GSMA Mobile World Congress: Yahoo and Opera to offer free mobile internet

Yahoo and Opera Software have announced a partnership to bring the Opera Mini mobile web browser and the "full internet" to more mobile phone users.

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Yahoo and Opera Software have announced a partnership to bring the Opera Mini mobile web browser and the "full internet" to more mobile phone users.

Yahoo is expected to begin distributing Opera Mini via the Yahoo Mobile website and other channels in the near future. The Opera Mini client, which is designed to bring web pages to mobile phones quicker through compression, will be available free of charge.

"Yahoo Mobile with Opera Mini is easily accessible to end-users, operators and manufacturers, and provides a cost-effective means of getting the internet on your phone," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO at Opera Software. "Together, Yahoo and Opera will bring the full Web experience to your phone, similar to how you know it from your desktop computer."

"We are excited to announce this partnership with Opera to bring Opera Mini to Yahoo Mobile users, enabling our consumers to surf the internet on their mobile devices," said David Ko, senior vice-president for Connected Life at Yahoo.

Earlier this week, Vodafone announced it was developing its own version of Opera Mini for its customers.

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