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BBC iPlayer mobile on vodafone 3G

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

iPlayer mobleThe BBC have had an iPlayer widget available for a few mobiles, including a nice widget for Nokia phones. It has worked great on my N85 for quite some time now, but only when connected with wifi. I assumed that was an automatic restriction since whenever I clicked on play when not in wifi, it told me that it only worked over wifi. I had also played with editing the javascript in the widget and had success with version 1.5, but not version 1.6.

I was therefore amazed to read this post on the bbc blog today in which it claims that both Vodafone and 3 support watching BBC iPlayer mobile over 3G. I did some playing with the settings, and discovered why I haven’t got it to work in the past. I always select the Vodafone Internet GPRS access point when accessing any online functionality, because it is typically a more open network. It turns out though that the BBC iPlayer treats that as a non-Vodafone 3G connection. If you change the streaming setting in Real Player to use the Voadafone Live access point, and connect to the iPlayer widget with the Vodafone Live access point, you can watch iPlayer over 3G on your Vodafone mobile. Fantastic! Just remember to go in and set the access point for real player back to something else for watching other content (seriously Nokia – that one’s a disgrace.)

The only thing that doesn’t work is that the walled garden of Vodafone Live doesn’t allow you access to the thumbnail pictures when browsing the programs, but hey, you can’t have everything can you?

Unfortunatly the bbc live mobile site still doesn’t work on the N85. No idea why, since it has more codecs than the phones that do support it, but I think the BBC just aren’t interested in the device. N96 seems to be their preferred Nokia.

My N85 reads my e-mail to me!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

N85 message readerI’ve just had a eureka moment with my N85. I love it when that happens! The first eureka moment I ever had with a phone must have been about 10 years ago was when I accidentally held the # key down on my phone – (a Nokia 7110 at the time – the one from the Matrix)? – and it went in to silent mode. I had previously been navigating through all sorts of menus to get to that, and there was a shortcut key straight to it.

Today’s eureka moment was very similar. I accidentally held the Messaging soft key down on my N85, and it started reading my new e-mails to me. This is a fantastic feature! Imagine you are in the car and someone e-mails you or texts you. You are itching to find out what it says, but are reluctant to cause a 10 car pile up just to satisfy your addiction to e-mail. No problem – just hold the Messaging key, and your new text or e-mail is read out to you! It’s brilliant. Thank you Nokia!

P.S., if you look at the reflection you might be able to tell that that blurry picture of my N85 was taken with my iPhone. The iPhone doesn’t read my mail out loud, and it doesn’t take particularly good close up photos. The N85 beats the iPhone on just about everything. Apart from web browsing. Fix that Nokia, and you are the kings.