Text Only Versions of News to save your bandwidth

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Here are some TEXT ONLY news websites that can keep you informed without using as much bandwidth:

I know; I know.  We shouldn't have to do this.  But let's face reality.  If you want to be informed, using the least bandwidth, use the websites that limit graphics and videos.  If you have more to add to this list, or find any of these are no longer restricting video and pop-up data, please add your information to this thread.

Thank you.
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Thanks for sharing ways to maximize data with other customers.
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Also, I think text-only readers will like this news aggregate:


And take a look at these:
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Some of the links given here simply serve up the mobile device versions of those web sites mentioned while others a pure text only sites.

Reputable web sites often query the browser's user agent string to determine whether they should serve up the full version of the web site or the mobile version (i.e. SmartPhone) of the web site. The assumption is that if your user agent string indicates a mobile device then you're on a severely limited mobile data plan and it's in their best interest to give you a lighter version of the site.

With most desktop browsers, it's possible to trick a site into believing you're on a mobile device by changing the user agent string - developers will do this for testing purposes to ensure their site displays well on mobile devices (without having to buy every mobile device known to man).

The following link describes this in a little more details and mention's a couple of easy to use "User Agent Switchers" - by switching to one of the mobile devices available you can save a lot of data. I'll frequently do this towards the end of the month when short on data since I adamantly refuse to buy more..


In my case, I use Firefox and the User Agent Switcher for Firefox add-on; I'll generally switch over to one of the Windows Phone user agent strings; for example using a couple sites listed here I get the following using the simple unqualified URLs:

www.reuters.com - 1.1 MB vs 173 KB (or .173 MB) when using the default string vs a mobile string. 
www.csmonitor.com - 3.6 MB vs. 1.5 MB when using the default string vs a mobile string.

As noted, this works on most reputable websites without having to remember or bookmark different URLS; most sites will then be delivered at everyday low prices. Occasionally, you'll hit a poorly designed site that just wont work with this technique - simply try a different user agent string selection that works for the majority you visit (one of the Android choices may be a better fit for your browser).
The only thing you really need to do for the mobile versions using this technique is to resize your browser to the form factor of a mobile device since images are delivered in a lower resolution and will appear pixelated if that bothers you.

P.S. As an aside and on a related matter, some have questioned in the past why their mobile devices use more data when they are on their their Exede connection vs. their cellular data connection -  I suspect it's because your mobile device is detecting that you're on a WIFI connection, and sending a different user agent string under the faulty assumption that all WIFI connections are unlimited data plans and wanting to provide you with a richer, more costly experience. In this case, check to see if your mobile device allows you to tag a WIFI connection as "metered".
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This site is a real help for me.  I use a bluray player with internet to screen email before it even gets to my computer. But ́is limited in what it can do. With this site I can get current news in a small format my player can handle. I doubt I ́m the only one doing this. Thanks!   

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