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Old 29-06-2010, 06:41 AM
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Skyfire browser proxy closing down in selected countries

Skyfire, the proxy web browser with ability to view rich media, is closing down operations in a number of countries from 1st July 2010. This change however applies only to Symbian and Windows Mobile versions.
The following notice is presented upon startup of the browser.
“Dear Skyfire User
As, of July 1st, 2010 Skyfire will
no longer be providing service
in your country for the windows
mobile and symbian browser. In
order to offer the best possible
service level for our officially
supported customers and
countries , Skyfire is
consolidating the countries in
which it operates. We apologize
for this inconvenience and hope
you have enjoyed the Skyfire
will work on your phone until
July 1st 2010,at which time the
service will be de-activated and
your browser will no longer
function. You can direct inquiries
about this to geo@skyfire.com.”
Mobile Royale’s attempts to contact Skyfire to get a list of affected countries was unsuccessful due to the provided address ( geo@ ) rejecting incoming email.
So far, the list of countries that we have been able to confirm are as follows -
Australia
Ecuador
Hungary
India
Malaysia
Mexico
Pakistan
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Skyfire, the proxy-based web browser which can handle Flash video, is reportedly tightening its belt, closing down its servers and operations in a number of countries from Thursday (1st July), according to Mobile Royale. A shutdown notice is presented to users attempting to use the browser in a number of countries, including Australia, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Comments welcome if you can add to this list or shed any light on what's going on - there's no official word from Skyfire's site or blog yet.


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Old 29-06-2010, 07:04 AM
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This is sad. I wish they could have atleast given us an option to use the browser without the compression that happens at their servers. This would have translated into slower loading of data (and more data user) on our phones, but I found that Skyfire did handle a lot of content in a better way than the Nokia Browser.

I just hope Opera does not make a similar announcement.
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Old 29-06-2010, 07:17 AM
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Same here, in Poland :(

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Old 29-06-2010, 07:40 AM
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Thanks, I'll add new countries mentioned below into the main list (above) - if that makes sense!
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Old 29-06-2010, 07:46 AM
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same for New Zealand. Damn shame really as it's the only mobile browser I really like.

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slovakia's on the list too :(

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Old 29-06-2010, 08:28 AM
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Too bad

Same in Romania. It was my browser of choice. I will stick with Opera now.

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Old 29-06-2010, 09:14 AM
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They seem to have knocked off a lot of countries. Wonder where is it working.

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They're stopping support for Windows Mobile and Symbian only.

Stupid Ameican mindset strikes again. Skyfire is a Steve's (Jobs) drone now.
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Old 29-06-2010, 12:36 PM
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what a mess! this browser is cool, hopefully this works until july 1st.,,, hehehe!

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Old 29-06-2010, 05:03 PM
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works fine in germany

skyfire 1.5.0.15495 works fine for me in germany on symbian s60 3rd. i can search google and open web pages.

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Their http://www.skyfire.com/focus-geography-and-skyfire-1-0/ contains confusing mixed messages. On the one hand they say that now that v2.0 is their future, they're going to stop v1.0 and v1.5, so as to focus resources. Fair enough. They then say that v1.0 and v1.5 *will* carry on being supported, but only in certain countries!

I guess it's down to there already being Skyfire proxy server farms in those particular countries?
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Nokia should buy Skyfire..

This is a shame really.. I always watch Live Motogp races on it whenever I'm out n about and away from my laptop.. Now there goes my full year subscription on Motogp.com coz I'm always out n about n away from my laptop.. But hey.. they only mentioned Winmo & Symbian devices.. Does that mean Android devices are fully supported everywhere?? Then I should suggest Nokia buy this company now and make Skyfire its default browser(after tweaking some improvements, of course).. c",)

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Stupid Ameican mindset strikes again. Skyfire is a Steve's (Jobs) drone now.
What you are seeing is the "losing money too fast" mindset. It was inevitable that Skyfire was going to have to do something to cut costs. Other proxy browsers are barely able to make money, and then Skyfire comes around and is mostly used for bandwidht-heavy stuff like video?

They had to do this, focus on markets and products they had a fair chance of not losing too much money on, or they would have gone bankrupt.

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Their http://www.skyfire.com/focus-geography-and-skyfire-1-0/ contains confusing mixed messages. On the one hand they say that now that v2.0 is their future, they're going to stop v1.0 and v1.5, so as to focus resources. Fair enough. They then say that v1.0 and v1.5 *will* carry on being supported, but only in certain countries!

I guess it's down to there already being Skyfire proxy server farms in those particular countries?
No, it's down to Skyfire not making money, and moving out of the places they are making the least amount of money in a desperate attempt to lower their expenses.
 

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