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VPN by Google One coming to the US

VPN by Google One coming soon to the US (Source: Google)
VPN by Google One (Source: Google)
With a starting price of US$9.99 per month, eligible Google One plans in the US will include the VPN service for free. However, this handy feature will be available only in the Google One application for Android. In the coming months, Google's VPN might become available in other markets as well.

Google One customers in the US who subscribed to 2 TB data plans and higher will soon get a VPN for Android phones. Although this seems a severely limited offering in terms of compatibility and geographic coverage, I will add from the start that more regions, as well as iOS, Windows, and Mac versions are coming soon. 

Right now, there is not much information regarding the capabilities of this VPN service. However, Google claims that the VPN connection will not be used to "track, log, or sell" the customers' activity and there will be no artificial speed limits. However, the aggregate data logged to "ensure a healthy and performant VPN" includes rather technical parts such as VPN tunnel setup latency, throughput, packet loss rate, service/server CPU and memory load, and more.

Those who do not like Google's approach to privacy will be happy to hear that the client has been already open-sourced and Google also plans to get the service audited by a third-party. To take a closer look at the details currently available, feel free to check the white paper available here (PDF format, 5 pages long).

Would you use this service or not? Why? Is there anything better in this field that you would recommend? The comments section is all yours, so feel free to use it.

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Codrut Nistor, 2020-11- 2 (Update: 2020-11- 2)