Updated: 24/9/05; 10:43:14
 Friday, May 2, 2003

I've been on the road a lot recently and have relied heavily upon my mobile phone for sending and receiving email as well as m-blog posting. During moments of boredom on trains I even poked around my phone's WAP features. It occurred to me that WAP might be an ideal way of keeping up to date with my subscribed-to RSS feeds. So I created a WAP RSS viewer.

What it actually does is to use Radio's aggregator data from all my subscribed-to favourite RSS feeds and convert that to a set of WAP files. I can then browse these files with my WAP phone. This is really handy because I can now keep up to date when I'm away from my copy of Radio or NetNewsWire (I duplicate my NNW feeds in Radio for just this purpose).

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Here are a couple of screen shots. Apologies for the poor quality but I just placed my phone on a scanner.

I've created this as a Radio tool so anyone can use it with their weblog. However, there's one gotcha. WAP WML files won't upstream to UserLand's Radio Community Server so if you have your weblog hosted by radio.weblogs.com I'm afraid you can't use this tool, yet. I've asked nicely if UserLand would allow WML files to upstream so who knows.

If anyone uses their own RCS or an RCS that allows the upstreaming of WML files then let me know and I'll send you a copy of the tool.

In the meantime, you're welcome to read my RSS feeds via WAP. I upstream them here:


So just point your WAP browser to that URL. Some older WAP browsers have a maximum file size limit so some feeds with a lot of entries might not be viewable. Most modern phones shouldn't have a problem. The feeds update every hour when my copy of Radio performs its aggregator scan.

Happy WAP-ing!

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