The free VPN service for the Opera browser has just been launched for iOS devices and it is free to be used as much as you want. Furthermore, it is completely ad-free, well, at the time of writing anyway. It was just a few weeks back that the browser released their free virtual private network to their desktop platform. Now, iOS users can now take advantage of this particular feature. The update, which was announced on Monday, brings unlimited use to the VPN service and it is completely free-of-charge.
Opera VPN Can Now be Used by the iOS App
Opera‘s VPN service will allow users to work around blocked online content. For example, there are certain websites wherein you are not allowed access while browsing around the World Wide Web in your office or in your school, or that there are some TV shows that are found in your favorite streaming app but cannot be viewed because of your location.
Using Opera VPN, as what the service is called, will effectively borrow an IP address of a device located in another area. Doing so will also hide your device’s IP address in the process. The service will then let users pick a virtual location from either Canada, Singapore, Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands. However, the company who is responsible for giving us this browser and this service tells that there are more locations to become available soon. Using this tool will also let users take advantage of a built-in ad-blocker functionality, which will actively block out ad-tracing cookies.
If it hasn’t been iterated enough, this service is absolutely free. Which means that you can use it as much as you like, no micro-transactions required. However, the company does admit that there are VPN maintenance costs which will force them to include ads in the future. Still, that time is unknown at the time of writing so for those who want to make use of this service without the ads then you’d best make full use of it now. While it is now available for the desktop version of the browser as well as that of the iOS app, Android users will take advantage of this service soon. However, the company says that there’s a catch.
Aside from having future plans of having ads to be added in the Opera VPN service, the company also detailed as to how they would also have to make money off of the app. They stated the following in an official blog post: “The other way we make money is by collecting anonymous data about how people use their mobile device. We make this information available to third parties who are interested in better understanding the mobile ecosystem and how it’s evolving. It’s important to understand that this is not data about what you do with your phone, but rather this is data about how a large group of people use their phones. It’s very much like taking part in a survey – there is very little value in your personal answers since your answers may not be representative of the larger population. But if you ask 100,000 people, then you start to get answers that are statistically significant. We do not store or distribute any data that could be used to determine your personal online activities.”