directed to cnn/mobile all of a sudden

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by joe19812, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. joe19812 macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    I've been accessing cnn's standard website regulary but all of a sudden I now keep getting redirected to the cnn/mobile version. Anyone else experience this? How do I reconfigure to only get the standard cnn website?
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    You would have to find out how to get back to the regular CNN site since it is their site that is detecting that you are using a phone and sending you to the mobile version. The iPhone doesn't control what version you see.
  3. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    I sent an email to CNN about the problem.

    Expect it to be fixed in about 8-9 months.
  4. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's weird. But it's not happening to me.....

    Attached Files:

  5. B.A. macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    I have been having this issue with a blog I usually read. Sometimes I get the mobile version, sometimes I do not. I have found when I am on EDGE, I get the mobile version most of the time, and on Wi-Fi, I get the full version. Not sure if you are accessing it using different connections.

    Initially, I was getting the full version of the site even on EDGE. What worked for me to fix this was emptying the cache/clearing history and then restarting the iPhone. YMMV.
  6. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Yep, this sucks. I pulled it up in my bookmarks and got the mobile. I typed in and get the mobile. I'm on wifi. I guess I won't use CNN anymore.

    Any suggestions on a basic news site that doesn't ruin their pages for iPhoners?
  7. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    All these sites need to do to make them iPhone friendly is to add one simple line of code that excludes iPhones from being sent to the mobile version of their sites. Very simple to do.
  8. D3lta macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Cupertino, California
    This also happened to me today. I was out, and decided to check up on the news and I was re-directed to

    I'm assuming the 'm' stands for mobile...

    Found that to be strange...

    Some sites offer to be re-directed to non-mobile versions, all sites need to do that if they plan on going mobile...
  9. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Taking CNN off my list of iPhone friendly sites! :(
  10. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I realized that my above post is not, it is actually

    But, here is the answer to your problem:


    It's like a back door to their site.

    Enjoy :cool:
  11. himansk macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2006
    same happens to website, hate to lookup the timetable on the mobile website...
  12. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Their response to my email.


    We apologize for any inconvenience you are having with our web site at this time. We are working on a fix so that you may have an option for the mobile site or the regular. As of now, there is not a date available to the public as to when this will be fixed. We are however, working on it. Thank you for your patience.


    **** Tech Support

    Summary: Email Submission
  13. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    Yep, just started having this problem the other day. Very annoying, as I check the site 10 times a day, at least.
  14. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    RSS feeds ftw.
  15. camarobh macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I stopped using MSNBC.COM for the same reason. At the very least I want to be able to choose either the mobile or "normal" site.
  16. paulold macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    Washington, DC
    I too have been seeing the mobile version of CNN just recently. For me it coincided with my adding CNN to my Home Screen, so I assumed it had something to do with that. I just tried to access via Safari but it automatically switches over to when I do so. Interesting. The mobile version is okay, but it has less stories on it. I would prefer to choose between the regular version and the mobile version. I didn't really mind zooming in and out and repositioning on the regular version. That's part of the thrill of the touch interface. Double-clicking on a column to get it to fit well on-screen is a fun feature. I was quite comfortable using the site that way. I wonder if it's something set in a cookie. Had we all accidentally hit the mobile access ad?
  17. theblackmamba macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2008
    Full CNN Site

    Hi, i've never posted here before but I was having the same problem. If you go to and it redirects you, scroll ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM. You will see the tiniest link that says "Full Site".

    Click it and voila!

    Hope this helps.
  18. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

    SFC Archer

    Nov 9, 2007
    Troy, MT

    For all of you disliking the "m" version of news and tech websites, then try my solution of using a RSS reader.

    I have found a great reader this is very easy to set up and use on the iPhone and works pretty good on edge. It loads pretty fast and lets you go straight to those news stories that interest you.

    You build your account on a normal Mac or PC, Select CNN, Fox, or favorite news site and select the RSS link. When you open on your iPhone you get a list of the most recent news articles. Find one you want to read up on and it takes you to the normal news link and mobile version.

    I now use this for all of my news and tech sites (to include this one) and have removed all of those web apps from my iPhone.

    I find I am reading the news more and more everyday as it repopulates everytime you log on with updates.

    Hope this helps some of you go back to the normal web sites. Good Luck
  19. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Ummm........ if anyone would bother to look at my above post, I clearly gave the solution to this problem.

    Enter in:

    That's it. Problem solved. It is the same thing as the "normal" site.

    Is my above post invisible?
  20. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    *grin* Just a note:

    That's backwards. You see, they had to _add_ code to make iPhones go to the mobile version in the first place. So they'd need to remove it.
  21. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    That would be one line of code so that *iPhones* only are directed to the full site, regular phones would still get directed to the mobile site.
  22. robhedin macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2006

    actually, it's remove code-- since the iphone already worked, they had to *add* a test to check for iphone / mobile safari to send it to the mobile site. Removing that (added) check would revert to the previous behaviour of treating the iphone like a "full featured" browser.

    (basically, they're probably checking against the user-agent field of the http request).


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