How the mobile network got chatty

By Jane Wakefield, BBC

iPhones have caused data explosions on 3G networks When 3G hit the headlines in 2000 it wasn’t the network that was garnering column inches but the extraordinary amount – £22bn – that the mobile operators were prepared to pay for it. Surely with this price tag it was going to be the technological equivalent of alchemical gold, turning the internet as we knew it then into a magical, fast, and, most importantly, a mobile experience? Anyone who remembers WAP (Wireless Application Protocol or Worthless Application Protocol as it became known to its detractors) would probably say it turned out to be a very base metal indeed.

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