Exactly one year ago, we announced that Opera Mini users in the top 10 countries save more than 8 billion USD on their mobile data bills each year. We were honestly a bit surprised. We knew that Opera Mini’s technology should save people money, but we had no idea how much.
This year, we looked at the numbers again. We took the lowest price-per-MB plan in each of the top 10 countries and created a global average. Using that average, Opera Mini saves users worldwide more than 2.2 billion USD per month or more than 27.4 billion USD per year.
Although it is easy to attribute the rise in cost savings merely to the rise in data transfers (from more users and page views), we find it particularly interesting that it rose by so much, even while the price-per-megabyte in many countries dropped. But of course, with Opera Mini, the more your surf, the more you save.
To calculate how much Opera Mini will save you, we have brought back a new and improved cost savings calculator. Just enter a few numbers that describe your plan and your surfing habits, and we will tell you how much Opera Mini will save you each month.
Keeping costs low is more than just saving money. It is about making the Web more accessible to a wider-range of people. 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.
Jon von Tetzchner,
Co-founder, Opera Software
In September 2010, Opera Mini had over 71.2 million users, a 7.1% increase from August 2010. Since September 2009, the number of unique users has increased 100.1%.
Opera Mini users viewed over 36.9 billion pages in September 2010. Since August, page views have gone up 9.0%. Since September 2009, page views have increased 147.2%.
In September 2010, Opera Mini users generated over 535.3 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since August, the data consumed went up by 9.4%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 4.9 petabytes of data in September. Since September 2009, data traffic is up 135.8%.
|Month||Data transfer (MB)|
Since the data is compressed by up to 90%, Opera Mini users potentially save a lot of money. Based on the costs of browsing the Web on a mobile phone (on a per MB basis), users in the top 10 countries save over 802 million USD per month, or over 9.6 billion USD per year1. (This estimate does not take into account pricing for users who have unlimited-use data plans.)
By looking at the data costs in the top 10 countries and averaging them, we estimate (roughly) that the global cost of browsing is 0.47 USD per MB. Based on that figure and the amount of data transferred by Opera Mini users each month, we calculate that Opera Mini users around the world save over 2.2 billion USD per month, or over 27.4 billion USD per year.
On a monthly basis, individual users in the United States and Nigeria save the most money using Opera Mini, based on their usage and the cost of browsing (per MB).
|Country||Cost per MB (local currency)||Cost per MB (USD)|
|South Africa||1 ZAR||0,14|
|United States||2 USD||2,00|
Try our cost savings calculator to see how much you might save using Opera Mini.
1 To calculate this, we looked at the top operators in each country and determined how much they typically charge per MB of browsing. Specifically, we looked for the lowest data rate offered by the operators in each country. This estimated cost of browsing in each country was multiplied by the amount of traffic generated in that country, and the resulting totals were summed. We chose the lowest data rate instead of the highest (and instead of an average) in order to make our estimates more conservative.
|Country||Data per user (MB)||Data cost (USD/MB)||Saved (USD)|
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