Chapter 22: WAP: Transitional Technology for M-Commerce

Mahesh S. Raisinghani


Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is the most-popular Internet-enabling technology being adopted en masse by handset manufacturers and service providers alike. The International Data Corporation promises 1 billion cellular telephones worldwide by 2004, with half of them Internet-enabled. This chapter discusses the fast-growing trend for WAP tools to access the Internet versus the current predominant use of personal computers. The chapter describes also the importance of WAP in the field of E-commerce, with its popularity leading E-commerce into mobile commerce (M-commerce). Because it works in already existing networks, WAP needs little modification in Web content and can be available with ease. Already, there are numerous companies providing E-commerce services through WAP around the world, and with the huge mobile telephone subscriber base, the potential for M-commerce is tremendous.

Wireless Internet Handbook. Technologies, Standards and Applications
Wireless Internet Handbook: Technologies, Standards, and Applications (Internet and Communications)
ISBN: 0849315026
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 239 © 2008-2017.
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