Opera is bent on making the most out of its last year’s acquisition of VPN service SurfEasy. After first launching an integrated VPN service with its web browser last month, the company has now come up with a free and unlimited VPN app for iOS devices.
You must be familiar with installing and operating applications on your device, but we will provide a short walk-through anyways. First, go here and download the application on your iOS device. Next, tap the application on your iOS device to open it and voila. Simple no?
The benefits of doing this? Well first off, the service comes with free ad blockers and trackers which not only let you block annoying ads — and thus save time, battery life and device memory — but also prevents websites on the web from hounding your steps and tracking your activity.
Here is how the app page on the iTunes store describes the other benefits of having Opera VPN installed on your iOS device.
With Opera VPN, you get:
– One of the fastest, most reliable VPN services.
– Unblocked access via your choice of five virtual locations (with more coming soon).
– A built-in ad blocker for ads in Safari, Chrome and other apps.
– A built-in tracker blocker to enhance online privacy.
The five locations include, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, the UK and the US, with as the page mentions, more coming soon. The main advantage of having multiple virtual locations is the fact that a website — or content –which may be inaccessible from one, is almost sure to be accessible from one of the others. Meanwhile, the app is moderately heavy at around 24 MBs and is requires iOS 8.0 or later, while also being compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
So, if you can’t wait to watch something on Netflix that is currently accessible exclusively to its US users, while you are in India — well, Opera VPN may just be able to help you out. And that is just one of its possible use case scenarios, there are a whole lot of equally ingenious ways in which it can sneak you around blocks and walls set up by colleges, offices and other institutions who don’t want you playing YouTube on their data.
Please note that we are not asking you to indulge in these activities. We are merely suggesting some of the potential use case scenarios of the VPN — go get them boys!
Speaking on the topic, Chris Houston, President of Surfeasy, Opera’s VPN division, said,
Every day, millions of people, from students to working people, find that social-media sites like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook are blocked when they surf on their campus or workplace Wi-Fi. The same goes for video-streaming sites. With the new Opera VPN app, we help people to break down the barriers of the web and enjoy the internet like it should be.
Which is free, open and accessible to all and everywhere.
Opera VPN, much like Opera’s previous integrations, also uses the SurfEasy VPN service which was acquired by the company a year ago. However, while SurfEasy’s own standalone apps for Android and iOS along with its desktop software, require you to pay a subscription fee after a trial period, Opera has promised that it’s VPN services will be free for life.
That gives it an edge over most third-party VPNs which rely upon subscriptions or ads to pay for their server time. However, while Opera has said nay to subscription, it is rather ambiguous on using ads and merely said that it had no plans to serve users with advertisements “for now.”