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Host1Plus.com - $2/month 256MB OpenVZ in South Africa, Brazil, Germany, or the USA

Paulius, from Host1Plus.com, is back with a update to their last offer. The last one was already pretty nice, offering Germany and Brazil as locations. This time, it adds Johannesburg, South Africa to the available locations, as well as Chicago, Illinois, USA! I’m pretty sure this is the cheapest South Africa offer we’ve ever seen on LowEndBox.com and probably only the second in it’s history. What makes this offer even more unique, is that it has quite some bandwidth. Yes, the port speed may be limited to 15Mbps, but 1TB of bandwidth is still 1TB and you can use it all. Host1Plus has been doing business since 2008 and is a division of D. E. Technologies Ltd., which is a registered company in England and Wales. They have offices in London (UK), Kaunas (Lithuania), Frankfurt am Maine (Germany) so I have the idea they have quite an operation running. From my personal experience I can say these machines run just fine. I have one both in Brazil and South Africa and for the past two months they’ve had 100% uptime. If you decide to give them a try, please share your experiences with us in the comments!

Level 1

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 0.5 vCPU Core
  • 15 GB disk space
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • 15 Mbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • $2/month
  • Order here
Level 2

  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 vCPU Core
  • 25 GB Diskspace
  • 1TB Bandwidth
  • 15 Mbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • $4/month
  • Order here

Some notes: If you order for more than one month, it gets even cheaper. For example, the annual price of Level 2 per month is $3.08 ($36.96 per year)! TUN/TAP, PPP, and NAT are $1/month each, so if you are going to use one of these for VPN, you’re looking at a little price increase. Additional IPv4 addresses are available for $2/month.

HOST1PLUS accepts payments via Debit/Credit card, PayPal, AliPay, WebMoney, CashU, and Paysera. They have a refund policy which is worth reading before you order, so you know what you’re up to. Their Terms of Service has a long list of prohibited content and actions, such as copyright infringing content, use of gaming servers, proxies, bots, etc. Be sure to also read their Spam Policy.

Network information

Germany Data Center based in Frankfurt with Host1Plus.com’s own Data Center.
Brazil Data Center based in São Paulo with Equinix

Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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São Paulo, Brazil
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Chicago IL, USA
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  1. Well, this was disappointing.

    April 29, 2014 @ 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Maarten Kossen:

      “Ninja”, I wouldn’t have expected this from you. What’s wrong with Host1Plus?

      April 29, 2014 @ 3:21 pm | Reply
      • 1) I was expecting a new host. Don’t ask me why, I just was.
        2) Unless I’m misremembering, these guys don’t exactly have a sterling rep for quality.

        This is why I am disappoint, son.

        Also, thanks for outing me here. I was attempting to go ‘incognito’.

        April 29, 2014 @ 3:39 pm | Reply
        • Maarten Kossen:

          I personally don’t know about the track record. Have any information on that?

          April 29, 2014 @ 3:56 pm | Reply
          • Jack:

            Was related to offering free VMs then randomly suspending.

            April 29, 2014 @ 4:20 pm | Reply
          • Cheers Jack, I’ve been hunting and I can find evidence of people referencing complaints, but the complaints themselves are absent.

            April 29, 2014 @ 5:58 pm | Reply
  2. Lucas:

    Nothing bad about this provider,stable,support quickly responded to questions via live chat. Only additional charges for TUN/TAP/NAT bit disappointed..

    April 29, 2014 @ 1:41 pm | Reply
  3. Jack:

    Use SolusVM and charge for TUN/TAP / PPP wow…

    April 29, 2014 @ 4:21 pm | Reply
    • It’s so they got more money if you’re going to use the bandwidth

      April 29, 2014 @ 4:23 pm | Reply
  4. Pity, this is nothing new or a special offer (without coupon)

    April 29, 2014 @ 4:25 pm | Reply
  5. 1e10:

    Does it cost them to provide TUN/TAP?

    April 29, 2014 @ 4:27 pm | Reply
  6. James Alexander:

    Can i know why you doesn’t accept registration from morocco ?

    April 29, 2014 @ 4:45 pm | Reply
  7. rm:

    This provider is most famously known for their Host1Free branch, offering free VMs of disastrous quality and as we read above, terminating them at random. Not sure what was the intent or business model behind that endeavor, but it certainly had a reverse effect — to me their whole brand now feels tainted, and that’s not even getting into the bizzareness of charging for PPP/NAT/TUN.

    Speaking of which, not defending them one little bit, but you can use SSH tunneling and a locally installed proxy such as Squid, and that way get the next closest thing to having a VPN, i.e. your personal proxy for web browsing via the VPS without the need to pay for any of the addons.

    Add a browser extension such as FoxyProxy or SwitchySharp, and you can direct only some websites via the proxy; arguably better and more flexible than a VPN to which you have to route all your traffic without exception.

    April 29, 2014 @ 4:50 pm | Reply
  8. ub3rst4r:

    Here’s a benchmark for a South Africa VPS:

    CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2430 0 @ 2.20GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency :  1099.888 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 256 MB
    Total amount of swap : 512 MB
    System uptime :   2:08,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 1.74MB/s
    Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 1.67MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 1.65MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 1.55MB/s
    Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 1.44MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 1.30MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.31MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 1.48MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 1.57MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 1.54MB/s
    I/O speed :  431 MB/s
    April 29, 2014 @ 8:46 pm | Reply
    • I’m glad someone had the nut sack to pick one up. doesn’t look bad at all. What are you planning on using it for, if you don’t mind my asking?

      April 29, 2014 @ 10:10 pm | Reply
  9. 0.5 vCPU Core. How does that work?

    April 30, 2014 @ 1:45 pm | Reply
    • W1V_Lee:

      You get assigned 1 core that is throttled by 50%. See the benchmark above. 1 core @ 2.2GHZ on the first line but you only have access to 1.1GHZ as shown on the 3rd line.

      Still plenty for most tasks though.

      April 30, 2014 @ 5:39 pm | Reply
  10. Rafael:

    Running a service with then on Brazil and its great for the price!

    April 30, 2014 @ 2:16 pm | Reply
  11. David:

    What about Bitcoins – do they accept per request?

    May 1, 2014 @ 11:32 am | Reply
  12. Phill:

    is ist possible to get an ipv6 address?

    May 1, 2014 @ 12:24 pm | Reply
  13. is it possible to get an ipv6 address in johannesburg?

    May 1, 2014 @ 12:25 pm | Reply
  14. I got myself vps from host1plus in Germany to host a personal website, later when they started offering vps in SA I order one here. Price, support, speed is really nice.

    May 1, 2014 @ 2:34 pm | Reply
  15. Jimmy Vu:

    I could never place an order. They are very aggressive at rejecting customers.

    May 1, 2014 @ 2:54 pm | Reply
  16. Pedro:

    I have one node with them on Brazil and it’s running great for the price.

    May 2, 2014 @ 6:00 am | Reply
  17. awanxgsolo:

    can i download torrent from your vps??

    May 2, 2014 @ 3:29 pm | Reply
  18. kongming:

    I have installed PPTP on their brasil node but no internet access. Anybody succeeded?

    May 2, 2014 @ 4:01 pm | Reply
  19. kongming, You have to order PPTP tun tap to make it working.

    May 3, 2014 @ 8:24 am | Reply
    • kongming:

      My order contains TUN/TAP module which plus 1 doller. I think it should be enabled.
      So you have no problem with it?

      May 3, 2014 @ 1:54 pm | Reply
      • kongming:

        Besides, I mean I can connect via PPTP but no internet access.

        May 3, 2014 @ 1:59 pm | Reply
        • Leônidas:

          Hello my friend, i have a exaclty same problem here…

          I installer a PPTPD, and connect but not access the internet…

          You fix it ?

          October 12, 2014 @ 6:11 pm | Reply
  20. awanxgsolo:

    support torent???

    May 4, 2014 @ 4:11 pm | Reply
  21. Philip:

    I suppose Torrent a prohibited.

    May 5, 2014 @ 5:44 am | Reply
  22. William:

    They seem to own the AS in South Africa, the domain listed in the contact (as37692.net) goes to a german host1plus IP

    Just a sidenote.

    May 5, 2014 @ 7:47 pm | Reply
    • William:

      Same applies to Brazil.

      I’m not sure why someone would try to hide this, sort of strange.

      May 5, 2014 @ 7:48 pm | Reply
      • William:

        Ah, there we go:

        It’s an elaborate methiod to gain IP space from LAC/Afrinic, i doubt the real numbers match for a /16 justification – an audit will solve that shortly :)

        May 5, 2014 @ 7:50 pm | Reply
  23. traciata:

    I buy 1, but I don’t know how to run vps and install my software and programe on this vps,
    can anyone guide me how to install? what software do I have to download to run?

    May 12, 2014 @ 3:48 am | Reply
  24. Philip:

    My S. Africa VPS up speed was updated to 50 Mbps.
    Have you noticed any changes?

    May 12, 2014 @ 6:18 am | Reply
  25. Mine all vps’es updated to the 50MBb/s too

    May 12, 2014 @ 6:22 pm | Reply
  26. Gustavo Bosmak:

    Custom Plans!

    Aww Yiss!

    Follow Benchmark @Brazil

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2440 0 @ 2.40GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 2399.974 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
    Total amount of swap : 512 MB
    System uptime : 30 min,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 5.94MB/s
    Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 5.36MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 4.31MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.39MB/s
    Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 4.52MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 5.51MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.46MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 3.54MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 3.22MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 4.13MB/s
    I/O speed : 406 MB/s

    Nice Network for Brazil…

    May 14, 2014 @ 4:20 pm | Reply
  27. Christian:

    STAY AWAY! It’s almost scam and fraud in my eyes. They wont give you a refund if something is wrong and you are not satisfied, their support were being rude as well. I just had a very bad experience with them so dear users choose something else.

    Best regards

    May 22, 2014 @ 8:43 am | Reply
  28. Christian, what problem do you had?

    May 23, 2014 @ 4:19 pm | Reply
  29. ezdozer:

    I tried to order from them tonight, they marked my order for fraud saying my cell phone was not a cell phone. After talking to customer support, he suggested I get a landline phone and try again later. I guess I will move on to another company that actually wants my money.

    May 30, 2014 @ 5:31 am | Reply
  30. Philip:

    2 month review for S.African VPS.
    Working stable for such money very good option to buy.

    June 9, 2014 @ 1:45 pm | Reply
  31. *jeff*:

    tun/tap with extra free = disappointment

    July 30, 2014 @ 12:42 am | Reply

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