The Vodafone Betavine site is a open community website created and managed by Vodafone Group R&D with the mission to
...support the wider development community in stimulating ideas, developing, testing and launching great new applications for mobile and Internet communications.
Interesting. Vodafone is huge, so they should have the power to make device manufacturers adhere to the (few) mobile browsing and applications standards that exists. If you are not familiar with developing for mobile devices, you can compare it with the problems we had a decade ago developing for Mozilla and Internet Explorer. But imagine a headache hundreds of times worse as each device has its own peculiarities (even “standard“ software like the Nokia Series Sxx).
The site is open to anyone and I am thrilled to see that Vodafone is not censoring complaints (at least so far).
Judging from some forums they could have called the site VodafoneBetaWhine… Vodafone, correctly, get a lot of complaints regarding their Mobile Internet which basically destroys all internet sites that provide their own mobile rendering. Vodafone Italy goes one step further than the Vodafone operators in other European countries and even imposes their own Vodafone header and footers on some mobile devices making it look like the service is provided by Vodafone. Difficult to explain to customers that pays for picture perfect rendering just to see it garbled by Vodafone...
Thanks for the link Maurizio.