Opera has announced that the BREW-based Casio W21CA [.jpg image] mobile phone with the Opera browser has shipped and is now available in Tokyo stores. This is the first phone deployed since Opera’s agreement with KDDI in August, fulfilling their promise to deliver Opera’s Web browser to KDDI’s 3G network in Japan. The Casio W21CA makes Opera the first full Web browser active on the Japanese 3G network.
KDDI is the second largest mobile operator in Japan with over seven million BREW phones shipped as of the end of November 2004.
“The Casio W21CA with the Opera browser has been eagerly awaited by the Japanese market,” says Mr. Toshio Maki, Vice President & General Manager, “au” Service & Product Planning Division, “au” Business Sector, KDDI. “Opera’s speed, usability and SSR (Small-Screen Rendering) technology make it the perfect mobile Web application, utilizing the versatility of a 3G mobile phone. Casio W21CA users are now embarking on the future of mobile communication technology.” Via: Opera.com