I'm a U.S. developer and I want to test a mobile web application I'm developing on a Nokia Asha 501 to ensure that my emerging world customers will have a good experience. As I understand it, the 501's built-in browser is a WAP browser which means that it will route all requests through a Nokia proxy server. Now the way I test currently is that I'll connect each of my mobile devices to my local wi-fi network and test against my local development web server. None of these devices have SIMs with carrier accounts. Everything thing is done on the local wi-fi network generated by my Verizon Personal Hotspot.
Will I need a carrier account to test against the Asha 501? It looks like it needs to route everything through a Nokia proxy server. Or, in my case, would the Asha browser still be able to send requests to a Nokia proxy out on the Internet via my wi-fi network and then that server would send the request back to my local web server? I suspect that this is not going to work and that I'm going to need some type of carrier account and that I would also then need to test against a copy of my site that sits on my live production site on the Internet, but I'm not sure.