Wireless Application Protocol

Protectionist moves cut into WAP earnings

Profit at Beijing-based KongZhong, a leading mainland provider of wireless value-added services, almost disappeared in the second quarter under the impact of customer protection policies that China Mobile introduced last summer.

Tuesday, 28 August, 2007, 12:00am

China Mobile plans portal fees

Operator seeks bigger revenue slice from content providers

China Mobile, the nation's largest mobile-telephone operator, wants to charge for access to all mobile internet portals that offer content downloads as the company tries to boost revenue from the sector from last year's 1 per cent of turnover, industry sources said.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Providers expected to strike the right balance

The words 'compelling content' trip off the tongue but rarely translate smoothly in the realm of the mobile phone. Squeezing memorable material on to a screen about the size of a business card takes some doing.

Most of us still only look at the screen to navigate and look at messages and thumbnail photos. It is hard to see the mobile in the same light as a TV.

17 May 2005 - 12:00am

Big scope for small-screen web developers in mainland

For developers wanting to make a living creating websites for PDAs and mobile phones, Hong Kong is not a good place to be, according to industry experts. The place to be is the mainland.

A few years ago, Hong Kong was caught up in the wireless application protocol (WAP) excitement that had nearly everybody looking to create webpages that could run on the protocol.

16 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Phone firm defends chat-up line

A mobile phone operator has defended sending a text message to subscribers inviting them to 'make new friends and chat up nice girls', saying it brought a 'personal touch' to multimedia messaging services (MMS).

5 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

HK men swoon over virtual girlfriends

Too shy to ask a real woman out on a date? Try a virtual girlfriend - that is what thousands of men in Hong Kong have been doing for the past few months.

The mobile-phone industry has spawned a chat-anywhere culture and a series of leisure game activities, including virtual dating. Players who want to practice on a female character can try i-Date U, from One2Free, run by CSL.

20 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Siemens still pushing WAP

In an attempt to encourage wireless application protocol (WAP) adoption, German equipment maker Siemens, one of the world's largest makers of WAP-enabled phones, has introduced a wireless information service for business travellers.

The Internet-based service, called Scenic Mobile Travel Platform, aims to help business travellers make planning for their trips easier.

23 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

WAP a faded star at huge tech fair

At CeBIT 2001, there is little sign of a downturn in the technology industry - and almost no sign of last year's much-hyped telecoms star, Wireless Application Protocol.

Tech giants Motorola, Intel, Compaq Computer, Cisco Systems have put recent announcements of lay-offs and cost-cutting behind them to show up in force at the world's largest technology trade fair.

23 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

BT gets hyper on hyperlink issue

The Internet has been free for far too long, and British Telecom (BT) is not going to stand for it anymore.

The self-proclaimed father of the Internet has decided it deserves payment for the hyperlink technology it patented in the early 1970s. On Friday, BT began its pursuit of legal redress by suing United States ISP Prodigy.

19 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Tech nous lost on new chic geeks

Do you remember when techie types had a clear and practical role at parties?

They were in charge of making sure the sound system worked while the rest of us drank outrageously, dressed outrageously and flirted outrageously.

They may not have served much of a decorative function, but they did manage to keep the electronics working smoothly.

22 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Technology helps students find Form Six vacancies

Form Five graduates this year have been able to enjoy the convenience brought by information technology to look for sixth form places after the release of results of the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE).

15 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Mobile-phone friendly Asia may bring gains for WAP companies

Analyst David Moy has a big question mark at the top of his report on the wireless Internet market in Asia.

26 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

WAP opens up new world

What is WAP? WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol. It is a universal standard on which wireless devices such as mobile phones, can base applications for Internet access.

17 Jul 2000 - 12:00am


Sunday Communications' Emilia Hoasjoe at the launch of the company's 'virtual trainer' programme with Nike yesterday. The programme, which aims to enrich the portal content of the wireless phone company, is delivered via Nike's Web site and Sunday's total access technology platform.

8 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Blockheads will be forced to open the WAP world

Over the years, I have become something of a gadget freak. I have spent what many would consider an obscene amount of money buying everything from the latest digital watches to the top line in PDAs. I have a collection of Palmtop computers that someday I hope to give to a museum; it is so comprehensive.

18 May 2000 - 12:00am