Too many wires created problems. Therefore, wireless was conceived as a way out. Soon, too many individual attempts were made at wireless networking and connectivity. Much like in the wired world where you needed different wires and ports for different devices, prior to the emergence of the USB, the wireless world was making its own babel with its dozens of specifications and standards, and resultant mutual incompatibility.
The Wireless Access Protocol was to way out – a way to standardize many application specifications and interfaces. The WAP has evolved as an open international platform for wireless communication among mobile devices. Specifically aimed at small mobile devices, the WAP provides a browser like functionality to the devices.
Accepted around the world as a primary protocol for wireless connectivity, WAP now provides internet access to the majority of the GPRS phones and PDAs. As an extension to WAP, a WAP Protocol Suite was suggested that would allow interoperability between both GSM and CDMA phones. WAP has great future as a wireless platform and in extending the cell phone’s usability to truly web-browser proportions.