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FEAT VPN for OpenVPN brings the OpenVPN client to Android versions 2.1 through 3.2, no root required. That's right: no root required.
FEAT VPN is not a VPN service. However, it can be configured to connect to VPN services that support OpenVPN.
FEAT VPN comes in two versions. The free version, FEAT VPN Lite, is intended for people who connect to their OpenVPN server only occasionally and its use is limited to one hour per day. The commercial version does not have this time limit.
Right now, you are looking at the commercial version. It does not have the time limit.
No root? Really? - No root, no kidding. FEAT VPN leverages Android's built-in L2TP VPN client to simulate a TUN/TAP device for the OpenVPN client. Consult the documentation on http://featvpn.com for more information.
Nice hack! - Yes, isn't it?
Man, I've been waiting for this for years! - Well, we wish that we had thought of FEAT VPN a few years earlier. Mostly, because Android 4.0+ offers an official VPN API and, thus, officially supports 3rd-party VPN apps without root. This makes FEAT VPN obsolete on Android 4.0+.
So, if I upgrade to Android 4.0+... - Then, unfortunately, you won't be able to use FEAT VPN anymore. Not only did Android 4.0+ make FEAT VPN obsolete, it destroyed its foundation: Android's built-in L2TP client was dropped in Android 4.0.
But on Android versions before 4.0, FEAT VPN really works, right? - Well, some - actually: very, very few - devices have a terribly broken built-in L2TP VPN client and it may be too broken to support FEAT VPN. If your device is affected, then you cannot use FEAT VPN and you are eligible for a refund. (If you bought the commercial version, obviously.) Also, FEAT VPN comes with a few limitations. Running without root privileges, it cannot set routes, for example. So, there are no split tunnels. Consult the documentation on http://featvpn.com for more information to see whether FEAT VPN meets your specific needs. It completely meets ours and probably most people's.
Say, FEAT VPN works on my phone, but I run into a problem... - Then please post to our support forum on http://featvpn.com. A support forum is a better place to report problems than an Android Market comment, because we can actually follow up with you and, for example, ask you to send us your FEAT VPN log file.
Anything else that I should know? - Well, in order to use FEAT VPN, you need to to accept a license agreement, which is available for preview on our website with the following URL.
Alright, fair enough. Anything else? - What about permissions? We request five permissions and here's why we want them.
INTERNET - Allows us to exchange VPN tunnel packets with the built-in L2TP VPN client as well as the remote OpenVPN server.
RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED - Allows us to offer you to automatically start FEAT VPN on boot.
WAKE_LOCK - Allows us to keep your device from turning off its screen while FEAT VPN runs its self test.
READ_LOGS - Allows us to access the debug log entries written by the built-in L2TP VPN client. When you send us the FEAT VPN log for debugging purposes, these log entries are included to provide context.
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE - Allows us to use the SD card as temporary storage for compressing the FEAT VPN log before you send it to us.
As always, the documentation on http://featvpn.com contains more details.
Recent changes:Fixed connection problems. See the posting at http://www.featvpn.com/node/37 in our support forum.Content rating: Everyone
What's new in this version: Fixed connection problems. See the posting at http://www.featvpn.com/node/37 in our support forum.
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