An exclusive group of mobile phone companies including Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia, but also US software company, responsible for the development of the WAP protocol. The WAP Forum promotes WAP as an open source protocol however many of its developments are under patent and to make a change to the protocol you must be a member of the Forum (as of February 2000 membership costs $27,000). Are they the new Microsoft of the wireless internet world?

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