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DialAServer – £2.79 128MB OpenVZ VPS in Germany

Tags: , , Date/Time: February 21, 2011 @ 12:56 pm, by LowEndAdmin

DialAServer Paul from DialAServer emailed me to inform me their 20% off recurring discount sale (as posted on Digital Point). Use promo code DSRVFEB to get life-time 20% off discount, and their “Special” package would be £2.79/month (~USD$4.53).

  • 128MB guaranteed/256MB burstable memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 200GB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

Direct sign up link. Location of the servers is not that obvious on their website and I ended up having to write back to Paul requesting that information. For this offer the server is in Germany with Netdirekt (test IP: 78.159.121.210), and they have other servers in France (OVH), US Scranton (Burst) and Kansas City (Wholesale Internet), with UK coming soon.

DialAServer was last featured here as DialAHost.co.uk and is part of “DialANetwork Ltd” (Company number: 7191737). That might sound big, although Paul signs his email as “Ceo – Technician” which got me a bit worried. DialAHost has been around since late 2009.

65 Comments

  1. Daniel:

    This is one of the best companys i have ever been with.

    February 21, 2011 @ 1:23 pm | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Post your IP to prove it. The fact that these comments were posted so quickly in time with each other is suspicious.

      and LoA can you check the IPs

      February 21, 2011 @ 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Post your IP with them, both of these post look fishy because their posted so near each other in time.

      February 21, 2011 @ 1:38 pm | Reply
      • Daniel:

        Hello,
        178.162.168.103 thats my ip.

        Thanks
        Daniel

        February 21, 2011 @ 1:42 pm | Reply
    • As with many comments posted here, take them with a grain of salt :) And this is LowEndBox where people buy cheap VPS to set up proxy servers — some might even do that so they can sockpuppet on forums and blogs.

      Not suggesting anyone doing that here, BUT server-side IP verification is simply flawed.

      February 21, 2011 @ 10:29 pm | Reply
      • Paul:

        Maybe so however that is most likely Daniel from Evosolutions Ltd, hes the one with that IP.

        No one has no need to fake.

        February 22, 2011 @ 2:42 am | Reply
      • Last I knew WordPress keeps the IP address of a commenter as part of the comment. I still like the idea of md5 hashing the IP address and outputting it with the comment so we can all see it.

        Granted it takes two seconds to change an IP address or run it through a proxy but it’s better than nothing.

        February 28, 2011 @ 2:27 am | Reply
        • Paul:

          But with more things in place, you can catch them by hardware rather than an IP, but I guess they could have a dozen Computers.

          February 28, 2011 @ 1:41 pm | Reply
  2. Paul:

    Thank you for the post, I understand what you mean with my signature.

    I also work on part of the technical team, I may actually change it to a new one.
    We employ around 6-8 members of staff based in just support, billing and sales however there is 3 technicians currently.

    Thanks again.

    February 21, 2011 @ 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Cal Daniels:

      “6-8 members of staff”

      Is it 6, 7 or 8? With such a small team, you should know.

      February 21, 2011 @ 6:29 pm | Reply
      • paul:

        7 however 8 including me.

        February 21, 2011 @ 11:30 pm | Reply
  3. Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

    These guys are breaking EU Law, as per EU law, they must show their contact information (address, phone) on the contact page of their website, these guys are failing at it.

    Also, their a registered company, but their registration type is ” UK Sole Trader “

    February 21, 2011 @ 1:38 pm | Reply
  4. Paul:

    @Daniel

    The Company was not long registered, and should be a UK Limited Company, if you give me more information I can take a look.

    Our contact information is still under DialANetwork but this is still our main trading name, it can be found on our terms of service page.

    February 21, 2011 @ 1:43 pm | Reply
  5. Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

    Macintosh-2:~ daniel$ whois dialaserver.co.uk

    Domain name:
    dialaserver.co.uk

    Registrant:
    DialAHostGroup

    Registrant type:
    UK Sole Trader

    Registrant's address:
    Halton House Halton Station RD. Sutton Weaver.
    Runcorn
    Cheshire
    WA7 3EW
    United Kingdom

    Registrar:
    Webfusion Ltd t/a 123-reg [Tag = 123-REG]
    URL: http://www.123-reg.co.uk

    Relevant dates:
    Registered on: 04-Mar-2010
    Renewal date: 04-Mar-2012
    Last updated: 24-Aug-2010

    Registration status:
    Registered until renewal date.

    Name servers:
    ns1.dialahost.co.uk 95.154.244.122
    ns2.dialahost.co.uk 173.193.34.70

    WHOIS lookup made at 13:45:58 21-Feb-2011

    --
    This WHOIS information is provided for free by Nominet UK the central registry
    for .uk domain names. This information and the .uk WHOIS are:

    Copyright Nominet UK 1996 - 2011.

    You may not access the .uk WHOIS or use any data from it except as permitted
    by the terms of use available in full at http://www.nominet.org.uk/whois, which
    includes restrictions on: (A) use of the data for advertising, or its
    repackaging, recompilation, redistribution or reuse (B) obscuring, removing
    or hiding any or all of this notice and (C) exceeding query rate or volume
    limits. The data is provided on an 'as-is' basis and may lag behind the
    register. Access may be withdrawn or restricted at any time.

    February 21, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply
    • @Daniel — try to do a WHOIS on dialanetwork.ltd.uk to get the company number, which I have also included in the post.

      February 21, 2011 @ 10:46 pm | Reply
  6. Paul:

    http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/eb204afe9432e5e30c7746048b65a9c2/companysearch?link=41

    Company Type: Private Limited Company

    Yes, the Domain was registered before incorporation, we are already emailing nominet to update the records :)
    Sorry for any mis-understanding.

    February 21, 2011 @ 1:47 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      Also the payee is DialAServer Limited and this is on every invoice and the paypal account holder.

      February 21, 2011 @ 1:58 pm | Reply
  7. They are awesome guys :)

    Been with them for 4 months or so.

    February 21, 2011 @ 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      Thank you for your kind words, glad to see yet another happy customer!

      February 22, 2011 @ 9:52 pm | Reply
  8. Hmm, isn’t dialahost banned from WHT. Then after being banned they posted fake reviews on WHT?

    February 21, 2011 @ 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      No, I am banned, long story short, asking users to message me if they want help with their server, in one thread.

      The reviews were not fake, one was done by an ex staff member however, not very clever I must say, however there is another on there which is legit.

      I love how two people already brought negativity into this, I have already proved one wrong, lets not make it two.
      Please do not post if you do not know much background to what you are saying.

      February 21, 2011 @ 4:49 pm | Reply
      • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

        That seems a very small reason to be banned.

        February 22, 2011 @ 10:29 am | Reply
        • I have to agree… I PM’d someone when I had mistakenly took their thread as a request for offers and it was considered “spamming” … I was given a warning. No where near a ban, and I think they would consider that a worse offense?

          Maybe there is more to it.

          February 22, 2011 @ 12:26 pm | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          I have a friend who said something a while ago that DialASomething scammed him or stole something

          February 22, 2011 @ 1:38 pm | Reply
        • It’s WHT. They ban for anything.

          February 28, 2011 @ 2:28 am | Reply
  9. Yeh, I remember some more about the events now, it turned out to be an ex-staff member that posted a review…

    However they seem to be on the way up again now.

    February 21, 2011 @ 4:48 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      On the way up? When did we ever go down?

      February 21, 2011 @ 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      You will also fine, I was banned before that review even got posted.

      February 21, 2011 @ 4:51 pm | Reply
      • As you will find I said above.

        February 21, 2011 @ 4:54 pm | Reply
        • Paul:

          I do see now, must have missed that, sorry.

          However the review was nothing on my behalf, but some people just have no brains at times I guess.

          February 21, 2011 @ 4:55 pm | Reply
  10. dannix:

    looks expensive for german openvz vps

    February 21, 2011 @ 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      It is pretty high priced, however most plans are managed and non oversold.

      We aim for good quality rather than just filling up a server with loads of cheap vm’s and seeing a ton of issues :)

      February 21, 2011 @ 5:03 pm | Reply
      • dannix:

        Sure, but I have a few vpses in germany which are definitely not oversold and I’m paying less for it.

        February 21, 2011 @ 5:10 pm | Reply
        • Paul:

          Maybe so, however we have many of extra things, we offer daily off site backups, and full 24/7 support with replies seen in seconds even late at night.

          If you are after a plan and you have a price for us to beat, email me @ paul@dialaserver.co.uk and I will 100% beat any plan you tell me :)

          If a user also goes unmanaged, we can remove a certain amount of the price, just submit a ticket.

          February 21, 2011 @ 5:14 pm | Reply
  11. Cal Daniels:
    February 21, 2011 @ 6:28 pm | Reply
    • paul:

      Not really, we planned to change to individual companies, I was removed as a ceo to change to a director and always still a share holder, however it says there I am not a director, but it has not updated yet.

      February 21, 2011 @ 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      No this is the Paul that deals with people such as the last few commenting here, now I have put up with quite a lot in my life, not to mention the last two years.

      I stuck it out so far, do not forget I rarely give up on things unless necessary.

      You are not buying a server so I would not really worry, however I will continue to keep doing what I am passionate about and love best, you do the same.

      February 22, 2011 @ 9:50 pm | Reply
  12. Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

    I don’t think their name matches their billing prefrences.

    If it was DialaServer, I would think they would have phone billing as a payment method. Sorta makes sense since then your pretty much dialing for a server, unless of course they run of dial up.

    February 22, 2011 @ 10:32 am | Reply
    • They have SMS payment option.

      February 22, 2011 @ 11:33 am | Reply
      • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

        Only said Paypal for me.

        February 22, 2011 @ 11:38 am | Reply
    • Paul:

      We do the Dial part, however the SMS and phone system is under some changes currently.

      February 22, 2011 @ 9:51 pm | Reply
  13. Jackk:

    Didn’t Paul try to sell this company the other day but then decided to keep it as he had an idea for it. Not very secure tbh.

    February 22, 2011 @ 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      Did no one hear the rest, I am banned on WHT and my forum account on ‘clubhabbo’ was given to someone else, I have not logged in for around what… 3 months maybe more.

      Now until you can say I confirmed that was my sale on that forum ‘WHT’ I would suggest not to continue providing in factual statements on something you know nothing about.

      Even if I did try to sell it, I have a right to, and you have a right to an opinion, however at least get facts right before addressing your views.

      February 22, 2011 @ 9:48 pm | Reply
      • Jackk:

        Last post was a month ago at CHF.

        February 22, 2011 @ 9:59 pm | Reply
        • Paul:

          Be it a month, year or not, I still was not involved with the petty threads.

          February 22, 2011 @ 10:10 pm | Reply
        • Jackk:

          You were. You posted in your kind of manner. Posted with things that you usually bring up and posted from your cheapy 3 dongle.

          February 22, 2011 @ 10:11 pm | Reply
  14. Ben:

    I find all this “checking company house”, “compare whois info” etc stuff crazy for a product that has a £2.79 price point.

    When I buy my £2.79 latte from the local coffee shop I don’t go checking if they have an up-to-date entry with Companies House or whatever.

    I’ve procured $10,000/month server contracts from colo providers and not done as much ‘due diligence’ as some of you folks are doing here. Some proportionality would make sense here.

    Yes, you might loose £2.79 and your site might go down. If that is a problem perhaps you should spend £10 hosting with Linode or Slicehost?

    February 22, 2011 @ 9:39 pm | Reply
    • Paul:

      People have nothing better to do, clearly, I find it quite sad, not to mention they have already been proved to have in factual statements.

      February 22, 2011 @ 9:45 pm | Reply
      • Jackk:

        Or maybe people just want to know who they really are giving their money to, who they are really trusting with their data. That’s not ‘sad’.

        February 22, 2011 @ 10:00 pm | Reply
        • Paul:

          Well lets not go into trust and data shall we.

          However we follow strict policies and we are here for the long run.

          February 22, 2011 @ 10:11 pm | Reply
    • @Ben — a few things

      1) Not everyone spends £2.79 on a latte. There are people from parts of the world who can only afford cheap server and buy 29 pence latte that’s already a luxury in their own economy.
      2) You do not entrust your data with your local cafe, but you do with hosting providers. If there’s something wrong with the coffee, you throw it away. If there’s something wrong with the VPS, i.e. gone down and no one replying support tickets, then you get to spend x number of hours re-setup the VPS again elsewhere from backup, assuming you have backups.
      3) It is easier to get refund from brick & mortar cafe. A lot harder when a service is run by college students in dom rooms and has fake contact info on WHOIS.

      People have better things to do than finding a reliable hosting provider that don’t go out of business. “Paying more for premium service” is one option, but not all can afford it.

      February 22, 2011 @ 11:47 pm | Reply
      • Paul:

        I quote.

        It is easier to get refund from brick & mortar cafe. A lot harder when a service is run by college students in dom rooms and has fake contact info on WHOIS.

        Since when were I a student in a dom room? You make me laugh so highly that must be the funniest thing of the year I have heard.
        The info was not fake, just not setup correct since no plans were made to open the Companies.

        So now lets break it down into FACTS for yourself.

        1) I work probably more hours than you, well maybe not now, I recently worked 70 hours a week until I decided to leave.
        2) I still work however with an online based Company, I also work offline in Blackpool.
        3) I do not live in a ‘dom’ room LOL, how about paying rent for you, the woman and the Dog, not to mention poll tax, electric, gas, water, T.V license and the rest of the things.
        4) I worked and built everything I have from the ground up, with next to nothing but a goal, ambition and passion.
        5) I really don’t appreciate the way the most of the people have acted on here, you have so far been proven to be lying or got your FACTS wrong, it is very stupid, people are so fast to slate someone or some Company, with no evidence to back their mouth up.

        Some may call it all talk no action, well I have given the talk and given the action, so less of the comments that are nothing but incorrect.

        I also love how a hosting provider is compared to a simple day to day cafe.

        February 27, 2011 @ 9:59 pm | Reply
        • @Paul — I think you are over-reacting.

          Note that I was replying to Ben (see “@Ben” at the beginning of the comment?!). I was replying his comment that “it is crazy to do company check on 2.79 pound hosting”. I was replying the principle, not directed at you.

          February 27, 2011 @ 11:28 pm | Reply
        • Paul:

          I understand, maybe I did over-react, however I don’t wish for people to be saying I am some kid in a dom room, this really gets me going since they are money grabbers who close down in months.

          February 28, 2011 @ 1:37 pm | Reply
  15. Paul:

    I just find this all really negative and rather stupid, we have already proven the Company is legit and registered, yet your ‘advanced’ ‘skills’ cannot find that before posting and saying we for a start lie.

    Second now people who say we good are faking this.

    Now I am selling up or I give up. No fact is, that is to do with a Company that is the main brand, and for a reason totally unreflective on DialAServer nor DialAHost, it is a main brand.

    Now if this is all the case, then feel free to not buy one, I believe in the ‘got nothing nice to say, don’t say it’ people with experience with us clearly state we are good and they like us.
    We have been around a good 1-2 years now even if that was when we started the main brand.

    Believe what you wish, I don’t think I will be getting involved in the silly games for the sake of a £3 server.

    February 22, 2011 @ 9:43 pm | Reply
  16. Beacuse i’m a client of DialANetwork/DialAHost/DialAServer i though i would review them/ say a few things about them!

    I first started using this company beacuse of the SMS payment method, due to bank restrictions. I am with them since november 2010 ( We are in march pretty much so been with them for 5 months ).

    While they don’t use the best hardware for their servers ( Core 2 Quad CPUs mostly ) the servers are not overloaded either! I have never had any problem with servers performance, and it does seem it has quite some room to grow!

    I have had downtime in my french VPS ( IP: 94.23.155.183 ) it was down for 48 hours due to one hard drive issue, and beacuse of being weekend and OVH not giving the right support! I was always in touch with the support, so i knew it was getting fixed. They credited me with 1 week free of service at the end!

    Their support team is awesome, never had any problem with them and the person that i deal with more Paul, is awesome never had any problem with him and he always worked out towards fixing what i asked, and i do allot of tickets.

    I have recently been moved from the USA node to Germany, and it the Germany node is also performing really good and i have no problems with it!

    So in resume:

    Support – 10/10
    Uptime – 9/10
    Price – 8/10

    I only have good things to say about them.

    February 28, 2011 @ 4:09 am | Reply
    • Paul:

      Nice to see a good comment, we do stock mmany Q9550’s, they are pretty nice.

      We have also just got some Phenoms in stock 4 x 3.4GHz, it also seems to perform very well.
      Of course our prices are set to be non oversold with plenty of room on the node, however we plan to start putting an extra 1 or 2 on the nodes since we feel they are undersold a little.

      We plan to stock up some i7’s shortly, Dual quads, so we are looking forward to our future growth, but of course people must start somewere.

      February 28, 2011 @ 1:40 pm | Reply
      • Sure.

        I don’t have anything against using Core 2 Quads, infact you give plenty of CPU power beacuse the CPU is shared, and i like that ( even though i barely use any CPU anyway )

        Keep up the good work :)

        February 28, 2011 @ 4:59 pm | Reply
  17. I currently have a VPS with DialaHost and have done for around 6 months. I have nothing but praise for the company. Paul response quickly to any support questions. The first day I got my VPS, I made a mistake of buying one with too low ram to effectively run CPanel, Paul saw this and offered a free RAM upgrade to me so that I could effectively run it. I am currently on one of their French nodes and I’ve never been happier.

    I think rather than slag a company off you should try them out. You just might be surprised how good they are.

    And for all the non-believers out there, here is my IP for you to check: 94.23.102.159

    March 1, 2011 @ 11:22 am | Reply
    • “I think rather than slag a company off you should try them out. You just might be surprised how good they are.”

      I completely agree, couldn’t have said it better.

      March 1, 2011 @ 3:45 pm | Reply
  18. Website has been off-line since 2nd of August?

    August 6, 2011 @ 12:10 pm | Reply
  19. Paul:

    @LEA

    Yeah sorry, we had a recent bout of attacks and need to get DialAServer back online.

    We plan to put it back online today, our other main sites are fine.

    August 6, 2011 @ 12:33 pm | Reply
    • Okay I see. DialAHost.co.uk is still online indeed. I was just preparing for this month’s dead pool post and spotted your website has been offline for 4 days.

      August 6, 2011 @ 12:45 pm | Reply
  20. Paul:

    @LEA

    No, we are many many years from the dead pool.

    We just use our main brands and sites, we will have it back today, it just wasn’t seen as great importance since most come through DialAHost or DemonSRV.

    So, yeah, don’t do that now :)

    August 6, 2011 @ 1:03 pm | Reply
  21. Paul:

    Should be all sorted.

    We have a brand new server in today after we filled another last week.

    High spec nodes, will email you LEA, hopefully we will get listed!

    August 7, 2011 @ 3:33 am | Reply

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