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Opera Mobile browser on Willcom's latest smartphone

June 7, 2007

Introduces enhanced search and scrolling features

Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan - June 7, 2007

Opera Software today announced that the newly released Opera Mobile 8.7 for Windows Mobile will be the default browser on the Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] Windows Mobile device distributed by the Japanese mobile telecom company Willcom. The Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] is a new addition to the W-ZERO3 series of smartphones available by Willcom and introduces advanced scrolling and searching features to create a further intuitive user experience. The Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] will be released for the Japanese market in mid-July.

The device's predecessing W-ZERO3 and W-ZERO3 [es] handsets with Opera developed a market for smartphones in Japan. The Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] with Opera continues to offer Willcom customers a powerful Web experience on the go.

Advancing the user experience with the latest W-ZER03-series smartphone, Opera supports keyword search functionality in the address bar. When you search for a keyword via the address bar, such as by typing "g keyword," the results are rendered instantly. "Xcrawl" is a key feature of this device that enables intuitive thumb scrolling. Opera supports both the Xcrawl thumb-scrolling functionality and grab-and-scroll navigation using a stylus.

"A Web browser is a key component of our smartphones," says Tadasu Tsuchihashi, Executive Vice President, Willcom INC. "Opera Mobile has contributed to the success of our W-ZERO3 series and remains a natural choice in offering our newest customers an exciting browsing experience."

"Opera worked closely with Willcom and Sharp to provide a premiere browsing experience to users of the W-ZERO3 series," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Opera offers a rich browsing experience that includes use of advanced Web applications such as Web mail, calendar, maps and more."

About Willcom

WILLCOM, Inc. is a leading mobile data telecommunications company, providing PHS services in Japan. In addition to data telecommunications, WILLCOM introduced the "WILLCOM Flat-Rate Plan" in May 2005, the Japanese mobile industry's first fixed-rate voice communication service. WILLCOM has also introduced a series of other new services to the market, and currently has more than 4.5 million cumulative subscribers (as of March 2007). Learn more about Willcom at (available in English and Japanese).

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