KeepSolid VPN Lite is now available on the iOS and Google Play App Stores. A free version of the better-known VPN Unlimited, KeepSolid has elected to create an independent app for non-paying users.

VPN Lite may look similar to VPN Unlimited, but the features vary drastically. The biggest loss is the choice of servers: rather than granting you access to its full 70 server locations you get just one, based in California.

There’s also no choice of encryption method, as you’re forced into using IKEv2/IPSec. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as it’s one of the strongest options out there right now. Advanced features, like WiFi whitelisting and customer live chat, are also not available.

The ultimate aim of VPN Lite is to get you to upgrade to a paid subscription, and you can do that right within the app. ‘Turbo’ is a tier that seems to exist mid-way between the free edition and the high-end VPN Unlimited.

A Turbo upgrade costs $2.49 per month when you subscribe for a year and, in addition to unlocking the full list of servers and KeepSolid’s own bespoke protocol, will unlock 256-bit encryption – up from 128-bit in the free version.

While not an expensive sum to pay, those tempted should bear in mind that that will only cover your mobile devices. If you want to cover your laptop, desktop, or home network as a whole, you’ll need to invest in VPN Unlimited.

Unlike a number of free apps, VPN Lite has no data cap, which is a sizable plus that goes some way to making up the lack of server choice. There’s also no ads, which is very refreshing to see.

We’re yet to test VPN Lite in full, but will update this story once our review goes live.We liked KeepSolid VPN Unlimited when we ran it through our test. It’s not perfect, but its proprietary security protocol, ability to bypass censorship and lifetime subscription option are all big positives.