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hi everyone,

sorry for a newbie question... i didnt see this in other posts.

Im trying to get verichat installed, and tried setting up the wap.cingular in my TCP settings. No dice, i have to call cingular apparently (closed today) and have them add this.

My question is.. WHAT is this doing? Im fairly new to wireless data devices, and im just not sure what "adding this WAP" will change for me. I guess im looking for wireless data transmission 101 or something. Im an engineer and dont like making changes like this unless i understand what they are doing

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Here are a few threads which cover the issue:

WAP is pay per use for IM services
Cingular Orange: 3rd Party Apps/Modem/Tethering/WAP Problems Solved!!!!
Modem use charges are in
Got some updated news on IM and the WAP.APN plans on Cingular...

There seems to be some debate as to whether or not wap.cingular should be included in the unlimited BB plan. Some Cingular reps. say it is some say it's not. A few people have seen some charges for data (pay per use) on bills lately but I beleive they were all able to call into customer care and have the charges removed.

I'm still waiting for my first bill with the BB plan to see how I'm charged.
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Here are a few threads which cover the issue:

WAP is pay per use for IM services
Cingular Orange: 3rd Party Apps/Modem/Tethering/WAP Problems Solved!!!!
Modem use charges are in
Got some updated news on IM and the WAP.APN plans on Cingular...

There seems to be some debate as to whether or not wap.cingular should be included in the unlimited BB plan. Some Cingular reps. say it is some say it's not. A few people have seen some charges for data (pay per use) on bills lately but I beleive they were all able to call into customer care and have the charges removed.

I'm still waiting for my first bill with the BB plan to see how I'm charged.
Thanks-- ive read most of those through. Im not looking for HOW to set the APN, im trying to find out what an APN is, what the WAP adds over what the default setup gives, etc.
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The ability to use 3rd party apps. You don't need it if your on BES and they provide MDS.
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Thanks-- ive read most of those through. Im not looking for HOW to set the APN, im trying to find out what an APN is, what the WAP adds over what the default setup gives, etc.
Here's my understanding. Cingular (and most other GSM providers) BBs don't connect to the internet via TCPIP. They use some other protocol; I don't know what it is.

Some third party applications, like Verichat, require a TCPIP connection to communicate with. When you setup you APN, user name and passwork, you are enabling a TCPIP connection.

This may not be 100% accurate, but it's pretty close.
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