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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Get free WiFi from Starbucks or Barnes and Noble!

Have you heard that these guys are showing free WiFi love to iPhone owners?

Well even if you don't have an iPhone you can get in on the Free WiFi Goodness by simply changing your User Agent! There is a FireFox add-on that is supposed to make the changes for you via a toolbar. I downloaded it here. Some people have complained the tool bar does not show up after installing it. If that is your case then you need to go to tools- add-ons and click options next to the Extension (See below).

Either which way you get to change your user agent here are the settings you will need to emulate an iPhone:

  • Description: iPhone
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en)
  • App Name: AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko)
  • App Version: Version/3.0
  • Platform: Mobile/1A542a Safari/419.3

You can also make the changes directly in the about:config box as show below:

To change the User Agent string, just enter about:config as an address in the address bar of FireFox, the location where you normally enter a URL (link). You should preserve the original value in case you want to revert (When they find a better way to identify iPhones!) You can get the original identifier when you enter just about: in the address bar. It will be the last line there something like:

uild identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008040413 Firefox/

Now to modify it press the right mouse button to get the context menu and select "String" from the menu entry "New". Enter the preference name "general.useragent.override", without the quotes. Next, enter the new User Agent value you want Mozilla Firefox to use. I added my name and a link to my web site to the original value. You can also pick one from the list of User Agent strings. Check the new value by entering about: in the address bar.