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Opera Mini sings for handhelds

The Web browser has been tweaked for the small screen and is now available for Treo and BlackBerry.

On Tuesday, Opera released a new version of its mobile browser for use on the Palm Treo and Research In Motion's BlackBerry. Opera Mini offers a simplified version of the Opera Web browser, and the mobile version includes Google as the default for search. Opera Mini and Opera 9, which was released in June, are available for free download. In conjunction with the release, Opera is holding a contest for free Palm Treo or Blackberry to the Opera fans with the best sales pitch for using Opera Mini.

People must have an Internet access plan with their wireless carrier for the browser to be usable, the company said. Opera Mini is not yet supported by Verizon Wireless, and Java 2 Micro Edition must be downloaded in order for it to work on the Treo, it added.