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FRIDAY - JULY 5, 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.

Thanks to everyone who sent in comments last week!

WIRELESS NEWS

IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?
Many of us still believe that the paging business will be around for a long time and that there will be significant business opportunities for all of us. Since I like to report both sides of the issue, you can read one very negative view in a so-called "Intelligence Brief" from the ICA Syndicate entitled Mobile Data Services: The Pain of the Paging Industry. It claims that paging has changed from "a cash cow" into a "dog."


THE PTC VOTES TO JOIN THE AAPC
As reported here previously, the American Association of Paging Carriers invited the Paging Technical Committee to join the association. I am pleased to report that the PTC members voted to join earlier this week. This will certainly add a lot to the organization.

The AAPC has asked me to serve on the PR & Communications committee. Of course, I am looking forward to this and as a first step I would also like to start gathering "success stories" about paging. Things where paging came through and saved the day. I trust there are some of those out there. Do you know of any good success stories we can use?

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If you are interested in joining the AAPC please visit their web site by clicking on the graphic above.


RCR Wireless News reported this week:

Breaking News

Aether shareholders file class action lawsuits

July 02, 2002 12:03 PM EST

NEW YORK—Merrill Lynch & Co. and certain of its stock analysts are the target of at least two class action lawsuits filed in June in connection with Aether Systems Inc.

This is the company that bought-out RTS Wireless and then closed the company down and put it out of business.


Another report from RCR Wireless News:

Breaking News

Stockholder, bondholder lawsuits filed against WorldCom

July 01, 2002 1:17 PM EST

NEW YORK—It was bound to happen. WorldCom Inc. stockholders and bondholders have filed class action lawsuits against the company, its now erstwhile chief executive officer, Bernard J. Ebbers, and chief financial officer, Scott D. Sullivan, as well as its former outside auditor, Arthur Andersen LLP.

Is anyone surprised?


RESPONSES TO MY COMMENTS LAST WEEK ON THE WORLDCOM SCANDAL:

I liked your soapbox comments! Right to the point. Also, many of the managers did not come from within the ranks of dedicated and knowledgeable people. They came from the pool of "kiss-ass" and friends and family members. Therefore, there is no incentive to perform, as the requirement for keeping your job or position is to know the "right" person.

It is a beautiful thing to watch!

Take care, and keep 'em comin'!


Me emociono la reflexión sobre el escándalo de WorldCom, estas en lo cierto en cada una de tus palabras sobre el problema de fondo que esta sociedad tiene. La falta de valores morales y eticos por sobre el afan de enriquecerse a cualquier precio. Muchas gracias y continua con "The Paging Information Resource."


Brad, my opinion, I believe the business plan of the eighties and nighties was not to make money selling product which would include customer service and all of the items you mentioned. The plan was to make money selling the company. An IPO was the first mark of success. Maybe you could start a company and have a bigger company buy out and you get paid that way. Almost everything that was done was measured by what kind of press release will this generate. So many times I was told to install a transmitter in an area that I knew couldn't serve but a few people. It was the map, have to have a better map than the other carriers. Then there was the map drawn by the sales department, you know how scientific and exact they are. Then there is the customer sold because the map promises coverage and he isn't getting it so engineering must have a transmitter down and doesn't want to fix it. If they could only sell pagers like they can sell that problem to your boss. The whole problem is there was never a plan to make money selling the product, only selling the company and stock. It's not just wireless but a wide range of companies. That probably is what made the 90's boom and we are going to pay for that deception in the early 2000s. Some companies found that they liked their deception so well they lied about it just to keep it going. My fear is there are more Enrons and WorldComs out there with cooked books. How many can we afford? The whole probably was lack of integrity, the short sighted goals, the truth was not in it.

WORLD CUP SOCCER

A SUMMARY OF THE WORLD CUP SOCCER MATCHES

world cup soccer summary

Brazil beat Germany 2-0 last Sunday morning, making it their 5th world championship--more than any other country has won. It was estimated that about 1/4 of the world's population, or 1.5 billion people, watched the game on TV--the largest audience ever to watch a sporting event. Both points were scored by Brazil's star player Ronaldo giving him a total of 14 world-cup-career goals and tying Pelé's record. It was quite a game, watching Brazil get two goals past Oliver Kahn—Germany's goalkeeper—considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the world. He has been dubbed by the press as "the new Berlin Wall" and was voted the tournament's best player.

Oliver Kahn
Oliver Kahn

The following photo shows Pelé congratulating Ronaldo after his win in Japan on Sunday.

ronaldo and pele
Ronaldo and Pelé


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 find it.
 

eTouch pager

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


LEAVITT COMMUNICATIONS
For the last couple of weeks I have been running long lists of pagers and other wireless equipment and accessories being offered by Leavitt Communications. There are some really great deals in their equipment liquidations, and we have had some good responses from readers of this newsletter. If you missed the previous lists, or would like to see them again please click here. There is still plenty of equipment available.


NOTICE

I have recently agreed to assist Cybertree Technologies with their introduction of the Citygear (one-way) pager into the US market. This is one of the most innovative new products that I have seen in decades. It creates new revenue opportunities for carriers and resellers with advertising—using still and animated graphics. This is cool! Subscribers will accept graphic banner advertising in exchange for advanced features such as content (news, weather, and sports), e-mail forwarding, and web-calendar forwarding. The concept of advertising-sponsored-content services is not new. TV and radio stations have been using this revenue model since their beginning, so why don't we do it on on paging products too? If you would like to receive a copy of the introductory materials being mailed out today, please let me know. I will have more information on this great new product for you here next week.


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


ADIÓS AMIGOS
Well, that is all I have for this week. Please let me know if you hear any news that I can include in next week's newsletter.

GOOD-BYE UNTIL NEXT WEEK

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Best regards to all, and have a great weekend,

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Brad Dye

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

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