Feeds

IBM thinks WAP phones are small potatoes

Digs those Palms though

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

WAP phones are never going to be a big thing according to IBM executives speaking at a briefing at the company's offices in Austin, Texas.

While the IBM crew spoke about the future of wireless computing and online communication they predicted that WAP would survive as a standard, but said that once devices like the Palm were properly kitted out with wireless internet access, WAP phones would not be able to compete.

All the executives speaking at the meet were very pro-WAP in general, talking enthusiastically at length about new standards coming out and its robust security features and so on, yet when it came to the crunch, none could give it 100 per cent backing.

Ron Sperano, IBM's mobile market development program director commented: "Is WAP going to survive as a standard? Yes. Is a WAP phone going to be the access device of choice? No."

The problem as IBM sees it is that the display is just too small, and it has failed to gain any real foothold in the US market. Palms, on the other hand, are winning big points with those at Big Blue.

Even the pervasive computing segment's marketing director, Jon Prial, was not keen on many WAP services. Prial said that he preferred to use a device with a larger screen to look at the web, but that WAP still had its place.

Sperano was keen to make the distinction between the US and European uptake of the WAP standard. While we European types like our WAP phones (our Kieren excepted) our American counterparts are much happier with Palm style devices. But US mobile phone coverage is, by European standards, dismal.

Recent IDC research predicted that the number of WAP enabled phones would equal the number of non-WAP phones by 2003, and that SMS services would be phased out as more people sent emails by phone. ®

Related Stories:
Another WAP stumbling block in Geoworks lawsuit
Despite brickbats WAP will grow

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?