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Hi guys,

I'm pretty disappointed with the built in browser on my Motorola Q phone.

I'd like to try Opera, or any of the other browsers out there, but the Q just won't allow me.

Every time I go to the Opera page to download it, the Q's brower says that it cannot display this type of file.

Any easy solutions? Or do I have to download it to the PC and then Activesync it?

Thanks!
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try and download then activesync across to install the opera browser, this is the most popular way of doing it.
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This is really an absolute nightmare.

Ok, I finally got the two Opera Mini files downloaded to my desktop. Copied them over to the root directory of the Q. But of course it wouldn't run them as they're java files.

After an hour of mucking about, I finally got the trial version of IBM's Java for the Smartphone downloaded and installed (you have to install it on your Windows XP box, and then create 2 folders on the Q, and then manually copy over some folders, and then, and then...)

After all that, I got the demo .jad file to work (some Golf Tracker). Finally got it to run the Opera .jad, when I do so it asks me 'Can Opera Mini use airtime to send or receive via a socket'? (Answered Yes), then it asks me 'Can Opera Mini use airetime to send or receive via http?' (Answered Yes again).

And after hours of diddling with this damned Q phone it's now giving the following error:

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Failed to connect to the Internet
Go to operamini.com/help with your desktop browser or contact your service provider for Internet settings.

I just checked my calendar, and the year is 2007. Why is installing a simple web browser harder than launching a rocket to the moon? This is absolutely insane. I'm about ready to chuck it out the window and go buy a new phone.
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well it really does sound like a nightmare! it shouldn't be as hard as that..have you tried transferring it to a folder from file explorer? or even transferring it onto a memory card and plugging it in and try to execute/install from the card?
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Yep, the file is getting onto the Q properly, that much I'm sure of.

It's just failing to connect to the internet now.

I got a bit tired of screwing with it, and decided to check out some other Java apps that could connect to the internet. Looked into Google Maps, didn't try it yet though as I ran into a comparison with Windows Live Search for mobile phones.

Downloaded that and tried it and it's absolutely fantastic. I don't have a solution to my browser problem, but man having Live Search on this phone makes a world of difference. I'd highly recommend trying it to anyone using Windows Mobile.
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i see glad you have found an alternative solution, which is less frustrating! Not sure why the process you went through is so complicated, but i know it shouldn't be as hard as rocket science.
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Still don't have Opera running, but at least we made some progress here.
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