Willcom INC chooses Opera for new Sharp W-ZERO3 Windows Mobile Pocket PC device

Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan – November 30, 2005

Opera Software and Willcom INC today announced that the Opera Mobileâ„¢ browser will be offered on the new Sharp W-ZERO3 Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 handset in Japan. The Sharp W-ZERO3 is the first Windows Mobile 5.0 device in the Japanese market, and also the first device to ship with Opera Mobile 8.5 for Pocket PC.

With its 3.7 inch VGA (640×480 pixels) high resolution LCD screen and WLAN connectivity, the Sharp W-ZERO3 is ideal for Web browsing on-the-go. Opera’s unique rendering technology dynamically adapts Web pages to fit the width of the screen, providing an Internet experience almost identical to that on a larger PC screen.


“We are very happy that Willcom has chosen the Opera browser for their new Windows Mobile 5.0 device,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “The Sharp W-ZERO3 with its large screen and the Opera Mobile browser offers users a full-fledged Internet experience that really takes mobile Web browsing up to a new level.”


“Opera enjoys a great reputation in Japan, and we are extremely pleased to offer the Opera Mobile 8.5 Web browser on our new flagship device, the Sharp W-ZERO3,” says Tadasu Tsuchihashi, Executive director, Willcom INC. “Seeing the full Web unfold itself on the Sharp W-ZERO3’s large VGA screen thanks to Opera’s speed and unique rendering technology is simply a beautiful demonstration of how far true, mobile Web access has come.”

In addition to the large VGA screen, the Sharp W-ZERO3 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, comes with Windows Media Player 10, supports all Microsoft Office formats and can display PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents.

Sharp W-ZERO3 official Web site: http://www.sharp.co.jp/ws/special/

About Willcom INC

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 3.5 million cumulative subscribers (as of November 2005). Learn more about Willcom at www.willcom-inc.com (available in English and Japanese).