Google blocks GSM connections?

When traveling (locally, or nationally), I have enjoyed the freedom of getting to the Information Superhighway via Bluetooth and my Nokia 6600. I get decent speed (i.e. can load and read most any webpage, reminiscent of perhaps a speedy land-line modem connection).

I am limited, however, by one major problem. Google apparently blocks my incoming (or returning?) GSM connection. While I can load almost any website, I am unable to access Google, GoogleMail, GoogleMaps, et. al. The reason behind such a move is... perplexing.

My connection will connect and have a short chat with Google, but the result is still a blank webpage (or Loading... in the case of GoogleMail).

My one recourse is Google's very cool Google WAP site (which is oddly named XHTML, although the header reads:

I can access this tight, efficient search engine through the built-in browser on my phone or over the BT->GSM connection. Too bad there isn't a gmail.com/xhtml

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.