So, I upgraded to a phone that supports EVDO (LG VX9900) and gave Verizon's Mobile Web another spin. With 1XRTT, the delays were just unbearable. (Though, surprisingly, browsing on a connected notebook was just fine.)
Is there WAP gateway software that will remove the ads? And/or a free or commercial service? Obviously, I can't install a plugin on the phone, so the dirty work would have to be done on the gateway.
I use the AdBlock Plus Firefox plugin on my PC, and it does a really great job. Something similar running as a plugin to a WAP gateway would be incredibly useful.
An additional feature that would be helpful would be the ability to control image download on a site-by-site basis, or with some filter criteria - download only small icon-sized images, scale images, etc.
I've Googled the heck out of this, and surprisingly haven't come up with anything. Maybe I've stumbled upon a great product idea. (Biggest problem is the typical consumer isn't going to know how to change the WAP gateway on their phone.)
I know that a number of open-source WAP gateway/proxy products are available - Kannel and HoTTProxy for example. (I have to admit I'm a bit confused about the terms gateway and proxy, and suspect that they are used somewhat interchagably in some cases. A gateway only gateways to HTTP for WML content, while a proxy translates HTML to WML? Both the Verizon gateway and the Google gateway handle the latter.)
So, give that, it should be possible to retrofit one of these products to do what I want.
Anything like this exist already?