How Mobile Internet Made The Net Better

It's quite remarkable to follow the evolution of the internet, the ‘World Wide Web’ and more so now since it’s been nominated to win the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s come a long way from being just a simple computer networking system. From big chunky servers that occupied what could only be considered Area 51-like warehouses to a much more streamlined initiative, the internet is still constantly evolving and expanding.

What has certainly made things more interesting is the fact that the vastness of cyberspace is even more accessible now thanks to its trickling down into the mobile phone segment. From pocket PCs to PDAs and Palm Pilots we’ve come down to the very latest mobile handsets that are being designed around users' encompassing need to access the web. The Mobile internet made its humble appearance over a decade ago back in 1997 with analog cell phones. It was called WAP, Wireless Application Protocol, which is still better than what it could have been which is WIP- Wireless Internet Protocol. As odd as WAP sounds it’s better than WIP.

WAP may not have been as fast but back in the day this was the best you could get. If you happen to be of the older mobile generation just recall the prices and that’ll give you a clue. As slow as it may seem with today's 3.5G speeds, back then WAP and later WAP 2.0 (2002), was the easiest way to get information quickly for pretty much anything you were looking for even to settle silly arguments. Of course all of this is all pre-social networking, in the time when we would call or message someone to know ‘what was on their mind’.

Published Date: Feb 04, 2010 04:59 pm | Updated Date: Feb 04, 2010 04:59 pm