Opera is Shutting Down its VPN Service at the End of the Month

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's been nearly two years since the Opera launched a free VPN built into its browser, a VPN that would later come to both Android and iOS devices. The key thing about Opera VPN was that it was free, with the company promising it would remain free until the end of time. Well except that last part isn't exactly true, because Opera has confirmed the VPN will be shut down on 30th April.

Opera VPN was a fantastic tool because it offered a free service, without ads, that let you connect to a selection of countries across the world, with the mobile app also coming with tools to block trackers and test Wi-Fi security. Not bad for an app that literally costs you nothing, even if it was later revealed that Opera would collect anonymised usage data. That's probably where the problem arises, however, since running a VPN service that connects people to five different regions can not be cheap - even if the company eventually launched the premium Opera VPN Gold that offered users more regions and features.

The good news is that anyone who did hand over their money for Opera VPN Gold will get a free upgrade to SurfEasy Ultra, a VPN service previously owned by Opera Software that was sold to Symantec (of Norton fame) last year. It's also promising that Opera Gold users on iOS will be able to migrate to the new service from the latest version of the Opera VPN app. Android users have no such luck because, well, Opera Gold doesn't seem to have ever been released on the platform.

If you've been an Opera VPN user and suddenly have to worry about finding yourself a new VPN in the next two weeks, TechRadar has listed four options you might want to check out. Two of them are free as well, so you won't have to suddenly part ways with some cash. [Opera via TechRadar]