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Internet founder: Mobile phones the future of the Internet

February 20, 2007

Vinton Cerf, the founder of the internet and current VP at Google, said today that the future growth of the Internet lays in the hands of mobile phone users, not computers.

“The Internet population has exploded from 50 million to 1.1 billion since 1997, it still only reaches a sixth of the world’s population. The only way to reach the remaining 5.5 billion people on the planet will be to make it more affordable to access the Internet.

Internet access via mobile phone has been slowly gaining momentum in developed countries. However, such mobile access could be the key to quickly getting large populations in developing countries online due of the marginal cost of a mobile phone compared to a computer.”

Opera is hard at work into making this a reality. We’re making it possible for cellphone users to browse the “full” web on their small screens, not just special mobile-created sites (WAP sites).

Categories: Opera Mobile
  1. February 20, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    That’s why I like Opera… 😉

  2. February 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    mobile phones not cell phones 😉

    4. “Cell phone” is so DynaTAC

    If you’re a U.S. resident, listen up: You must rid your vocabulary of the term “cell phone”. We’re one of the few economies on the planet to refer to a mobile phone accordingly. If you care to find yourself in any of the worthwhile mobile development circles, begin using terms more widely accepted: “mobile” or “mobile phone” or “handset” or “handy”. If you’re not sure which, go for “mobile”. Such as, “Yo dog, check out my new mobile.”

    from Cameron Moll’s 24 ways post

  3. February 20, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    (^^Did that one go through?, lets try again)

    It reminds me:

    I took this photo of my Opera Mini right before I left my old work place in Switzerland and moved back to Norway for a year. I think Tim like what he see too…:)

    WWW Vs. Opera Mini

    – ØØ –

  4. February 20, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    I used to work there. I remember Robert Cailliau was the person that got me into Macs, and I first heard of OS X though him.

    Vint Cerf – founder of the Internet
    tim and Robert – founders of the web
    Al Gore – inventor of the Information Super Highway 🙂

  5. February 20, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    David Storey,


  6. Ryan
    February 20, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    “Posted by David Storey using Safari 419.3 on Mac OS X”

    Wow! Opera sure needs to ramp up its development. 😛

  7. February 20, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    haha, that’s the build number. Seems the sniffer script doesn’t work correctly (even more as it gives the same build number as the release version of Safari). Brower sniffing sucks 🙂 Being up to version 419 would be impressive.

  8. February 20, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    I agree with everything that everyone has said.
    (ok…I just wanted to see the “Mac OS X” next to my post for the first time in my life… carry on folks 🙂 )

  9. February 20, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    It’s hard to blame the sniffer script for that, since Safari doesn’t actually provide the version number in its user-agent string — just the build number.

  10. February 21, 2007 at 1:20 am

    Indonesian refers to mobile phone as ‘handphone’ 😀

  11. Toman
    February 21, 2007 at 5:10 am

    David, I thought Al Gore was the inventor of the Environment 😀

  12. February 23, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Viewing full web pages on a mobile phone sounds like a hard thing to do considering most mobile phones don’t have that much RAM.

  13. February 25, 2007 at 11:08 am

    kabili, that’s exactly what Opera Mini is capable of doing. It is supposed to work on even the cappiest phones, even with low RAM — and still display the full page. If the page is too long/big, it breaks it up into multiple pages with a “next” button.

  14. February 25, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Really? That’s a really ingenius way of overcoming that limitation.

  15. February 26, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    @David Storey: Totally off-topic, I know, but after trying out some Webkit nightlies, I think I’ve figured out why it’s showing the same build number as the current release version of Safari.

    Safari provides two build numbers: one for the rendering engine, and one for the application. Just like Mozilla browsers provide both a Gecko build ID and a Firefox/SeaMonkey/etc. version number. Webkit nighlies appear to be using a newer rendering engine (easy to verify, since it supports features the release version doesn’t), but the same application version (or at least claiming to be).

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