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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Engadget > End of an era - T-Mobile kills free WAP access

End of an era - T-Mobile kills free WAP access
Posted Jul 28, 2004, 12:45 PM ET by Joshua Klein
Related entries: Cellphones

Using WAP to browse from a cellphone was never all it was cracked up to be. The carriers tried to convince everyone that squirting a few lines of text from their pre-processed sites to our phones passed for “the Internet” and were surprised when users didn’t come clamoring, but T-Mobile let us have all we wanted of it. Now that’s suddenly over. Instead users are getting redirected to T-Mobile’s “T-Zones” site with a page stating that unlimited access is now $4.99 a month. Note that when we said WAP wasn’t all it was cracked up to be we didn’t say it wasn’t useful; some folks made a daily habit of getting their fix of information chunks on their phones that way, and T-Mobile just dropping a fee on it like that is sorta frustrating.

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