BT today rolled out an Internet phone which offers the first working commercial WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) service in the UK.
Through the BT Cellnet Internet Phone and the Genie Internet portal consumers will be able to access a range of WAP enabled content. They will also be able to use the service to access any WAP enabled website in the world.
Initailly consumers will be able to get news, sport, entertainment, weather and share price updates through Genie, as well as access to their Genie email boxes.
BT has partnered with a number of information services, including Excite, lastminute.com, Guardian Unlimited, Mapquest and Yell, to provide up-to-the-minute data.
Consumers using the Internet phone will also be able to try out WAP information services direct from the BBC, including City and business updates, travel details and TV guides.
Calls and information retrieval on the BT Cellnet Internet Phone will be charged at 5p per minute until 30 June, after which standard tariffs will apply.
BT Cellnet also unveiled two services, Mmail and Infotouch, which use SMS technology to provide digital phone users with email services and real-time information on a range of topics.
Mmail is an email service which does not require an Internet subscription or a PC. Infotouch is an SMS service providing information on everything from flight details and taxi numbers to Lottery results.
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