Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
Short for the Wireless Application Protocol, a secure specification that allows users to access information instantly via handheld wireless devicessuch as mobile phones, pagers, two-way radios, smartphones and communicators.
WAP supports most wireless networks. These include CDPD, CDMA, GSM, PDC, PHS, TDMA, FLEX, ReFLEX, iDEN, TETRA, DECT, DataTAC, and Mobitex.
WAP is supported by all operating systems. Ones specifically engineered for handheld devices include PalmOS, EPOC, Windows CE, FLEXOS, OS/9, and JavaOS.
WAPs that use displays and access the Internet run what are called microbrowsers–browsers with small file sizes that can accommodate the low memory constraints of handheld devices and the low-bandwidthconstraints of a wireless-handheld network.
Because WAP is fairly new, it is not a formal standardyet. It is still an initiative that was started by Unwired Planet, Motorola, Nokia, and Ericsson.
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