On a number of mobile data networks, and for certain types of Android phones, it is impossible to visit SSL sites using the builtin mobile web browser.
What you typically experience:
- When your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, you can visit https:// sites without problems
- When Wi-Fi is disabled or out of reach, your phone will use mobile data (typically 3G or Edge) to connect to the internet. When visiting a https:// site, the browser window stays empty, and the browser immediately stops loading the page.
My specific configuration:
- Phone: Google Nexus One (2010)
- Android version: 2.3.4 “Gingerbread”
- Country: Belgium
- Mobile data provider: Mobistar
- Network type: Edge or 3G
The same problem has been reported on many mobile data networks in various countries.
The solution is simple: disable the APN Proxy settings on your phone. On my Nexus One with Android 2.3.4 this is the menu sequence:
- Open menu
- Select Settings
- Select Wireless & networks
- Select Mobile networks
- Select Access Point Names
- Select your active access point
- Clear the values for Proxy and Port
- Press menu button and select Save