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HostingSRV - £1.25 128MB OpenVZ VPS in UK

HostingSRV Gavin from HostingSRV emailed me their launch discount coupon. Use code VPS50 and you can get 50% off recurring discount on their OpenVZ VPS plans. Their cheapest plan would be £1.25/month after the discount (~USD$2). Direct sign up link here with coupon code filled out.

  • 128MB memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 200GB/month data transfer
  • 2 IPv4 addresses
  • OpenVZ/vePortal

50% off discount applies to all OpenVZ plans. Payment in either PayPal, bank transfer or SMS payments. Servers in Maidenhead UK, which I presume would be BlueSquare. Domain has only been registered for a month. Both NS are on the same physical box. AUP is also missing on the site. Address in WHOIS goes to this Japanese restaurant — at least Gavin would have some nice Sushi while setting up your servers…

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  1. rm:

    £1.25… 128MB… 2 IPv4 addresses??
    One of those cases when you sit and think, just wtf. :)
    I wonder do those 2 addresses come assigned by default, or require request/justfication?
    And btw it is not mentioned in the ordering page that it includes 2 IPv4.

    September 7, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply
  2. gsrdgrdghd:

    Just signed up because its only 1.50€ i can loose…
    The server activation email says something like this:

    Main IP: DO NOT EDIT THESE VALUES;veid=;ip=;hostname=uk1.mydomain.net.mydomain.net
    WHM Access
    SSH Access Information
    Main IP Address: xxxxxxxx
    Server Name: uk1.mydomain.net.mydomain.net

    The email arrived exactly like this, with the Xs. It also won’t let me login to vePortal or show an IP in whcms. Im going to open a ticket now, let’s see how long it takes them to fix it.
    btw: Their Paypal address is order@cronhosts.co.uk. which points to a proper address

    September 7, 2011 @ 4:52 pm | Reply
  3. Vipies:

    We should ban LEA because advertising fake VPS provider :P

    September 7, 2011 @ 5:04 pm | Reply
  4. Tapin:

    Had a google around for cronhosts.co.uk appears this guy runs several companies found this:


    September 7, 2011 @ 5:35 pm | Reply
  5. Hey Clients of HostingSRV,

    We are awaiting IP Addresses from the Datacenter, we are currently undergoing the setup of the IP’s and are awaiting them to be routed. For the delay, we have credited you 50%OFF Next Month’s VPS Price.

    (£0.65) has been credited to all of our LowEndBox Client’s.

    Kind Regard’s,

    Gavin H

    September 7, 2011 @ 6:50 pm | Reply
  6. Looking at google maps, looks like it’s a four story building with the top three stories being apartments or flats in the Queens English.

    There’s a tuscan restaurant, Caldesi’s, across the street.

    September 7, 2011 @ 9:22 pm | Reply
  7. sanchaz:

    So anyone have the 2 ip addresses yet?

    September 7, 2011 @ 11:41 pm | Reply
  8. Joe Merit:

    So was anyone successful at actually getting a running vps with these guys?

    September 8, 2011 @ 12:07 am | Reply
  9. dd:

    I think its time LowEndAdmin starts insisting on IPv6 for offers to be listed. Its time the market started demanding IPv6. QuickWeb said IPv6 is not planned for my VPS. I am not going to order any VPS without IPv6 from now on.

    September 8, 2011 @ 5:57 am | Reply
    • Then you look out for the ones that explicitly states IPv6. There are a lot of legacy hardware and legacy software that relies on IPv4, which won’t go away anytime soon I am afraid.

      September 8, 2011 @ 7:01 am | Reply
    • Francisco:

      IMO IPv6 now equals low quality. Few people realise providers usually don’t use the same carriers for IPv6 traffic than that used for IPv4 nor have the same installed capacity. With IPv6 usually you have increased latency, increased packet loss, poor routes. Microsoft, Mozilla, and others already changed the default from using AAAA to A records for the same FQDN.

      September 8, 2011 @ 8:09 pm | Reply
  10. Tican:

    So is this a scam/overselling/other?

    Is it worth taking a punt? (Looking at the dedi rather than VPS at the moment?)

    September 8, 2011 @ 7:49 am | Reply
    • I think it’s actually quite obvious…

      A .co.uk but not registered a company? Too low the price for 2x IP address? Whole website looks like a quick job with lots of info missing. Scam or not, I probably won’t bet my 1.25 EURO on it :P

      September 8, 2011 @ 11:44 am | Reply
      • Considering that this company has been linked to a number of previous scams, an edit of the original post with a warning may be in order.

        September 8, 2011 @ 9:31 pm | Reply
  11. A i7 dedicated server with 24GB RAM and not to mention the UK for 52.00 and 1 hour setup time :O
    LMAO, clearly a scam!

    September 8, 2011 @ 11:53 am | Reply
    • Daniel:

      Not everyone needs to get scammed any pay hundreds for a quad core; I don’t see a problem buying cheaply if it does the job…

      September 10, 2011 @ 12:55 pm | Reply
  12. Human:

    Is this Matt Haigh back in his old tricks?


    Hell yes it is, fake address.


    Matt loves Guy riese, as per, so lets not use the complete same but lets make it look believable.

    Now down to the nitty gritty, nom nom.

    Even burstnet hate this fool lol.

    He enjoys the $1 servers, then does not renew.

    ‘UK Hosted, Guaranteed 100Mbit Network █ Check us out today, TryAHost … Matthew Haigh owns this company doesn’t he (the former TabHosts owner)?’

    That’s, cronhosts, tabhosts, so far.

    ‘Layout Sold Just purchased this design for TryAHost . Lol… Lets watch this host fail like your others have ^^ (GatMan is Matthew Haigh btw)’

    Oh wait, that is now three hosts.

    Oh no, four! FibreSolutions, wait, it is five, jesus. SRVWIRE


    There is a lot more, and I only know all this because I was brought into it at one point!
    However, that layout is the easy pick for this moron, he uses it for every company he sets up!

    Make your own decisions people.

    @LEA Why are you listing noobs lol

    September 8, 2011 @ 11:57 am | Reply
    • @LEA Why are you listing noobs lol

      Everyone is a n00b at one stage or another. Didn’t I list your service as well last year? :P

      September 8, 2011 @ 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Human:

        I wasn’t a noob last year, nor this one.

        Besides, this guy packs up shop every other week.
        It is a word of warning.

        Maybe he has sorted himself out, who knows.

        September 8, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply
        • Considering no one has received a working VPS, I dunno about that >_>

          People get their VPS, but it’s lacking an IP of either format.


          September 8, 2011 @ 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Doesn’t really sound like a noob if he’s known in the community already.

      And I was never a noob. :)

      September 8, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Human:

        Maybe noob was not the word, just a moron in the past.

        September 8, 2011 @ 1:47 pm | Reply
        • People like to call those people “scammers”. Scamming entrepreneur it seems, and nothing n00b about it.

          September 9, 2011 @ 12:43 am | Reply
  13. Human:

    Either way this host is a joke, you can just tell lol.

    Their address even goes to http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/restaurants/tomoe-info-54842.html as LEA said.
    So I won’t bother posting the full research, just laugh for yourself lol.

    September 8, 2011 @ 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Vipies:

      You don’t need any research if their office was a restaurant :P

      September 8, 2011 @ 8:35 pm | Reply
  14. Human:

    As for http://hostingsrv.co.uk/dedicatedservers

    = http://www.kimsufi.co.uk

    Probably will get UK ip(s) on them.

    The i5 is £43 odd direct the i7 is 53 or more.
    Hmm, undercutting themself also, nice job.

    September 9, 2011 @ 1:28 am | Reply
  15. Joe Merit:

    So is this provider already in the deadpool or what? :)

    September 9, 2011 @ 8:17 pm | Reply
  16. gsrdgrdghd:

    After __5__ days my VPS is still not set up. I just got an email from them:

    Dear xxx,
    Please can you raise a ticket to wether you have recieved your VPS or not. We are currently in the process of merging all VPS Server's to SolusVM as vePortal is not working well to our clients standards.
    Kind Regard's,
    HostingSRV Support

    Looks like until now noone has recieved a VPS by them.

    September 12, 2011 @ 3:02 pm | Reply
    • gsrdgrdghd:

      Actually i my my server set up now.
      128mbit RAM (no burst), 1 IP, SolusVM

      user@uk1:~$ wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
      --2011-09-12 19:52:14--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
      Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net...
      Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||:80... connected.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
      Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
      Saving to: `/dev/null'
      100%[=============================================>] 104,857,600 11.2M/s   in 9.0s
      user@uk1:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
      16384+0 records in
      16384+0 records out
      1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 13.0357 s, 82.4 MB/s

      Speeds look ok so far but i might be the only customer on the box lol (my SolusVM name is vmuser01)

      Their support answered pretty quick and set up my server after i opened a ticket, however he asked what kind of VPS i had ordered (although i selected my server at "Related Service" when i opened the ticket)

      September 12, 2011 @ 3:58 pm | Reply
      • VPS is pretty good as im vmuser12
        I get around the same benchmarks as you and support is excellent
        Fast network as well though im like a few miles from the DC :)

        September 15, 2011 @ 8:17 am | Reply
  17. Signed up hoping for quick setup without reading the comments first. My bad. PayPal Dispute to come.

    September 17, 2011 @ 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Nah, no refund for you. Learn your lesson. :)

      September 17, 2011 @ 3:41 pm | Reply
      • Don’t look like it’s happening. Matt Haigh has had me over before.

        September 17, 2011 @ 3:43 pm | Reply
        • Ville:

          He sent me a message saying we were setting your vps up but has not within 7 days.. Sent a final ticket email thing to them

          September 17, 2011 @ 6:28 pm | Reply
        • “email thing” ?

          September 17, 2011 @ 9:24 pm | Reply
        • Ville:

          Yeah you email them it creates a ticket and hopefully they then reply.

          September 17, 2011 @ 9:51 pm | Reply
    • He willingly processed my refund.

      September 19, 2011 @ 4:48 am | Reply
  18. Human:

    Oh noo’s, I was right :P

    September 17, 2011 @ 4:50 pm | Reply
  19. Another URL of theirs appeared on my PayPal Invoice – http://fibresrv.com/

    September 17, 2011 @ 10:02 pm | Reply
    • The guys involved in a half dozen brands, all having SRV in the name. He was called out as a scam on WJunction of all places (pretty much scam haven).


      September 17, 2011 @ 10:39 pm | Reply
  20. James:

    Anybody know what their SolusVM URL is? My VPS does not seem to have SSH installed and I cannot log in.

    September 19, 2011 @ 4:31 am | Reply
    • I believe they are using vePortal. My VPS was setup with this info, despite the login information not working.

      September 19, 2011 @ 4:48 am | Reply
  21. Kro:

    Anyone here having issues with yum on default centos5 32bit

    Seems to be hanging when running transaction:

    Total                                                                                                                      731 kB/s | 2.1 MB     00:02     
    Running rpm_check_debug
    Running Transaction Test
    Finished Transaction Test
    Transaction Test Succeeded
    Running Transaction
      Installing     : imake                                                                                                                                            1/9 
    September 20, 2011 @ 6:01 am | Reply
  22. Kro:

    Node had the outage, lost tun/tap. Several days after asking to re-enable tun/tap i had to find another alternative hoster.

    With a few emails not being delivered(mail servers down?), i left it sit a few days, tried again with success.
    Request for refund and enabling tun/tap has gone unheard for week and half.

    Just sent off another one explaining i will have to dispute with paypal, as they are non responsive.
    Hopefully the staff read here and rectify this.

    October 2, 2011 @ 7:42 am | Reply
  23. To all who have had issues with HostingSRV…
    I am the real Gavin, I do not work for HostingSRV anymore as I quit as soon as Matthew the founder started messing around. once the services stopped working and we hit problems, I left and I would not recommend using them as he does not know how to run a business.
    I am sorry for Matthew’s actions and the loss of all who bought into it.

    October 31, 2011 @ 1:40 am | Reply
    • Paul:

      I told everyone this would happen Matthew does it all the time and has had a good 10 chances, when will get give up scamming people.

      October 31, 2011 @ 6:10 am | Reply
    • You seen this lol


      Another project :S and hostingsrv is suspended

      December 4, 2011 @ 10:02 am | Reply
      • This isn’t Matthew – this company has been around for years.

        December 4, 2011 @ 11:47 am | Reply
  24. Paul:

    Well he is back at it again with OVH servers, saying they are UK servers LOL

    It’s back online as far as I can see.

    November 16, 2011 @ 8:02 am | Reply
  25. GDR:

    HostingSRV is scam.. i paid for Uk dedicated server and they don’t delivered .. support is not replying..

    … opening a paypal dispute….

    November 27, 2011 @ 6:19 am | Reply
  26. V Banh:

    Matthew is such a c*nt
    Got f*cked over even working for them

    November 27, 2011 @ 4:46 pm | Reply
  27. Paul:

    I said this, he is your usual fly by nighter.

    He has had about 20 companies in 2 years, shame to see him still doing it.

    November 27, 2011 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

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