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Re: WAP STRUGGLES TO GAIN ACCEPTANCE

From: Gerhard Fasol <fasol@eurotechnology.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 08:47:30 +0900
Message-ID: <39C2B512.58C8ADDB@eurotechnology.com>
To: Lisa LaNell Mauldin <lisamauldin@earthlink.net>, www-mobile@w3.org, fasol@eurotechnology.com
CC: auldin@earthlink.net
Why do all the people focus on Europe, when looking at WAP?
- The main company in WAP is phone.com, which is a US company
- 55% of WAP users are in Japan - 13% of WAP users are in Europe
- 82% of wireless internet users today are in Japan

I think today people need to focus on US technology (phone.com) and
Japanese + Korean market when assessing and discussing WAP.
(see our FAQ: http://www.eurotechnology.com/imode/faq.html )

Also all this can change in the future...

Just my 2 cents...

Gerhard Fasol
Eurotechnology Japan K. K.
http://www.eurotechnology.com/
fasol@eurotechnology.com


Lisa LaNell Mauldin wrote:
> 
> 
> WAP STRUGGLES TO GAIN ACCEPTANCE
> WAP (the "wireless applications protocol" designed to reformat Internet
> information for cellular phones) is still not widely accepted in Europe,
> and the German cellular company D2 has said its average WAP customer uses
> the service less than a minute a day. One observer says of the protocol:
> "It is so hard! You go down, down, down all these menus, and you wait,
> wait, wait each time. You're straining to read text on this tiny screen on
> the phone. Eventually, people just give up." Adds technology usability
> expert Jakob Nielsen: "WAP was supposed to be the great European
> breakthrough that would leave Americans trailing in the dust. But the
> people who have used it so far have decided that WAP stands for 'Wrong
> Approach to Portability.' There's a valid question today whether the
> Europeans have just raced off in the wrong direction." (Washington Post 15
> Sep 2000)
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8390-2000Sep14.html
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