Opera Mobile Accelerator Speeds Mobile Surfing by up to 250%

6/10/2004 - After having redefined the mobile Internet experience on handsets with innovations like Small-Screen Rendering, Content Magic and Tags, Opera Software introduced the latest tool for empowering users to get the most out of their handsets: Opera Mobile Accelerator, a new proxy-based solution that increases rendering speed on mobile devices up to 250%. Opera Mobile Accelerator also reduces the amount of transferred data traffic - thereby drastically reducing users' telecom bill.

Opera Mobile Accelerator entails that all requested Internet traffic passes through an Opera server, where the Web pages are compressed, stripping out all unnecessary elements before they are downloaded to the handset.

"For Opera, extreme speed has always been treated as essential for a good Internet experience," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Opera Mobile Accelerator is an optional service that further improves the browsing experience on handsets, reduces strain on operators' stretched data networks, while also saving users money on their monthly bills."

Operators that want to offer subscribers fast and cheap Web browsing, while simultaneously reducing the impact of Web browsing on their data network, can license the Mobile Accelerator directly from Opera.

Availability and Pricing
Opera Mobile Accelerator is available for all Opera users on the following handsets:

*The Sony Ericsson handsets P800/900 needs to upgrade to Opera 6.31, also released today. Opera 6.31 is available as a free upgrade on http://www.opera.com/download/?platform=symbian

Opera Mobile Accelerator is automatically configured simply by browsing with Opera on the handset to www.opera.com/proxy

Opera Mobile Accelerator is available by subscription only. For users who pay per kilobyte downloaded, the cost savings can be several times higher than the subscription cost for the proxy.

Users can sign up to subscribe for the service at http://www.opera.com/buy/

For users who want to try out the service before subscribing, there is a 14-day free trial period open to everyone.

Starting today, customers who buy Opera for their S60 device at Euro 25 will also receive a 3-month complimentary subscription for Opera Mobile Accelerator, an extra value of Euro 12.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.

Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.

Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin, TX. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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