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Ad-blocking WAP gateway/proxy?
Do they exist? Software? Service?

 10:00 am on Feb 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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.)

With EVDO, browsing on the phone is finally bearable. EXCEPT, when browsing regular websites (as opposed to mobile-specific ones) ads can be a huge problem. As in HUGE graphics and HUGE Javascript. (Yes, it's my understanding that this phone (might) do Javascript...)

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?



 3:48 pm on Feb 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Try Thunderhawk. And then try NetFront. NetFront is cool that it has a builtin downloader/offline browser. It also has multitabs.


 6:37 pm on Feb 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Try Thunderhawk. And then try NetFront.

Thanks for the suggestions.

These appear to both be browsers that can be loaded on PDA phones.

If I HAD a PDA phone, I'd probably give Opera a try first, as I've heard real good things about it on PDA phones.

I'm stuck with one of the more typical phones that has a fixed, OpenWave browser. And, since my carrier is Verizon (= evil...) I don't even have the choice to download Java programs.

The browser doesn't even store bookmarks in memory or support typing-in a URL - they are done on the Verizon-supplied WAP gateway. It is a pain in the butt, because the way the Verizon gateway is set-up, you can't even hit "return" to enter a URL. It doesn't even use shortcut keys! To "goto" a URL, first the browser takes you to the gateway. (Your "home page"). You select "go to URL", you have to scroll down to the data-entry field, and then you have to scroll down to the "GO" button!

It's incredibly lame. So, there are reasons other than just wanting to filter ads to use an alternative gateway.

It's possible to change the gateway and home page in the service menu of my phone. (The service menu is a pretty open secret on most phones. On mine, you press "0" while in the menu, then "000000" for password.)

Since I've been having so much trouble finding a service that does this, I've decided to start one myself. There have been a number of public WAP gateways that have come and gone - I'm not exactly sure why they have gone, but I think primarly because they were non-commercial, and because they became overwhelmed by spammers.


 7:30 pm on Feb 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ok. I misunderstood. I thought you had a smart/windows phoen.

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