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Switching to Opera helps the cellphone billsBy Johan Keyter 27 October 2010 | Categories: news
According to Opera's newest State of the Mobile Web report, Opera Mini saves consumers worldwide more than $2.2 billion each month on monthly mobile data bills.
According to the report, South African users save as much as $6 per month on data costs, or almost R42, thanks to Opera Mini's unique compression technology which reduces the size of web pages by up to 90%.
Consumers in the United States and Nigeria seem to be benefiting the most from the service at this stage, US consumers save an average of $141 a month while Nigerian users save as much as $44 each month.
Opera claims that with their Mini browser’s data compression rate, users can save a lot of money on their monthly mobile data bills, especially those on pay-as-you-go plans. Based on the average cost of browsing the mobile web, Opera users worldwide save a whopping $27.4 billion per year.
“Keeping costs low is about more than just saving money; it is about making the web more accessible to a wider range of people,” said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera. “That is why we focus so heavily on making Opera Mini work on all phones, and, in fact, why we originally founded Opera. We believe access to the web is a universal right, and we hope that by keeping costs low, we play a part in helping people connect, on any device, wherever they are.”
South Africa is currently ranked sixth in the world for Opera Mini usage, sporting a unique user growth of 66.8% since September 2009.
Users can view Opera's full report on the state of the mobile web here, the report also includes a cost savings calculator so users can see exactly how much switching to Opera Mini can potentially save them.
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