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Cheap-VPS-Budget-VPS-Dedicated-Servers-Webhosting-Budget-Hosting 2013-12-24 10-41-28Andrew, from 123systems, is back with some new special offers for LowEndBox readers to celebrate their expansion to Los Angeles, California! Contrary to last time, it’s only OpenVZ offers this time but it includes some very cheap annual deals! 123sytems have been in business for over four years now, according to their domain registration date, and are certainly not new to the LowEndBox community. Their very first apperance on LowEndBox was in April 2010 and they have been featured plenty of times since. These offers are hosted on modern hardware with “brand new Intel E3 haswell processors” and all of them come with SSD caching. All offers except one (the 128MB deal) are available in four locations. Feel free to share your experiences with us in the comments!

2GB OpenVZ

  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB vSwap
  • 4 CPU cores
  • 35GB disk space
  • 3TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • All locations
  • $5/month – Order
  • $30/year – Order
128MB OpenVZ

  • 128MB RAM
  • 128MB Swap
  • 1 CPU core
  • 5GB disk space
  • 350GB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Chicago, IL only!
  • $5/year – Order
256MB OpenVZ

  • 256MB RAM
  • 256MB Swap
  • 2 CPU cores
  • 10GB disk space
  • 500GB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • All locations
  • $9/year – Order
512MB OpenVZ

  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB vSwap
  • 2 CPU cores
  • 20GB Disk
  • 1TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • All locations
  • $14/year – Order

Payment methods accepted PayPal or credit cards through PayPal. 123systems does not give any refunds. Additional IPv4 addresses are available at $3/month/IPv4. IPv6 is not yet available. Please read their Terms of Service before you order!

Network information

Tierpoint (via ColoCrossing), Dallas, TX, USA
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Dupont Fabros (via ColoCrossing), Chicago, IL, USA
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Choopa (via ColoCrossing), Piscataway, NJ, USA
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Quadranet (via ColoCrossing), Los Angeles, CA, USA
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  1. 2GB OpenVZ, $30/year, that is very cheap !

    March 27, 2014 @ 7:08 am | Reply
    • dont expect much from ColoCrossing even low price. ColoCrossing has very weird network

      March 27, 2014 @ 8:21 am | Reply
      • Don’t hate, ColoCrossing has a very decent network on some locations.

        March 27, 2014 @ 10:56 am | Reply
      • isaac:

        I buyed 128MB/$5, but ColoCrossing’s network is really so slow.
        Btw; 123systems doesn’t provide any refunds.
        Please, think twice brfore buy. Yes, it’s cheap. But; anyone want to waste his time.

        April 3, 2014 @ 2:24 pm | Reply
  2. Does anyone already have a try?

    March 27, 2014 @ 8:31 am | Reply
  3. holly crap, 5$ plan gone too fast

    March 27, 2014 @ 8:33 am | Reply
  4. shegho:

    For Sale my 1Gb OVZ plan worth $19/Years for just $5 ..

    i buy this vps on 14 jan 2014…


    March 27, 2014 @ 11:41 am | Reply
    • RurouniX:

      $5 for 1 year?
      email me at rurounixx[at]live[dot]com

      March 27, 2014 @ 12:02 pm | Reply
    • klonx:

      i’m interesting pionkin[remove}@aim.com

      March 27, 2014 @ 12:33 pm | Reply
    • mrlongshen:

      Email me sir if you want to sell it

      March 27, 2014 @ 4:50 pm | Reply
      • shegho:

        @all… cek emails… tq

        March 28, 2014 @ 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Marcus Vinicius:

      Please, send to me too. surfinhu[a]gmail.com


      June 29, 2014 @ 4:02 am | Reply
  5. Jack:

    Choopa (via ColoCrossing), Dallas, TX, USA
    Test IPv4:

    Since when was they in Choopa?

    March 27, 2014 @ 12:07 pm | Reply
    • They are not in Choopa in TX, all the locations are mixed up. DFT is Chicago, Choopa is NJ, Quadranet is LA, and Tierpoint is TX.

      March 27, 2014 @ 1:21 pm | Reply
      • @Maarten,

        Can we get these updated in the primary post to avoid further confusion?



        March 27, 2014 @ 8:48 pm | Reply
  6. I had the money on hand to buy and Oops! error 403

    It appears you do not have permission to view this page. Let’s send you elsewhere.

    March 27, 2014 @ 2:20 pm | Reply
  7. john:

    Colocrossing worst location is Buffalo NY.

    March 27, 2014 @ 2:36 pm | Reply
  8. Hey folks,

    The 128MB has been stocked up as promised. We saved 100 of these just for you guy’s!


    March 27, 2014 @ 3:39 pm | Reply
    • 128M:

      Out of Stock again!

      March 28, 2014 @ 8:49 am | Reply
      • We’ve stocked these back up, we had to get some additional IP addresses.

        You should be good to go now.

        March 28, 2014 @ 10:31 pm | Reply
  9. sebas smith:

    is this for real?512MB OpenVZ $14/year. does anyone tried already?super cheap!im looking for something like this..

    March 27, 2014 @ 4:11 pm | Reply
  10. xxdesmus:

    If they offered native v6 I’d jump on the 2GB plan in a second.

    March 27, 2014 @ 5:27 pm | Reply
  11. David:

    Hey Andrew, what do you think about Bitcoins? Because PayPal / credit cards aren’t accepted worldwide, Bitcoins are.

    March 27, 2014 @ 5:36 pm | Reply
    • David,

      It’s something I’ve thought about off and on but not something I have seriously considered doing. A ways back we did offer some other options such as Payza & Moneybookers; Payza unfortunately just can’t seem to get their act together and we eventually tossed them out the window after losing (yet again) the ability to withdraw our funds.

      I nuked Moneybookers after seeing multiple providers getting their accounts slapped closed for being in the hosting industry, so this was more a preemptive strike.

      Not saying Bitcoin isn’t an option in the future, but for now I’d rather see where that market is going before I decide to take it seriously.


      March 27, 2014 @ 8:44 pm | Reply
      • David:

        To clarify: you can accept Bitcoins using ie. Bitpay.com gateway. They will deliver WHCMS gateway and, what’s important, for seller – you will get the USD if you’d like. I mean the buyer pays BTC via Bitpay and Bitpay sends USD to you and all sides are happy.

        March 28, 2014 @ 6:40 am | Reply
  12. the $5/year 128MB vps is still available for order. I bought one but it’s not automatically activated (order number 4511889828)

    March 28, 2014 @ 2:53 am | Reply
    • ZAY:

      Offtopic – Love your blog and the OpenVPN AS on Ubuntu tutorial :)

      March 28, 2014 @ 7:52 am | Reply
    • Hdi:

      @ ServerMom;
      yes, i did not receive any info for the vps too

      March 28, 2014 @ 8:41 am | Reply
    • Unfortunately it looks like the $5/yr plan is sold out now. Tried to jump on that as it’s an unbeatable price for a “muck around” VPS.

      March 28, 2014 @ 11:20 am | Reply
    • Thomas:

      I tried to jump on the $5 deal. I guess im in the same boat, its been almost 14 hours and my server hasn’t been activated yet

      March 28, 2014 @ 8:31 pm | Reply
  13. asdfasdf:

    Question about “128MB OpenVZ”

    350gb bw per year?
    or per month?

    March 28, 2014 @ 4:55 am | Reply
  14. ZAY:

    Does everyone who ordered have access to the VPS automatically? I received the activation email but the VPS is not responding to ping (although I can perform all kind of operations via SolusVM) which I found a bit weird.

    March 28, 2014 @ 7:51 am | Reply
    • Hello,

      Have you opened a ticket?

      March 28, 2014 @ 6:11 pm | Reply
      • ZAY:


        March 28, 2014 @ 6:45 pm | Reply
      • ZAY:

        Turns out the IP was previously null-routed, and they gave me a new IP. Took around 10 hour or so to get it resolved but considering it is 5 per year I think this is a good deal.

        FreeVPS.US benchmark test:

        wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash
        CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 V2 @ 3.40GHz
        Number of cores : 1
        CPU frequency :  3400.023 MHz
        Total amount of ram : 128 MB
        Total amount of swap : 128 MB
        System uptime :   9:17,
        Download speed from CacheFly: 68.8MB/s
        Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 10.8MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 18.0MB/s
        Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 9.93MB/s
        Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 4.48MB/s
        Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 7.87MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 4.30MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 17.0MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 20.8MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 25.4MB/s
        I/O speed :  96.8 MB/s
        March 29, 2014 @ 8:18 am | Reply
  15. smartcard:

    Few months ago I tried one of their vps. I would say that their downtime is more than uptime. Almost everyday there were down. This is the worst hosting account that I ever had in my 10 years hosting business.

    March 28, 2014 @ 9:26 am | Reply
    • John:

      I agree, the donwtime is just unbelieveable, have about 30 tickets asking them to restart my server.

      March 31, 2014 @ 1:04 pm | Reply
  16. Bob:

    I’m looking for cheap/free host to promote social cause (ie non monetary). Is VPS=webhost? I don’t understand the lingo. If not appropriate, can you suggest something? (Canada) Thanks

    March 28, 2014 @ 4:37 pm | Reply
    • A VPS is a server. Lots of people use a VPS to host websites, but you need to be able to install and configure the server software yourself.

      If you don’t have that kind of knowledge then I suggest just looking for a cheap “shared” hosting offer instead. Shared hosting basically means someone else runs the server and you get a “slot” on there server to host your website(s).

      March 29, 2014 @ 11:24 am | Reply
  17. Hello,
    Can we run a VPN server (not public, but more than 1 user) in any of your plans?

    March 28, 2014 @ 6:38 pm | Reply
  18. Hey Folks,

    Stock has been opened back up for the 128MB ($5.00/year). We had to get some more IP addresses.

    Sorry about that!

    March 28, 2014 @ 10:30 pm | Reply
  19. Hey,

    We are going to open up the 128MB ($5/year) in Los Angeles within the next hour, get ready for it!


    March 28, 2014 @ 10:52 pm | Reply
  20. 128MB is now open in Los Angeles, go get ’em!


    March 28, 2014 @ 11:14 pm | Reply
  21. peepol:

    guys i just signed up for the 5$ per yr plan and i can say its great and super! it was activated right away with no delays:) thx for this promo plan

    March 29, 2014 @ 12:50 am | Reply
  22. john kuple:

    Can I use it for private torrent download.

    March 29, 2014 @ 4:41 pm | Reply
    • John,


      March 29, 2014 @ 11:41 pm | Reply
      • rss:


        “All torrents, including legal torrents are prohibited on our service. Torrents are used to distribute often illegal content. This includes torrent trackers. Any site hosting torrents, or torrent trackers will be suspended upon discovery. URL downloader(s), website/file copying utilities are also prohibited. 123Systems will issue a $50.00-$250.00 research/clean up fee for any client that is found hosting torrents.”

        March 30, 2014 @ 7:23 am | Reply
        • o_O:

          since wget and tar are prohibited does this mean that they have been removed from the os image

          April 9, 2014 @ 9:59 pm | Reply
      • Really ? for ilegal torrent ?

        April 1, 2014 @ 6:41 pm | Reply
  23. BREATHE:

    Seeking activation for my recent order – 123-T6F9N-FLX


    March 29, 2014 @ 8:47 pm | Reply
  24. john kuple:

    Waiting for activation as well, 123-G8D1W-LOF
    Can’t wait to start the vps.

    March 30, 2014 @ 7:48 am | Reply
    • 123:

      Mine is also waiting to be activated. Do we have to open a ticket to get this provisioned?

      March 30, 2014 @ 10:34 am | Reply
      • john kuple:

        Activated, so far I like it, good deal.

        March 31, 2014 @ 3:17 am | Reply
  25. Oliver:

    I got the 403 problem as well.

    It appears you do not have permission to view this page. Let’s send you elsewhere.

    March 30, 2014 @ 2:12 pm | Reply
  26. Laresma:

    128MB OpenVZ package openvpn do you agree ?

    March 31, 2014 @ 2:03 pm | Reply
  27. 123User:

    Ordered 128M, quickly provisioned once a ticket was opened. (weird that you have to open ticket for that)
    The server itself doesn’t seem to have any problem.

    However, it has occurred several times that an ssh session terminated unexpectedly. and unable to connect for some time, or connected with very sluggish response.

    Bare installation with memory usage about 45 out of 128M. Highly suspect their network may have some issue?

    it’s in Chicago.

    April 1, 2014 @ 6:57 pm | Reply
    • 123User:

      Turned out that the VPS was rebooted several times last 24 hours. guess that’s what you get for 5 bucks…

      April 2, 2014 @ 10:10 am | Reply
  28. Luis:

    What about your refund policy?

    April 2, 2014 @ 5:37 pm | Reply
  29. Unsatisfied customer:

    Don’t even bother, my machine has been on – and – off every other day. Worst offer ever.

    April 4, 2014 @ 2:43 pm | Reply
  30. darklich:

    they are very slow with the tickets..

    April 7, 2014 @ 5:05 pm | Reply
  31. Toni:

    Anyone tried from LA?

    123Systems, do you restock LA.


    April 10, 2014 @ 1:56 pm | Reply
  32. xinodz:

    I’m not able to login to my account on their website. An issue with their ssl certificate.

    Google have reported their site as being a source of attacks.

    Something is wrong with this company, seriously

    stay away

    April 10, 2014 @ 4:54 pm | Reply
  33. DomainBop:

    Google is showing a “this site may harm your computer” warning message in its search results for 123systems.net


    This site may harm your computer.
    Cheap XEN VPS,Cheap OpenVZ VPS,Webhosting,Yearly VPS,Minecraft Hosting,Budget Hosting.
    Portal Home - 123Systems Solutions
    This site may harm your computer.
    27/02/2014 - [Planned] VZ149LA Maintenance [Complete] Hello, This is a .

    According to Google’s help documentation the “this site may harm your computer” warning message means the site may be hacked and distributing malware.


    We show the message "This site may harm your computer" when we believe a site may be hacked, which may allow programs to install malicious software on your computer.
    April 10, 2014 @ 4:59 pm | Reply
    • bob:

      I am also getting that message from my browser. Anyone know whats going on?

      April 10, 2014 @ 9:15 pm | Reply
  34. xinodz:

    Alright, the certificate issue seems to be fixed now and I got to my account (had to start my vps as it was down)

    but the report on google is valid


    April 10, 2014 @ 5:10 pm | Reply
  35. John:

    They are almost always OFF LINE….

    April 12, 2014 @ 11:00 am | Reply
  36. John:

    And today:

    The Website Ahead Contains Malware!
    Google Chrome has blocked access to 123systems.net for now.
    Even if you have visited this website safely in the past, visiting it now is very likely to infect your Mac with malware.
    Malware is malicious software that causes things like identity theft, financial loss, and permanent file deletion.

    You get what you pay for, or less…

    April 12, 2014 @ 11:02 am | Reply
  37. bob:

    I want to order a VPS from 123systems but dont want to leak my credit card information…any idea when this will get resolved?


    April 12, 2014 @ 11:25 am | Reply
  38. fookie:

    These guys are full of it. DO NOT BUY FROM THEM.

    I bought two Openvz512’s from them.

    (i) A simple apt-get update takes about 6 minutes to do. Thats 240 seconds for a 10 second job at most.
    (ii) Installing a simple apt-get job takes about 5-15 minutes, depending on the size of the download, which mind you is _typically_ no faster than 125kb/s
    (iii) I opened a ticket to get moved to another node, they reinstalled the OS on the same node, same IP, and said done. It was Andrew by the way.

    It’s been 8 days since I requested a refund, 2 follow-ups, no response.

    **** Garbage Provider!!! *****

    Don’t say you weren’t warned.

    [Ticket ID: 123-K3T6L-VFD] This node is insanely slow

    April 12, 2014 @ 1:46 pm | Reply
    • vpsbox:

      i am on the same boat. i got OpenVZ 2G from them. my vps have huge lag spike. loading a static html take 20 seconds. load avg > 3. sometimes even > 10. i have request for a refund too. it has been few days and no response. They just set my ticket to refund status.

      They have very good price. If you have non time-sensitivity job, it may worth to use them.

      Ticket #123-E3S0E-PTO

      April 15, 2014 @ 6:10 am | Reply
      • vpsbox:

        Aww.. still no refunds yet!!!

        April 17, 2014 @ 5:23 pm | Reply
        • Trent:

          Then why have you not filed a complaint with your payment provider?

          May 5, 2014 @ 7:44 am | Reply
  39. Customer:

    Technical assistance so bad

    April 26, 2014 @ 5:24 pm | Reply
  40. Nikola:

    My VPS is down all day today. I have sent 3 support tickets and no reply after 8 hours.
    VPS location is LA

    Go Away from this provider!!!!!!

    April 28, 2014 @ 4:49 pm | Reply
  41. Trent:

    ” All products are non-refundable. ”


    May 5, 2014 @ 7:43 am | Reply
  42. x1110:

    limited location in stock

    May 11, 2014 @ 9:09 am | Reply
  43. json:


    I ordered a VM with 1GB RAM a few months ago. Yes it was cheap and yes I expected that it would probably suck, and yes it does suck. Here’s why:

    – The VM has been rebooted several times without warning.
    – About 50% of the time I try to use it the VM is so slow that it takes minutes to run scripts/programs that normally run in a matter of seconds.
    – I’ve not used a fraction of the RAM that I supposedly have, but I’ve found that my system is swapping heavily. Might as well have ordered 128MB.
    – I’ve filed numerous tickets about these issues including benchmarks and evidence I could gather. Andrew always says he’s “looking into it”, then the ticket gets closed and nothing changes.
    – I asked to be moved to different node since they couldn’t resolve the huge performance problems. Not sure whether they did or not (ticket was randomly closed again), but I’m still experiencing the same issues either way.

    I ordered this VM to use as a crude test environment, but it’s not even useful for that. It’s certainly not useful for anything that desires the remotest amount of reliability and you might have to wait hours for the system to become usable when you do want to use it. This host is, frankly, a scam. For an extra couple $ you should get a real service.

    May 13, 2014 @ 1:02 am | Reply
    • Maxim:

      json, absolutely agree with you. I came across the same problems. Service is cheap, but stability is terrible. Andrew did not react on open tickets – them just closed randomly.

      June 21, 2014 @ 5:49 am | Reply
  44. I ordered my server last night that is 14 hours before posting this comment.
    It took nearly 3 hours for them to send my server details.
    And you know what the amazing thing is? The server is not working ever since.
    First they tell me the node is not working and should work in 15 mins.
    They have the worst of the services. DO NOT BUY!
    Their cheap prices are only to fool, they do not provide any kind of service.

    June 27, 2014 @ 9:09 am | Reply
  45. The dog days of summer are officially here and that means it’s time for our first annual summer update. This email is different than the ones you’ve received from us in the past – which were sales-centric, a cheap ploy, we admit. Over the past two months we’ve conducted a review of our internal policies and operational processes and we’re very busy making big changes. Keep reading for our big news and discount opportunities:

    1. Vastly improved support. Effective two weeks ago we added three support technicians to our team which now allows us to offer true 24 hour support. No longer will our customers feel like a generic number forced to interact with apparently careless customer service.

    2. Accountability. At any time you can request that your support request be escalated and management will quickly intervene. Your business is valued and we will make sure you feel that way.

    3. Lower Server Loads. Effective immediately we have begun provisioning nodes without slabbing technology and with 40% fewer customers. We have additional nodes on the way to load shed existing servers and over the next 4 weeks customers will see a dramatic improvement in performance and reliability. These improvements will not cause any interruption to your services and your IPs will not change.

    4. Better Uptime. Lower load and the end of slabbing, along with fixing the issues that occurred due to the recent OpenVZ update will all mean a much more reliable customer experience.

    5. Pricing. Our same attractive pricing model will stay intact for all current customers. Absolutely no increases will occur for existing clients. There will be a modest upward tweaks on certain packages for new orders and those increases will help cover the costs incurred with our overall improvement efforts. We’re confident that new customers will believe an extra few dollars per year will be worth a better service; and current customers get that improvement free! Just like it should be.

    In the past our boring sales emails would include massive discounts to compel customers to signup. Given our mission to improve, and the changes we’ve already made, we’re now proving more reasonable incentives. Signup for any package with coupon “save25” and you’ll save 25% for life.

    1GB OpenVZ: WAS $19/yr normally, NOW $14.25/yr:


    2GB OpenVZ, WAS $30/yr normally, NOW $22.50/yr:


    1GB KVM, WAS $10/month, NOW $7.50/month:


    2GB KVM, WAS $15/month, NOW $11.25/month:


    We’re looking forward to an exciting second half to 2014 and we appreciate your time! Please contact us with any questions.

    Thank you, sincerely:

    123 Systems

    July 15, 2014 @ 6:46 am | Reply
    • It’s pretty amazing 123systems that you’re able to take the time to spam new offers on 4 different posts here but you don’t have the time to answer support tickets from the many customers who have complained both on LET and WHT about services being down for days, nodes that don’t work, or and you ripping them off you scammer.

      July 15, 2014 @ 7:15 am | Reply
  46. justin:

    Technical assistance so bad

    February 29, 2016 @ 5:00 am | Reply

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