In this article I’m going to explain why it’s so difficult to find providers who supply residential proxies with an unlimited bandwidth option. It’s useful to realise the reasons why they are actually difficult to find as it helps to analyse the options available. After all there have been so many developments in the market with advanced IP rotation methods bringing the costs down. The costs if linked to bandwidth usage can soon escalate rapidly if you’re using them as social media proxies uploading images and videos to multiple accounts or even heavy duty web scraping.
There have been a lot of different proxy network services created over the last couple of years. Some of them are truly innovative and offer lots of different possibilities for online businesses, marketers and entrepreneurs. However increasingly there has been a need for a residential proxy that is a standard proxy service with access to residential IP addresses. What’s more providing residential proxies with unlimited bandwidth is even more difficult although you’ll find one of the extremely rare providers here – Storm Proxies.
It’s the residential part that makes finding a suitable proxy provider much more difficult simply because these IP addresses are much more difficult to obtain and thus tend to be more expensive too. The issue is that residential IP addresses are normally only allocated to standard home users through Internet service providers. There simply aren’t big blocks of these addresses available like there are with commercial addresses.
It’s relatively straight forward to find proxy providers who provide data center proxies but not many have access to a reliable residential proxy network.
Although they do exist, it’s often difficult to find a residential proxies that meet specific requirements.
Even the largest proxy provider – Luminati has limitations and imposes restrictions on specific uses to protect their proxy pool. For example it was often very hard to get a static residential address, even Luminati could only supply ‘sticky addresses’ that would stay for about ten minutes. You could spend a fortune on dedicated proxies only to find your addresses rotating at exactly the wrong time.
Residential Rotating Proxies Were More Affordable But Not Always Ideal
The problem was largely on how these companies obtained their addresses, datacenter IPs were simple , cheap and easy to obtain. There’s lots of choice here, with lots of rotating proxy providers with great customer support. You can find these with all sorts of configuration options with support for things like the socks protocols and low error rates. However the primary source of residential IPs is directly from home users. Most residential proxies would piggyback their connections on the IP addresses of home connections in exchange for some service or feature. Sometimes this would be the free use of some software or service, for example Hola the free VPN provides many of the residential addresses that Luminati uses.
The core issue is that these are only accessible while the software is being used or the connection was available. IT’s not directly in the control of the proxy providers, that residential address could disappear at any moment. The rotating proxies could use IP rotation procedures to switch your address to another one instantly however this wasn’t ideal in the middle of an e-commerce transaction for example. Many pairs of over priced sneakers have been lost (and their potential profit) from an inopportune switch of IP address while credit card details where being processed.
It should be mentioned that recently Luminati have released a static residential IP address service – however I haven’t tried it out yet so can’t comment on the costs or reliability.
One issue is that a normal residential IP address wouldn’t change very often at all and it certainly wouldn’t rotate frequently from an IP pool. Yet because of the lack of control, there was very little the proxy providers could do about this as they didn’t own the addresses. There are some companies who provide dedicated residential proxies with static residential IP addresses but many were extremely expensive to match the increased costs of obtaining the addresses.
Where to Find Residential Proxies Unlimited Bandwidth
Most of the companies who offer residential proxies do so on a bandwidth related tariff. Depending on your requirements this can work very well, running a simple web scraper or when you just need residential IPs to buy online won’t use much traffic. However many other activities particularly if you’re dealing with any sort of scale means that your residential proxies can get extremely expensive if you pay based on bandwidth.
Again mostly, the proxy service are just passing on their costs to you – a residential proxy is just expensive to acquire and run. The only companies who are able to charge without linking them to bandwidth charges are those who have more control over the residential IPs themselves plus the hardware that they run from.
There is at least one company who do provide residential proxies with unlimited bandwidth so if this is important to you then they’re worth checking out.
Storm Proxies were one of the very first companies to create and provide a pool of residential IP addresses to be used by their proxies. They don’t have the huge numbers and locations that the likes of Luminati or IPBurger have but that’s because they don’t rely on client computers to relay their connections. Storm Proxies own all their hardware and have direct control of the IP addresses that are assigned to their proxies, they can even offer short trials with a small setup fee. If you have complicated geo targeting requirements they might not have a large enough spread and you can’t specify to city level like some companies.
However, if bandwidth is important to you, rather than volume of locations or addresses then they’re probably the best option. The charges are based on time and number of addresses, the majority of their plans come with unlimited bandwidth so you don’t have to worry about extra charges.
They have the full range of modern proxy services from backconnect proxies supporting proxy rotation. Their IP quality is excellent too partly because they’re carefully controlled. They have lots of datacenter proxies which also are available with unlimited bandwidth plans but these are more common.