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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

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