Use of Wap (wireless Application Protocol) in Cell Phones

By: Sherry Khan

WAP-An Overview

Wireless Application Protocol commonly known as WAP is used to enable the access of internet in the mobile phones or PDAs. WAP is an international standard for the devices that use the wireless communications. Nowadays internet has prevailed in our lives so much that it has become difficult to live without it even for a while. But we can not have access to our personal computers all the time to connect to the internet, like when we are on the go or we are out of town for while and we want to check our mail or want to make a flight-reservation online or chat to an associate or a friend. In the situations like these, WAP comes in handy. All we have to do is to carry a WAP enabled mobile phone or PDA. Approximately all the mobile phone carriers have the WAP service these days, therefore all you need to get WAP on your device is to get the configuration settings from your wireless carrier and you are in business. But the use of WAP can be a bit tricky for the beginners as the pages open in your mobile phone are not quiet same to the ones on your pc or laptop because these pages are optimized for mobile phones and PDAs and the images and text is quiet small.

WAP Applications

There is a need of certain applications to make the full use of WAP in your device. The first thing you need is a WAP browser to access different wap-sites. Most WAP-enabled mobile phones and PDAs have a built-in WAP browser but you can also use a third party wap-browser. A famous browser in Opera-mini which is available free of cost for most of the models available and offers many features that the built-in browsers do not.
Another application that people want to use in their wap-enabled phones is an instant messenger. An instant messenger enables you to do a live chat. The famous instant messaging services are MSN, YAHOO, AOL and GOOGLE. The used of these services in your mobile phone enables you to chat live with your friends and family all around the world. There are number of wap messengers that enable you to avail this service and some of them are even free. The instant messaging is one of the biggest advantages one can avail using a cellular phone.
There are certain applications that connect you to the global positioning system commonly known as GPS so that you can not get lost and you can easily find your destinations all around the world.

WAP Sites

With the use of your WAP browser in your mobile phone you can only access the wap-sites, which means you do not have access to the whole World Wide Web. This is a drawback of the wap as one cant access all the web from his device. But with this technology, all the major online companies have opened their wap sites along with their websites and the count is increasing every single day because the use of wap all around the world has become very popular.

Wireless Application Protocol: The Bottom Line

As the bottom line, it is to be said that the use of WAP has made the access to web very easy. The access to the internet has become very easy when you are on the move and the use of mobile phones have become much more worthy.

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