Surfing the net on a mobile phone has never been a satisfying experience. It's slow, many websites aren't easy to view and most service providers tie users to custom-made content. And there's the cost issue – given half a chance, operators will sting you for every penny you've got.
Z Group, the company behind Onspeed – the product that boosted dialup connection speeds – has created Onspeed Mobile, a Java-based browser for mobile phones. It can boost surfing speeds by up to five times and delivers content in an easy-to-navigate fashion.
Well, that's the theory – and it is largely true in reality. We used a number of different sites and although Google Maps and other more graphically based offerings were far from perfect, text-dominated web pages such as PCAdvisor.co.uk came across very well.
The service is easy to install – you'll find all the information you need on the firm's website – and you have 14 days to try it out. You can pay £20 per year to keep the software, plus all the normal charges for using the GSM, GPRS, UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) or 3G connections. But Z Group reckons you'll end up saving money because of the increased speed.
However, Onspeed Mobile does set a trap for its own users. With surfing the web on a mobile so much easier, the average user is going to be using it more. This is certainly what we found – the temptation to show it off to everyone you meet is that great – and our bills went through the roof.