Recent numbers from Opera are showing massive growth of the mobile web. Through statistics gathered from their popular mobile web browser Opera Mini, it appears that we are finally beginning to see mobile access to the Internet as a viable option for teachers and for students.
I currently use Opera Mini on my Blackberry and see it as a viable option for web browsing from a mobile device. What make Opera a cost-effective option for educators and students is that the browser automatically compresses content before displaying the web page on a mobile device, thus reducing the amount of data (and money) required to browse the web from a mobile device while displaying true views of the Internet.
For more on the topic of the mobile web, see the articles below:
1) “Opera Reports Explosive Mobile Web Growth WorldWide” – ReadWriteWeb
2) “The Mobile Web is Not Helping the Third World and What We Can DO About it” – MobileActive.org
3) “Top 10 Mobile Products of 2008” – ReadWriteWeb