End of an era - T-Mobile kills free WAP access
Posted Jul 28, 2004, 12:45 PM ET by Joshua Klein
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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 Âthe InternetÂ and were surprised when users didnÂt come clamoring, but T-Mobile let us have all we wanted of it. Now thatÂs suddenly over. Instead users are getting redirected to T-MobileÂs ÂT-ZonesÂ site with a page stating that unlimited access is now $4.99 a month. Note that when we said WAP wasnÂt all it was cracked up to be we didnÂt say it wasnÂt 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.