| Digital Utopia |
You're walking across Times Square. You look up at the NASDAQ stock ticker, and realize that the value of your portfolio is rising by the minute. You see the opportunity to make a quick buck. Unfortunately, your broker is miles away, and his cellphone's switched off. What do you do?
Well, if you have one of the new Web-enabled cellphones, you could whip it out, punch a few keys, trade a few shares, and watch your net worth take on a couple of zeroes. The next morning, you get your official invitation to the billionaire's club - a call from BMW asking if you'd be interested in their latest two-seater...
Sounds utopian? Well, come to think of it, the way the NASDAQ's been swinging, the billionaire's club is beginning to look more and more like a gathering of tramps. However, with that caveat, everything described in the scenario above is perfectly possible, thanks to the development of a new protocol that allows mobile phones to browse the Internet with the same elan as a desktop PC.
The magic word here is WAP, or the Wireless Application Protocol. And if you have one of the new generation of "WAP-enabled" mobile phones, you can do all the things that you used to do on your PC, on your phone.
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