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Is it possible to browse the internet from a laptop so that the web sites you visit think you are browsing from a mobile device?

Say I need to connect via a very low bandwidth connection and just using the mobile version of the site is sufficient?

Currently I'm using Vista and Firefox 3.5

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You can download the firefox plugin User Agent Switcher. This will allow you to spoof any user agent you please. You can choose a user agent from this page. If you wanted to appear to be using an iPhone, you could enter something like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1A543a Safari/419.3

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I would vote this one up but no reputation! The User Agent Switcher is just the ticket..! Awesome. –  Dog Ears Jul 23 '09 at 10:28
    
Have some rep Dog ears +1 –  Bruce McLeod Jul 23 '09 at 10:30
    
+1, but don't forget general.useragent.override in about:config if you don't want to install yet another addon. Also, if the site uses WAP/WML instead of HTML, the Opera browser might be able to open it. –  grawity Jul 23 '09 at 11:53
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You can use an emulator, to emulate a mobile device.

For example from Microsoft or Android

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Absolutely, if you turn the develop menu on in safari you can set the user agent string to Mobile safari 3.0 and Volia you are pretending you are an iPhone.

Another way is to use the windows CE Emulator that comes with visual studio and use mobile IE.

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You can use the "Web Developer Toolbar" to simulate mobile screen sizes and you can use "User Agent Switcher" to switch to a mobile user agent as mentioned above.

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