Just under two years after launching on the iOS App Store, Opera this week announced that its free "Opera VPN" app will be permanently discontinued as of April 30, 2018. Opera's virtual private network app masks the user's true IP address and allows them to bypass firewalls, block tracking cookies, change their virtual location to unlock geo-specific content, and more.

At the end of April, the app will be shuttered on both the iOS and Android App Stores, but the company noted that it aims to "make sure your privacy is still looked after" following Opera VPN's discontinuation. This mainly refers to users who were paying for Opera Gold on mobile, which introduced a Tracker Blocker, 10 additional regions, increased speeds, and dedicated customer support for $29.99/year.

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These subscribers will have the option to redeem a free one year subscription to SurfEasy's Ultra VPN and migrate all of their data from Opera to SurfEasy, a company that Opera acquired in 2016. Even those who don't have an Opera Gold plan will have the chance to obtain an 80 percent discount on SurfEasy's entry level Total VPN tier. In terms of pricing, SurfEasy's Ultra plan is currently priced at $6.49/month and the Total plan is $3.99/month.

This is a free upgrade for Opera Gold users, as SurfEasy Ultra offers unlimited usage on up to five devices, access to 28 regions and a strict no-log policy. SurfEasy is also available on more platforms, currently supporting Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Amazon devices. Users will be able to enjoy world-class customer support, too. Opera Gold users will be able to migrate within the latest version of the Opera VPN iOS app.

In regards to the closure, Opera said: "All of us here at Opera VPN (including Olaf) are sincerely grateful for all your support over the last couple of years, and we're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause." Opera will still have its main web browser available for Mac users, including a built-in ad blocker and VPN.

Top Rated Comments

urtules Avatar
56 months ago
Any free and good alternative?
Good and free software which require maintenance investments never come together.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
willmtaylor Avatar
56 months ago
I could never trust a “free” VPN. Something always costs something.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WWPD Avatar
56 months ago
Enjoy your time in Valhalla Olaf! May you eat, drink and fight for eternity!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kabeyun Avatar
56 months ago
For a second I thought the headline said “Open VPN” and I had a transient little freak out.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
axantas Avatar
56 months ago
Not free but great: Vypr VPN. From Goldenfrog.
Using it for years now on iOS, Mac OS, Windows and Android. Servers all over the world, fast, reliable.
(no I am not working for them...)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JonnyBlaze Avatar
56 months ago
Any free and good alternative?
If you want VPN, be clear why you want it and check out www.thatoneprivacysite.net ('http://www.thatoneprivacysite.net')
Free isn’t going to be good in many cases, but Windscribe may be an option you like
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