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Re: WAP?

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 10:01:09 +0200 (MET DST)

On Wed, 14 Jun 2000, Georg Horn wrote:

> Yes, it's made for cellular phones, but the phone doesn't directly talk
> http to a web server, but talks wap to a wap server (or gateway) which
> either produces the content itself or translates the request into http,
> sends it to a web server, and gives the answer back to the phone.

Right. So you want to be able to talk WTP (Wireless Transaction Protocol)
with a WAP server/gateway to get its contents?

Well I guess it is a fair idea. It seems it can be used ontop of IP. It does
however seems like quite a bit of work. You know of any open source
initiative to talk this protocol?

> I don't know why the hell they invented just another protocol... ;-)

I'll tell you why: they're the telecom industry. They always invent things
again. And they want a new protocol to better control the data and allow the
operators to charge for services. WAP is a lot about charging customers.

I'd vote for plain IP all the way to my phone any day.

> Well, at least the data between gateway and phone is transfered as a
> binary, compacter bytecode than the verbose http-protocol.


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Received on 2000-06-14