5 Best VPNs for Blackberry That Work in 2020

Using a VPN for BlackBerry will vastly improve your online security and ensure that your data is kept secure and private. However, because Blackberry phones do not support OpenVPN, it can be difficult to find a secure service that is compatible with BlackBerry phones. In this article, we list the five best Blackberry VPN services and give you some top tips on what type of VPN encryption you should use on your Blackberry phone.

 

Blackberry was once seen as one of the most secure mobile phone manufactures on the market. Older Blackberry phones (running Blackberry OS) included a built-in Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) VPN client.

VPN providers have started to support the Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) protocol, which can be used on BlackBerry devices, making it easier to find a secure service that will work with your BlackBerry phone.

PPTP is no longer secure

If you're still using an old, pre-BlackBerry 10 phone, you use any VPN service that supports the PPTP protocol, Please be aware that PPTP is no longer considered secure. For more information about encryption protocols and which one you should use, see our VPN encryption guide.

Best VPN for BlackBerry

Below we have listed the five best BlackBerry VPN services. All of these VPNs have fast servers and are very secure. For more information about any of the services listed below, click through to the provider's website or scroll below to read a summary of each service.

  1. Surfshark - Lots of features at a stunning price point
  2. IPVanish - A highly polished and privacy friendly VPN service
  3. VyprVPN - Fully audited for its no logs claims
  4. PureVPN - Features list will keep even the most demanding VPN user happy
  5. PrivateVPN - One of the cheapest VPNs out there, but an incredibly good service

5 Best Blackberry VPN services

Below we have summarised the features that make these services the best VPNs for BlackBerry users. If you still need more information about any of the services listed below, click through to the providers or check out our detailed VPN reviews.

Surfshark offers a premium service for very few dollars

  • Pricing

    From  $1.94 - $11.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

Surfshark always surprises us with how much it offers for what is very reasonably priced service. Smart DNS, split tunneling, static IP addresses, DNS ad-blocking, and multihop VPN are all part of the deal, and Surfshark will unblock pretty much any streaming service you care to throw at it: including US Netflix. 


Add to this the fact that Surshark is privacy-friendly, with a good no-logs policy and great technical security, and there is very little here to not like. There is no Blackberry-specific support, but the IKEv2 settings provided for manual setup on other devices can be used to configure a Blackberry 10 device.

IPVanish impresses with its professionalism

  • Pricing

    From  $3.70 - $10.00
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix

IPVanish is a US-based VPN provider from Orlando, Florida. It is an established VPN service that is well known for providing a reliable and fast VPN experience.


IPVanish VPN owns and controls almost the entire if its "Tier 1" server network. This is an advantage in terms of both performance and privacy - because it means that no third parties are involved in its infrastructure.


Overall, we consider IPVanish a reliable, value for money VPN, that is good for unblocking a large amount of geo-restricted content.

The privacy-friendly Swiss VPN service has a lot to offer

  • Pricing

    From  $2.50 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

VyprVPN runs its own server network, and with features such as its Chameleon stealth tech (not, unfortunately, available to Blackberry users), has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to providing a professional VPN server.


Physically moving to Switzerland and going 100% no logs - a claim it has had independently audited - has elevated what was a good service into a great one. 


VyprVPN offers dedicated BlackBerry 10  setup instructions using IPsec with Cisco Secure PIX Firewall VPN, but we reckon you’re better off using IKEv2 and simply porting the settings from an IKEv2 manual setup guide for another platform.

Even has a proper Blackberry setup guide!

  • Pricing

    From  $2.88 - $10.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

This Hong Kong-based VPN service is particularly known for its ability to unblock streaming services around the world, thanks to its willingness to hand out unique IP addresses that have not been blacklisted. 


And with over 2000 servers in 140 countries, its reach is truly global! Some of these are actually “virtual locations,” but PureVPN is open about which ones these are, and they are hosted on PureVPN;s real bare-metal servers, so this is not a security risk.


Concerns over PureVPN dedication to privacy have now been allayed by the introduction of a robust no logs policy. Blackberry users will be pleased to note that PureVPN has a detailed guide to configuring Blackberry 10 devices using IKEv2.

This professional VPN service lives up to its name.

  • Pricing

    From  $1.89 - $10.95
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

PrivateVPN is a no-logs VPN provider with over 100  servers in 60 countries around the world. In addition to great technical security, we have always been impressed by PrivateVPN’s high level of customer service, which even features remote installation for technophobes!  HTTPS and SOCKS5 proxies are a nice bonus.


PrivateVPN is particularly known for its ability to unblock streaming services, because as with PureVPN, it is  happy to issue new dedicated IPs as needed. 


You can use the IKEv2 settings listed in PrivateVPN’s manual Windows IKEv2 setup guide to configure a VPN on your Blackberry device.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 5 years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, The Times, The Washington Post, The Register, CNET & many more. 

19 Comments

Spaceman Spiff
on July 5, 2018
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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.
alisima allan
on July 1, 2018
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I would lyk to be connected on VPN how can do it
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Douglas Crawford replied to alisima allan
on July 2, 2018
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Hi alisima, What platform are you using?
Doug
on October 24, 2017
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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.
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Douglas Crawford replied to Doug
on October 25, 2017
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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.
Dave S
on July 4, 2017
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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!
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Douglas Crawford replied to Dave S
on July 4, 2017
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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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