Motorola used CeBIT to announce its commitment to providing rich data content on its mobile products.
The company launched six different Wap-enabled (wireless application protocol) phones, including the world's first equipped with GPRS (general packet radio service), which offers higher data speeds due to a permanent network connection.
GPRS speeds reach 115kbps, although more than one channel is needed. Motorola's GPRS phone - the TimePort P7389i - uses only one channel and will be slower. Motorola said it has solved GPRS heat problems dogging other suppliers, with Motorola spokesman Dominic Strowbridge confirming this model would provide the same battery life of standard Timeports, while providing a world voice service along with Wap and GSM.
On top of this high-spec model, Motorola also launched the Wap-enabled Timeport P7389e, which has a bankcard slot for mobile commerce.
Motorola senior project manager Richard Swann told Computer Weekly the P7389e would give business users a broader range of Internet options compared to the other Wap-phone suppliers.
"As long as organisations modify their servers to send out their Web sites in the cut-down Wap versions, operators will be encouraged by us to allow these companies to take advantage of Wap portals set up by them," he said.
Until now most companies have been excluded from Wap portals.
Swann revealed trials in Germany and France were underway, and that Motorola was talking to operators in the UK to provide a similar service, while promoting the P7389e as a tool to buy things through Wap.