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Opera Web Pass lets you buy data ala carte

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Opera Web Pass offers ala carte web access for smartphones

Opera Web Pass offers ala carte web access for smartphones

Opera Software, the Norwegian company behind the hugely popular Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers (over 200 million users), has made it easy for those without a data plan to get online. On Thursday morning, the company introduced Opera Web Pass which allows you to purchase temporary web access on any phone capable of running Opera's browsers. Because the plan requires cooperation with carriers, Opera Web Pass is not going to work for everyone.

The first carrier to offer Opera's ala carte web access is DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. With data plans not offered in many developing markets, Opera's offering presents a way for many living in those countries to have total use of their handset. While Opera controls the actual gateway to the web, the mobile operators control pricing and marketing of the service. DiGi will give its customers the option to install a co-branded version of the Opera Mini browser or text the word "Opera" to a short code ("2000"). Users will be able to purchase temporary web access for an hour or a full day or even buy access to specific sites like Facebook.

With third party billing and header forwarding, Opera Web Pass can even be used by those still using featurephones. Opera's data compression technology keeps cost down for the carrier. Opera Web Pass works on Java, iOS, Android, Symbian/S60 devices, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile. The cost of the service for an hour of web access is 1 Malaysian Ringgit per hour (33 cents in USD). For a whole day of service, the cost is 2 Malaysian Ringgit (66 cents in USD). Access to specific sites like Facebook can be purchased on an hourly basis (.50 Malaysian Ringgit or 17 U.S.cents) or for a day (1 Malaysian Ringgit or 33 U.S. cents).

"We see this as a great way of lowering the bar for millions of users who are taking their first steps out to the mobile web. We are excited about working with our operator partners and making the web even more accessible and tailored to the needs of a growing mobile internet community."-Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software

source: Opera via TechCrunch

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posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:53

1. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Be it iOS, android or WP. I prefer stock browsers. They are simply more reliable.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 16:43

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


You sound delusional. Opera Mini is king when it comes to 3G browsing because it compresses the data, thus, saving you money if you're on a tiered data plan. Even Opera Mobile has the Turbo feature, which pretty much does the same thing. When it comes to mobile web browsing, Opera is definitely king, IMO.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 18:55

3. codymws (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


You're right about that, Opera Turbo helps alot when you're on a slow network or tiered data plan. But if you're doing something important, the stock browser might be best. I've had issues with Opera on certain elements of some pages.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 23:23

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2842; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Opera's rendering is horrible. 3G compression doesn't make a browser the best in anything.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 06:29

5. jroc74 (Posts: 3952; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well I prefer stock for Android, which is now Chrome on my Maxx HD, and Firefox.

Before I got the Maxx HD I used Firefox mostly. I tried Opera...it just doesnt seem to be as good as the desktop version. And I like the desktop version.

3rd party browsers always were more functional on Android and had lots of better features than the stock browser.

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