on 25-08-2010 14:37
I'm guessing you're running froyo as I don't have the option to enter a manual setting for UAstring when I do the about:debug trick: I just get a choice of android, desktop or iPhone.
Yeah, sorry - should have mentioned that, never ocurred to me that the 2.1 stock browser didn't suppply the option (shame Dolphin doesn't either).
I de-branded my O2 phone and installed a base HTC 2.1 android before updating to 2.2 (following instructions from another thread on here). I'm not rooted though.
I appreciate that this option isn't necessarily for everyone though.
What I find abhorrent is that O2 are selling a Simplicity for Smartphone tariff: it should work in whatever smartphone the customer wants to use it in. I expect this to be a problem for all new handsets as they become available
Agreed - I was almost tempted to contact Offcomm (would this count as mis-selling, I don't know?)
on 25-08-2010 18:15
Ok, I've managed for the first time since having the phone to connect via Openzone. Here's what I did....
Using the info supplied by andy2010 on page 5 (many thanks for this), I discovered that my user agent string was like his that didn't work.
1) Opened stock browser
2) In the address bar entered "about:debug" and hit enter. (This doesn't at first appear to do anything obvious, but in fact allows some extra options in the menu)
3) Press Menu -> More -> Settings then selected the (newly available) UAstring option
4) Select Manual, then enter the text as per andy2010's working settings "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-gb; HTC_Desire Build/ERE27)" - I imagine that not all of this is necessary, probably just the "HTC_Desire Build/ERE27" bit but not tested that theory!
5) Without quitting the browser (I believe these settings reset if the session is restarted) tried to go to any web site - this brought up the Openzone login page
6) Click on the O2 user button and entered my phone number
7) That's it (the login seemed to fail/timeout but when then trying to go to other web pages it worked)
This resulted in Openzone working for everything - stock browser, email client, Dolphin, Maps etc etc.
What I don't know (and haven't tried) is whether this will all need doing each time I connect or if that's it. I suspect I won't need to and that now my handset is registered that's it, job done.
I hope this makes sense and helps some people...
Having already tried numerous times in the past to login, I did have to go to the O2 website form to reset my Openzone access first (for some reason texting wifi to 2121 didn't do it)
(edited to updated title as only appears to work on froyo)
Got to stage 6 and then it hung, but then didn't work. Tried getting back to it but only get the standard o2 /openzone screen.
Me thinks UA string definitely has a part to play
on 25-08-2010 21:00
Warning: doing this loses all the apps you've installed (I lost beebplayer as it's not available on the market anymore) so you have to reinstall them.
Warning: doing this loses a lot of settings but does keep some. For example, you have to reenter your gmail account details.
Warning: I lost all the text messages that I've received and sent although in a previous factory reset I didn't. I also lost the call history.
Warning: doing this loses any links you've set up between contacts from different sources in the people app.
None of that's the end of the world: it didn't take me long to put things back to the way they were (the market seems to remember what apps you've download previously when you click on "Download").
Anyway, here's the process (please read all the way through first):
* power down phone
* remove SIM
* power on
* go to settings->privacy->Factory data reset
* follow the prompts to do the factory reset
* when the phone comes back up and is usable, register with your Wifi router so you've got a network connection (ie as the SIM isn't in the phone, you're not using the mobile network)
* use the stock browser and browse to http://igx.net/whatami.html to check the userAgent and appVersion are now set to:
appVersion: 5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-gb; HTC_Desire
Build/ERE27) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile
userAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-gb;
HTC_Desire Build/ERE27) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko)
Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17
* power down the phone
* insert SIM
* power up the phone
* use the stock browser and browse to http://igx.net/whatami.html
* confirm userAgent is still set as above
I did visit a BT Openzone hotspot having done that and the first page displayed was the same page that the phone that worked displayed! However, when I entered my phone number on the relevant page, it said that I already had another device registered (I'm guessing the other phone). So I've done a wifi reset so hope that'll get me access tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
on 25-08-2010 22:24
This uastring. Worked:
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-gb; HTC_Desire Build/ERE27) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17
I got this page when I tried to load my browser
Then this that seems to process registration
And finally this one
Seemed to be the middle reg page that did the business, maybe save that and try it directly, it's openzone so might work for you too
on 26-08-2010 09:01
No wonder it's hit or miss whether BT Openzone works: it depends on how you first powered it up when you received it! Given my experience, with a SIM, it won't work, without it, it will.
on 26-08-2010 10:00
on 16-09-2010 17:29
I still can't access BT Openzone.
on 23-09-2010 08:21
With this UA string:
"Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-gb; HTC_Desire Build/ERE27) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17"
The standard registration page freeze, then says cannot communicate with server.
For me, the "https://my.btopenzone.com/welcomewifi/index.php" link did work, but gave me an authentication error. Now I get an error message saying "too many server redirects".
It seems to be happy if I switch the UAstring to "iPhone", but then I get a message that I'm on the wrong contract. Could always switch to an iPhone contract with the Desire UAstring set to "iPhone" if they can't fix the problem I suppose.
on 23-09-2010 22:12
The 1st page i get is username & password & buying options on BT homepage
I contacted O2 & was given my username & password & a link to O2 webpage
to change my password to something i can remember
Is this normal or have i been given the wrong info :robotindifferent: