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WAP Hard done by


Highly convinient, very powerful if used in conjunction with PC based Internet

Calls very expensive, some services such as banking and sharedeling only available on certain models of WAP phone

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WAP, in my view, has been hard done by in its initial reviews. The main reason for this was critics putting it down for not being the mobile Internet it was never cracked up to be. Once you strip away the false expectations, it becomes a very useful tool.
There have been a number of times where I’ve been in situations, wondered about sports results and had no way of finding them out. In the old days I would have had to wait till I got access to the news, teletext or a PC Internet connection. Then, when I got a mobile, I would resort to ringing a mate. Now, with WAP, I don’t even need to ring around finding a mate who knows the score, I just go online and look at it. I can even read a short match review.
Admittedly the above is no answer to the worlds problems but it is a handy tool for the impatient. Along with sports results another convenience I’ve found using WAP is the ability to lay down a bet whilst on a train or in the street. Another possibility is to ring a bookmaker, but with WAP you have all the bets and odds there in front of you so its a better way of doing it.
WAP also allows you to read your email. This works best with an email text message alert where your ISP (Internet service provider) sends you a text message with the sender and subject for every new email you receive. If you like the look of it or think it looks urgent then you can once again go online and have a quick read.
It is however not too easy to reply to an email using a mobile phone, and this, along with a small screen is where the limitations are. Its never going to be able to fill in forms or write long messages with a mobile phone interface, plus with a screen that size your not going to get the flashy sites we’re so used to seeing on the PC based Internet.
Used in tandem with the web though I believe WAP can be a powerful tool. Mobile phone costs are still to high for one to get on their mobile phone and go searching around for and customizing WAP sites you think you might find useful. Fortunately though most WAP service providers such as Vizzavi or Mviva have a PC Internet based site from which you can quickly and cheaply search for, and customize WAP sites.
Quite simply you really do have to know its there before you boot it up on your mobile phone. Other useful WAP sites I use regularly include the Transport for London website, which offers up to date information of delays on the London Transport Network, and a service offered by Railtrack which allows you to look up national train times.
Not having used WAP banking or sharedealing services I don't feel I'm in a position to comment but it does seem that current services are limited to certain models of mobile phone. I assume this is due to security reasons which will no doubt slow the service down. I will get back and edit the article once I've had a chance to test the relevent technology.
Newer GPRS and 3G phones should eradicate problems with the speed of connection and using a Palm, Psion or other form of PDA can currently solve the interface troubles. Skeptics should also bear in mind that by shunning WAP they are missing out on a chance to shape the mobile Internet of the future.

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holland 04.04.2001 01:12

Almost exactly how I feel. Cheers :)

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