The Wireless Web

Of all the hot new mobile data applications, none is more hyped than wireless Web browsing. The Web proved to be the "killer app" for fixed data networking, persuading millions of people to buy their first computer and prompting the largest stock market bubble in economic history. The wireless industry hopes to repeat this ruse and has devised several schemes for presenting Web content on mobile phones or PDAs.

Transferring the Web to cellphones presents several challenges, including variable latency and input device design. But the two that have preoccupied the mobile industry most are:

  • Low Capacity. Most existing cellphone systems allow data speeds of only 9.6 or 14.4 kbps, the same as modems circa 1995. Even more advanced ...

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