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Vodacom launches Opera Mini browser

April 8, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms

Shameel Joosub, MD Vodacom SA

Vodacom today announced that subscribers can browse the Internet on their cellphones free of charge when using the Opera Mini browser versions 4.2 or 5.0, for four consecutive weekends. Free data browsing will be available for free on weekends only, from 10 April to 2 May.

Said Shameel Joosub, Managing Director, Vodacom South Africa: “Opera Mini is built for speed. Web pages are compressed by up to 90%, thereby improving download speeds and significantly reducing the cost of browsing. In addition to this, with the Vodafone enhancement, customers get to bookmark Speed Dial to their favourite websites, as well as have access to a range of exclusive Applications and Widgets”.

Opera Mini offers Vodacom users an affordable and reliable user experience, allowing for multiple browsing windows in a carousel view.

The browser is proven to be a hit in emerging markets with low PC penetration. It features step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow even by those with lower levels of literacy.

Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software, added that “this initiative will help to kick start local economies by encouraging entrepreneurs to create a range of locally-inspired business models and services”.

Having said that, a range of mini applications for Opera Mini are underway, to offer customers further benefits such as finding a job, transacting, learning foreign languages and emailing, among others.

To access Opera Mini 4.2 or 5.0 for free, Vodacom customers can SMS “Opera” to 31116 (FREE) and follow the link to download the browser free of charge. Alternatively, customers can enter the URL, http:vfmini.vodafone.com/adl/Internet into the current browser on their cellphones, and then download and install Opera Mini onto their cellphones. Downloading Opera Mini is free of charge for all Vodacom customers.

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