Vodacom hijacks 404 errors? WTF?

frankvw

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Since a few days (it may have been going on for longer) I've noticed that when I access the Internet through Vodacom, Vodacom redirects 404 errors from some websites. Clicking on a broken link doesn't give me the usual '404 error' page generated by the browser (on sites that don't implement their own 404 handling) but redirects me to "Vodacom Flex" which looks like a portal/search sort of thing. See here: http://flex.vodacom.co.za/err/zerod-web/p/zerod-home/#/?ab_splash=splash404&err=404

Not only is this extremely annoying, but I also find it a very dubious business practice to hijack a customer's connection (not to mention their web browsing experience) in order to shove a totally crappy portal site in their face.

I've tried to find out what Vodacom Flex is supposed to be, and I get the impression that it has something to do with options to have limited Internet access without using data (or after your data bundle has run out) but surely a 404 error shouldn't trigger that behavior...

Is there a way to get around this $h1t?

// FvW
 

dontspeak

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Sep 1, 2016
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Getting the same errors as well. Very irritating. Especially when you want to see the actual response you got from your service
 

Leno

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load cloudflare warp app and dont let vodacom snoop on your connection

I assume these sites you are browsing are not https?
 

Dups!

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Apr 15, 2010
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Vodacom has become one rubbish network. If I do not get those errors it hangs.

It used to very good on this network but these days it is just pathetic.
 
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