Norwegian software company Opera launched an iOS app called ‘Opera VPN’ on Monday, a free and unlimited VPN (virtual private network) service that comes with other web browsing perks, such as ad-blocking and preventing ad-tracking cookies from sharing your data with advertisers and marketers.

However Chinese netizens will be disappointed to discover that the Norwegian-based company management have not made the service available in China.

“We are in good sync with our consortium partners,” says Peko Wan, Opera’s Head of PR and Communication, Asia, when asked about the possible conflicts between Opera VPN and Opera’s Chinese backers.

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Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).