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Wireless Application Protocol

A technology designed to allow efficient transmission of optimized Internet content to older cell phones. In practical terms, special scaled-down web sites designed specifically to be used on older non-smartphones.

WAP version 1 relied on the unique WML markup language and special protocols designed for ultra-efficient transmission of content to limited devices over slow wireless data connections.

WAP version 2 relied on a newer set of standards (chiefly, HTTP and XHTML) that had much more in common with Internet standards used on the "regular" web.

WAP is no longer in use, as most phones (even non-smartphones) now have fast enough connections and enough processing power to run complete web browsers capable of viewing full, regular web sites.

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