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Opera Mini Coming Soon

October 12, 2005

Opera is planning on launching Opera Mini to the global market soon.

Opera Mini is an alternative mobile browser that runs on most mobile phones that would normally be incapable of running a Web browser.

It was first unveiled in August as a pilot project with availability limited to Norway.

Now Opera will gradually introduce Opera Mini to other markets outside of Norway. Opera expects to have global availability of Opera Mini before the end of the year. The gradual implementation has to do with infrastructure, SMS gateways and logistics.

Opera Mini will be offered as a free download from Opera.com.

There will also be mobile operator and content provider specific offerings in several regions; Opera expects this segment to grow significantly as Opera Mini gains popularity.

Categories: Opera Mini
  1. October 12, 2005 at 2:19 pm

    Excellent news! It’s been hard to find a phone with a real web browser without going to the high-end models that are really more PDAs than phones. If I can possibly install this, I will!

  2. Anonymous
    October 12, 2005 at 2:45 pm

    Sweden gotta be first in line 😀


  3. Arnt
    October 12, 2005 at 7:21 pm

    Opera Mini is really a superb browser.
    I have never surfed as much as now on my mobile than before I got Opera Mini. 🙂
    Way to go Opera!

  4. Anonymous
    October 13, 2005 at 2:41 am

    Not very nice of you to pretend like this is an OperaWatch exclusive… 🙂

    Perhaps it’s time you started linking to your sources like others do.

    You have obviously been reading Eskil’s blog, and I’m sure he would like to see people who take information off his blog actually linking back, and not taking all the credit for themselves 😉

  5. October 13, 2005 at 3:33 pm

    Anonymous above me is right…

  6. October 13, 2005 at 9:04 pm

    To Anonymous above and Jere:

    No I did not get this information from Eskil’s blog and yes this is an Opera Watch exclusive.

    I got this information directly from Opera, incidentally from Eskil himself. I contacted him a few days ago.

  7. October 14, 2005 at 8:30 am

    in support of Daniel I would just like to ask that what difference it makes as to whether it is an operawatch exclusive or not… this blog is about consolidated opera news… and I applaud him for doing such a good and might I remind a free service to all of us.. kudos.

  8. October 14, 2005 at 9:10 am

    Let me clarify my practices.

    If I get some information directly (exclusively) from Opera, obviously there is nothing to link to, as is the case with this post.

    I also don’t like linking to press releases, you generally don’t see any in the news media link to press releases either.

    On the other hand, if I get some information from a news article or some other reliable source, I usually supply a link.

    I speak to people in Opera regularly, occasionally I will get some info myself, which may also be publicly available on an Opera employee’s blog, in this case, since ‘I’ didn’t first find out about it through that employee’s blog, I won’t link to it.

    Perhaps, with the news I get exclusively from Opera, I should saying that it’s an Opera Watch exlusive. I don’t always like bragging 🙂

    If you take a look at articles on Cnet, for example, you don’t see in every article ‘A [insert company name here] spokesperson told Cnet…’.

    I think linking to sources is very important. I see many times people quote me without giving the proper credit. I work hard on getting the Opera news. It’s not easy.

    Thanks for the constructive criticism, always helpful. I’m not perfect, and I’m always looking for ways to improve.

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