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PostPoints tip: Bring the "real" Web to not-so-smart phones

The iPhone 3GS may be getting all the headlines this week, but Apple's new gadget and such competing smartphones as the Palm Pre aren't the only way to read full-sized Web pages on the go. Even a considerably dumber phone can benefit from the automatic page reformatting offered by the mobile-phone versions of some popular search engines, which prune away complicated designs to present a page's text and basic outline. Google and Microsoft's new Bing both do this particularly well, making regular pages readable even in the archaic browser of a two-year-old Palm device--but at each site, you'll need to turn this option on. At Google's mobile site (visit google.com on your phone), click on the "Settings" link, then scroll down to select the "On" button next to "Format web pages for your phone." At Bing (m.bing.com), follow its "search settings" link and click the "on" button below "optimize web pages for your phone."

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 23, 2009; 9:22 AM ET
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