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June 30, 2006

Google not very good with GPRS

I gotta say, since I got my BlackBerry 7105t working as a GPRS modem for my Laptop (a Lenovo Thinkpad T60) using TMobile, I'm not impressed at all with googles mobile presence.

It's really slow. I mean, you gotta see it to believe it. For a company that prides itself on a simple front page which it is, the new ServiceLogin redirect which it does when you visit the site is a complete monster. I tried using google this morning and never got to the supposed simple front page. It stuck in the service login with a MB of data transferred just to login.

Other web sites work, I'm posting this entry with typepad on the same setup and it's working fine. Anyway, hopefully someone from google reads this and tries to fix it. We don't all have broadband connections just to login to your site and then download a couple of Kb for your simple front page.

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Found this blog entry in the Digg queue. T-Mobile requires you to use an HTTP proxy for web access over your GPRS connection. Documentation is rather slim. http://support.t-mobile.com/knowbase/root/public/tm22300.htm Basically, on all your web clients, use getmorespeed.t-mobile.com:8080 as your proxy server.

In my experience, other sites seem to work okay without using the proxy, but Google is painfully slow. I don't understand what they're doing--maybe trying to generate a tech support call? Anyway, if you use the proxy, everything works fine. I think it rewrites/mangles things to they transmit faster.

Also, look at "Switch Proxy" for Firefox if you want to quickly change among 'no proxy' and any proxy servers you might use during the day.

Posted by: Brendan Kidwell | Jun 30, 2006 3:18:43 PM

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