Hidden amongst the torrents of mobile phone releases, updates and hands-on goodness coming from the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona is some interesting news which could benefit those who have bought a phone on a budget.
Vodafone and Opera have announced they are teaming up to create a new version of the Opera Mini mobile browser, which is aimed at low-end handsets.
Empowers more people around the world
The Vodafone-Opera collaboration offers full browsing capabilities – even on Java-based phones – and works on budget phones as the pages are compressed by up to 90 per cent, which means that browsing is fast even in areas of low network speeds.
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The news comes after a successful trial in Egypt, where 400,000 customers downloaded the product in a month.
The new Opera Mini browser will be available to consumers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software, said about the collaboration: "The agreement between Vodafone and Opera empowers more people around the world to benefit from a fast and user-friendly mobile internet experience."
The browser will be embedded into selected handsets this year and will also be available for download.