For some strange reason, Orange France uses a transparent proxy server for mobile Internet access. Not sure what the proxy is good for but it has the nasty habit to block access to the mobile version of "Spiegel Online", a German news magazine. This is the only site that I access regularly that seems to be blocked and I am not sure why!? But now I’ve returned to France with Opera Mini and since it uses an encrypted socket connection, I can now read Spiegel online again. Thanks Opera!
The picture on the left shows that Opera Mini supports both socket connections and standard HTTP connections (probably for web only offers that block all other access). The socket interface is selected by default and apart from being encrypted and bypassing proxies, Opera says it is also faster than HTTP connections.
P.S.: You might have noted that this is the third post about Opera mini in a short time. The reason is simple: I am simply amazed by this program and it’s lightning speed and usability.