Recently Opera has released a version of its browsers for phones and other boxes with very small screens. To solve the problem of showing big pages on small screens, Opera did not decide to interpret only a limited set of tags, like iMode did, or throw HTML out alltogether and start over, like WAP. Opera worked on stacking the page: taking the layout of the page and, through smart guesses, turn a page into one long column suitable for viewing on a phone or PDA -- with much scrolling. Here is an example of stacking with News.com.
Opera recently released a version of this browser for Series 60 phones. I happen to have two of them right now, so I downloaded it and did some testing on pages I thought might be interesting.
CNN's front page in stacked view.
However, you can also set the browser to a more normal mode, where it doesn't stack the page. You then have to also scroll from left to right besides from top to bottom, to see a whole page.
So you get the idea.
Detail of CNN's front page in normal view.
Next I tried it with LJ.
http://www.livejournal.com/~fj in stacked view.
Ok, so I lose all the little comments-posting icons. However, the whole page is there, with all menus and options, and quite useable, apart from the very cumbersome text-entry. In fact, I have already replied to a comment this way.
Comments posting page in LiveJournal in stacked view.
I then switched the browser to normal mode, in which a page is displayed without the stacking algorithm. Since a normal page is so big and a phone screen is so small, you do have to scroll from left to right a lot to see the whole page. Here's that same comments page:
The Comments posting form in normal view. First image is the top left of the page, second is an area on the form close to the main text-entry area.
My LJ Friends page in normal mode.
Opera isn't free, but it isn't expensive, and if you buy a phone that can handle it you are enough of a gadgeteer you'll shell out the money just to never be bored in a queue, waiting room, ticket line, ever again. I'd like to point out that, in my opinion, the Nokia screens seem optimized for rendering beautiful skin tones -- not surprising for camera phones which were expected to take many snapshots of humans having fun. (In fact, I have set up a POP3 mailbox on the phone exclusively to read the mail from, uh, certain Yahoo groups I am subsrcibed to. I always have something new to download during boring meetings, and GPRS is no slouch.)
Now WAP is more than just browsing tiny pages these days, there are many push and messaging media types part of the standard. However, as far as browsing goes, this is where it will go. And phone manufactureres have two choices: license Opera, or match the functionality.