Opera to announce deal with major U.S. carrier soon
Opera CEO Jon Von Tetzchner said in a recent interview, "We are working ... to provide an Opera Mini-based solution with a major operator in the U.S.," he continued on to say that the upcoming deal is bigger than the ones the company closed with Virgin and Sprint. Helping to facilitate the agreement is Motricity and its partnership with Opera is supposed to hit paydirt when the big deal is announced in the next two weeks. Opera spokesman Ted Miller says that the new deal may not contain his company's branding even though it will be powered by Opera Mini. As far as Motricity is concerned, it will be the first time that the company has provided Opera browsers for mobile handsets. The company provides platforms for delivering mobile content on handsets, including those sold by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S. Currently, Opera Mini comes preloaded on 250 handsets from 45 carriers, most of them arranged through deals outside of the U.S.