What does WAP mean?<br />WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol.<br />It refers to the technical standard for the access of information via a wireless network (eg. Mobile e-mail, news. Etc).<br />
What is it used for?<br />The access of information through a completely wireless network (eg. Mobile networks).<br />Can be used for E-mails, News, and music downloads, through any device that is capable of using a WAP connection like mobiles, pagers, two way radios and smartphones.<br />
The technology side...<br />WAP was originally invented to rewrite existing webpages into simplified, smaller files to be used in Micro-Browsers on handheld devices such as PDA’s and Phones.<br />The browsers used when there is a display and surfing the internet are called Micro-Browsers, and accommodate the low memory and bandwidth constraints encountered when using handheld devices.<br />It is designed to work with pretty much all networks, such as GPRS and GSM.<br />
…<br />WAP can be built on to just about any handheld or portable network operating systems, such as Windows CE, PalmOS, and FlexOS.<br />
What is the difference between WAP and 2G/3G networks?<br />3G is basically a more advanced version of GPRS, giving faster connectivity, inevitably making it more useful than WAP <br />3G’s larger bandwidth and faster connectivity even allows normal web pages to be loaded on the browsers.<br />WAP is only useful for sites formatted in .wml, web pages that have been simplified to make available on WAP.<br />
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