Opera Software shutting down its free VPN app for iOS and Android

Opera Software launched its free VPN app in 2016, allowing users to avail its unlimited VPN to browse on mobile phones and tablets, now the company has announced plans to retire the service.

While Opera also offered a paid version of VPN Gold service on iOS that helped bolster the speed of the browser, and added more location options, with dedicated customer support for $30 a year. It affords users the ability to select between a number of countries and comes with ad blocking functionality.

Opera going forward will enable users on the Gold service to receive a free year on SurfEasy Ultra, the platform on which Opera’s VPN was based.

For those users on the free plan, they'll be able to redeem a discount of 80 percent off SurfEasy Total VPN through the latest version of the Opera VPN apps for iOS and Android. And that costs about $5 a month and includes 12 fewer regions than the Ultra service.

The SurfEasy service promises unlimited usage on up to five devices with access to 28 regions, and a strict privacy policy, and is available on both iOS and Android.

Opera, however assures users of the desktop browser VPN offering that the service won't be affected, as the shutdown would only affect its VPN app for iOS and Android.
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