Get your mobile internet up to speed

Onspeed has long provided folks with shoddy net connections to help accelerate their PC browsing experience without forking out for broadband. And now

Onspeed has long provided folks with shoddy net connections to help accelerate their PC browsing experience without forking out for broadband. And now they’re taking the fight to your pocket, with Onspeed Mobile.

Onspeed Mobile uses some clever website compression technology to speed up your web browsing experience by up to 5 times. Websites are basically squished to 20 per cent of their original size, which has a handy side effect of saving up to 75 per cent on your phone data bill.

A tiny sub-100kb Java applet does all the work, affording your handset both a shiny new HTML browser and access to the compression technology (above left). Another great feature is the browser’s Mobile Screen Reformatting (MSR) functionality, which reconstructs web pages to make them suitable for navigation on the small screen. Even image-heavy sites come out pretty well. Also of note are the history and favourites options, which are typically missing from phone browsers.

Stuff can exclusively reveal that Onspeed Mobile works fantastically on a Sony Ericsson W800i (pictured above right) and Motorola SLVR, but the software is compatible with almost all recent Java-enabled GPRS handsets.

Standard 2.5G mobiles with GPRS connections will benefit most from the software, but it can be used to supercharge any mobile phone’s web browsing experience. So, even if you have a fast 3G phone, it may be worth having a go at the free 14 day trial currently offered on the website. Incidentally, that website is www.onspeedmobile.com/devices.

Onspeed Mobile costs £20 for a year’s subscription.