Baresite Makes Mobile Browsing Affordable

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 17, 2008
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
Mobile Computing

Only a minority of cell phone owners have access to a data flatrate. Most have to cope with utterly insane pricing schemes and pay per Megabyte transferred. If you are old enough to remember; That's how the first Internet Service Providers handled business when the Internet became popular in the Nineties.

Some cell phone owners have a free data contingent per month before they have to pay for additional data transfers. The fees are usually ridiculously high for a Megabyte of data and cell phone owners who do not have another choice have to make sure that they optimize the data transfer.

A good way to optimize the traffic is to use services like Baresite. Baresite basically removes the unnecessary parts of a website before sending it to the client. It acts like a proxy server that alters every page to reduce the amount of data that gets transferred from and to the clients device.

The device is usually a cell phone but it could very well be used with desktop PCs since many users have to cope with slow connections or data tariffs there as well.

Baresite uses a basic optimized website for mobile devices. It provides access to two forms which can be used to load websites / feeds or search on the Internet. One interesting feature of Baresite is the automatic feed discovery. RSS feeds will be displayed instead of the original website if a site offers that functionality. RSS feeds have the advantage that they are faster to load because they usually come without any graphics or multimedia.

The Preference contain some important parameters that some users might want to change. Images can be turned off in here. It is also possible to change the default search engine from Google to Yahoo, Live or ASK.

The very same menu contains options to switch between full and partial feeds, select the number of history items that are displayed on each page or if the forms should be displayed on every page.

Everything will be saved without registration. It is possible to set favorites for easier access on the next visit. There is even an option to access the full browsing history. The service that is offered by Baresite is ideal for users on slow connections or users who have to pay per Megabyte. It can be used to access information rapidly.


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  1. Thinker said on November 17, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    It doesn’t work for non-english sites.

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