Browsing Railroad.net on Mobile Devices

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Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by GP40MC 1116 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:56 pm

I was just curious if anyone here besides myself has ever tried to access this section or the Railroad.Net site in general with a mobile device? I have gotten mixed results when I tried to use it before. At times it did work OK, but other times it performed less than amazing.I highly doubt that Otto and Mike will ever make a Railroad.net Mobile site, as I believe everything comes under our forum company phpBB. It would be quite interesting seeing how everyone these days uses mobile internet on a phone.

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Re: Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by oknazevad » Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:03 am

Before I got my iPhone I used to follow the boards on my old cellphone via Google's mobile accelerator, which shows a stripped down, text-only version of the site. The full html version was just too slow, and would have absolutely destroyed my bills. (That's the one of the best parts of switching to the iPhone, unlimited data plan!)
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Re: Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by MBTA3247 » Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:18 am

phpBB-based forums such as this one generally work alright on the iPhone/iPod touch. However, it would be nice to have a skin that was optimized for mobile devices, and which would automatically be used whenever someone logged in from such a device (i.e. you wouldn't have to go into the UCP to switch to it).
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Re: Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by theseaandalifesaver » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:59 am

I have a sidekick and it works fine with the website.

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Re: Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by Mike Roque » Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:01 pm

It was finally time for me to get an iPhone the other day, so now that I have a mobile device, I plan to address this issue later this year. :-D
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Re: RailRoad.net on my iPhone

Post by Mike Roque » Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:02 pm

It was finally time for me to get an iPhone the other day, so now that I have a mobile device, I plan to address this issue later this year. :-D
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Re: RailRoad.net on my iPhone

Post by Mike Roque » Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:03 pm

Let's discuss it here.
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Re: Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by Plate F » Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:37 pm

It shouldnt be too hard to create an iPhone app that converts phpbb forums to a simplified page. Or are there perhaps modules you can install on the backend?

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Re: Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by MEC407 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:20 pm

A lot of the major news web sites have mobile versions that are basically just a stripped down version of their regular site. Not only does this make the site easier to browse on a small screen, but it also makes it faster for those whose mobile devices don't have (or can't connect to) 3G or WiFi.

Fortunately, RAILROAD.NET is pretty clean and uncluttered to begin with. I do wonder if there is a phpBB add-on that could be quickly and easily installed, in order to create a stripped down "mirror" version of the site for mobile users.
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Re: Railroad.Net via a Mobile Device

Post by RailsEast » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:31 am

I've had a Blackberry 8130 for awhile now, with Verizon Broadband Access, and all content here comes up just as it does on my home PC. No trouble logging in or posting messages; in fact, all of my 'sightings from the road' postings are sent from my phone. Granted, it's a bit pricey (900 minutes, unlimited text, full Internet = $105/mo), but it has never failed me, and I am very happy with it.
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Browsing RAILROAD.NET with a mobile phone?

Post by slashmaster » Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:05 am

The other day I tried coming here with a Samsung Tracfone. It didn't work. I was wondering if anyone succesfully comes here on a mobile phone?

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Re: Browsing RAILROAD.NET with a mobile phone?

Post by Otto Vondrak » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:43 am

I get on here with my iPad, no problem. :-)
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Re: Browsing RAILROAD.NET with a mobile phone?

Post by DutchRailnut » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:28 pm

get here with my Iphone all time.
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Re: Browsing RAILROAD.NET with a mobile phone?

Post by slashmaster » Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:27 am

Thanks Otto, thanks Dutch, is it showing the animated adds when you guys do this? WHen I tried I think it said "error, file too big" or something like that.

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Re: Browsing RAILROAD.NET with a mobile phone?

Post by Otto Vondrak » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:56 am

I see the ads, but it could be your phone's browser doesn't recognize the scripts used to serve in the new ad system.
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