- Aug 17, 2014
" Opera Software, best known for its Opera web browser, launched the commercial VPN service Opera VPN Pro for Android this month. "
Opera Software's browsers include built-in VPN functionality that is free to use. The new Pro version extends the service to the entire device. Connecting to the free VPN in Opera encrypts only the traffic in the browser, but any other application that is run on the Android device does not benefit from it.
As far as specifics are concerned: Opera Software claims that customers get access to more than 3000 VPN servers in locations around the world when they subscribe to the service. Up to six Android devices can be protected, and the VPN component is integrated into the Opera web browser, which means that customers do not have to install another app to add the VPN functionality to their devices.
Opera Software states that its VPN service is a "no-log service". The company offers early bird access for interested users, and there is a 7-day trial for users who want to test the service before they make a buying decision.
All plans offer the same functionality, and the pricing differs based on the subscription period. Customers may sign-up for one-month or three-month periods, which cost $2.99 or $1.99 respectively. It is unclear for how long the early bird pricing is available.
Opera customers who subscribe to VPN Pro get several benefits. Besides device-wide support, customers may also select specific regions to connect to, enable auto-connect on startup, and switch the VPN protocol. Unfortunately, only OpenVPN and IKEv2 are available, which means that Wireguard is missing.
Usage is simple. Open the Opera web browser on the Android device, select VPN, and sign-in to the Opera account if you are not signed-in already. There you get the options to connect to the fastest server or a server in a specific region. Opera VPN Pro supports servers in more than 30 different countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, Germany, France, and United Arab Emirates.
Apps and services worked as expected during tests, but the browser in question is still a beta product.
Opera Software, best known for its Opera web browser, launched the commercial VPN service Opera VPN Pro for Android this month.