Opera's App Pass lets smartphone users in emerging markets use apps with free or discounted data
Opera says that phone manufacturers like Samsung and Micromax have agreed to pre-load App Pass on upcoming models. Once a phone's user opens any app, he sees special deals presented by the carrier. App Pass will benefit those in emerging markets who wouldn't normally be able to download certain apps because of the data required to run them. It benefits Opera as its browsers get more use in emerging markets. And it also provides an opportunity for carriers to sell advertising.
Mobile operator Telenor, which operates in Vietnam and in other Asian countries in the region, will be the first carrier to offer the service. Eventually, Opera hopes to expand it to other countries. In the U.S., Sprint MVNO FreedomPop offers a list of sponsored apps that are free to use. It also offers a plan where subscribers pay a monthly fee to obtain discounted access to certain apps. Opera expects to offer something similar to its App Pay customers in the future.
source: Opera via Reuters, TechCrunch