Can an iphone be set to download text only?

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I was told at the Apple store that iphones have no 'text only' setting, although there is a button at the top left of the screen that gets rid of certain ads. If the iphone itself can't be set to download only text, is there perhaps a browser I could use with that setting? Thanks.
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Tap the  action button, then 'Add to Reading List.' This will save the web page itself. Is that what you mean, or you want to have a reading mode of sorts where there's only text left to read or to actually downloa dand save the text on web sites?
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And are you referring to "Reader Mode" for what the Apple Store told you?
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Is the Reading List like a bookmark on the Alcatel phone? And yes, I think Reader Mode must be what the Apple store showed me. Neither of these is what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a way of preventing, if possible, anything but text from being downloaded. It seems like Reader Mode can only be used after each page has already been downloaded. I'm just trying to find a way of preventing my data usage from going sky high. I wouldn't be watching videos or listening to internet audio, but I'd like to be able to read pdfs, and enjoy the increased speed of downloads, but only if I don't have to drastically increase my data usage.
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Reading List caches the page for later viewing. I'm not aware of anything that can preemptively strip a webpage down to only download text. You could download the Opera browser and activate data saving mode. Opera also has a data compression version of what BIS/BES do with data compression you can download. They claim up to 50% data saved for all data usage even out of browsing but I haven't really gotten around to testing it yet. The data saver option on Opera browser is actually pretty good.
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So when looking at a Web page you just want text of the page to load not the pictures? If so your already loading a mobile version of Web pages with a smartphone. You can do what Goran suggested to save data. Chrome also has a data compression future you can turn on to save data when loading Web pages
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It's just too bad (or awesome?) that the average mobile webpage is now clocking in at well over 2MB with no signs of slowing down.
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OK, so it seems the browser will be the way to do it. So, which, in your opinion, do you think is safer against viruses - Chrome or Opera?
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I'd say chrome although any browser has the chance of leading you to infected things, just don't click links that your not sure are safe or your always taking the chance of getting infected by something as nothing is truly 100% safe but I've used mobile devices for over 6 years and never ever had a single issue. Your pretty safe unless downloading things from international sites giving away free things lol.
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Thanks. I once got a virus on my laptop while using Chrome, despite having Linux (Debian), but it never happened again once I started using Firefox. (I never liked the Iceweasel browser, or the Chromium.) Now that I think of it, I've never heard of anyone getting a virus on their phone. Does it even happen?
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Hard to say which is "safer." my gut would gravitate me to Opera but generally speaking just click on stuff you are not comfortable with or download stuff from sources you are not Ok with an you should be fine.

Viruses on phones can happen but are rarer. Even malware requires you to install something. Be careful about non app store purchases and you should be fine in general. You're on Apple anyways so unless you had your phone you should generally be OK. Just stay away from "free" international crap :P
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Hey Folks :) 

There's a free app that downloads text only and might help save more data, it's called Unstyle http://koo.do/1ODRLpT and it's available on the App Store.

Hope this helps!

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