Opera Software continues to stay relevant with the launch yesterday of a completely free and totally unlimited VPN app for iPhones and iPads.
The Norwegian tech company manged to create quite a stir last month with the release of a VPN feature for its desktop Opera browser, capable of passing over the Great Firewall, while also blocking ads and ad-trackers.
This latest VPN for iOS devices is slightly improved, you can now pretend that you are in the Netherlands and Singapore, in addition to the US, Canada and Germany. The app also supports English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
This is all made possible by North American online privacy company SurfEasy, which Opera acquired last April.
But where exactly is the money in free and unlimited VPNs? In a blog post, the President of SurfEasy said that the company makes money by “collecting anonymous data about how people use their mobile device” and then making this info available to third parties who are “interested in better understanding the mobile ecosystem and how it’s evolving.” He also writes that they will likely introduce advertising into the app in the future.
What makes all of this a bit strange is that Opera is in the process of being acquired by a consortium of Chinese firms for $1.2 billion.
Anyway, is it worth the money? Well, checks made by Shanghaiist showed the VPN is not working on the Windows version of Opera yet. Though it works on Apple, and the iOS app works very well. The company says that it will soon launch the Opera VPN for Android as well. Test it out and see how it works for you. Apparently, it can’t manage to break through the “Great Firewall of Netflix.”
Fan Binxing should definitely think about giving it a try.