5 Best VPNs for Blackberry That Work in 2019

This article on the five best Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for BlackBerry is specifically concerned with BlackBerry 10 OS. This was discontinued after BlackBerry released its last 10 phone, the BlackBerry Leap, in March 2015.

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BlackBerry 10 replaced BlackBerry OS in 2013. This older BlackBerry OS included a built-in Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) VPN client, but this was dropped in BlackBerry 10. If you're still using an old, pre-BlackBerry 10 phone, you use any VPN service that supports the PPTP protocol - which is most of them! Please be aware, however, that PPTP is no longer considered secure.

Unfortunately, BlackBerry 10 devices don't support the VPN protocols used by most commercial VPN services. The good news, however, is that over the last year or so, more VPN providers have started to support the Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) protocol.

Top 5 Blackberry VPN services

1. NordVPN

NordVPN is the best VPN for BlackBerry. This provider has gone out of its way to accommodate BlackBerry users. Not only does NordVPN support IKEv2, it even has a guide on the website that walks you through the setup process step by step. I also love that six devices can use the VPN tunnel at the same time.

NordVPN doesn't keep log files or track online activities. In addition to being based in Panama, this provider further protects anonymity with a double-hop feature that adds an extra layer of protection to your internet connection. Plus, it has a relatively decent number of global connection options.

NordVPN operates servers in 50+ countries, which is more than many small and medium sized providers, which only operate servers in 20-30 countries. With so many advantages, you would think this provider would be expensive. However, you can get it for as little as $5.75 per month with the annual plan. The only real downside to this service is that it isn't known for having the fastest VPN servers.

2. PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN is a zero-logs Swedish provider with 80+ servers in 52 countries around the world. It features both a firewall-based system kill switch and per-app kill switch, which pretty neat. Full IPv4 and IPv6 DNS leak protection is also built-in to its client.

We have been particularly impressed by PrivateVPN’s high level of customer service, which even features remote installation for technophobes! Up to a generous 6 simultaneous devices are permitted, and port forwarding plus HTTPS and SOCKS5 proxies are a nice bonus.

With a 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee, why not give PrivateVPN a try?

Additional features: servers in 52 countries, works with US Netflix and iPlayer, kill switch and auto-connect, website available in English, German, Dutch, and Swedish.

3. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is the second best VPN for BlackBerry. ExpressVPN has an excellent reputation and a track record of operating fast and reliable servers. It has a network of servers that operates in more countries than most other providers.

Right now there are servers in 94 countries, and ExpressVPN adds new servers in new locations as dictated by demand. Compared with NordVPN, ExpressVPN only allows half as many concurrent connections. Still, three simultaneous connections is more than adequate for the average user, and the service even comes with a money-back guarantee.

I also really like the fact that ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands, far outside the reach of US wiretapping scandals and the NSA. However, there are a couple things I'm not too crazy about. First of all, I don't like that there isn't a free trial or a free version. Lastly, this service is more expensive than the majority of other VPNs. You can get it for $8.32 per month with the annual subscription.

4. Hide.me

Hide.me offers fantastic BlackBerry guides on its website. In addition to standard configuration guides on static webpages, Hide.me went so far as to make a setup video too. I also really like how users can take advantage of a free version without having to enter payment card information.

The free version only allows 2 GB of data transfer, but it's the perfect way to test out the service. The paid version allows up to five simultaneous connections per account and costs $9.99 per month for the premium version. The premium version has some great features, such as unlimited bandwidth and data transfer, tons of connection protocols (PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, IPsec, OpenVPN, and SoftEther) and port forwarding.

The one thing I really wish were improved is the Plus plan, which is rather limited. It only allows one connection at a time and is capped at 75 GB of data transfer per month. At any rate, both paid plans provide access to servers in 30 locations to help secure your BlackBerry device.

5. PureVPN

PureVPN rounds out the last of the five best VPNs for BlackBerry. It hosts BlackBerry setup guides for version 10, 10.1 and 10.2.1, complete with highlighted images that make setup a breeze. Even though there isn't a free trial of PureVPN, you'll be pleased to know that there is a seven-day money-back guarantee, and the service is dirt cheap.

Right now you can get it for as little as $2.95 per month, which is less than the cost of a meal at a fast food restaurant.  PureVPN has recently gone no logs, and so is great for privacy. Last but not least, note that PureVPN currently operates servers in over 100 countries, which is far more than the average provider.

Why do I need a VPN for Blackberry?

By using a VPN on your Blackberry you are protected from LAN-based attacks over WiFi that try to capture and read your data transmissions. A VPN tunnel encrypts data before it leaves your BlackBerry, therefore securing your blackberry from hackers.

Blackberry VPN services and IKEV2

We've recommended using IKEv2 over other protocols for security purposes. However, many of you may be wondering what exactly IKEv2 is. Essentially, it's just another security protocol.

If you connect your BlackBerry device to WiFi at your home, and can't seem to get IKEv2 working, you may want to check your firewall. Make sure that port 500 isn't blocked since that's the port that IKEv2 uses.

IKEv2 is more secure than PPTP, Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP). It's a more robust protocol, and doesn't suffer from the same security flaws as the other alternative protocols. It's faster, too. L2TP and SSTP impose a significant amount of overhead on your internet connection. However, IKEv2 tunnels are extremely fast relative to other security protocols.

If you would like to know more about how a VPN protects your Blackberry device, we recommend checking out our VPN encryption guide.

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My advice is to use IKEv2 on your BlackBerry device whenever possible. It's far superior to - and more secure than - other, weaker protocols. Depending on the device and the provider you choose, it may not be an option. However, please at the very least remember to stay away from PPTP if you can. Though PPTP does provide some weak protection (which is better than no protection) it can be cracked.

If your BlackBerry device runs Android, then the sky's the limit with regards to the protocol options at your disposal. Android devices can run OpenVPN, which is more secure than PPTP and L2TP.

  1. NordVPN
  2. PrivateVPN
  3. ExpressVPN
  4. Hide.me
  5. PureVPN

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 4+ years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, Barrons, the Scottish Herald, ThreatPost, CNET & many more. Ray is currently rated number 1 VPN authority by Agilience.com.


  1. Spaceman Spiff

    on July 5, 2018

    Hi, Thanks for the enlightening piece - very rarely do you find anything about VPNs with a BB10 focus. Before stumbling upon this article, I bought a 1-month access (via HumbleBundle) from PrivateInternetAccess (luckily they weren't expensive) to try how it works on my phone. Unfortunately, they did not offer any help in setting it up for BB and even if I could run their Android app on BB, I'm very reluctant to (native Android apps are usually battery hogs). Then I found hide.me (like you did), which offers a limited free service and excellent, detailed Blackberry setup instructions. I recommend it to all BB users to give VPN a try. You can even configure the factory VPN app to connect automatically on just selected connections.

  2. alisima allan

    on July 1, 2018

    I would lyk to be connected on VPN how can do it

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to alisima allan

      on July 2, 2018

      Hi alisima, What platform are you using?

  3. Doug

    on October 24, 2017

    I signed up for Express VPN this morning (October 2017) for my Blackberry Classic so I'm providing some feedback. After signing up I couldn't figure out what to do next. I was given the option of downloading their software for Windows or their software for iOS. I've read on another site that iOS uses IKEv2, but it sounded illogical that iOS software would run on BB10. I contacted the company - they responded immediately by chat - and they said there is no version that I can download and that will work. They are cancelling my payment. Then I searched Blackberry App world on my phone and found a product VPN45 which costs $3/month (I think that's US$) and seems to work (well, at least a key symbol appears in my settings bar when I'm browsing). I had to copy down and follow some detailed instructions in order to install it. The VPN45 advertising material says it makes my browsing invisible; my interest was actually to protect me from hackers when I'm in public places. Hopefully it does both.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Doug

      on October 25, 2017

      Hi Doug, Thanks for the feedback. Note that an iOS app will not run a Blackberry Classic (BB10) phone, but it should be possible to manually configure your BlackBerry using IKEv2 settings.

  4. Dave S

    on July 4, 2017

    Douglas, I just got the BlackBerry KEYone which is, as I'm sure you know, Android and uses the DTEK 60 security feature. From your article it appears you're recommending VPN's for Android, is that your recommendation for the KEYone also? Thanks for the info!

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Dave S

      on July 4, 2017

      Hi Dave, The KEYone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with full access to Google Play Store apps. So yes - you will need an Android VPN app (or manually configure Android's built-in VPN app). DTEK 60 looks to be a very interesting security feature, but should have no effect on using a VPN.

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