CNN Lite is a free web portal, advertised as CNN's 'low-bandwidth version'. It provides a very simple interface listing only a series of links, one after the other, to CNN's current top headlines, with a 'Listen' option to read out each article in audio format.
The Top Headlines, But No More
CNN Lite does not provide the user with a lot of browsing options. This is because it is intended to save a lot of bandwidth. Virtually all that the portal provides is the text of the articles, and no more. This means that you cannot browse specific categories of article, for example, or read far back into the early 2000s before the portal was made. But you will spend only kilobytes of data if you are on the go, and even in the worst circumstances, CNN Lite should load quickly. This makes it appropriate for travelling to locales with poor phone reception, for example, or for using very budget mobile phone plans while still reading the news. If you absolutely have to, the portal also includes a link to CNN proper.
Simple To Use, Simple To Choose
Overall, CNN Lite is one of the only options those with much older phones might have to keep up with today's news. It can be used on just about anything, though the 'Listen' functionality will not always work, and so anyone with older devices may enjoy it.