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Opera browser aims for iPhone

Opera browser aims for iPhone

A version of the popular Opera mobile internet browser is currently running the assault course of the App Store approval process in an attempt to make it onto the iPhone.

Opera Software says that its iPhone-compatible Opera Mini browsing app is potentially six times faster than the standard Safari browsing software, which is the main browser with which most iPhone owners will be familiar.

Opera's Julie Sajnani said that the costs of roaming could be significantly reduced for iPhone owners by Opera Mini, as data charges per megabyte when going online abroad can be steep and with Opera Mini these could be cut by up to 90 per cent.

Opera Mini for iPhone is expected to debut at the Mobile World Congress 2010, where the media will be able to test out the software before it is cleared for release on the App Store.

Opera's Jon von Tetzchner said: "This is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone and to showcase our latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices."

Over 30 million mobile users access the internet on their mobile phones using the Opera Mini browser software and it is hoped that by becoming available on the iPhone it will be able to add another 42 million users to its books.

Opera is hopeful that its software will be made available on the App Store, although in so doing, it will become the first mobile browser that Apple has allowed through to compete with Safari directly.

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