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What Constitutes a Good WAP Phone


By Daniel Cheung

WAP phones in Australia at the moment are pretty limited in terms of range at the moment.  However, overseas there is a variety of products that are available.  We at iMobile have some of the WAP phone offerings that have appeared (or soon will) in Australia.  We give our opinions of each WAP phone and also a simple summary.  Watch out for further details on these phones on our Future Phones section.

What is WAP?

Wireless Application Protocol, or WAP, is a set of technological standards  that allows mobile phones to surf the Internet. For more information on how WAP works, click here.

How WAP Works

WAP mobile phones surf the Internet by reading specially-created web pages.  These web pages are different from the web pages (written using html) that you can access on your home PC.  WAP mobile phones read wml web pages instead.  Usually these wml pages are in text-only format, with simple pictures only.  This is to cater for two things: firstly, the amount of data that can be transmitted over a mobile connection is limited - only 9.4 Kbps at best; secondly, WAP phones at the moment only display information in black and white.

WAP Phones on Offer in Australia

The following are some of the WAP phones that you already see or will see in the Australian market.






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