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Viewing iPhone Web Sites in Firefox

There are certain web sites which require an iPhone to view. For those who don’t have iPhones, its possible to use those sites by making them think that your web browser is an iPhone. This is accomplished by switching the user agent which is sent by your browser to the web site.

You can change the user agent in Firefox by installing the User Agent Switcher. Once installed, go Tools->User Agent Switcher->Options->Options. Select User Agents and add a new agent called iPhone. Enter the following information in the fields below:

Description: iPhone
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/3B48b Safari/419.3

The other fields can be left blank. Now, when you surf to an iPhone-only web site, switch to an iPhone user agent and you will have full access to the site.

Something important can be learned here: web statistics of browser usage are questionable. Anyone can change the user agent of their web browser and the logs of the web server that is visited will get false information on the browser type. What’s the real market share of web browsers? They can be faked very easily.

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