12/1/2005 - Opera Software and Willcom INC announced that the Opera Mobile(TM) browser will be offered on the new Sharp W-ZERO3 Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 handset in Japan. The Sharp W-ZERO3 is the first Windows Mobile 5.0 device in the Japanese market, and also the first device to ship with Opera Mobile 8.5 for Pocket PC.
With its 3.7 inch VGA (640x480 pixels) high resolution LCD screen and WLAN connectivity, the Sharp W-ZERO3 is ideal for Web browsing on-the-go. Opera's unique rendering technology dynamically adapts Web pages to fit the width of the screen, providing an Internet experience almost identical to that on a larger PC screen.
"We are very happy that Willcom has chosen the Opera browser for their new Windows Mobile 5.0 device," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "The Sharp W-ZERO3 with its large screen and the Opera Mobile browser offers users a full-fledged Internet experience that really takes mobile Web browsing up to a new level."
"Opera enjoys a great reputation in Japan, and we are extremely pleased to offer the Opera Mobile 8.5 Web browser on our new flagship device, the Sharp W-ZERO3," says Tadasu Tsuchihashi, Executive director, Willcom INC. "Seeing the full Web unfold itself on the Sharp W-ZERO3's large VGA screen thanks to Opera's speed and unique rendering technology is simply a beautiful demonstration of how far true, mobile Web access has come."
In addition to the large VGA screen, the Sharp W-ZERO3 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, comes with Windows Media Player 10, supports all Microsoft Office formats and can display PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents.
Sharp W-ZERO3 official Web site: www.sharp.co.jp/ws/special/
General note: The public version of Opera 8.5 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC will be available on Opera's web site in January, 2006.
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, home media 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, Windows Mobile, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.
Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.
About Willcom INC
WILLCOM, Inc. is a leading mobile data telecommunications company, providing PHS services in Japan. In addition to data telecommunications, WILLCOM introduced the "WILLCOM Flat-Rate Plan" in May 2005, the Japanese mobile industry's first fixed-rate voice communication service. WILLCOM has also introduced a series of other new services to the market, and currently has more than 3.5 million cumulative subscribers (as of November 2005).
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