Opera's App Pass lets smartphone users in emerging markets use apps with free or discounted data

Opera's App Pass lets smartphone users in emerging markets use apps with free or discounted data
In a bid to expand the use of apps in emerging markets, Opera has come up with App Pass. With the latter, carriers can offer special deals to its subscribers that will allow them to access certain apps for free or for a reduced cost. App Pass works with Opera Max, a browser that uses video and data compression in order to save users as much as 50% of the data normally needed to open and run an app.

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

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1. Sidewinder

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