Cloudflare just released the free VPN addon, named Warp, for its 18.104.22.168 DNS resolver mobile app for all users, This was initially announced back in April. Cloudflare is equally launching a premium version called Warp Plus. This will use Cloudflare’s Argo technology, which promises more speed and security.
Cloudflare’s main goal for Warp is to create a mobile VPN which does not only guaranteed browsing security, but also makes it faster faster. And, Being a VPN for your phone, it should secure any internet traffic from your phone more too. However, you can’t use Warp to spoof your location — you’ll need to use another VPN if you want to watch your favorite show that’s not on the US version of Netflix.
According to Cloudflare, “approximately two million people” were on the wait list for Warp. The company adds that intended to launch Warp in July, but the release took longer than expected. “It turned out that building a next generation service to secure consumer mobile connections without slowing them down or burning battery was… harder than we originally thought,” writes CEO Matthew Prince in a blog post.
In my own testing of the free version of Warp, I haven’t felt any noticeable changes to my internet speeds or battery life. According to Cloudflare, that free version has no bandwidth caps or “limitations,” and I haven’t noticed any particular slowdowns. That said, if you want the additional speed and security benefits of Warp Plus, you’ll have to pay $4.99 a month in the US. Cloudflare says the price will vary by region.
If you were on the waitlist, Cloudflare says it will give you 10GB of Warp Plus, but some commenters on the announcement blog and on Reddit haven’t seen that show up yet. If you haven’t, Cloudfare is advising you to send a bug report in the app by tapping on the little insect icon on the top of the screen. If you recently switched phones, though, you might be out of luck — Cloudflare says your waitlist number was tied to your individual device.
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