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FRIDAY - JUNE 28, 2002

Dear Friends and wireless professionals,

I have some interesting news for you this week, but first my regular disclaimer:

This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Data and Radio Paging. You are receiving this message because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, and you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

WIRELESS NEWS

WorldCom's financial bomb:

from CNN/Money

"Our senior management team is shocked by these discoveries," WorldCom CEO John Sidgmore, who was appointed in April, said in a statement. "We are committed to operating WorldCom in accordance with the highest ethical standards." The news late Tuesday from WorldCom prompted industry analysts to say the heavily indebted long-distance provider might file for bankruptcy protection from creditors.

WorldCom is looking for about $4 billion in financing but some of its main bank lenders, including Bank of America, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup, are refusing to loan them any more, banking sources told CNN/Money. "They will have to file bankruptcy in a matter of days," a person familiar with the situation said. But other bankers close to the situation said it was too early to say whether WorldCom will file for bankruptcy soon.

In addition to describing improper accounting, WorldCom said it would cut 17,000 jobs, about a quarter of its work force, and fired Chief Financial Officer Scott Sullivan. David Myers, senior vice president and controller, resigned. The company, based in Clinton, Miss., said an internal audit showed that expenses of $3.1 billion for 2001 and nearly $800 million for the first quarter of 2002 were improperly accounted for. WorldCom said restating the expenses to account for their true costs would cut reported cash flow -- or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and other items -- for last year and the first quarter of 2002.

While CEO Sidgmore said the company remains "viable and committed to a long-term future,"Adam Quinton, who covers WorldCom for Merrill Lynch, said the developments bring the company closer to bankruptcy.

Another report from CNN/Money is even more alarming:

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Wall Street analysts punished WorldCom Group and the telecommunications sector Wednesday, following WorldCom's announcement of the biggest episode of fraudulent bookkeeping in history. "We expect WorldCom's fraudulent accounting will bring the whole [wireline telecom] group down," J.P. Morgan Securities analysts Marc Crossman, Jonathan Chaplin and Brian Hong said in a research note.

WorldCom said late Tuesday that it had discovered improper bookkeeping and would have to restate results for 2001 and the first quarter of 2002, cutting earnings by about $4 billion.

On October 1, 1999, SkyTel Communications Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of WorldCom, Inc.


ON THE SOAPBOX AGAIN
What is my opinion on all of this? I am allowed to have an opinion right? Thank you. I believe that most of the big companies of today are being managed by people who do not know, or have forgotten, the principles that made most of the businesses of this world successful. Those principles are very simple:

Unfortunately, it appears that many managers are spending the majority of their time trying to manipulate the price of their company's stock and are not paying much attention to taking care of their two most important assets, their customers and their employees. They waste millions on poorly-thought-out projects, while treating employees like modern-day plantation workers, and awarding themselves million-dollar bonuses while continuing to lose money. When the only thing that matters in a person's life is getting rich, then we shouldn't be surprised when their behavior becomes dishonest, unethical, and illegal. It is sad, especially when you take a look the families affected by all of this. Big business is failing, but even more serious is the failure of the family system. The two are directly related. Is it really hard to understand the causes of rampant alcoholism and drug addiction that we have in our society today? This is all the result of a general moral decay taking place in the world—and before I start sounding too self-righteous—we are all probably guilty of contributing in some way to the problem.


MOTOROLA CUTS 7,000 MORE JOBS
"The job cuts will affect all business units, the Schaumburg, Illinois, company said, including manufacturing, research and development, sales and corporate headquarters. However, the company's wireless infrastructure division will suffer the brunt of the layoffs, where some 3,000 jobs will be cut, company officials said in a conference call Thursday. A majority of the layoffs will occur in North America, but Europe and Asia will also be affected, the company said.

Following the job cuts, the company expects to have about 93,000 total employees. Motorola executives were quick to point out that the layoffs and restructuring were not a reaction to the current economy, but rather part of a longer-term plan put in motion in 2000, when the company boasted some 150,000 employees."

Read the whole story at MacCentral.


INTERNATIONAL TWO-WAY ROAMING
Although not a recent development, congratulations are in order to Digitel and WebLink on getting a compatible two-way frequency assignment in Mexico that will now allow subscribers on either system to travel between the USA and Mexico. The Bell Mobility (Canada) - WebLink (USA) - Digitel (Mexico) networks, are interconnected, and now cover the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) area.

In Spanish, NAFTA means: Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte entre el Gobierno del Canadá, el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos de América y el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos.


A SUMMARY OF THE WORLD CUP SOCCER MATCHES:

2002 World Cup soccer playoffs
Germany 1 Germany 1 Germany 1 Germany ?

Paraguay

0            
México 0            

USA

2 USA 0        
Spain 4 Spain 3        
Ireland 3            
Korea 2 Korea 5 Korea 0    
Italy 1            
Denmark 0            
England 3 England 1        
Brazil 2 Brazil 2 Brazil 1 Brazil ?
Belgium 0            
Sweden 1            
Senegal 2 Senegal 0        
Japan 0            
Turkey 1 Turkey 1 Turkey 0    

The final match between Germany and Brazil, for the world championship, will be played on Sunday morning.


WANT TO BUY WANT TO SELL
Motorola Golay Numeric-Display KeyNote pagers, any frequency band.

Advantra, the pager manufacturer in Belgium has an inventory of one-way pagers (ex-Philips products) that they would like to sell—at some very good prices:

QUANTITY MODEL PROTOCOL UNIT PRICE
19,000 TWOCAN POCSAG (alpha) $25,00
32,000 FIORI FLEX (alpha) $38.00
30,000 MYNA/WREN FLEX (numeric) $22.00
20,000 ENTERPRISE REFLEX (1.75) $68.00
 Motorola PageBridge paging terminal/encoder. If you don't see what you need here, please tell me what you are looking for and I will help you.
 

eTouch pager

Check out the eTouch pager. A great product at a great price! Click on the pager for more information.


Leavitt Communications—Pager Liquidation COLOR QTY
Express Xtra black
650
  purple
300
  teal
50
  cranberry
900
All 900 MHz FLEX, new pagers only, no holsters, no passwords.    
Wordline black
465
  smoke
25
Memo Elite black
165
All 900 MHz FLEX, new pagers only, no holsters, no passwords.    
LS750 platinum
300
  cranberry
800
  teal
288
  black
1,028
All 900 MHz FLEX, new pagers only, no holsters, no passwords.    
Bravo LX black
223
POCSAG, new, no passwords
Memo JAZZ black
1,000
  cranberry
5
All 900 MHz FLEX, new pagers only, no holsters, no passwords.    
LS350 black
750
All 900 MHz FLEX, new pagers only, no holsters, no passwords.    
CP 1250 black
90
All 900 MHz FLEX, new pagers only, no holsters, no passwords.    
ADVISOR Elite  
200
All 900 MHz FLEX, new pagers only, complete with holsters.    
PF 1500 black
68
SkyTel ReFLEX50, new, pagers only    
Pagewriter 2000 grey
250
SkyTel ReFLEX50, most new, some holsters, no chargers or batteries.    

Sierra Wireless MP200 CDPD Cellular Digital Packet Data Modem, version MP200/2.5.2 all new in original boxes. For details go to:

www.sierrawireless.com/productsordering?MP200.html

A current product selling today for $939.00 from Sierra.

See also:

www.sierrawireless.com/estore/product.asp?SKU=001.0036

for pricing, accessories, options and software. GPS capable.

 
400
Bravo LX Bimini blue
63
POCSAG 156.5005 MHz, new.    
Memo Elite  
25
VHF POCSAG 163.500 MHz, new, no holsters.    
Memo Elite  
60
VHF POCSAG 157.250 MHz, new, no holsters.  
 
Memo Elite  
20
UHF POCSAG 454.100 MHz, new, no holsters.    
UHF Minitor 3, all ranges, all models, 450-470 MHz, new with AC chargers and nylon cases.  
many

Leavitt Communications has the following additional items available for sale:

New Motorola HNN9056 Spirit batteries, identical to HNN9044 batteries for SP10, etc. $10.00 each

Repackaged Motorola Talkabout FRS radios, all models all colors, great pricing - call for details!

Alphamate 250's & Wordsenders - NEW Place your orders now!

All new Motorola pagers: UHF & 900 MHz Memo Express, Advisor Elites 900 FLEX; VHF Memo Elites (w/Spanish & Portuguese prompt capability); VHF Bravo LX, UHF Express Xtra, lots of 900 FLEX LS750, CP1250, LS350's.

UHF 450-470 Minitor 3 all models and 2F 37-45 MHz 2F models NEW, Minitor 2 & Minitor 3-amp Chargers 110 VAC or 12 VDC, any Keynotes including Golay Voice & Display, we have them so call now!

Any Motorola cellular accessory or battery - we have a huge selection so call or email us now for great prices and prompt delivery.

Leavitt Communications, Inc.
Telephone: 847-676-8898
Fax: 847-955-2422
To send Leavitt Communications an e-mail info@leavittcom.com <--- click here


TECHNICAL HELP NEEDED
How would you like to help out a paging-business colleague? I received the following request for help from a friend this week and thought that someone reading this newsletter might have a quick suggestion that would help him.

I've got a small carrier using a Glenayre terminal. They have a relatively simple problem. They've just bought 200 numeric pagers. Unfortunately the numeric pagers are programmed for extended numeric (i.e. they can receive "ABCDE" in addition to the standard numeric characters). I think this is an NEC invention?

Anyway, their Glenayre is set for standard numeric encoding. Thus when they send messages, they get garbage in the message - instead of the characters, they get "14c8d" etc. Do you know if the Glenayre can change the pager record to encode it in extended numeric? I assume it can, I just don't know how to change the Glenayre? Do you know anyone who can describe in simple terms what needs to be done on the Glenayre terminal?

In my two-way radio days, we referred to these characters as the "forth row" of the DTMF or Touchtone™ pad. I think it is just "ABCD" and may not include the "E." Most telephones do not include this forth row of buttons, but many two-way radios do. I hope someone can offer a suggestion to help out my friend.


I have one week to sell the following equipment. If you want any of this, make me an offer—any offer. FOB Canada.

  Paging Equipment Inventory - Warehouse
Item # Model Manufacture Quantity Frequency
1 COMPA STATION MOTOROLA 1 933.4875
2 PURC5000 MOTOROLA 2 933.4875
3 PURC5000 MOTOROLA 2 942.7125
4 PURC5000 MOTOROLA 25 454.300
5 2723B/2728 -28 VDC
Power Supply
GLENAYRE 48 N/A

OTHER SITES TO VISIT ON THE INTERNET
http://braddye.com/promos.html Copies of all my previous paging newsletters
http://braddye.com/new_job.html My job search page
http://braddye.com

The Paging Information Resource home page

 

NOTICE FROM GLENAYRE

The following reminder was received from our friends at Glenayre, in reference to the used Glenayre equipment that I have listed in this newsletter from time to time.

YOU SHOULD BE ADVISED THAT THE SOFTWARE LICENSE DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER IF SOMEONE PROCURES A GL3000 AND THAT THEY SHOULD CONTACT GLENAYRE.


ADIÓS AMIGOS
Well, that is all I have for this week. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's newsletter. I would like to ask anyone who sent me an e-mail yesterday to please resend it. SW Bell was not providing e-mail service all day yesterday.

GOOD-BYE UNTIL NEXT WEEK

PAGING
INFORMATION
RESOURCE

Best regards to all, and have a great weekend,

Brad Dye

Wireless Data Consultant
Dallas, Texas USA
Telephone: 214-219-9112
Cell phone: 972-523-8258
http://braddye.com/

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