PARIS - Bank of Scotland says it has become the first bank in the United Kingdom to offer its customers banking services through mobile phones that run on the Wireless Application Protocol.

WAP is a worldwide standard for providing Internet communications and advanced telephone services on digital mobile phones, pagers, personal digital assistants, and other wireless terminals. Though few people have telephones that are embedded with WAP technology, many telephone makers are promoting wireless products, and in late February Bank of Scotland gave WAP phones away to about 50 consumer and business customers for a pilot.

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