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14 Web sites worth bookmarking on your Treo, PDA, or smartphone


During the times that I have been traveling this spring, I have had several extended periods when my Palm Treo 700p has been my only device connected to the Internet. As a result, I've been on the lookout for Web sites that are optimized for mobile phones.

Below is a list of 14 that I found that are worth sharing. I've included the URLs in raw form so that you can copy and paste them or simply type them straight into your mobile phone. Keep in mind that mobile URLs tend to change fairly frequently because there is not currently a standard naming convention for these URLs. I'll try to keep the list updated, but remember that caveat.

  • Google (http://www.google.com/m/products)
  • Yahoo Messenger (http://mm.yahoo.com)
  • News.com (http://m.news.com)
  • CNET Mobile (http://m.cnet.com)
  • Weather.com (http://palm.xhtml.weather.com/xhtml/)
  • Digg (http://mobits.com/digg/)
  • Reuters (http://mobile.reuters.com/)
  • New York Times (http://mobile.nytimes.com/)
  • Business Week (http://pda.businessweek.com/index.html)
  • Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.com/wml/)
  • StreetIQ podcasts (http://m.streetiq.com/)
  • Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/h.html)
  • Flickr (http://m.flickr.com/)
  • GameGeeks (http://www.geek.com/gaming/portable/)

Why did I pick 14? That's how many will fit on one of the Favorites pages on my Treo, as the following screenshot shows.

Here are screenshots from several of the mobile sites to show what they look like on the Treo screen using the Blazer Web browser.

I'm planning to do a follow-up list with more links to mobile sites, so I'm open to hearing your favorites. What mobile sites do you recommend? Of the mobile phones and mobile browsers that you have used, which ones are the best for viewing and surfing Web pages? Join the discussion.

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

18 comments
Tech D
Tech D

I have several that I use to start my day the home page ofcourse which includes all the above that was mentioned but also music portals radioIo, funwithmobile. Forgive the lack of URL's but I indeed use my treo online more than my home pc or work pc.

HarryBarracuda
HarryBarracuda

It's sort of related, but another massive tip if you are paying for your mobile Internet by the Mb is to use Opera Mini. It compresses pages before sending them to you, and thus slashes your bandwidth usage. It does render some pages improperly, but you can always fall back to your usual browser for those. You can download it from www.operamini.com either on your phone or via your PC. This is a real moneysaver!

Hamish_NZ
Hamish_NZ

I know you included google products as particularly good, but I just wanted to say that GMails Java client for mobile phones is excellent. You get most of the functionality of GMail and it's quicker than the web interface.. (yeah, not a website, but still :D)

ccadorette
ccadorette

Finally! Thanks a lot, I too have had this same kind of problem. I work for the US Gov and travel a LOT, and need to stay in touch all the time. I found I was spending a lot of time trying to get to the site for the information I was seeking. I have added your findings. Thanks a lot. Chris

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I tried it on my Treo 700p but it doesn't want to play nice.

bruce.dimon
bruce.dimon

The Frog portal site has a bunch of mobile-friendly sites and you can customize it with your favorites. www.getfrog.com I like the Frog TV because it works with my Windows Mobile 2003 SE. Also my favorite weather site is http://mobile.wunderground.com

smiller
smiller

Here are a couple of my Palm-optimized favorites: ESPN Mobile: wirelessproxy.espn.go.com/ This is good for those fantasy sports aficionados who can't stand being away from real-time stats updates ESPN Soccernet Mobile: epl.sportev.com Same idea, just focused on soccer exclusively UPS Wireless http://mobile.ups.com Track your shipments while you're on the road yourself

HarryBarracuda
HarryBarracuda

An English slant, but I regularly use: pda.sky.com bbc.co.uk/mobile mobile.wunderground.com And there are lots of portals to mobile sites, the best of which are: pdaportal.com pdahomepage.com http://www.purelymobile.co.uk/ Enjoy!

K7AAY
K7AAY

Well, Google's new personalized home pages for XHMTL is pretty neat, gives me my iGoogle preferences and RSS feeds, and it links to Google's download pages for their mobile mail client. My local state Transportation website shows me the traffic flow to ease my commute. Telcodata lets me see where a caller is calling from . Fandango lets me buy movie tickets on line, and since my Symbian Smartphone (Nokia 9300) will print to an HP printer by IR or BT, I can print to many contemporary printers wherever I am. Webscription lets me buy Baen and Tor e-books (no DRM, all formats) on line, for when I'm waiting, on travel, or just need a good read over lunch. And, Charlie Stross' CONCRETE JUNGLE is just a smashing good read, freeware a la Slashdot-meets-the-Elder_Gods with a bit of Len Deighton spy flavor thrown in for good measure.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I added those to my list. As I've already mentioned, I'm hoping to do a follow-up post with more mobile friendly links.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I'm hoping to do a follow-up to this post with more links to mobile-friendly sites.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

so I'll definitely add that to my list.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Thanks John. I'll add those to my list.

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