Opera Discontinues Its VPN App Permanently



Two years ago, Opera launched its free VPN app for users on the Android and iOS platform to give them a secure and encrypted connection whenever they visited the web. The VPN offered users five locations and also blocked ads and tracking of cookies.

However, Opera has made an announcement that they will be discontinuing the service on the 30th of April, 2018.

According to the statement, Opera says;

"We 're discontinuing the Opera VPN app for iOS and Android on April 30, 2018. But don't worry. We 're helping to make sure your privacy is still looked after.

All Opera Gold users have the option to redeem a free 1-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN.

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."

Opera then rounded up as it thanked its users for their continued support throughout the year, and then apologised for any inconvenienced caused by the sudden closure of the VPN service. 

"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 said.

This announcement comes as a surprise to Opera VPN users who trust the service, and at the same time, used to it. Well, according to Opera statement, the VPN apps will be discontinued at the end of April.

Opera didn't state their reasons for taking this decision. However, the putatively seen reason is that the VPN app is very popular among the Chinese and thus, led to such decision. China has very strict internet rules, one of them which has banned the use of VPN in the country.

 Since the Opera is now in the hands of the Chinese, it wouldn't be strange for such to happen.

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