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Wireless application protocol (WAP) is a type of Internet service exclusively for mobile devices, and choosing the best WAP service usually can keep a user online without major problems. Most WAP service providers place a limit on the amount of data a user can download per month or billing cycle, and a higher-limit data plan usually is better, simply to allow for more flexibility. The WAP program’s speed is another concern, because a slow connection may not be good for people who need to go through information quickly. There may be many WAP devices being used simultaneously in a crowded area, so effectiveness under such conditions may be important. WAP programs also may have a restricted service area, based on how the device provider functions.
Like most mobile Internet programs, WAP service providers typically will place a monthly data limit on the user’s account. For example, if the limit is 150 megabytes (MB), the user’s phone may be unable to access WAP after the 150 MB limit is used, or the user may be charged extra for every MB over the plan’s limit. Getting a better WAP data plan usually costs more, but this extra cost may be worth it if someone uses the Internet often.
Along with the WAP’s data limit, most WAP service providers have different speeds. Higher speeds may carry an extra charge, or providers may offer a higher-than-average WAP speed as a standard charge, depending on the provider. While most users enjoy higher WAP speeds, casual users may only want this feature, whereas business and professional users may need higher speeds for work.
When users are in crowded areas, such as buildings or schools, it's possible that many people could be trying to access WAP simultaneously. If the WAP service provider does not offer a feature to sustain high speeds in this scenario, then even very fast connections may slow down because the WAP signal is handling so many devices in the same area. Users that require high speeds in crowded areas should look for a provider that is not affected by the number of devices in the immediate area.
Most WAP service providers have a particular area they can serve, and going outside that area can make the WAP speed decrease or completely drop. The service also may be affected by areas with thick walls that block the WAP signal. If users cannot afford to lose their WAP connection, then they should check for providers that have large service areas.
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