The increasing demand for multifunctional wireless devices has fostered the need to reduce the space devoted to the antenna in order to favor the integration of multiple and new functionalities. This fact becomes a challenge for the handset antenna designers who have to develop antennas capable of providing multi-band operation constrained by physical limitations. This proposal consists in a radiating system capable of providing multi-band operation without the need of an antenna element, by properly exciting the efficient radiation modes associated to the ground plane structure. In this sense, the typical volume devoted to a handset antenna is reduced by a factor of 20. The electrical model approximation of the radiating structure leads to the radiofrequency system design able to provide multi-band operation. The feasibility of the proposal has been tested by electromagnetic simulations as well as by experimental measurements regarding the main antenna parameters: reflection coefficient, efficiency, and radiation patterns. Furthermore, the human head interaction concerning biological compatibility in terms of SAR (Specific absorption rate) has been measured and a solution for its reduction is presented. As a result, a promising standard solution for a radiating system capable to operate in the main communication standards GSM850, GSM900, DCS, PCS and UMTS is provided with a volume reduction factor around 20.