What is the mobile Internet?
Just what you always wanted: mail, maps, news on your phone
You may have heard about the mobile Internet – it’s the web for mobile devices. You’ll find services from your favourite providers that are designed for your phone, enabling you to do just about anything while mobile. It used to be only for high-end devices, but today, just about any phone can access the mobile web.
First, get a data tariff
Get this – Yahoo! mobile services are free. You’ll need a data tariff – which is usually a small monthly fee in addition to your regular service. Your mobile provider will have different options to choose from. Usually, you can pay as you go, or pay a flat fee for unlimited use. Once you have a data tariff, it’s up to you how much you use it. We think you’ll use it a lot.
So, give it a go!
There’s more than one way to get the mobile Internet. All are good; it really depends on your phone, your provider, and what you want to do.
Mobile web: works for me (and you)
A mobile browser lets you view sites and services on your phone, just like the desktop browsers Firefox or Internet Explorer. Your phone might already have a mobile browser, or you can download one – try Opera mini at mini.opera.com.
Once you’ve got a browser, just enter a URL and go. By the way, mobile URLs can look different from standard URLs. For example, the Yahoo! mobile homepage is uk.m.yahoo.com.
Mobile apps: Just like mum used to make
OK, we’re not talking about your mum's apple crumble, but we think you’ll love mobile apps almost as much. Mobile apps are applications designed to work on mobile devices.
There are tons of them – games, ringtones, a mobile scorecard for golfers, a global underground guide for travellers. Once you download a mobile app, it’s stored on your phone, so it’s fast; you don’t have to access the mobile Internet to use it.