The number of web pages visited from from mobile phones in the UK has surged by 70 percent since September last year, says Opera.

According to the browser developer's State of the Mobile Web report for September, 14 percent more Brits now use Opera Mini to browse the web from their mobile phone compared to the same time last year. Furthermore, on average, UK users of Opera Mini viewed 335 pages from their mobile phone during September and downloaded 7MB of data.

Opera said 71.2 million mobile phone owners use Opera Mini worldwide, that's a 7.1 percent increase on the same period last year, and 36.9 billion pages were viewed during September using the mobile browser, a nine percent increase on last month.

Google remains the most-visited site by Brits using Opera Mini on their mobile phone, closely followed by Facebook, the BBC, YouTube and Wikipedia.

Apple's iPhone was named the most popular handset to access the web from. The smartphone was closely followed by the Nokia 2330c, the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the BlackBerry Curve 8250 and the Nokia 6700.

Opera also said as whole users of its Mini mobile browser save $2.2bn per month or $27.4bn per year, as the browser compresses data by 90 percent.

"Keeping costs low is about more than just saving money; it is about making the web more accessible to a wider range of people," said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder of Opera.

"We believe access to the web is a universal right, and we hope that by keeping costs low, we play a part in helping people connect, on any device, wherever they are."

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