Opera Mobile 8.6 for Pocket PC Powers Sharp W-ZERO3

Opera Software announced that the newly released Opera Mobile 8.6 for Pocket PC will be the recommended browser on the Sharp W-ZERO3[es] Windows Mobile device through the leading Japanese operator, Willcom. The Sharp W-ZERO3[es] is the new device in Willcom’s W-ZERO3 series, and the first phone to come with Opera Mobile for Pocket PC pre-installed. The device will be available for the Japanese market in July.

W-ZERO[es] S is a powerful Pocket PC device that runs on Windows Mobile 5.0. It comes fully loaded with the usual Windows Mobile software such as MS Office, PDF viewer and Windows Media Player 10. The device has a dual keyboard (both key pad and a QWERTY keyboard) and a 2.8 inch VGA screen. Opera Mobile 8.6 for PPC is also the first Opera Mobile version to support Flash.

“This is an important delivery for Opera because a major operator has actively pre-installed and recommended Opera Mobile over the standard Windows Mobile browser,” says Roger Carlhammar, Executive Vice President, Mobile, Opera Software. “Through Opera’s speed and great usability we are happy to provide Windows Mobile users with the Web experience they deserve on their Pocket PCs.”

The Willcom Sharp W-ZERO3[es] will be available in Japan in late July.

About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. 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 4 million cumulative subscribers (as of May 2006).