In a Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) device 10 providing a Java (RTM) based application platform for phones 30, PDA's 50 and set top boxes 40 which is compatible with various other devices and protocols, the prohibition on redirecting data to another hub is lifted by establishing additional channels to redirection locations. Graphical content from a webpage or other resource 15 is provided directly to eg. a phone platform 30 upon request, but content from a resource at a different server 15' is provided via a second channel 60 which communicates details of the redirected location. System 10 can also act as a portal to a secure system (110, Fig 2) via third party authentication, or as a web-based lottery ticket vendor (Fig. 3) via unique identifiers.