*This post is the fourth part of an ongoing series about mobile data usage. You can catch up on the previous posts here, here and  here.

During October, we hosted a Data Horror Stories Contest, where thousands of individuals who have previously been burned by their data plans submitted their tales of mobile-data-overage woe.

Since then, we’ve been helping mobile users understand exactly what their mobile data is and how they can control their usage to make sure they never see an overage bill again.

Now, you might think Opera Max is a cool bottled-water company, due to all of the sweet swag we give away, but it’s actually an app that can help mobile users cut their data bills drastically.

Our super cool water bottles

Our super sweet water bottles

Allow us to reintroduce ourselves

Opera Max is a free, data-savings and data-management app that extends your data plan by up to 50%. With this app, you can easily manage your data by monitoring daily data usage and limiting data-hogging apps to Wi-Fi only. The app also provides data savings by compressing videos, photos, media and more across almost all of your favorite apps and websites, all without any noticeable loss of quality.

With the app, data-overage fees are a thing of the past. Have you experienced data savings by using Opera Max? Let us know in the comments and you could win one of our fancy water bottles!

 

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  • Gustav Ekner

    I have! (I want one of those)

  • I want it! XD

  • Good..

  • duhduhduh0

    Can I have the bottle plzzzz!!! *puppy eyes*

    Well, Opera Max does help with saving data for me. My data plan has a cap of 2GB monthly and the frequently instagramming takes up at least a major part of my data usage.

    Opera Max does its job in reducing at least 50% data savings for me. Allowing me to view Instagram frequently without the fear of bursting the data cap. It is definitely an app that I will introduce to my mates should they face limited data issue too.

  • Emily Masango

    for any app tht save me money its a need for me

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  • Juan Thang

    Opera 4 Lyfe blud.

    Really good software, and saved me loads of data.

  • Pankaj Rana

    make available for India also

  • Kevin F

    saves me data and time!!

  • chaimav

    I have been using Opera Max since it was in limited beta for the US market. Overall it has been a mixed bag for me, not that my issues lie with the app. I think it has more to do with what data I mainly consume – encrypted or already compressed. A lot of data is Facebook (using webpage in Opera browser 😉 ) G+, streaming audio (TuneIn Radio), and streaming video (Hulu)

    Stats for this month are 1.9GB used 0.1GB saved.

    • Caroline Gennaro

      Thanks for the info @chaimav:disqus, hopefully it’ll be less of a mixed bag moving forward! Please send your mailing address to carolineg@opera.com and I’ll be happy to send you a water bottle 🙂

      • chaimav

        Caroline, thanks for the water bottle. Address us sent.
        Unless my habits change, or Opera Max starts handling encrypted data I do no not expect much change.

        P.S. when I am having network issues, I sometimes switch to Off-Road mode in Opera which seems to save more than Max

  • Laperriere Marc

    I want it!

  • For me, data saving really saves my life when I experience terrible Internet connection. By compressing the data before it reaches my device, I can get faster access to any page I open in browser or images in apps.

    It also saves my money because I use less bandwidth, but it’s not main concern because bandwidth is getting cheap and cheaper.

    • Caroline Gennaro

      That’s great to hear @sandalian:disqus! Please send your mailing address to carolineg@opera.com and I’ll make sure to send you a water bottle 🙂

      • Whoa, I just read your reply. I think it’s not my luck then 🙂

  • Callie

    I haven’t experienced data savings yet using Opera Max but I’m switching soon!

  • omega11

    I’m using opera max for a few weeks. It’s really great tool. Now, I reduced about 40% of transfer data. I’m very excited and surprised how great is this program. Waiting for next releases!

    • Caroline Gennaro

      Hi @ziemowitkasiski:disqus, happy to hear that! Please send your mailing information to carolineg@opera.com and we’d be happy to send you a water bottle 🙂

  • Tams80

    23.5MB…

    It doesn’t help that a pass needs to be renewed every seven days, which I often forget to do. I can only guess it’s a plan for monetisation.

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  • Michael Jimenez

    I had opera browser for basic phone, now I have it for smartphone, its good, have been using opera max for about a month, saving some data.

  • pedrina

    ola

  • Jurgen Deagle

    If only I had a smart phone and a data plan I would try it out – guess I would settle for a water bottle to take with me when I leave the Luddite colony though….

  • ash lee

    I enjoy it, saved me time and $$$! Thanks opera!

    • Caroline Gennaro

      Glad to hear @disqus_RasZYQ0udm:disqus! Please send your mailing address to carolineg@opera.com and I’d be happy to send you a water bottle 🙂

  • Federico Costantini

    what kind of data does it compress? youtube?

    • Caroline Gennaro

      Hi Frederico, Opera Max compresses all non-encrypted videos. Some YouTube videos might be using an encrypted connection (HTTPS) to fetch the video. In this case, Opera Max doesn’t have the chance to optimize it. Hope this helps!

  • Michael Chng

    It’s funny how Malaysian telcos proudly proclaim, they give free apps access to Opera, whatsapp, etc.. Do we really hv you pay, since we already signed up for their bundled data plan? Aren’t they misleading on this?
    In any case, I hv been a loyal Opera user.. Simply bcoz Opera has TEXT WRAP feature.. Others proclaimed faster, more features, but they also carry a lot of ads!
    Well done, Opera, keep up the good work, and Happy New Year greetings too!

  • Malik Hassan

    wow it looks awesome….i want to buy one, evaluatebytes.com

  • AlexisC

    Yes! I was able to finish a dish that I was following on YouTube. My data might have ran out right after adding the salt if I didn’t use Opera Max. 🙂

    • Caroline Gennaro

      Hi @disqus_6jnyZpxvQo:disqus, phew!! Happy to hear you were able to enjoy your meal, please send your mailing address to carolineg@opera.com and I’d be happy to send you a water bottle 🙂

  • Kodabar

    I started using Opera as a PC browser back at version 5. On my phones I’ve always used Opera Mini and on my tablets I use Opera Mobile.

    So when Opera Max appeared I was curious. I’d never had much need of the Turbo feature on the desktop browser, so I’d never really tried it. Could Opera Max really reduce data use by as much as 50%?

    I was surprised that it did actually work pretty much as advertised. Forcing apps to wait for a WiFi connection before they download is great. What I particularly like is the way it keeps track of how much data each app is using. I found one game was grabbing about 60MB a day, even when I didn’t play it. I didn’t manage to get 50% savings, but I achieved about 30% without even trying. So yeah, it’s working pretty well and I’m quite impressed.

    Now if only it worked in Taiwan, I’d be delighted. But I’m sure it’ll be extended to other countries over time.

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