As T-Mobile announced earlier this year, the carrier plans to equip the "web'n'walk" ready devices with special "optimized Internet browsers" and now it seems we know what T-Mobile means. It looks T-Mobile will use Opera Mobile - at least for the Windows Mobile Smartphones as we can read now on T-Mobile's updated SDA II specification page:
"Includes 64MB Mini-SD card with preinstalled Opera-Browser, SD card adapter to use the Mini-SD card with a card reader".
So T-Mobile will definitively prefer the Opera Mobile Browser for Windows Smartphone over the original Internet Explorer Mobile (with Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft renamed the previously known Pocket Internet Explorer) which comes preinstalled with every Windows Mobile (5.0) device. Ok - it's not confirmed yet, that the SDA II will run Windows Mobile 5.0 but at least it's confirmed that T-Mobile's preferred web'n'walk browser for Windows Mobile Smartphones is Opera.
Maybe that's the reason why Opera released the Smartphone version first? ;-) Maybe that's also the reason why Opera is working on a Opera Pocket PC version too because the MDA Pro is announced as a web'n'walk device also, even if the specification page doesn't indicates that it will be shipped with Opera for Pocket PC by default.
Cheers ~ Arne