Oslo, Norway – September 11, 2006
Opera Software today announced thatSamsung has selected Opera Miniâ„¢ to deliver Web browsing on itsSamsung Z400 handset in Poland. With the pre-installed Opera Minibrowser, users can surf all their favorite Web sites while on the go.The sliding phone also makes use of its 3G connectivity to provide videotelephony and video streaming. PTC (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa), theleading telecom operator in Poland with 11 million subscribers, willoffer the Samsung Z400 handset to its customers.
The Samsung Z400 supports easy Web surfing with its big QVGA screen. Thebusiness user will also enjoy 30MB of on-board memory and thepossibility to use extra MicroSD memory cards. On top of that, thehandset includes a Document Viewer application, a 2 megapixel camera andPictBridge support for printing photos without a PC.
“Internet services on mobile phones are growing in popularity. Byproviding an additional, full-fledged HTML browser, users can access theWeb sites they are used to from their PCs,” says Tomasz Podkowinski,Product Manager, Telecom, Samsung Poland. “Opera Mini is seen as one ofthe leading Web browsers for mobile phones today and selecting it forSamsung Z400 was a natural choice.”
Leading operators and mobile phone manufacturers worldwide haverecognized the value Opera Mini brings to their customers. The littlebrowser is being pre-installed on an increasing number of handsets, aswell as distributed by a large number of mobile content providers allover the world. With Opera Mini, new and existing Web sites and servicesare instantly made available on mobile phones, dramatically expandingthe market and improving the reach beyond the PC.
“By pre-installing Opera Mini, Samsung is making it easy for their usersto connect to all their favorite sites, including Web-based emailservices such as Gmail and Hotmail. Samsung leaps ahead of itscompetitors by making the real Web a reality on Samsung Z400,” saysRoger Carlhammar, EVP, Opera Software.
Opera Mini is a free mobile Web browser that enables full Web access onthe majority of cell phones in the market. By using an Opera Mini serverto pre-process and compress Web sites before sending them to thehandset, Opera Mini is remarkably fast and cheap to use. With almost 5million active users since January 2006, Opera Mini has establisheditself as the leading mobile browser, bringing the real Internet to cellphone users around the world.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologieswith 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income ofUS$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 120offices in 57 countries, the company consists of five main businessunits: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business,Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business.Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, SamsungElectronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobilephones, and TFT-LCDs.
Samsung Electronics Polska was established in March 1996. The companysells IT products, along with mobile phones and CE products. SamsungElectronics Polska is currently number three in the Polish mobiletelephone market, accounting for about 20 percent of market share. Thegoal of Samsung Electronics Polska is to win second place on the mobilephone market in Poland in 2006. In 2005, Samsung sold 300 000 mobilephones on the Polish market. In the first quarter of 2006 the companysold more than 300,000 mobile phones. The company cites three reasonsfor such rapid progress.First, there was a radical restructuring of the range of phones offeredby the company in Poland. The second reason behind the company’s recentsuccess was the implementation of a more precise trade policy aimed atmaintaining and taking good care of business relations with all themobile net-work operators on the Polish market. The third factor thatcontributed to such good sales results is the enthusiasm with whichSamsung telephones are welcomed in Poland. Samsung Electronics Polskamaintains its forecasts of total market sales, estimating that in 2006Poles will buy some 7 million cellular phones.