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Topic # 28619 5-Dec-2008 23:47
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OK guys, I dunno if anyone else has noticed this, but Vodafone's amazing new mobile web service is crap. I have a Nokia N95, which I'm sure you all know is quite capable of viewing full web pages. Recently, Vodafone have implemented their new mobile web service, which basically intercepts the message being sent from your phone to the server of the website you're trying to browse that tells them you're using a mobile phone's browser, then sends it's own message to said server saying that you're browsing from a full web browser - a computer. Then, when the server sends back the data, Vodafone reformats it for what they deem to be "optimal" for a phone's browser. This results in a page that is cut into pieces, images with drastically reduced quality, and overall crappy layout.
Now we're by no means the first country to have this system put in place by all-knowing Vodafone; here's a link or two to a British tech blog that's talking about the same thing: http://wurfl.sourceforge.net/vodafonerant/ , http://wurfl.sourceforge.net/vodafonerant/vodawsj/nigel.html 
They explain it a little better than me too :)
But the problem is, I want to be able to browse full web pages on my phone without it being cut up and resized and all that bull. Unfortunately, our amazing friends at Vodafone don't give you the choice to turn this crap off!
I have found that Opera Mini isn't affected by it, but I personally prefer Symbian's default browser to Opera. I think it's time someone stood up to the blundering corporate giant that is Vodafone.
Fight the power! :D Sorry for going on so much guys/gals :)

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  Reply # 182417 6-Dec-2008 01:40
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Change the accesspoint you use to Internet, not the www.vodafone.net.nz one.

Some sites themselves give you a crap page on the vodafone.net.nz apn, trademe is one, gives you a crap page with only 5 listings per screen and missing most of the features.




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  Reply # 182449 6-Dec-2008 10:28
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it's not just an issue with the Internet/www.vodafone.net.nz APN. It's the fact that you are accessing the internet via the WAP gateway which reformats the pages.



Ensure that you use the VFNZ Internet access point (which can be www.vodafone.net.nz or Internet as the APN) and you'll be sweet. When you go into your phone browser on a Live! branded bandset it will automatically default to the VFNZ Gateway access point which is used for all WAP traffic.



Just be aware that if you do use VFNZ Internet that you (unless it has been fixed recently) not be able to access the regular Vodafone Live! menus.



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Reply # 182453 6-Dec-2008 11:08
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Thanks people, I'll hafta try that out :)



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Reply # 182455 6-Dec-2008 11:18
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Thanks guys, that's sorted it! :) Someone still needs to tell Vodafone where they can put their mobile internet though :D

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  Reply # 182459 6-Dec-2008 11:59
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edaemus: Thanks guys, that's sorted it! :)?Someone still needs to tell Vodafone where they can put their mobile internet though :D


Their proxy does have it's uses and does a good job of compressing sites so they use less data.

I don't think Vodafone need to change anything - the proxy is there if you want to use it through the WAP browser in your phone or if you have a handset with a better browser you simply select a normal APN to access data. Vodafone aren't forcing anybody to use it.




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  Reply # 182535 6-Dec-2008 22:33
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The proxy helps with the $1/day for 10mb, as it doesn't take long to blow through your 10mb viewing full size webpages.




 


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