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Virgin Mobile Joins WAP Bandwagon

Virgin Mobile customers will be able to browse the Web on their phones this spring.

The company is introducing a SIM based web-browser which gives users access to wireless markup language websites, such as BBC Online and Virgin's online music retailer, Megastore Direct.

Virgin has already said that it will spearhead the Simalliance Consortium, which aims to promote remotely programmable SIM cards in mobile phones and so-called over-the-air platforms. This will do away with the need for expensive wireless application protocol (WAP) phones.

Orange, BT Cellnet and Vodafone have all rolled out Wap phones in recent weeks, but it is the cost of the phone bill not the handsets that has shocked some users.