New Bolt web browser for Java enabled phones now in beta

New Bolt web browser for Java enabled phones now in beta

Summary: Years ago I tried using the ThunderHawk web browser on my Pocket PC to get a better browsing experience. ThunderHawk was developed by Bitstream and is a server-side browser like the new Skyfire browser that is under development. I just read over on CrackBerry.com that Bitstream is working on a new browser called Bolt for Java-enabled handsets. The Bolt browser is in beta right now and CrackBerry.com has 1,000 invites so get on over and sign up for the beta to test on your device.

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New Bolt web browser for Java enabled phones now in betaYears ago I tried using the ThunderHawk web browser on my Pocket PC to get a better browsing experience. ThunderHawk was developed by Bitstream and is a server-side browser like the new Skyfire browser that is under development. I just read over on CrackBerry.com that Bitstream is working on a new browser called Bolt for Java-enabled handsets. The Bolt browser is in beta right now and CrackBerry.com has 1,000 invites so get on over and sign up for the beta to test on your device.

While I no longer have a BlackBerry-enabled SIM, I plan to try out the Bolt browser on my Nokia E71 to see how it works. I am quite happy with Skyfire on my E71 since it lets me view Hulu.com videos right on my phone. The Bolt browser is capable of working on a much larger number of phones and looks to really be optimized for the majority of people with non-smartphone devices. The beta is currently free to try out.

UPDATE: As posted in the comments they are offering beta referral codes for the first 500 readers to sign up. Go to www.BoltBrowser.com, enter ZDNET in the referral field and you will be sent a link to download the latest build of BOLT. This code will be good for the first 500 readers that respond. I have my beta download and plan to test it out soon myself.

Topics: Open Source, Browser, Mobility

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  • Internal Server Error

    I tried signing up for beta for my personal use. but it only gives Internal server error. should I enter something in 'referral code'?
    winux apple picker
    • BOLT Technical Support

      Given the extremely large number of users that wanted to try BOLT, we experienced some delays in processing key requests. We have worked through the weekend and emails are on their way to you. You can also ensure a key by filing our the form again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html. Bitstream support is giving their utmost attention to all requests.
      Thanks,
      BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
      support@boltbrowser.com
      boltsupport
  • ZDNet Code for BOLT Beta

    ZDNet readers looking to kick the tires on the new BOLT mobile browser - - Here is a code just for you! Go to www.BoltBrowser.com, enter "ZDNET" in the referral field and you will be sent a link to download the latest build of BOLT. This code will be good for the first 500 readers that respond. Please be patient as we are experiencing a tremendous response to our beta offer.

    We look forward to your feedback!

    -The BOLT team
    MelissaKBurns
    • Didn't help

      Mellissa,

      I'm using blackberry bold from AT&T for personal use. I tried with both referal codes 'Crackberry' and 'ZDNET' - it gives the same error.

      "Internal Server Error
      The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

      Please contact the server administrator, bitstrea@pair.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

      More information about this error may be available in the server error log. "

      How do I sign-up?

      Any one had any luck?
      winux apple picker
      • Sorry to hear about the issues

        I signed up early this morning and received my beta invite. Maybe they are getting slammed and didn't anticipate all of the traffic. If I find out what is going on I will let you know here.
        palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
        • What about Opera Mini?

          Hey Matt, I find it odd that you mention Skyfire, a newcomer, but not the "grand daddy" and current market leader, Opera Mini? How come?

          Bolt is more like Opera Mini too. It runs on just about any phone, whereas Skyfire requires a smartphone.

          If you are going to compare proxy browsers it makes more sense to compare newcomers to the market leader with the most users, Opera Mini, right?
          Mipe Relons
  • RE: New Bolt web browser for Java enabled phones now in beta

    Same result even after putting referal code 'Crackberry'. :(
    winux apple picker
    • BOLT Technical Support

      Hi,

      Thanks for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

      We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable. ?If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable.

      Thanks,
      BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
      support@boltbrowser.com
      boltsupport
  • RE: New Bolt web browser for Java enabled phones now in beta

    500 or 403 errors. I want to play with Bolt!
    WayneNH
    • BOLT Technical Support

      Hi,

      Thank you for your interest in Bitstream's BOLT browser technology.

      We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience. The key is one-time use only so if you accidently hit it within your email program, you may find the key unusable. ?If you have this problem, please sign up again at http://www.boltbrowser.com/download.html and you will receive a new key. Please note that all urls are one time usable.

      Thanks,
      BOLT Beta Support Team at Bitstream
      support@boltbrowser.com
      boltsupport