I have been using Lantern since 2015 and the PRO version since 2016. When it worked, it's fast but it's often blocked and have to play catch up with the censors. Still it used to be better than other VPN I see listed here and that will only admit it doesn't work in China after you install them!
Since the Coronavirus and version 5.8.1 (currently 5.8.3) the situation has changed. Now Lantern (Windows version) use most of my CPU and can't connect at all. I wasted countless hours trying to find out was wrong before noticing I wasn't alone and older version didn't have this "feature". While support used to answer sometimes, I got no feedback on this issue despite emails and opened tickets. As Lantern doesn't communicate publicly on those issues, it's not possible to know if the tool has been compromised. I wouldn't recommend it as long as the Lantern team doesn't acknowledge the problem.
TLDR : March 7 2020, the latest version works fine.
While it was possible to access blocked website in previous version, the CPU utilization was making surfing sluggish on my machine. The last version fixed the problem and I can now watch Youtube from China without any problem.
It was worth the wait :)
Just the day after I wrote the review I was contacted by Lantern who did provide me with an honest update acknowledging the issues and that they hadn't given up on Chinese users, quite the opposite! Lantern Android is now working fine. The CPU problem might only be an issue with my configuration and they are working on a fix. Because of the sensitivity of the topic I can't provide any specific but I am now confident lantern team will find a solution including with the communication problem.
I have been using Lantern for like 6 months now. Since the time they started receiving through Ali Pay and Union Pay, it attracted more and more traffic, and currently, it is not working at all.
And there is no customer service you can complain to.
Worked very well Oct/Nov 2019 in China
9.9 / 10
9.6 / 10