Found on the Mobile Web #21

Found on the Mobile Web is an occasional Wap Review feature listing new and updated sites featured on the mobile portal and WapReview mobile site directory. With these latest additions and directory and portal now list 814 mobile sites.


 Surf EuropeSurf Europe ( mobile site from the magazine of the same name. The attractively designed site features surfing news, event listings, interviews and free downloadable surf theme wallpapers. The site was created by Amsterdam based Mowave which according to their website has created mobile sites and services for quite a few magazines including Maxim and Stuff and for the TV series Family Guy. No url’s so I have some digging to do.


XE Converter ( is a simple but powerful wml site for doing currency exchange calculations. You can see the current exchange rates from Dollars or Euros into a dozen of the worlds top currencies at a glance or convert exact amounts between hundreds of currencies.


Premiere ( A movie magazine from the publishers of Elle, Hachette Filipacchi. Premiere is a web only magazine, the print edition ceased publication April, 2007. The new mobile web edition of Premiere carries entertainment news, movie reviews with lots of still photos and box office rankings.

Entertainment/Mobile Video ( – YouTube competitor emphasizing humorous videos. Some of the videos are user submitted while others are made for the site. On the web, lets users comment on and upload videos but the mobile site is view-only. The videos are in .3gp format (176×144, h263 encoded with mono amr audio) which is the lowest common denominator of mobile video formats and should work on just about any mobile phone that can download video from the open internet. They will not work on BREW carriers like Verizon, Alltel and US Cellular which block all off-portal content downloading.

YourVids ( is a mobile video and photo sharing site. Anyone can view the .3gp format videos, free registration is required to upload. Registration only asks for an email address NOT your mobile number which is as it should be. YourVids also emphasizes the social, members can create profiles, message and chat. Some of the photos and videos on YourVids are mildly NSFW.


oFFrz ( is a shopping coupon site. Most of the deals are specific to India mainly in the Delhi region.


National Hurricane Center ( Live or travel in hurricane country? This site will keep you updated on tropical storms along both US coasts.

News/US Local by State/IN – NV

Las Vegas Now ( Local news and weather from Las Vegas TV Channel 8.

Business/Mobile Banking

 Wells Fargo Mobile Wells Fargo ( another big US bank has launched a mobile web bank site. The free service lets Wells Fargo customers check balances, transfer funds between accounts and view recent transactions. Customers need to sign up for mobile banking on the web at using a PC. I’m not a Wells customer but based on the Flash demo at the mobile site appears to have good usability. Surprisingly, Wells does not offer an ATM finder on the mobile site which is the mobile banking feature that I actually use the most.

Wachovia Bank ( Wachovia is another US bank with branches on the the US east cost, Texas and in the Los Angeles area. The bank’s mobile site is available to all Wachovia online banking customers without any additional signup and offers account balances, transaction history, transfer between accounts and an ATM and branch finder.