Google One adds Android VPN for 2TB and higher plans in the US

Alphabet’s Google announced Thursday it was launching a consumer VPN service that will be available with certain subscription plans for its Google One cloud storage services. Virtual private networks (VPNs) were designed for safe Internet use and are used by individuals in countries where certain websites and services have been blocked by governments.

Announcement in a blog entryThe search giant said that Google One’s VPN will be available on 2TB and higher plans.

With VPN, Google adds secure encryption to a phone’s online traffic, regardless of which app or browser the user is using.

Google One’s 2TB plan costs $ 9.99 (about Rs. 750) per month or $ 99.99 (about Rs. 7,500) per year. In addition to VPN access, the plan includes storage in Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. You also get access to Google experts, Google Store rewards (10 percent cashback), Pro Sessions and the gold status for Google Play Points.

Google said the VPN service would initially roll out in the US in the coming weeks. Expansion into other countries as well as iOS, Windows and MacOS is planned in the coming months.

The company also announced that its Pro Sessions will be made available to all 2TB members in Canada, the UK and the US. With Pro Session, users can learn how to get the most out of Google products. It offers members the opportunity to get expert help on a variety of topics for both beginners and advanced learners.

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