Good news for do-it-yourself seedbox aficionados - OVH has finally launched its long awaited expansion into the US and Canada. North Americans (except Mexico) are now able to purchase directly from OVH’s entire line of products at ovh.ie, which also includes the popular Kimsufi brand (found at kimsufi.ie) and even save the VAT. However, there is a slight catch: subscribing to a plan isn’t quite as easy as one would anticipate.
For those familiar with OVH flagships ovh.co.uk and ovh.com, purchasing a server is hassle-free as long as you reside in a whitelisted location. All that’s required is a valid mobile number (within an acceptable country code) and a SMS ‘text message’ 4-digit code is sent to the mobile device, which is used to validate the authenticity of the buyer’s country of origin. Easy peasy.
Unfortunately, no such SMS service is available (even if possible) through ovh.ie. As it stands - American and Canadian citizens are required to provide proper proofs. Potential ovh.ie / kimsufi.ie new customers will need to submit (via email) *proof of identification
(for example, a copy of a driver’s licence or photo ID card) and *proof of address
(a copy of a utility bill) before an order can be placed. These are examples; contact ovh.ie support for additional info.
Above is a screenshot of the checkout, asking for information about proof of location. At this point you’ll also receive a message to the email address you specified upon signing up; it too will direct you to a similar checkout page. However, you won’t actually be able to confirm or “make the payment” for the server (as indicated in the email below) without first being validated.
In reference to the announcement on OVH, this forum post appeared:
OVH is expanding to markets where it was not possible to order before. And this will be by doing additional checks for those who which to order. Once their approval has been given, they can order from OVH. But this looks like it is bound to be on a per user basis. Looks like a lot of work for the Customer support team
No VAT (Tax)
Going through the trouble to provide proof of residence within the US or Canada is still certainly worth it, considering the alternative is buying from an overpriced markup OVH reseller. While inconvenient, so far it turns out to be substantially less expensive than ordering directly from OVH’s EU departments since “VAT” (an extra 19.6% in FR and 17.5% in UK) is not charged to buyers on ovh.ie. The price you see is the price you pay - although pricing is listed in € (Euros); and servers are still subject to OVH’s setup fees where applicable.
It’s surely a bold (and smart) move on OVH’s behalf to open themselves to the western marketplace, a decision that likely has little to do with an expansion into a new ’seedbox market’. But let’s not kid ourselves - OVH knows it’s bread & butter. Considering that an estimated 75% of all seedboxes are on OVH, it’s palpable to assume that peering could soon shift from a heavily-dominated European OVH marketplace into North America, as a result of the success of ovh.ie.
FSF hasn’t yet tested any ovh.ie servers therefore it’s impossible to speculate on peering, redundancy, NA > EU connectivity, FTP transfer speeds, and so on. If popular, we suspect it’ll only be a matter of time before US & Canadian OVH resellers will surface that are able to undercut prices from European OVH resellers, and even possibly ovh.com/co.uk itself.
Other countries have also become available - Brazil & Portugal can now use ovh.pt to sign up; Spain & Andorra can visit ovh.es. Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and Ukraine can use ovh.lt. All of the above use SMS. And Ireland can signup through ovh.ie as well.
I still think OVH sucks has for a long time now. Speeds outside there network are crap and tbh I think they do it that way for a reason.
Happy Bear Says:
Yeah, I would not feel safe doing this, at all.
Yeah, that’s fantastic. I want to sign up with a seedbox provider with my picture ID. I don’t see any privacy concerns with that at all. *cough*
@ AV - Not true; you just didn’t go far enough into the subscription signup process. VAT becomes removed in the final checkout step, as indicated in the screenie in the article.
I noticed that too, AV. Presumably if you go through the whole process and put in a N.A. address it removes it?
@AV: That’s a step before the one where you input your address (inc. country)
Do you think it will be possible for ovh to expand into Australia in the future?
Guys, OVH isn’t a seedbox provider. They are an ISP who’s servers get used for P2P. The steps they have for identification are to stop people from abusing their servers for spam/ddos reasons. I high suspect it will take a legal injuction for anyone to get your details off of them, same legal injuction any of the reseller would also have to comply with.
^ But Any Reseller dont have Our REAL identity
A reseller would never need your identity either.
Its standard procedure for all other server hosts to request proof of address since they dont like their network being used for DDoS or spam. I think that if OVH asked for a proof of address in the UK etc then DDoS and spam would go down a lot on their network and maybe the setup fees would be cut.
and now if you give them your ID then if your seedbox is suspendet for sharing copyright material FBI can arrest you
Do you really think the FBI couldn’t locate you if they wanted to? How about just looking at the IP records of who accessed the server to locate you? Or how about the IP you use to get on these tracker sites?
I suppose for the super paranoid/cautious this IS a problem, but it’s just like stealing a car… you can protect it as much as you want, but a thief will steal it if he really wants to.
Or how about just checking your ip here. !
you relaly think the fbi would be bothered to hunt you down?
your all so scared, they got better things to do than go after 20 million net pirates..
get a grip
its nothing like stealing a car at all
get a life dark and the only person scare mongering and chatting shit is you!
@lol and lolol
You think they don’t have you’re identiy? Love it break it too you, but when you pay via paypal they have your details.
They do require proof of address in the UK sometimes they don’t ask for it when you sign up but they will at somepoint they will require you to verify your address. And set up fees are there to stop people renting servers for a month and dumping them.
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Haha - they are also going to ban p2p soon!
They want to be considered a ‘hosting’ company now, they have made their money from p2p, and know lawsuits will follow in America if they allow customers to purchase servers as seedboxes!
so good luck people! and you think giving them your real address/photo id and being on the doorsteps of the RIAA/MPAA etc isn’t going to affect you?
OVH speedfs are CRAP outside Europe anyways, and always will be.
Untung Kuncoro Says:
OVH ARE BANNING P2P SOON!
LOL @ PEOPLE THINKING THEY ARE GETTING A DEAL!
THEIR PLAN IS TO GET AS MANY £50 SETUP FEE AS POSSIBLE!
^don’t listen to the above.
he goes by the name of rapidspeeds on is losing business/disgruntled about ovh killing his reseller business.
many have been running seedboxes on ovh for years
Wouldn’t use OVH if I was in North America for free. When I had an OVH slot the speed from server to server was fine. But I struggled to get any decent speed over cable modem. Stay away and buy from Leaseweb or someplace else instead. You will be much happier that way.
@Kevin they techincally banned p2p ages ago. Duh, they really are a hosting company. Hence why they created the RPS system and just set up cloud hosting. Never mind the shared hosting they do.
You people really need to learn most company you get seedboxes from are legal companies that don’t block out p2p traffic. It doesn’t remove the legitmacy of their normal activities.
i wudnt buy from ovh if the server was $1! speeds are shít…
leaseweb ftw! netherlands (.NL) have the fastest network in the world neways!!!!!!!
Yeah Leaseweb FTW, More expensive and worse spec
btw I was able to max out my fiber connection with my former KS box …
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You guys are all idiots.
What kind of fucker pays for the server he uses for DDoS ? WTF?
@guest, they could hack those servers.
I pay for servers that I used to ddos other torrent sites with.
Whats wrong with that?
Who is the idiot above that posted that I am trying to advertise my own site?
I dont need to advertise, nor am I losing any customers as vacant servers are sold instantly as they have no setup fee!
Speaking of which:
I have a 2008 Kimsufi L (Unlimited bandwidth) for sale which OVH no longer sell.
I also have a c05g (500GB) which OVH no longer sell with free setup!
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HTC Downloads Says:
Great read thanks!
Its still good for me in UK though
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Pulsed Media Seedboxes Says:
OVH’s transit to US still sucks. The US & CA site sale servers will still be setup to the same DCs. OVH has somewhat been fixing their transit to US, but it still sucks, not 5k/s sucks, but slow anyway.
As we are a real company we don’t need to pay VAT either, that should be noted what most people miss: Companies do not pay VAT, or if they pay it, they get it returned a little bit later on. The downside is that we do have to charge VAT from european residents
“It’s surely a bold (and smart) move on OVH’s behalf to open themselves to the western marketplace…”
Congratulations on your ignorance. You, sir, win a difficult math problem.
I don’t know what you people are talking bad about ks because I have used them & they have been the fastest in my experience. I used a dedicated server & seen no slowdown at all. I did have slowdown from Leaseweb but other seem not to have it so I guess use one or the other if you want fast stuff. Mine was from France so maybe location plays a part in it?
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