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What are the advantages and disadvantages of WAP?

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The advantages of Wireless Application Protocol include device versatility and Internet optimization. The disadvantages include connection speed, availability and functionality. WAP allows users to access the Internet on mobile devices. The primary benefit of a WAP browser is that it creates familiarity with users across a wide selection of devices, while the main disadvantage is overcoming the initial learning curve associated with the technology.

WAP technology is designed with the device and mobile network’s limitations in mind. For that reason, WAP is optimized for Internet access on mobile networks that offer smaller bandwidths and connection speeds. This technology is also designed for mobile devices with a limited viewing capacity and keys for information entry. WAP is useful for applications on mobile devices that have limited processing ability, memory and battery power. WAP also sends and receives data in real-time.

The primary limitation of WAP technology is the connection speed. On most devices, the access speed is slow, and there is limited availability. In some areas, the ability to connect to the Internet is sporadic, and in other areas Internet access is entirely unavailable. There is also a lack of functionality. Most users have a difficult time typing, connecting and entering information when initially using WAP technology.


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