use. Private individuals can use Hola indefinitely and on any number of devices. Users get access to all the features the service provides without any restricting limitations. The biggest drawback is that using the free service opens up your device to be used as a ‘peer’ in their network. To put it simply, you don’t pay with money, but with bandwidth and processing power. The only way to get around this is to purchase their premium service.

Hola Premium is advertised to come with several benefits. Upon further inspection however, it’s clear that the premium service has no distinct edge over the free plan. The only real advantage of paying for Hola premium is the promise that you will never be used as a peer on their network. That, and a 30 day money-back guarantee.

Below are the payment plans for Hola Premium. Payment options include credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) and PayPal.

One Month$5.00/mo
One Year$3.75/mo ($45.00 billed)