Indian mobile service providers embrace Opera browser

Oslo, Norway, July 27 2014: Opera  the independent, open browser from Norway is finding increasing traction on mobile devices in India:

Opera Mini 8 - the biggest update for the Opera Mini mobile browser on iPhone and iPad  has been released.  Opera Mini 7.5 is already available for the Android platform. 

-  BSNL and its hardware partner  for tablets, mobile phones and 'phablets' -- Champion Electronics, announced recently that they would be offering Opera Mini as the browser bundled on their devices.

-  Last week Idea Cellular, India’s 3rd-largest mobile operator and Opera Software have joined hands with Quikr, India's largest online mobile classifieds portal to offer sponsored mobile data through Sponsored Web Passes for over 137 million Idea customers in India. The tri-partnership is aimed at enabling more Indians to get online and experience the power of the internet on their mobile phones, the first such initiative in South Asia.

A web pass is a great alternative to monthly data plans for consumers who do not require full-time internet access.Opera partnered with Idea earlier this year to bring this innovative solution to Opera Mini users in India. This solution provides affordable internet packages, tailor-made to enable Idea subscribers to enjoy internet access for particular timelines or websites, such as Facebook access for a day or internet access for an hour at just Re. 1. Web passes allow transparent, self-explanatory transactions, along with affordable and controllable pay-as-you-go features.

With Sponsored Web Pass, Idea subscribers will enjoy internet on their mobile phones, sponsored by Quikr. To get sponsored web access, Idea users just need to open Opera Mini and click the “Idea Web Pass” Speed Dial entry, thenselect the “Free Internet by Quikr (10 MB)” web pass option. From there, users will be able to enjoy 10 MB of sponsored internet access on their mobile phones for an entire day.