Netvibes2Go – All Mobile Net in One Place

I have almost never used Mobile Internet services on my cellphone. With the dismal navigation interfaces on the phones, Mobile Internet was just too hard for me. Until I tried Netvibes2Go. Now I use it almost every day.

With Netvibes2Go I don’t have to surf the mobile net with my phone anymore, I don’t have to switch between different app’s and sites to check E-mail, Calendar or ToDo list. Everything is there, on Netvibes2Go. I just connect, scroll down to the item I need and I’m set. Here’s how the Netvibes2Go service works.

First, to get the most of Netvibes2Go, you have to configure your Netvibes Desktop on the PC for mobile use. This is done by creating a new tab, called “mobile” on your regular Netvibes desktop and putting compatible modules and feeds in it.

The list of compatible modules includes – iCal, ToDo List, Web Note, GMail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL Mail, PopMail, Feeds, Weather, Web search and Blog search. And you can add any RSS or Atom feed you want.That’s it. Now you are ready to use Netvibes2Go service on your mobile phone.

Netvibes2Go PC desktop screenshot

To connect to the service you should go to the address: http://m.netvibes.com and login with you regular Netvibes e-mail/user name and password. After logging in, the “mobile” tab with all the compatible modules and feeds loads and you can start using the service.

As a test I have set-up such a tab with WebSearch, BlogSearch, ToDo List, Webnote, Calendar, GMail and Weather modules. Most of these modules, like ToDo List, Webnote, Calendar are read only on the phone and you have to edit them on your PC. But some, like Web or Blog search have text entry fields and you can perform searches from your handset. E-mail modules let you read your incoming e-mails directly from Netvibes2Go and then allows you to connect to your mail account for further actions.

Netvibes2Go modules

Other Netvibes modules, that were not on mobile compatible modules list, such as Flickr Photos, Analog time, Sudoku, Video, Finance, Google Calculator etc; did not load at all, but did not cause any problems either. So if you want to add some modules that are not on compatible list, you can try doing that. They may work or they may not, but the worst thing that can happen – they won’t load at all.

You can also add any feed you like to your “mobile” tab and they will show on your phone without a problem. Just like on the regular Netvibes, each feed has it’s own container with feed headlines. When you press on the headline you are taken to the entry text page. The only difference here is, that mobile version provides unformatted text feed. All the pictures, formatting and links are dropped.

NetVibes2Go feeds

So now, with Netvibes2Go, I have most of the things I frequently use on the Net, conveniently arranged in one place. The net navigation becomes a none issue, I just scroll up or down to whatever item and service I need. Incoming mail? It’s here on Netvibes. Today’s appointments? Also here. Weather Forecast, ToDo list? Here.

And, when a girlfriend is late for half an hour, instead of mulling around, cursing and pulling my hair, I just take out my Samsung D830, login into Netvibes2Go, scroll down to the feed I like and try to catch up will all the reading I missed.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • http://www.tappity.com Scott Robbin

    I like the concept of accessing Netvibes modules on my phone, but I don’t think it was executed very well. While each individual module is nice, the sum of them make the page long an not easy to navigate. For instance, just one feed will take up the entire page.

    On a similar note, you might want to check out Tappity.com:

    http://www.tappity.com

    It’s also a customizable mobile homepage, except on Tappity, users aren’t limited to what they want to add. In fact, they can submit links and searches themselves, then participate in a rating system. Social bookmarking meets Mobile Search.

  • stace

    Hi Scott,

    I checked Tappity and I’m not impressed. At least for now.

    Just how is it better then mobile Netvibes?

    A feed taking over the whole page? But that’s just 3 to 5 headlines on a cellphone screen. I have no problem with that. And I can add any feed I want.

    I am not surfing the net on my cellphone looking for interesting sites that have mobile version. I find the places to visit and read on my PC.

    What I want on my phone, is for some of them to be easily accessible there. As well as my latest e-mails, appointments and other things. Netvibes gives me this and Tappity doesn’t.

    Social media angle and user submissions of mobile sites on Tappity looks interesting, but that’s not enough.

    Having said that, Tapitty looks like a very young service with a lot of ways to grow.

    And from a point of view of a person that goes to the net primarily via his cellphone it might be great.

    I just think that you won’t find a lot of such persons in the U.S. , so you might rethink this requirement for U.S Zip code on your registration form

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  • Jeff

    Tappity is quite a young service, but I don’t think that it’s used in the way that netvibes is.

    Personally, I use the search on tappity the most. I often find myself in conversations about movies and inevitably a question comes up about a particular actor and what movies he’s appeared in. From the very first line in tappity, I’ve got my IMDB search at my fingertips. Same with Yelp. Or google local…

    As far as feeds go, I’m using a rather small screen (samsung a900) and those 3-5 lines take up most of my screen….just not my style. Plus I have bloglines mobile on my tappity account.

    I guess it just depends on how you use your phone….

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