WAP - Structure

Wireless Application Protocol(WAP)

   What is WAP? 


The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is a new advanced intelligent messaging service for digital mobile phones and other mobile terminals that will allow you to see Internet content in special text format on special WAP-enabled GSM mobile phones

WAP Web sites that support colour are still few, although several applications, such as mapping services, are expected to make use of the colour option [See
Hitachi C309H CDMA Colour WAP phone]

redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  WAP Developers Forum
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  SIM Application Toolkit (SAT) Forum
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  eSign
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  Mobile Commerce
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  OnLine WAP Browser!
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  Download WAP Software
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  WAP-enabled web sites 
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  Wireless PKI for WAP Security
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  WAP-enabled GSM mobile phones
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  Mobey Forum (pronounced Mo-Bay)
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  Radicchio
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  MeT (Mobile Electronic Transaction)
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  Fundamo
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  WML (Wireless Markup Language)
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  Wireless Internet Gateway - WIG

Through the WAP Forum, WAP has become the de facto global industry standard for providing data to wireless handheld mobile terminals.

Essentially, WAP specifies a thin-client microbrowser using a new standard called WML that is optimized for wireless handheld mobile terminals.

WML (Wireless Markup Language) is a stripped down version of HTML, more a 'DOS-like' version of HTML. 

See WAP Discussion Paper, by Brian Neilson

WAP also specifies a proxy server that acts as a gateway between the wireless network and the wire-line Internet, providing protocol translation and optimizing data transfer for the wireless handset.

WAP also specifies a computer-telephony integration API, called WTAI, between data and voice. This enables applications to take full advantage of the fact that this wireless mobile terminal is most often a phone and the mobile user's constant companion.

On-board memory on a WAP phone can be used for off-line content, enhanced address books, bookmarks and text-input methods.


redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  WAP Developers Forum
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes)  OnLine WAP Browser - surf WAP sites as if you were using a Nokia 7110 WAP phone
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes) Download WAP Software
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes) WAP Technical Details
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes) WAP-enabled GSM mobile phones.
redarrow-tn.gif (64 bytes) WAP-enabled web sites 

WAP-enabled GSM Phones:
With WAP-enabled GSM mobile phones like the Nokia 7110, Alcatel OneTouch, Siemens S25, Motorola Timeport L7389, Ericsson T36, Ericsson R520, Ericsson R320, Ericsson R380, Motorola v2282, Nokia 6250, Nokia 6210, Sagem MC 939 WAP, Sony CMD-CD5 or WAP-enabled palmtops like the Siemens IC35 (Unifier) and the Ericsson MC218 you'll be able to:

  • Surf the Internet in text format

  • Send/Receive e-mail

  • Get/Buy stocks

  • Book and buy Metro and theatre tickets

  • Get traffic directions

  • Order flowers for your loved one

WAP is the first truly open standard in the area, removing the barrier of proprietary solutions. WAP will make wireless data boom for the mass market.

Nokia 7110 Display
 Nokia 7110 WAP phone LCD screen  

Phones like the Nokia 7110, Alcatel OneTouch, Ericsson R380, and, Nokia 6250 and Nokia 6210 have built-in WAP support.

However to get the info, your GSM network will have to implement the WAP protocol that strips ordinary HTML into the special XML format of WAP !

Mobile operators and content providers will be able to develop new differentiated services to attract new users so that users will benefit from a wider choice of mobile applications, advanced services, and Internet access.

WAP hides the complexity of GSM on the application layer, just as the Web has done for the Internet. It spans a variety of transport options and devices, including SMS, 9.6 kbit/s GSM data, HSCSD, and GPRS, making the underlying network technologies blend together from the user's standpoint.

Goals of the Wireless Application Protocol
  • Independent of wireless network standard

  • Open to all

  • Will be proposed to the appropriate standards bodies

  • Applications scale across transport options

  • Applications scale across device types

  • Extensible over time to new networks and transports

Latest WAP News [Go To WAP Main Page]

Vodafone UK Announces WAP Over GPRS
META Group Sees "WAP Abandonment'' Among Corporates
Warnings on GPRS/WAP Hype
Wireless Portals Face Tough Times
XHTML stripped down for handhelds 
Orange UK introduces location services
Java Will Displace WAP - Gartner
Ericsson brings WAP to enterprises

Digital Signature Toolkit Unveiled
Siemens Joins MeT mcommerce Forum

WAP Focus


:: WAP Phones - complete listing
:: New HighSpeed GPRS Terminals
:: WAP-enabled web sites


:: Configure A WAP Phone
:: WAP Technical Details
:: WML (Wireless Markup Language)
:: Wireless Internet Gateway for WAP/SMS browsing
:: New syncML WAP specification
:: SIM Application ToolKit (S@T)
:: WAP Developers Forum
:: WAP Hype: Ericsson clarrifies WAP issues
:: WAP-enabled web sites
Download WAP Software
:: See WAP Discussion Paper, by Brian Neilson

:: Wireless PKI for WAP Security
:: Security over WAP & Mobile commerce
:: Radicchio for wireless security
:: MIDP - Java on mobile phones
:: Mobile Commerce Focus
:: Mobey Forum for m-commerce
:: Radicchio for wireless security
:: MeT (Mobile Electronic Transaction)
:: Fundamo enables m-commerce
:: SIM Application Toolkit (SAT) Forum
:: eSign digital signatures
:: Wireless Application Protocol
:: WAP-enabled web sites

:: See latest WAP Phones
Go To WAP Main Page