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Opera Mini Available for Palm and BlackBerry Devices

Opera says that Opera Mini, the free Web browser for mobile phones, is available for BlackBerry and Palm handsets. Opera Mini offers BlackBerry and Palm Treo users a faster delivery of Web pages and overall better user experience. According to Gartner reports, 42.1 million PDA and smartphones units shipped globally in the first half of 2006. Millions of Blackberry and Palm Treo business users have the opportunity to potentially increase productivity and decrease data traffic cost by downloading and using Opera Mini on their handsets. Opera Mini offers faster and better page rendering while saving on memory and data usage, which reflects as a healthier handset and smaller bill for those with limited data plans. Opera Mini achieves this via a server-based component that compresses Web pages, ultimately reducing the size of data transferred and associated costs.

Opera Mini launched in February this year and has since exceeded 1 billion pages viewed. There are currently more than 7 million users worldwide and industry leading operators, such as Europe's T-Mobile, are already recognizing Opera Mini as a valuable service enabler by installing the browser on select handsets. Usage statistics reported by Opera in August revealed that Google search is the most popular .com site visited using Opera Mini, followed by Gmail.com, Friendster.com, MySpace.com, Yahoo Messenger and hi5.com.



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