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Opera rolls out a dedicated VPN app for your phone

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Opera VPN (Image credit: Android Central)

After integrating a built-in VPN in its desktop browser and rolling out a dedicated VPN app for iOS, Opera is now bringing the service to Android (opens in new tab) users. While there are several VPN services available for Android, Opera is looking to differentiate its offering by providing free unlimited access.

The VPN is powered by SurfEasy, a company Opera acquired last year. The app offers a quick way to mask your location, access content that's locked to a specific region, and stave off tracking cookies (no Reebok, I don't want to buy your CrossFit shoes).

While the service itself is free to use, you'll find ads, and Opera will share anonymized data about your mobile usage habits with third parties:

This information is made 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.

The app is very straightforward to use: you can either connect to your closest region, or select from Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, or the United States. There's also a Guardian service that logs details of all the threats it has blocked. As soon as you're connected to a VPN server, you'll see a key icon in the notification bar.

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Interested? Hit up the badge above or download Opera's VPN app from the link below.

Download Opera VPN from the Play Store (opens in new tab)

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

18 Comments
  • Oh man! I had this on my iPhone and just switched back over to Android wondering why this wasn't on both stores. Love when these things work out so perfectly.
  • Watch out, we're being tracked by China...
  • Yes, now that the Chinese own Opera, I'd be careful using any of their products.
  • What magic phone do you use that was neither built in China, nor uses Chinese-made parts?
  • Hahaha,that's exactly what I wanted to know. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doesn't every android and iPhone come with a built in VPN client? Why get so excited about spyware when you have one built in?
  • This is not just a client, this is also including the service. With the VPN client built in you can't do anything unless you subscribe to a VPN or setup a VPN server yourself. With Opera, you get the client and the service in exchange for tracking your browsing. Not a good trade off in my opinion. I'll stick with PIA VPN.
  • OMG! Isn't this counterintuitive? We use a VPN to protect ourselves from intrusive eyes, yet Opera is using their VPN to peek into our cellular habits, which we must trust in them to be fair and not allow governments to use a back door as they wish. And a 'Chinese Consortium' now owns Opera, and I'm supposed to believe they will play fair!!!!!! I won't buy any Lenevo nor cell phones made by the Chinese as I know they have built in spy hardware/software. Why even post an article like this without warning possible users! Reckless media at the least.
  • Yeah. It's free... Don't people wonder where Opera's money comes from to support this? How can are they getting enough profits from the browser to run a "free" VPN? They aren't, that's how. Nintendo and Sony likely pay some money to have their built in browsers Opera based, but I don't think there's much else. I mean, Opera is a lot cheaper to run since they dropped Presto and became a Chromium skin, but still. This doesn't make sense from a $ stance. They have to be selling traffic data.
  • It say so in the article.... , "While the service itself is free to use, you'll find ads, and Opera will share anonymized data about your mobile usage habits with third parties: This information is made available (which has to mean charged for, maw) 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 a free service. There are 2 types of VPN users: People who use it too just seem like they are in another country to watch content...not worried about actual privacy. Then there are the people worried about privacy and that's what they are paying for on one of the more robust services. Yoou always get what you pay for...
  • To be fair, the fact that they log anonymized data should you use this service. As for the Chinese consortium ownership 'spying on you', that would be speculation and THAT would be irresponsible media.
  • I'd agree its totally counter intuitive. I would advise friends & family to stay off this one and look for a low cost paid service with no browser tracking.
  • Installed and hit the button to connect to a VPN and...it just kept saying 'connecting'. Tried it twice and then uninstalled.
  • Same thing happens to me
  • The Chinese don't own Opera... yet...
    http://fortune.com/2016/07/18/chinese-takeover-opera-software-failed/ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tl;dr Why would you want anything related to Opera Winfrey on your device anyway? Posted via the Samsung Central app
  • No Posted via the ACA on NEXUS 6