File this one under: more 3GSM news that flew under my radar: Following a nice little coup last year, when Samsung and Opera announced Opera would be preloaded on some Samsung phones (though perhaps not the WM versions?), Opera announced partnerships to get their browser preloaded on some WM6 phones. It's nice to see that Microsoft has given up their old ways of forcing manufacturers to ignore alternate browsers - though to be fair, those Netscape-war days are long-over, but the memory of it still stings just a little.

In my experience both Opera Mobile and Pocket IE fall just short of being great mobile browsers, but it's always nice to have options, you know? Opera Mobile has a free 30 day trial that works fine with Windows Mobile 5 PPC edition, if you want to check it out.

Motorola Inc.'s Q as well as phones from High Tech Computer Corp., Asus and Toshiba Corp. will include Opera Mobile, Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder and CEO of Opera, said at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.

Read: Windows Mobile phones to pack Opera | InfoWorld | News | 2007-02-15 | By Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service