Save money using Opera's data compression app, Opera Max

Save money using Opera's data compression app, Opera Max
Nothing is more valuable to a smartphone owner, than his precious data allowance. That is why you might want to pay attention to what we are going to tell you. After beta testing for eight months, the Opera Max data compression app has found a partner. Vietnamese carrier Mobiistar is pre-loading the app on several handsets (Mobiistar Lai504m, Bean414 and Prime508) to save you as much as 50% on your data usage. Those outside Vietnam might not find the app pre-installed on their handset, but it can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store in the US, Europe, Brazil and Russia. There is a special version of the app for those in China.

Thanks to the way Opera Max compresses data and images on almost every app on your phone, your 1GB data plan becomes a 1.5GB plan in theory. And the app works wonders on mobile video. We all agree that watching mobile video over your carrier's 4G pipeline is akin to shaving a week long beard using a 5 day old Bic disposable razor, and then rinsing your face with water from the Dead Sea. It stings like hell. But with the app, 10GB of mobile video is compacted down to a more bite-size 3GB. And the good news is that Opera Max will compress data on any app, not just your browser.

You can set the app to remind you when you are out of your carrier's cheap coverage area, and in a roaming zone where a vacuum sucks the dollars right out of your wallet. You can even arrange for costly apps to run data only, until you are connected to a Wi-Fi signal. The free app is made by the same code jockeys that developed the extremely popular Opera browsers.

Why get throttled or face overages? Go over your monthly data cap and depending on your carrier, you might end up paying $10 for each additional GB of data you use. But perhaps you might have been able to avoid getting your data throttled back to speeds not seen since cavemen used T-Rexmobile, by giving the Opera Max Data Compression app a try. It is free to download, and can be found at the Google Play Store.

Keep in mind that you won't see any changes while you are using Wi-Fi, and any mobile video app already optimized, like YouTube, won't show any change in picture quality. But saving as much as 50%in data use is something that anyone with a smartphone and a wallet, could surely use.



source: OperaMaxbeta via Engadget

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12 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

So.. One day I was like walking on my way home.. Then suddenly, le wild child appear to me. Wild child told me to come with him to help his mother.. Out of curiosity, I come along with him. So there I was, In their house looking for his mother so I can help her.. Then boom, the mother is there and she was like pregnant and stuff and having labor pains.. So I was like.. Child! give me warm water and some aspirin.. Then, after a successful labor.. It was a boy.. Out of my goodness, I named the boy Arthur because he reminds me of Arthur from Camelot..

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol! Your name says it all!

12. Nokia1100user

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Le Wild Sir appears tipping his fedora to maximum overdrive. You F*ggot sir are not welcome here, go back to 9gag or the stupid parts of reddit!

2. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Can Opera Max and Opera mini work side by side? I mean, Opera Max's compression and Opera Mini's compression stack to each other?

3. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yes.. For maximum savings!

4. register unregistered

They have same compression technology so probably it won't. Maybe a little.

6. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Do you mean that Opera Max uses server-side compression like mini's? It doesnt compress data on the device itself?

8. register unregistered

Compress on device itself? Is that even possible?

11. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

it compress the data the same way Opera main browser would if you are using the browser. I use it, it saves on whatever application is running in the foreground and the background as well. So if you have something in the background it compress the data and then slows the data usages. If you have the Opera Max browser then it will maximize the savings by having you use less per page than what you normally would be dealing with. Great saver. Better than Onavo Count that I used before that was a headache for turing on and off.

5. register unregistered

I wish they built a less resource hog and more html and site supporting browser. Opera is quite resource hog and battery hog while opera mini doesn't support and displays sites properly. Something like the old presto opera with faster speed.

7. Malhar

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

Not in Asia :(

10. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

It drains battery as hell

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