Nokia today announced plans to license version 2.0 of its WAP Browser as source code, paving the way for mobile phone handset and other device manufacturers to customise the user interface and other features of the software.

The browser software is available under several different licensing arrangements, including a royalty-free option, Nokia said in a statement. Further pricing details were not announced.

By making the software available as source code, Nokia offers manufacturers more control over both the features and software development costs in an effort to broaden acceptance of the WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) technology, the Espoo, Finland-based company said.

WAP is a technology that allows wireless devices to access specifically designed data and services over the Internet.

The Nokia WAP Browser 2.0 complies with the 1.2 specification of WAP, including support for WML (Wireless Markup Language) version 1.2, WML Script and push functionality, Nokia said.