Update 1: I can now confirm that Last.fm and Spotify works outside the US after installing this VPN app.
Update 2: Screenshots and more information regarding the app added below.
The most popular free Virtual Private Network (VPN) service provider out there, Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree is now available for the mighty iOS platform. In fact Hotspot Shield and other free US-based VPN services like Hostizzle, TunnelBear existed for desktops, but it’s setup on a mobile device was not that easy. Keeping this in mind AnchorFree is venturing out to the popular iOS platform with free Hotspot Shield apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. While the app is available as a free download with a 7 day trial, you have to subscribe to their monthly plans via in-app purchase to continue using it. But the subscription charge is just $ 0.99 per month or $9.99 for a year. As a limited period offer AnchorFree is giving away 2 hours of free Skype calls with these plans. Worth it if you find the below mentioned use cases useful.
- Get Unlimited Free Spotify Access Outside US & UK- Free Invites
- TunnelBear- Best Free US & UK VPN Service Without Ads
While it’s a known fact that VPN services provide a safe, secure browsing session even on an unsecured wireless network there by keeping your sensitive data safe there is another popular reason why users opt for VPN. By using VPN services you can access geo-restricted content from anywhere in this world. The popular US only services like Hulu Plus (ABC, CBS Shows), Pandora , Rhapsody, Google Voice , Last.fm, Spotify etc can be now be accessed on all iOS devices from outside the US. Of course you need to have an US app store account to download these apps, which is can be created for free. That means you can watch your favorite TV shows or listen to music from around the world. Not sure if BBC iPlayer videos can accessed in a similar way because Hotspot Shield VPN like I mentioned uses servers located in the US and iPlayer is UK-based. Anchorfree offers Expat Shield for UK-based VPN access.
Like what we have on iOS apps like Onavo and Opera Mini, Hotspot Shield too compresses data at the server-side before downloading it to iDevice thus lets you save on your data plan. The compression levels can be set based of bandwidth connection and the total data saved can also be monitored from the app. Installing Hotspot Shield is very easy. All you have to do is install the new ‘Hostspot Shield VPN’ profile and once done it automatically connects to a remote server over a secure connection. Note the app creates a short-lived sessions with servers and the IP address keeps changing. Not sure if you will get a longer connectivity when switching to premium plans. Such shorter session can pause video or audio streaming at times which we experienced while using their free 7 day trial account.
This VPN app works with 3G, 4G or WiFi connection. All you have to do is once after connecting to internet enable Hotspot Shield VPN under settings. It can be disconnected by heading over to Settings> VPN and you can switch it off.
Download Hostspot Shield for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS)