23 August 2021
UPDATE (August 10th, 2021):
Google has now expanded its Google One VPN functionality globally. It is now available for Google One subscribers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The free VPN service was announced last year and was limited to American users.
Original (October 30th, 2020)
In its newest attempt to attract buyers, Google has announced a free VPN service for Google One subscribers. This is the newest perk that Google is offering with its cloud storage service. It previously announced free phone backups for Android and iOS users but there is a slight catch with the new offer. It is not available for all paying subscribers.
Google One's free VPN service is available only for those who have subscribed to the 2TB or more storage plan. It is a high-end plan that costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. If you are on a cheaper 100GB and 200GB plan, you will not get the newly added benefit. In comparison, these two plans cost you only $1.99 per month/$19.99 per year and $2.99 per month/$29.99 per year respectively. And yes, you will need to be in the United States to avail the new perk.
This is not the first time Google is offering a free VPN connection. It was previously limited to Google Fi cellular subscribers on Android. It will essentially help users in browsing online more securely as it is a private and encrypted connection. It is also beneficial in hiding IP addresses and spoofing your current location.
Since Google One storage plans offer family sharing, VPN service will also be covered in a similar way. All 2TB plan subscribers will also get access to Gold status on Google Play Points, Pro Sessions, and 10% back on Google Store rewards. Google says it will expand VPN support to iOS, Windows, and Mac devices in the coming months.