the paging information resource
home button job search button consulting button newsletters button products button main section button glossary button send e-mail button
March 29, 2002

Dear Friends,

This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Data and Radio Paging. You are receiving this message because you have either communicated with me via e-mail about a wireless topic, or your e-mail address was included in another e-mail that I received. This is not a SPAM. If you received this message in error, and you do not wish to receive any more of these newsletters, please click here, then click on "send."

Wireless News

The news this week is a great deal like the old question "is the glass half-full or half-empty?" Clearly there is a major transition taking place in wireless messaging. The people-to-people paging business that has been lost to the cell-phone service providers is being replaced by several kinds of Wireless Data. The problem is that this new business requires some ingenuity to make it happen.

I used to wonder what "they" were going to do in the wireless business. Then, one day, I realized that I was one of "them" and it was up to me to do my part of making this business grow and prosper. Let's do it together! Let's lead and not follow! We can all be sure if we don't try something new, things are not going to get better. A couple of old sayings come to mind.

The Paging Guru in Asia is my friend Henry Cheung. Here is his response to last week's newsletter:


We see more than 80% penetration rate for GSM in Taiwan, HK, Singapore, Australia, Israel, and many... I believe US will eventually catching up in cellular phone penetration.

SMS is priced at S$0.05/message for local SMS and S$0.15 cents/message for International SMS. GPRS service is priced at per usage basis at S$0.005/kB in Singapore (US$1.0=S$1.8)


Henry Cheung

Ericsson predicts flat sales for remainder of year
March 27, 2002 1:58 PM EST
NEW YORK—Kurt Hellstroem, Swedish equipment maker Ericsson AB's chief executive, said his company is not optimistic about a sales rebound this year, adding that the vendor expects sales to remain flat or dip to 10 percent.

Citing a lack of consumer interest, the United States Postal Service says it will cease offering wireless services next month. Launched in January, the wireless offerings at the U.S.P.S. include package tracking and delivery confirmation, ZIP-code finder and a post office locator feature.

SmartSynch already has the CreataLink® 2XT Data Transceiver on their website. That is good news. The industry needs this product.

Corrections to last week's newsletter

I was given the wrong telephone number for Tim Hall at Glenayre. Here is the correct contact information for him:

Mr. Tim Hall
Customer Relations Manager
11360 Lakefield Drive
Duluth, GA 30097 USA
Telephone: 770-283-2460

If you want to call the Glenayre factory in Quincy, Illinois about equipment repair and you can't use their toll free number "1-800-637-918" then try 217-223-3211. Some countries don't permit calling to US 1-800-numbers.

The Flea Market
Want to Sell



In Brazil, a whole paging system: 20 Motorola Nucleus II 900 MHz high power paging transmitters ($6499 US each), a Motorola Unipage paging terminal ($3399), and an ASC 1500. Also Motorola ADVISOR Elite FLEX ($89) and Motorola JAZZ FLEX ($59) pagers, and a complete page repairing station, including:  RF generator from Hewlett Packard, Isolator box from Motorola, soldering and Desoldering station from Hakko, etc. Here is a business in a box to go.


In Texas, all kinds of paging infrastructure. Large stock of Unipage (Motorola M-15) cards and Glenayre equipment -- terminals and transmitters.
Pagers Pagers of all types -- from different manufacturers all over the world -- new and reconditioned. Send me an e-mail with your requirements.
A great little Paging Data Receiver (PDR) 900 MHz synthesized with an external or internal antenna. Why not try out a couple? Remember The Wheel of Fortune? $70 in small quantities. 6 V. power adapter with RS232 cable programming kit is US $3 and programming software is US $99
PCT A paging terminal with a voice mail system
Dispatch Wordsenders $135 (brand new, in boxes)
Dispatch Alphamate 250s $245
Want to Buy
In the Caribbean, wanted: preowned but in good condition or reasonably good condition and working; 800/900 MHz trunked radios.

If you have anything that you would like to add to the Buy or Sell list please send me all the details.

Affiliated Companies

Please check out the following web sites and let me know if you find anything that you need.

The Wireless Watchman Wireless Telemetry with GPS localization.

WaveWare Technologies Pagers, serial port controlled paging encoders, and paging base stations.

MCK Technologies Sales and repair of paging infrastructure equipment.

Telelink Wireless Technologies Paging Terminals and Voice Mail.

Metropage PTY Ltd. Wireless info-from-the-Internet Kiosk.

Ticker Communications Wireless information delivered to LED signs.

DigitPro Communications Pagers and Paging Data Receivers.

Digitel Online The leading wireless service provider in Mexico.

Wireless Data

It is very interesting to note that the majority of the responses that I receive from this newsletter and from my web page, The Paging Information Resource, are about Wireless Data. For years I have felt like one of those Old Testament prophets telling everyone what was going to happen with Wireless Data in the future. Well, the future is here, and Wireless Data is happening! It's nice to have been right about at least one thing.

The Wireless Watchman

Web-based Tracking Systems from The Wireless Watchman use a wireless link [currently ReFLEX25—other protocols to follow] between the vehicle and the central station to collect all key data. This data is processed by a central server and presented on the web to the customer. Controllers from The Wireless Watchman are designed to do much more that simply monitor data and communicate it to the central server. They can process data, check for alarm conditions and provide control locally or from remote commands. For example, The Wireless Watchman for boats monitors the bilge pump, the battery voltage, the temperature, the security, the fire alarm, the Hi-Water switch and even the shore power status. In addition, it can be programmed with a “Safe Zone” so if the boat drifts beyond this programmed zone, it will automatically generate an alarm. Any alarm is transmitted automatically to all the listed parties via a pager, a PC, a phone or even a Fax machine. Also it is possible to discriminate amongst alarms and send one alarm to the boat owner and the other to the dock-master, as instructed during the configuration phase.

wireless watchman

Unlike the web-based systems, where the data is transmitted over the Internet, proprietary systems from The Wireless Watchman require a PC program that is resident in the User’s PC network and all data from the field is communicated directly to this station. Available with support modules for Smart Dispatching and Map Presentations, these systems are designed to integrate with the operation at the command center and provide the dispatcher with all the information required to manage the field resources efficiently. Proprietary systems are also available with a wide range of modules to enable integration into software and accounting programs designed by other companies. All software is designed to be modular and easy to integrate with any standard program that uses Windows NT, SQL database and ODBC compliant data interface. In addition, The Wireless Watchman offers aggressive support from Systems Engineers who are committed to implementing the last mile capability to any Legacy or Enterprise Software.

The Wireless Watchman (TWW Inc.) is one of a group of companies with over 35 years proven experience in Security, Wireless, and Automated Systems.

To read more about The Wireless Watchman click here, and call me.

Good-bye — Adiós — until next week.

Best regards and have a great weekend,

Brad Dye

Wireless Data Consultant
Dallas, Texas USA
Telephone: 214-219-9112
Cell phone: 972-523-8258

More contact information:
My AOL Instant Messenger screen name is "BradDye" without the quotes
For Microsoft MSN Messenger use "Brad Dye"

Home Page | Directory | Consulting | Newsletters
Products | Reference | Glossary | Send e-mail