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I present my (somewhat UK-centric) guide to mobile-friendly web
resources and applications. In each case, the content is guaranteed
ultra low-bandwidth, so you can access it directly on your PDA or
smartphone over an expensive GPRS, EDGE or 3G account. The idea is that
you bookmark this one page and then all the links and content are just
one click away.
Updated by popular demand October 2011
If you'd rather let the train take the strain, use the
auto-detecting National Rail
Airways mobile-friendly site, optimised for UK and USA passengers.
And see here for Flight Status,
a wonderful mobile resource.
The popular travel planning and communications service Dopplr has this handy mobile site.
And here's the Transport
for London auto-detecting site, giving you real time status
information on tubes,
buses and more.
Here's the BBC's site, very comprehensive.
Or try The Guardian's mobile site, also recommended, or CNN, for a world view.
For money news, see the Financial Times
The BBC also do a Sports version of their news site, equally fully stocked. Or why not try Sky Sports instead, for a slightly more commercial take?
Try the BBC again, here's their Weather home page.
Or the Weather Underground. Or the well respected Weather Channel.
If you'd rather read about worms than wars and politics,
try Wired. For mobile news, try All About Symbian or Engadget Mobile.
Wapedia gives a PDA view of
the famous Wikipedia or there's the official mobile site.
DrinkBoy is useful for cocktails.
The IMDB site auto-detects mobile
Do I need to mention Google? And Microsoft's rival search engine Bing?
For anything vaguely mathematical or scientific, use Wolfram Alpha, which can even do
Your device's Email application is more than enough for email fixes, usually. But just occasionally, it's nice to have direct access to your generic POP3 mailbox via the web, in which case make sure you bookmark Mail2Pda or World Wide Mobile Mail.
Google's Gmail detects mobile use
and serves up a useful mobile site. And Microsoft's
Live system also loves mobile access (for Live and Hotmail etc)
eBay has an excellent mobile
version, for bidding, searching for things and for checking on your
seller auctions, as does Amazon,
both detecting phone use and serving up the mobile site.
Here's the Vue multiplex chain auto-detecting site (UK).
Oddschecker does what it says on the tin.
Autotrader has a useful mobile site.
Facebook has good mobile
auto-detection, you'll see!
For Twitter, use this
explicit mobile version, plus Dabr
is a great third party service that offers more in less screen real
For photo sharing via Flickr, use
this mobile link. Or access your Picasa photos here.
Google+ is quite usable at a basic level via a stripped down interface.
If your social fun is often location-based (events, clubs), then Foursquare has a great auto-sensing
For file sharing and online document access, there's Dropbox's fairly functional mobile site, as
long as you have a fairly modern mobile browser - older ones need not
See also 'rival' PDA portal igloo.
As a last resort, there are some web site 'translators', which can help strip down complex web pages for which there's no mobile equivalent. For example, see Mowser.
If you can suggest another site for the list, or if you find a broken or changed link, please get in touch with the PayPal address above!