A mysterious local start-up has grabbed more than 100 WAP-related .nz domain names in the past few weeks.
As both Telecom and Vodafone embark on trials of WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) service to cellular phones, mobile Internet fever appears to have taken off, with more than 200 WAP-related names recently registered with Domainz.
A substantial number of those names have been claimed by Heretaunga man Ted Murray and his Auckland-based partner Darren Hunter.
Murray says he and Hunter have registered the names "in preparation for what we see as the WAP revolution. We're looking at a lot of WAP application development opportunities. We'll use a lot of the names and lease or sell off any surplus ones."
Names registered by the pair range from wapbank.co.nz to wapherald.co.nz, wapmap.co.nz and wapmusic.co.nz. Murray says he and Hunter also have some WAP-related .com names.
Murray confirms he is associated with a company called Direx Limited, which he will only describe as "a dot-com company. It's a bit pre-emptive to say anything now but we'll have a public launch shortly."
Murray and Hunter aren't the first to put a stake in. The domain wap.co.nz went lazst September, snapped up by Britain's Hubbard Group in what appears to have been a global swoop.