Hong Kong-based Mobile Planet has developed a bilingual English and Chinese Web portal that will be accessible by all types of handheld devices that support the wireless application protocol (WAP). The service, in technical trials, will be available next month to coincide with the first shipments of WAP-enabled phones, the company said. The portal, dubbed WAPHead, will be made available through network operators and phone manufacturers, including Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola. 'The portal, serving as a mobile Internet front page, will provide extensive services and content to professionals, youngsters, hobbyists and the general public,' Mobile Planet said. Companies such as Ericsson, Lucent, Nextel and AvantGo reportedly plan to introduce their own such portals. Mobile Planet's network covers Hong Kong, the mainland, the US, Taiwan and Singapore and will be extended to other areas in the next six months, the company said. The company is a private hi-tech venture housed in Kowloon Tong's Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre. As of May, there were more than 3.3 million mobile phone users in Hong Kong, with a market penetration of about 49 per cent, according to the Office of the Telecommunications Authority.