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You might be thinking, configuring Apache to deliver WML sounds nice in theory,
but how can we see it in action? Without a wireless phone, aren’t we flying
blind?

Fortunately, no. If you’re doing any development at all in WML, and also
want to test drive your Apache configuration in delivering WML pages, check
out Phone.com’s UP.SDK package, which includes the incredibly handy UP.Simulator.
The Simulator (“UP” stands for “Unwired Planet”) displays
a virtual cell phone on your desktop, which you can use to connect to and browse
any WML page over the Internet (using your normal land-based Internet connection).

The Simulator even includes alternate “skins”, or templates for various
models of phone, so you can see how WML pages will be rendered on the particular
screen size of a certain vendor model. The UP.Simulator is, as Martha Stewart
would say were she to prototype WML pages for wireless delivery, “a good
thing.”

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