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Difference between GPRS and WAP

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  • Last Updated : 25 Oct, 2021
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1. General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) :
GPRS is an acronym for General Packet Radio Service. It was the first-ever internet technology, developed to facilitate data transmission between mobile phones and towers. It was developed in the year 1993. Not only that, but it was implemented in 2G and 3G connections, but it does not have support for internet browsing. GPRS offers a wide range of services, including SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multimedia Message Service), Internet networking, P2P (Point-to-point), P2M (Point-to-multipoint), etc.

2. Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) :
WAP is an acronym for Wireless Application Protocol. It is an internet access technology, introduced in 1999 and became very popular in the early 2000s. Furthermore, it was replaced by new technologies. It is a lighter internet version for old devices with old processors, and it uses the GPRS facility for data transmission. It comes with a protocol suite that includes protocols like Wireless Application Environment, Wireless Transaction Protocol, Wireless Session Protocol, Wireless Transport Layer Security, Wireless Datagram Protocol. These protocols perform different functions. Furthermore, with the advancement of technology, a newer version of WAP was introduced in 2002 known as WAP 2.0. 

Difference between GPRS and WAP :




1. GPRS stands for Wireless Application Protocol. WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol.
2. GPRS was introduced in the year 1993. WAP was first introduced in the year 1999.
3. It is a lighter version of dial-up.  It is a lighter version of HTML.
4. It does not support internet browsing. WAP supports the facility of internet browsing.
5. It runs slow on old processors. WAP runs fast on old hardware also due to its light size.
6. GPRS is compatible only with 2G and 3G connections. WAP can be used on EDGE as well as 2G and 3G.
7. It is used for the transmission of data from mobile phones to towers. It is used for the transmission of internet data from mobile phones to towers, i.e. its uses GPRS.


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