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I've seen the future

Had a lunch meeting with Z Group today – the company that brought the world Onspeed, a product that increases the speed of dialup internet connections.

Now, I don't use my mobile phone to surf the net much because I don't really see the point. It's slow, clunky, ridiculously expensive, and you're tied to what the networks offer you – it's nothing like the proper internet experience.

However, I'd not encountered Onspeed Mobile before. Why would I have? It's only been around for a couple of days. But over lunch I had it demoed to me, and installed it on my own mobile phone.

In essence Onspeed Mobile is a Java-based browser that is installed on to your phone that should, says Z Group, increase the speed of mobile surfing by up to five times. We didn't do any side-by-side testing but I could see that it was faster than the WAP and GPRS services I had used in the past.

A conversation I had recently with a colleague led me to make a beeline straight for the Google Maps site and it worked well. Gmail was good and so was the BBC News site.

I haven't had much of a chance to use it yet but I'm impressed by what I've seen so far and we'll be running a review in PC Advisor very soon.

You can get a 14-day free trial here and I reckon it's well worth having a look. If you do, and want to sing its praises/pour scorn upon it, then here's your chance – simply add your comments at the bottom of the page.

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