Cloudflare released today the free VPN add-on, called Warp, for its 188.8.131.52 mobile DNS resolver app for all users, after the first announcement in April. Cloudflare also launches a paid version, Warp Plus, which uses the Argo technology from Cloudflare, which promises extra speed and safety.
The goal of Cloudflare for Warp is to create a mobile VPN that not only makes browsing safer, but also faster. And because it is a VPN for your phone, it must also make any internet traffic from your phone more secure. However, you cannot use Warp to fake your location. You must use a different VPN if you want to watch your favorite program that is not on the American version of Netflix.
Cloudflare says there were "about two million people" on the waiting list for Warp. The company adds that it wanted to launch Warp in July, but the release took longer than expected. "It turned out that building a next generation service to secure mobile consumer connections without slowing them down or burning the 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 have not felt any noticeable changes in my internet speeds or battery life. According to Cloudflare, that free version has no bandwidth caps or "restrictions" and I have not noticed any specific delays. That said, if you want the extra speed and security benefits of Warp Plus, you have to pay $ 4.99 a month in the US. Cloudflare says the price will vary per region.
If you were on the waiting list, Cloudflare says you will get 10 GB of Warp Plus, but some commentators on the announcement blog and on reddit haven't seen that appear yet. If that is not the case, Cloudfare recommends sending a bug report in the app by tapping the small insect icon at the top of the screen. If you've recently changed your telephone, you may be out of luck – Cloudflare says your waiting list number was linked to your individual device.