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|Subject: ||Re: MobileLBSList: Re: building your own WAPsite with XyboWAP|
||09/08/2000 01:07:40 PM|
|I personally don't have a problem with the display size either, and I expect|
most WAP developers don't, since they know what to expect. The problem is
not really us in the developer community, but everybody else who have to
start using WAP, so we can keep making money :-)
There is no doubt that internet connected devices and appliances are the
future, but it will not nescessarily be the WAP protocol and WML we use. It
might as well be iMode, MML, HTML, XML/XSL etc. And I have to admit it
doesn't really matter to me which one it will be. I just think that the
reason for the slow uptake of WAP in Europe/US is that it is not really what
the general public believed it would be. It is not what the carriers told
them it would be, so users get disappointed and analysts start saying WAP is
The content is not really missing here in the US in my opinion (okay, it's
HDML not WML, but the end-user doesn't care about that). I can pull out my
phone, get the latest news from CNN, check the weather, get updated scores
from my favourite sports team, get driving directions, find the nearest
movie theater and check the times etc., I can trade stock and get real-time
quotes, find local restaurants incl. reviews, read my email and much much
All those things are already out there in the US, so why does US not show up
in Gerhard's below? Because people were led to believe that WAP is
something it's not. It's not "The whole internet in your hand", as I think
Sprint says. That doesn't mean it's useless - not at all... There is already
so much information available and a lot more on it's way, but people just
have a tendency to get disappointed when the glass of Guinness that the
marketing people convinced them they were buying turned out to be Coors
Light in a dark glass... It might still be beer, but it's not exactly the
On top of everything else comes the price. I'm just glad that I'm not paying
my own browsing and until we see the carriers switching to flat rate plans
for WAP browsing I don't think we should expect to see a dramatic uptake.
The kind of information you can put on a phone with todays technologies just
simply isn't worth the cost.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Toushek" <DavidT@optimicro.com>
To: "'email@example.com'" <mobilelbslist@GEOCOMM.COM>
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2000 11:45 AM
Subject: MobileLBSList: Re: building your own WAPsite with XyboWAP
> I Don't agree. I have absolutely no problem with a teeny display with a
> couple of words on it, and I use my PC for internet everyday---SO LONG
> AS I am able to something of value on my phone.
> For instance: My www internet provides incredible value to me all day.
> While my WAP internet only allows me to check the weather forecast and
> horoscope etc. <--Little value.
> But, If after work a friend and I decide to go to a movie, and I know
> that AMC Theatre has a WAP site, I am not going to go searching for a
> newspaper when I can use their site to check location, price, time, and
> reserve tickets. <--It provides MUCH VALUE.
> As it is right now WAP carries little value to the end user. But show
> the user value (a little marketing effort from companies with WAPsites)
> and wap.com will become as big as wwww.com.
> The same argument may have been made when the internet was first
> introduced - at a time when few companies had websites, it carried
> little value to the end user. Would it have been accurate to say then
> that because it was doomed in so many peoples minds, that it would
> always be doomed?
> A couple years later, millions do banking, purchase books, make
> reservations, gamble, play the stock market, and yes, check the weather,
> and horoscopes!
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