Warp was announced by Cloudflare in April, scheduled for launch in July, but it was only on Wednesday (25) that the company managed to launch its VPN tool. It does not arrive alone: the Warp is free, but comes with a paid version conveniently called Warp +.
Cloudflare does not hide who had difficulties to develop the tool, hence the delay. It seemed simple at first, after all, Warp is based on the DNS 188.8.131.52 application, available for Android and iOS. However, the new tool needs to offer much more than encryption of DNS connections. That was when the difficulties arose.
To begin with, Warp was announced almost at the same time that Apple released iOS 12.2. This version brought changes to some connectivity parameters that ended up making it difficult for the VPN tool to work.
But overcoming this obstacle was not enough. About two million people signed up to test the tool during the pre-launch phase. This impressive number allowed the company to detect another problem: the technical aspects of mobile networks vary widely from one region to another.
It may seem like an obvious finding, but the tests that the company had been doing so far were based on its own cell phones and, therefore, did not change much of place.
With that, Cloudflare claims to have realized, for example, that keeping the WireGuard functioning properly was a challenge. This is a protocol that, among other attributes, optimizes the use of cell phone radio, making energy consumption less intense. The problem is that WireGuard is relatively recent and is therefore not yet supported natively on all devices.
THE Wired, Dane Knecht, head of product strategy at Cloudflare, pointed out another identified difficulty: users switch between Wi-Fi and LTE connections very often, which causes the phone’s IP number to change constantly.
The developers did a lot of work to ensure that Warp maintains the VPN when the connection changes.
Warp +: paid version costs $ 4.99
Warp is a free and unlimited resource, but anyone who wants a faster VPN has the option to subscribe to Warp +, which costs $ 4.99 per month. In Brazil, the price is R $ 19.90 per month, but for many users with Android devices, this value has been R $ 7.90. The company explains that the paid version is based on the Argo, a kind of virtual backbone that guarantees more connection speed (but without giving up encryption).
To promote the tool, Cloudflare will work with a referral program: the user will earn 1 GB in Warp + for each person he brings to the service.
In addition, the two million users who have registered on the Warp waiting list will gain 10 GB for using Warp +.
Cloudflare promises privacy on Warp
Free VPN offers always generate suspicion. Maybe that’s why Cloudflare has tried to make four privacy promises:
- It will not keep logs that can identify users;
- You will not sell browsing data or use it for targeted advertising;
- It will not require registration of personal information, such as name, phone and email;
- It will work with external auditors to ensure that these promises are kept.