19 comments on “Nokia phone forcing traffic through proxy

  1. Opera funnels requests through their servers as a way to improve performance. Their servers compress and reformat the browsed material to reduce bandwidth needs. Wearing my conspirator’s hat, there may also be some financial incentives (replace ads on web pages with their own ads, sell details of browsing patterns to marketing firms, etc.)

    My guess is that Nokia is also engaging in either performance enhancements or data tracking when users use the built-in Nokia browser.

    • Yeah, BUT Opera is also well know to be extremely cooperative with law enforcement…
      And Nokia, in regard to its recent cash flow problems, must sell this information to big companies.

      As a matter of big companies is general and specifically telecom spirit, imagine the worst, multiply it by 10, and you should be close to reality.

  2. Opera has done this for time! It was IMHO what made it the best browser for GPRS devices as the performance increase is huge! Nokia seem to be going for the same on their cheaper devices that are big in far east markets where connectivity is not as good as Europe etc. All proxies are open to abuse of the kind you suggest. If your worried about interception by a man in the middle I suggest using https and better still tor as your ISP is just as likely to poke your packets as anyone else, then there is the government etc.

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  4. (Disclosure: Working for Opera Software)

    About Opera **MINI** it is the way the browser is working. It’s by design. It’s called a proxy browser. The Opera mini software on your device is a thin client, with no rendering engine for traditional html, js, etc. The thin client on the device takes the URL and sends it to an Opera server proxy which as the really rendering engine. The proxy makes the requests to the server and then sends back an interactive image format OBML (Opera Binary Markup Language), which is compressed and saves a lot of bandwidth. One of the costs being a more reduced set of features, in particular for everything animated.

    If you need a full browser on your device, you need to install Opera Mobile (not available on all devices), this will have rendering engine, etc, and will not go through Opera proxy servers.

    All of that said Opera has been always crystal clear about Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. Check the web site.

    • I am in agreement with this, thanks. I have not commented about Opera’s browser (in this post), I have spoken about Nokia’s browser, which doesn’t seem to be doing right thing.

      • You are saying in this post:

        “Again I couldn’t find a way in Opera Mini browser to bypass this behavior and let the traffic pass normally to target server, after seeing such shocking behavior,… ”

        It is not shocking. It is the way the thin client is working. It can’t work without the proxy. Opera Mini != Opera Mobile.

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