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Jan 23, 2007 05:27 PM

Mobile Edition

Has anyone else had trouble with the Mobile Edition? I've tried to access multiple times only to end up with error messages.

I did get it to load once and the only thing that came up were recipes. Frankly, I don't really care one way or another about the availability of recipes on my BlackBerry.In the 1 download that was successful there were no links and no other optons available. I was really hoping to be able to access the boards using the Mobile Edition because using the regular site is way beyond cumbersome.

Is it my device or are there problems with the Mobile Edition.

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  1. It has not worked except for a bunch of worthless recipes all day. More of that crappy Chow-zine nonsense that 99% of us can live without.

    1. Mobile site is only recipes right now. Chowhound mobile edition is coming in the next few weeks.

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      1. re: Engineering

        Still only recipes three months later. Is there a current ETA for the mobile edition?

        I've found the recipes to be pretty useless since how often do I find myself
        out away from home and cooking at the same time?

        1. re: Chuckles the Clone

          The mobile recipe feature might be useful when you're standing in the grocery store and wonder what to make with the chuck roast that's on sale this week.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I don't think so. If you're connected to the internet and you're wondering
            what to make of your chuck roast, you type the words chuck, roast, and
            recipe into google and it returns 392,000 possibilites, of which the first 100, at
            least, look promising. Even if were stocked with a thousand times
            the current number of recipes (a current number which is approximately 45)
            it wouldn't be able to compete.

            Chowhound needs to be accessible by mobile phone. Have a look at
   for a good example of it being done right. But I don't
            want to use yelp when I'm sitting in a restaurant trying to decide what
            to order. Or standing outside wondering if I should go in. Or thumb-typing
            a review over dessert.

      2. Google's "wap-izer" will let you read the rest of the boards right now. ( The recipes thing is pretty useless for the typical chowhound-home cooking forum participant.

        1. So it seems that this last post is over a year old and still no movement? besides going through Google any other way to access chowhound on my phone?

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          1. re: Charles

            If you have a Blackberry you can use Opera as the browser. That works pretty well for Chowhound. Safari on the iPhone also works very well.

            I can't believe Engineering stated the mobile version would be ready in several weeks over a year and a half ago. Hasn't anyone told them the old adage that they should under promise and over deliver?

            1. re: KTinNYC

              Any suggestions for a smartphone?

          2. Wow I hope someone in marketing and tech support is reading this.
            I was just on a weeklong trip to San Francisco and Portland and although I have been a loyal chowhounder for many years I was forced to use YELP the entire time because the only access to the internet I had available was on my smart phone, and unfortunately Chowhound is virtually unreadable in the web browser on my phone! The Yelp interface on the other hand is as Tony the tiger would say grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat.
            Please Chowhound/CNET don’t make me leave my beloved chowhound for the evil (and quiet honestly less houndy) yelp.

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            1. re: Charles

              I have both read and posted from a Treo. So it is possible. However, if
              given the choice between doing that again or sticking a spork into my
              eyeball, I'd have to flip a coin.

              Seriously chowfolks, you're missing a very large and important boat here.

              1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                Have you tried using Opera as your browser? If not please give it a try. It's better than the BB browser. I'm not familiar with the Palm browser.

                1. re: KTinNYC

                  I've occasionally found the Opera BlackBerry browser a helpful workaround for some sites, but not for Chowhound.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I find it vastly superior than the BB browser but I guess that isn't saying much.

                    1. re: KTinNYC

                      Superior for Chowhound in particular? If so, is there some trick to skipping to the content?

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        I just bookmarked the boards page so I can navigate directly to the boards I'm interested in viewing. Learning the shortcut keys also helps, for example my B/N key (I use a pearl) pages down so I avoid having to use the trackball.