Opera has announced the launch of a new standalone VPN app for iPhone and iPad that promises to unlock geo-location restrictions and block ads.

The launch follows the introduction of the VPN service baked into its desktop browser last month, but brings it to a far larger potential audience; Opera only holds around two percent of the total desktop browser market.

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The company says that more virtual locations will be added soon (it currently offers just five) and that it contains a built-in adblocker to stop ads and improve privacy when using Safari, Chrome and other apps.

Of course, while Opera says it will open up a world of non-georestricted content, the services that provide that content are cracking down on the workaround, so how long it will work for – if it does for you at all – is up for debate.

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