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WAP - The WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is a specification for a set of communication protocols to standardize the way that wireless devices, such as cellular telephones and radio transceivers, can be used for Internet access, including e-mail, the World Wide Web, newsgroups, and Internet Relay Chat (IRC).

W-CDMA - Wideband CDMA. The third generation standard offered to the International Telecommunication Union by GSM proponents.

Windows CE - The Microsoft operating system developed for handheld computing devices. Variations of Windows CE also may eventually become a platform for applications used by communications devices such as wireless phones or two-way pagers.

Wireless - Using the radio-frequency spectrum for transmitting and receiving voice, data and video signals for communications.

Wireless IP - The packet data protocol standard for sending wireless data over the Internet.

Wireless LAN - Local area network using wireless transmissions, such as radio or infrared instead of phone lines or fiber-optic cable to connect data devices.

Wireless Local Loop - A fixed service that competes with or substitutes for local wireline phone service.

WML - Wireless Markup Language. Formerly called HDML (Handheld Devices Markup Language), is a language that allows the text portions of Web pages to be presented on cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) via wireless access.

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