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Community Level 5Squidget

Squidget

Not quite there with WAP

AdvantagesCheck travel scores lottery

Disadvantagesslow and expensive

"This is a basic review on WAP itself, this was the only category that I could find to place it in, if anyone knows where else let me know. Enjoy! WAP is this year's biggest hype, with mobile phone companies and shops bragging that it's the "hippest" way of getting the Internet on the move. However, WAP has not lived up to its debut and it is now being billed as a poor relation interim to second-generation mobile phone technology that will rapidly ..." Read review
29.01.2001

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Community Level 3Briz_Hatch...

Briz_Hatchings

WAP Hard done by

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

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

"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 ..." Read review
04.04.2001

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Community Level 3rambo

rambo

This may be the end of WAP

AdvantagesCheap internet connection charges and errr thats all

DisadvantagesI can't really comment on the disadvantages as it is not yet released in the U. K. I will update this opinion when it is realesed.

"[*UPDATED] WAP phones (Wireless Application Protocol) may be the latest craze to hit the U. K but the latest craze in Japan is the “I-mode”. I-mode has been in Japan for about a year now and it is already making waves over there. About I-mode ************ Mari Matsunaga an ex-journalist created the I-mode. DoCoMo currently owns the i-mode. It is also part of the NTT, which is the equivalent to BT. in May 1999; the company predicted ..." Read review
23.01.2001

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Community Level 7andycharger

andycharger

Ahead of its time (and technology

AdvantagesNone

DisadvantagesCant see pictures, slow downloads

"Being a web developer, I thought I should experiment with the world of WAP phones. I can tell you, I was dissapointed. The concept is a great Idea. Making the internet come to life in your phone. The trouble is, technology is not yet advanced enough to make this practical. You can only access certain web sites, you will not be able to recieve pictures on the 2 tone screen,and the speed is very slow indeed. I think The internet should stay on computers ..." Read review
31.08.2000

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Community Level 4ChrisCooper

ChrisCooper

---INFORMING YOU OF THE FUTURE---

AdvantagesInstant viewing of all websites, no matter how many pictures on it

DisadvantagesVery expensive, in excess of 50p a minute

"When you think of WAP (wireless application protocol), you think of a really slow internet connection via a mobile which cost a bomb. Well, that, in short, is right. So I am about to inform you who don't already know about GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). It is basically using a high speed modem on a WAP platform using GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and TDMA (time devision multiple access) operators. GPRS is just a simplified ..." Read review
27.12.2000

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Community Level 3leematthews

leematthews

WAP is CRaP

AdvantagesNone

DisadvantagesSlow, unreliable, expensive, pointless

"WAP is the biggest disaster to hit the mobile phone market since the Snake game! On todays phones, WAP really is cr*p, with little information available apart from news, sport, weather and horoscopes. The service is EXTREMELY slow, and expensive. WAP is short for Wireless Application Protocol, although SUW would be a better name for it…Slow, Unreliable and Worthless. I have split the elements of WAP into sections, se below…. *WHAT CAN ..." Read review
14.05.2001

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Even GPRS may not be that great

Advantagesoffers elementary mobile internet provision

Disadvantagespainfully slow, limited content

"WAP is the current buzzword, with all the m-commerce possibles that are opened up by WAP enabled phones. However the fact of the matter is that WAP is a definite underperformer, not least becasue of the dirth of good WAP content that was available when WAP was first launched. Effectively it was little more than an a slight advancement over the operator services offered over SMS by Orange and Vodafone on phones such as the 3210. The puny Data Transfer ..." Read review
11.08.2000

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Community Level 2Nicola7

Nicola7

Extremely OverHyped

AdvantagesNot many

DisadvantagesBad quality, small screen

"WAP phones were one of the most hyped products to be brought out but when they first came out they were extremely expensive and most people could not afford them. They have since become less pricy but it is still expensive to connect to the net. Once of the internet the quality is poor and some people cannot even tell what website they are even on. The fact that they are black and white makes it boring to visit a site. Why bother to go to all the ..." Read review
29.08.2000

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Community Level 1BlakJak

BlakJak

IS it worth it???

AdvantagesWWW access

Disadvantagesslow, expensive, pointless, gimic

"WAP phones...what a great gimic...the ability to check sports results play online hangman and send emails on the go....it make s a great present for the first few weeks..then the novelty wears off...then once every few weeks you may need to use the highly overpriced increadibly slow access to the WWW. A pointless exercise....DO NOT BUY THE BORING WAP PHONES...if you want to buy a phone that is stylish with WAP cabilities for infrequent use buy the ..." Read review
12.07.2000

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Community Level 1ani_mal

ani_mal

WAP is it worth it

Advantagesbeing able to check email

Disadvantageslack of wap sites (information) at the moment

"I bought a war phone back in April of 2000, but I didn't start using it until late 2000. At first I was impressed by the fact that you could get some information through your phone, but that soon wore off. The information you can get is very basic. Searches only return pages that are of course wap enabled (ie written in .wml), this is not many at the moment, but of course may grow in number in time. You can however get brief news stories, and sport ..." Read review
11.01.2001

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Community Level 4Roberts

Roberts

WAP

Advantageseasy 2 use.

Disadvantageslimited sites

"orange wap phones are great! the internet is free at weekends and has good receptions everywhere. the internet is small but very handy you can look at: news sport entertainment, game wap directory and look at your other sites. wap sites are limited but they are very good. wap phones are also fast aswell. people are put of from buying wap phone because of bad publicity and i think the press opened there eyes instead of writing a bunch of crap! i ..." Read review
15.01.2001

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Community Level 2KingWaz

KingWaz

Overated Rubbish

AdvantagesAccesible from nearly anywhere

DisadvantagesLimited service presently available

""Overated Rubbish" is all that I really have to say about the WAP service. The content available is very minimal, data transfer is slow and you can only show so much information on a mobile phone screen. More and more people are now starting to use WAP and in my opinion they are wasting their time and money and should just stick to the internet. The content is greater, and the service is faster. I admit to the fact that the internet is not always ..." Read review
26.08.2000

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Community Level 1james4man

james4man

WAP IS CRAP

AdvantagesYou can download games and it is fast

DisadvantagesIt is expensive and is not very useful

"I recently purchased a new mobile phone. It is a Nokia 3330, and it has WAP. It cost £10 more than the version with out WAP (3310). It is on the vodafone pay monthly tariff. There are hardly any features on WAP and all I used it for was to download games. It is quite fast and reasonably easy to find what you want although the range is limited. It is quite fiddely to use and the calls are very expensive. There is no point in having it as all the services ..." Read review
12.10.2001

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Community Level 1Dindanlick...

Dindanlickman

Wap Phones

Advantagesaccess to live information such as football scores, news, weather.

Disadvantagesvery slow and due to the screen size very little information is gained,

"i was one of the very first people to purchase a wap phone, i had high expectations of what this could do but was disappointed in minutes. the content of the wireless internet is poor and slow loading, and there is not much of it due to the size of the screens. When GPRS was brought out i purchased one of them too, this promised to be 10 times faster than wap and offer always on connectivity. Yes, it was faster but this still didn't change the fact ..." Read review
01.11.2002

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Community Level 1craigwil

craigwil

WAP is the future

AdvantagesInformation very at our fingertips

DisadvantagesGlasses may be required

"Wap may sound as though it is alot of old junk and very unnessasary at this time, but when you place the mobile telephone into the same league. Ten years ago there was 1 in20 people had a mobile phone and now it is 1 in 20 have not got a mobile telephone. I see that the wap has a future with us and will stay with us for a very long time. Wap technology has already run further than the companies would like us to know. The third geniration of WAP is ..." Read review
20.11.2000

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