It looks like it’s time to say goodbye to the famous internet walled garden – a horrible idea introduced by greedy networks to make us visit their sites instead of those in the wider internet.
The liberation’s being led by T-Mobile on 1st April, when T-punters will be the first to access any site they choose on any phone with a GPRS or 3G connection (anything from the past five years, in other words).
We hope the date doesn’t indicate a huge practical joke. So far, the networks have only let us visit a number of ‘approved’ public websites – such as Google and the BBC – with Three allowing its customers to suggest new sites to add to the list. T-Mob’s move should force the hands of Voda, Orange and O2 to allow full, unfettered web access for the rest of us.
To get a slice of the wild wild web, folks on T-Mobile will just need to add a £7.50-a-month Web’n’Walk tariff to their existing £20+ Flext or Relax one. That’s a step on from before, when you had to sign up for the dedicated Web’n’Walk tariff.
Intriguingly, T-Mobile’s also promising several brand new phones in June. Our money’s on a new raft of Windows Mobile-powered mobiles improving on today’s MDA Pro and MDA Compact.