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I think WAP offers some potential
advantages, but it will have to remove what
I consider a fundamental barrier -- cheap
access to clients via a WAP gateway

I can see the problem that is holding you back -- have you tried working directly with the major vendors such as Nokia or Ericsson? I know that they have had programs in place for quite a while now to encourage developers of WAP-based applications. Somehow, they are providing the necessary support to these application developers, because there is a trickle (or maybe a "drip, drip, drip"?) of applications adapted for WAP coming out.

I just don't like the idea of using WAP middleware
on technical or economic grounds

Since you've had the opportunity to do more in-depth investigation, can you give some of the reasons behind your conclusion? I think it would be interesting for other people to see.

As for cellular data vs. WAP, I personally have a hard time seeing cellular data being much more than a toy, with limited market appeal. Consider, for example, the cost to the user, and the effective throughput that one can expect.

And I would agree that it will be a while before WAP has a significant following -- in the North American market. If you target the European market, I think the perils of being a pioneer are fewer. To return to the earlier point about developer support from the major vendors, there are already a number of WAP-based applications in the market in Europe. It should be possible to get information about their market acceptance, which should help significantly in reducing risk to you.
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