Opera Mini shrinks the Web for your Treo or BlackBerry

Opera Software announces the Opera Mini Web browser for mobile phones.

Opera Mini

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left--no, this isn't a cheat code for a Nintendo game, but rather the motions you may go through while trying to view a Web page on your mobile phone. Come on, you know what I'm talking about--surfing the Web on a smart phone is like driving in L.A.; not fun and excruciatingly slow. But Opera Software is hoping to change all that with its Opera Mini Web browser, which compresses Web pages for faster delivery and better viewing on handsets. Starting today, it's available for BlackBerry and Treo owners. The best part? It's free! Simply go to mini.opera.com from your mobile and download the app. But there are a couple of caveats: you'll need a data plan from your carrier, Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) support is required for Treos, and Verizon Wireless handsets currently are not supported.

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