n. The general lack of interest in Wireless Application Protocol, the technology that enables web pages to be viewed on the latest generation of cell phones.
Most people have barely heard of WAP phones — the mobiles which use a cut-down version of the Internet — yet already there's a new word to get used to: WAPathy. Instead of connecting to the latest technology, the early signs are that people are switching off.
—Patrick Collinson, “Phones fail to ring up sales,” The Guardian, July 08, 2000
Mobile phone industry executives are concerned that a backlash against WAP is building and have even coined a name for the problem — WAPathy.
—“A wave of WAPathy,” The Mail on Sunday (London, England), July 02, 2000
2000 (earliest)
One of the biggest causes of such 'WAPathy' is the lack of truly compelling services, according to most industry insiders.
—“Has WAP fallen flat?,” New Media Age, June 22, 2000
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