Orange and Vodafone are rolling out commercial wireless application protocol (Wap) services before the end of the next month, following BT's announcement of the UK's first such offering last week.
While Orange currently offers a free 'garden-wall' Wap service, the phone giant confirmed that it also plans to make the new service available in February so that customers can access other Wap-compatible sites through their mobile phones.
It plans to charge for the service, which will come under its Talkplan minutes scheme. Calls will be charged at 5p a minute thereafter.
Orange's Wap service offers news from ITN, sports, cinema and TV listings, but a spokesman said the company also intends to provide additional services over the coming months.
Vodafone also plans to open up its Wap gateway and is promising an ever expanding range of services. It already has content deals with the BBC and the Independent newspaper and will base its charging policy on standard Vodaphone tariffs.
A spokesman said: "It really depends what tariff a customer is on."
The company has been testing the service internally for several months.
BT is charging 5p per minute for calls and information retrieval under the BT Cellnet Internet Phone policy up until 30 June. Standard tariffs will apply after that date.
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