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Mobile Web services lie on the intersection of two big IT trends, namely Service-oriented Architectures (SOA) and mobile applications. So, their usage is likely to expand dramatically in the next years. However, the heavyweight nature of service-orientation in terms of the messaging-overhead that is necessary in order to achieve interoperability and loose-coupling comes in contrast with the lightweight nature of mobile devices and with the need to transmit wirelessly as few data as possible. This study categorizes the mechanisms that have been designed in order to bridge this gap, provides comparisons, discusses the results of related experiments, and introduces the future scenario in which the insights of the study can be exploited.