NikLP, on Oct 11 2006, 12:41, said:
please read all - check your preferred connection on the phone before connecting.
What is it?
Short for the Wireless Application Protocol, a secure specification that allows users to access information via mobile phones.
WAP is not the internet. (Although some handsets do have additional capability to allow internet sites to be viewed).
WAP is the standard for how content from the Internet is filtered for mobile communications.
Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola and unwired planet(now phone.com) founded the WAP forum in 1997. The first WAP phone on orange was the Nokia 7110e and was launched in 1999.
How does it work?
WAP uses WML (Wireless Mark-up Language) which is the format in which the information will be displayed on the screen. This is supported by almost every mobile phone browser around the world HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) is what computers use when displaying internet pages.
There are 2 methods to connect to WAP.
This is when the customer’s handset dials into the WAP server to receive information. This is often referred to as Dial-up or GSM (global systems for mobile communications).
When using CSD to connect to Orange World the dial up number would show on the screen as ‘+447973100500’
The phone line is engaged, as if you are on a call
Instead of a dial up connection information is sent over the network in small packets of information.
Rather than using 1 dedicated channel or line, GPRS is split into ‘packets’ and then re-assembled when received at the customers handset
Customers can receive voice calls whilst in a GPRS data session meaning for example, that they could take a call and rejoin a WAP session on the page they left
How much does it cost?
Using CSD the session is charged per second. This will be charged according to the WAP cost on the customers talk plan
GPRS is charged according to the amount of data transferred during the session. This will be charged according to GPRS bundle.