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Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

Be sure to read "2003 - The Year In Review" with highlights of this year's news from the newsletter archive—near the end of the newsletter—you might find an issue that you want to go back to and read again.

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This week's issue has been edited and condensed considerably. I have removed several ads in order to give more emphasis to those companies that are paying their way. I determined from the beginning that I was not going to try to charge anyone for receiving the newsletter. Support has to come from products sold and from paid advertising or donations. The support from products sold has not worked out very well, so I am shifting my emphasis more to advertising. I suspect that there is a considerable amount of business going on from information gained and contacts obtained in the newsletter, but I usually don't get included in the process.

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Here is a link to the available paging channels that I mentioned last week. They are in the Pueblo (CO), Austin, and DFW areas. They are mostly VHF and UHF but there are some 900 MHz channels available. Let me know if you are interested.

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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 on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list with my apologies.

A new issue of the Paging and Wireless Data Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon Eastern US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major paging and wireless data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers, so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

I regularly get reader's comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the paging, and wireless data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my website.

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Research In Motion Reports Third Quarter Results

December 22, 2003

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported third quarter results for the three months ended November 29, 2003 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2004 was $153.9 million, up 22% from $125.7 million in the previous quarter and up 107% from $74.2 million in the same quarter of last year. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 56% for handhelds, 29% for service, 9% for software licenses and 6% for OEM radios and other revenue. The total number of BlackBerry® subscribers increased by approximately 154,000 from the prior quarter to approximately 865,000 subscribers.

Source: RIM Press Release

RIM, Sony Ericsson Strike Licensing Deal

December 23, 2003

Research In Motion (Quote, Chart) continues to expand its reach and distribution, despite pending legal actions that threaten its ability to do business in the United States.

The maker of the popular BlackBerry devices on Monday said its wireless e-mail technologies will be integrated into Sony Ericsson's mobile phones.

The pact is part of RIM's "BlackBerry Connect" licensing program that enables mobile device makers to tap into BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Web Client services. A spokesman for Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM was not immediately available.

RIM first announced its licensing program at the CTIA Wireless show in March. Since then, it's landed Sony Ericsson rivals Nokia and Symbian among its licensed partners.

This most recent agreement was announced with RIM's third-quarter earnings. RIM posted revenue of $153.9 million, up 22 percent during the three-month period, up from $125.7 million in the previous quarter and up 107 percent from $74.2 million in the same quarter of last year. Net earnings were $16.3 million, or 20 cents per share, better than last quarter's $2.1 million, or 3 cents per share profit.

The company has made a slew of announcements in recent months. Last week, RIM announced an agreement with PalmSource to develop BlackBerry connectivity on Palm OS. In late November, RIM's first color device, the BlackBerry 7730 handheld, was released.

A wide-reaching agreement with IBM was announced in September that integrates the development of solutions using WebSphere Everyplace Access mobile middleware and BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

All these positive announcements have occurred while RIM has been under a legal shadow that threatens to stop it from selling its products in the United States.

RIM's fate rests on the final outcome of a patent lawsuit with Virginia-based holding firm NTP. In August, a U.S court found that RIM had infringed on NTP patents and ordered RIM to pay $53 million in damages.

More importantly, the ruling barred RIM for selling BlackBerry devices in the United States. If RIM loses on appeal, the injunction would remain until NTP's patents expire as late as May 20, 2012.

Despite that potentially gloomy prospect, the upbeat earnings report convinced several brokers to raise their ratings and price targets on RIM. Shares of the company's stock were up more than 40 percent at one point today, breaking through its 52-week high.


IPO, merger speculated for Cingular Wireless

Dec. 23, 2003 2:50 PM EST

NEW YORK—Cingular Wireless L.L.C.'s parent companies SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. are reportedly looking at an initial public offering for their wireless division sometime next year to help fund expansion plans that could include a merger with industry rival AT&T Wireless Services Inc., according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

"At Cingular, there is strong momentum building for both an acquisition or an IPO," an unnamed source told the Wall Street Journal. "This is more than just running scenarios."

A number of industry sources have made similar predictions of a possible Cingular/AT&T Wireless merger noting both carriers have been cleaning up their balance sheets and consolidating their operations for such a move. Cingular was rumored to be looking at acquiring T-Mobile USA Inc. last year, but was reportedly rebuffed by T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom AG.

The news sent AT&T Wireless' shares up more than five percent in early Tuesday trading to nearly $8 per share with above average trading volume.

Source: RCR Wireless News

California Amplifier to Acquire Vytek Corporation

Acquisition Strengthens California Amplifier's Engineering Capability and Market Presence, and Diversifies Product and Customer Base

CAMARILLO, CA, December 23, 2003— California Amplifier, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAMP) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Vytek Corporation. The acquisition represents a pivotal step in California Amplifier's strategic growth plan to diversify its customer base, expand its core engineering capability, and broaden its market offerings.

Vytek, a privately-held company headquartered in San Diego, California, is a provider of hardware and software solutions and services that enable wired and wireless access to information. Vytek has a diversified Fortune 1000 customer base consisting of world-class technology companies, consumer electronics companies, household names in retailing and distribution, and companies in various vertical markets such as healthcare and public safety. Vytek has approximately 280 employees with 10 offices nationwide, and has longstanding customer relationships dating back 18 years through its prior acquisitions.

Source: Vytek Press Release

Advertiser Index
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Advanced RF CommunicationsMotorola Inc.
Cassel & AssociatesPreferred Wireless
Cook Paging ProfitPlu$
Daviscomms USASALCOM Technologies
DX Radio Systems Selective Communications
Enrique Llaca—Authentium rep. in Mexico Swissphone Wireless
Global Fax Network Services TGA Technologies
Hark Systems Zetron Inc.
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Motorola Introduces Two New Pagers Ideal for Health Care, Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Utilities Markets

Motorola's newest one-way pagers—the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager—are ideal for users in demanding business environments who need a convenient and cost effective way to stay in touch.

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager were developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, manufacturing environments, utilities, hospitality applications, campus settings, and for businesses that own and operate their own paging systems.

advisor 2The Advisor II pager's alphanumeric four-line display and expanded functionality incorporate many of the most advanced paging features available. A major advantage of the Advisor II pager is that it is synthesized which enables the user to program the pager to a specific frequency in the field. Other features of the Advisor II pager include:

  • Displays up to four lines of text and 80 characters per line
  • Zooms in on two lines for larger view
  • Optimax® EL Electra Light for optimum readability
  • 52 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Two notebook areas, including a personal notebook and a mail drop notebook

ls355The LS355 numeric pager enables users to receive a "call-back" number that can be returned at the user's convenience. This pager has a one-button design for ease of use. Features of the new LS355 pager include:

  • 16 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Six individual addresses to allow the user to receive individual or group pages
  • 4 icons including Message Preview, Unread Message Indication, Alert Mode, and Out of Range Indication
  • Saves messages when off or when the battery is being changed and offers the time and date when on standby
  • RS232 programmable to allow for programming changes in the field

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager are available in POCSAG, UHF or VHF models and ship with a one-year standard warranty. As part of the continued support of these pagers, Motorola offers a two-year Express Service Plus program. This feature provides hardware repair coverage for two years beyond the standard one-year warranty for a total of three years of pager repair coverage. Both pagers are available through Motorola Authorized Resellers.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Motorola, Inc. 2003.

Paging System Technician

Immediate opening for technician responsible for maintenance and expansion of paging systems throughout Northern California. Applicant should have experience with Glenayre and Motorola Paging Transmitters. Experience with related equipment including paging switching terminals and telephone interconnection, Excel and light Word processing is a plus. Position is based in San Rafael, California and Cook Paging offers a competitive salary and a full benefits package.

Please send your resume to: or

Or fax it to: Cook Paging, Engineering Dept. at: 415-456-5566.

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  • Reliable operation
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  • Weather resistant

A fast and reliable alarming system is an indisputable prerequisite for emergency fire and rescue services to respond successfully and efficiently. State-of-the-art paging enables groups as well as individuals to be alerted.

The Quattrino Voice and Memo two tone pagers are suitable for everyone, even for those working in an emergency during severe weather conditions. Continual further development of previous popular models has resulted in a practical, reliable and user-friendly device, innovatively housed with ergonomic operating controls. Design elements include a very long standby function and weather proofing to the European IP54 specifications.

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Advanced RF Communications offers a complete line of products and services to support your new or existing paging system. Our RF and System engineering team utilizes the latest technologies and techniques to deliver reliable high-speed digital data messaging or tone/voice paging for local or wide area simulcast one-way or two-way paging systems.

Advanced RF Communications is a proud sponsor of the:

American Association of Paging Carriers

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Our System design and installation services integrate all the "boxes" and deliver fully operational one or two-way paging "system". We can also "tune-up" that existing paging system with our diagnostic and troubleshooting services to restore System performance that has deteriorated over time.


1 or 2 ea. Glenayre/Quintron T-5353 UHF transmitters with or without RL900/903 link receivers. Please call!!

Advanced RF Communications, Inc.
301 Oak Street—Suite 2-46A
Quincy, IL 62301 USA
For further information please contact:
Fred Pakosta or Jim Neves
Telephone/Fax: 217-221-9500
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Authentium's COMMAND Antivirus™

COMMAND Antivirus™ is used by leading education institutions, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies for one simple reason - it works. Based on the proven F-Prot engine and developed continuously over a period of more than ten years, COMMAND Antivirus™ deploys more easily, detects more viruses (and potential viruses), handles more file extensions, and returns fewer false positives than competing antivirus products.

Authentium's new representative for Mexico:

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Telephone: 011 52 55 53734241

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dx radio systems

DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures high quality, high specification type communications products. The following is a list of products that DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures or supplies as a single supplied product and can be included as part of a turnkey system:

  • Repeaters
  • Repeater Systems
  • Paging Transmitters
  • Paging Systems
  • LTR & MPT1327 Trunking Systems
  • MPT1327 Trunking Repeaters
  • SmarTrunk II Trunking Repeaters
  • Complete Trunking Systems
  • Airport Ground to Air Base Radios
  • Airport Ground to Air Systems
  • Rural Radiotelephone Link Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Combining Systems
  • Complete Turnkey Systems
  • Engineering & Installation of All Systems

Performance that is tough to find anywhere at a price you can afford.

DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
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AAPC’s Mission Statement Defines Purpose

  • Identifying issues of common concern to its members
  • Providing an effective forum for the discussion and progression of issues relating to the industry
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory and legal matters as a unified organization
  • Providing research into and development of our industry and its current and prospective markets
  • Providing education and resources to address the challenges and trends affecting our operating environments
  • Encouraging and maintaining high standards of ethics and services
  • Championing the industry and representing paging carriers with a positive voice

Our industry must move forward together or we will perish individually. If you want to get involved, please click here. Come and join us!

The AAPC "newsroom" is a great source of information.

The AAPC also hosts the Paging Technical Committee site. There is a lot of good paging industry information here.

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Sophisticated And Affordable
Paging Terminals

zetron 2000 terminal

The Zetron 2000 Series Paging Terminals are designed for the paging operator needing a flexible, modular approach to system operation, with the capacity to expand to a region-wide or national network. The terminals are incrementally expandable in both capacity and options.

The 2000 Series can act as the hub of an integrated communications system and are suitable for the larger private paging system. The terminals are incrementally expandable in both capacity and options, so a system can start small and grow as required.

The terminals are available with advanced features such as PageSaver voice messaging. They connect with a wide range of PBX or PSTN equipment and can be integrated with security systems, monitoring and control systems, nurse call, product control, building management systems etc.

Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
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ISC Technologies is the industry leader in the pre-owned Paging equipment marketplace. We specialize in purchasing, reconditioning, reconfiguring and sales of quality paging infrastructure. We can customize and configure equipment at a fraction of the cost of new. All equipment carries a standard warranty to insure your trouble free operation.

At ISC Technologies we service what we sell and more. Our factory-trained technicians repair most Quintron, Glenayre, Motorola, and Skydata equipment. All of our repairs are done on a Time and Material basis, saving you money over flat rate repair. From vacuum tubes to surface mount equipment, we are ready to handle your repair needs quickly and cost effectively.

Glenayre’s only licensed repair facility!

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Wireless Communication Solutions

The Hark ISI-400LX is a hardware device that encapsulates serial data into TCP/IP for transmission over the Internet. It can also be configured to convert incoming TAP messages from the serial port and send them over the Internet to paging providers in email (SMTP) or Simple Network Paging Protocol (SNPP) format. The ISI-400LX with the optional external modem can connect to a secondary dial-up ISP when a failure on the ethernet port is detected.


This device is the perfect companion for the Hark Gateway products. An ISI can be located at a remote location for receiving TAP, TNPP, or Billing traffic using a local ISP eliminating long distance phone charges.

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Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275 or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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old rts logoAether Systems is the company that bought out RTS Wireless, formerly Real Time Strategies. They manufactured an Internet gateway/TNPP router/protocol converter that was used in many countries to build out international paging networks. It was called the RTS Advantage™. I worked there for a while as VP of sales and marketing and then used their product extensively when I went to work at PageMart/WebLink as VP of international networks. I think I was the first to come up with the idea of networking paging systems together over the Internet using TNPP. I also believe that RTS was the first company to incorporate my idea into a commercial product. We almost didn't do it because back in 1995 the popular use of the Internet was just catching on and many thought it couldn't be used for commercial activities. RTS had several leading-edge products used by all of the major paging networks. Following is a Press Release from Aether Systems.

Aether Systems Reaches Agreement to Sell Enterprise Mobility Solutions Division

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Dec. 19, 2003 – Aether Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: AETH), a leading provider of mobile and wireless data solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Enterprise Mobility Solutions division to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (Nasdaq: TSYS).

The purchase price for the transaction is $19 million in cash, subject to the satisfaction of various closing conditions, and the parties are seeking to complete the deal in early January.

TCS will acquire the portion of Aether's business that focuses on wireless data solutions for large enterprise customers, including the Aether Systems Ltd. business in Europe. Aether continues to own and operate its Transportation and Mobile Government divisions.

Based in Annapolis, Md., TCS is a leading provider of software and solutions to wireless telecommunication carriers worldwide and to government customers requiring high reliability and security. The assets that TCS will acquire include the Aether Fusion™ wireless development platform; the BlackBerry™ by Aether® product suite and customer base; Aether's 20/20 Delivery™ wireless logistics solution and customer base; and Aether's field service and financial services applications and associated customers. As part of the agreement, a total of approximately 112 Aether employees will become TCS employees and continue to work from their current location in Owings Mills, Md.

"The Aether Enterprise Mobility Solutions division has grown to be a leader in the wireless data market," said Dave Oros, Chairman and CEO of Aether Systems. "Combining the division with the strengths of TCS will enable EMS to enhance its leadership position. In addition, we are very pleased to have found a Maryland-based home for the division and the employees who have worked very hard to grow that portion of our business."

About Aether Systems, Inc.
Aether Systems delivers wireless and mobile data solutions that make people more productive and their organizations more profitable. Aether's products and services are built on Aether Fusion, the company's standards-based platform that allows for secure, reliable extension of critical information to virtually any wireless or mobile environment. Return on investment in Aether solutions comes from a unique combination of strengths - quick access to multiple back-end information sources, workflow that is optimized for specific industries, and turnkey deployment services and professional support. Backed by years of in-market expertise, Aether is making it possible for thousands of businesses and government agencies to unleash the power of the mobile workforce. For more information, please visit

Press Contact:
Greg Abel
Aether Systems

This press release includes forward-looking statements based on current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions about Aether that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements, including the risk that required conditions to the closing of the sale of the Enterprise Mobility Solutions division will not be satisfied, in which case the transaction might not be completed or might be completed on different terms than those described above. Other risk factors regarding Aether's business, performance and financial condition are included in Aether's Annual Report on Form 10-K with respect to the fiscal year ending December 31, 2002 and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Aether undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Source: Aether Systems Press Release

Motorola Canopy™ Wireless Broadband Portfolio Expands with New 2.4GHz Product

Benefits Include Longer Range, Increased Capacity

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 15, 2003 – Motorola is introducing a new 2.4GHz product for its Canopy™ wireless broadband portfolio. The new solution is a cost-effective option for Internet service providers, and for enterprise and private network operators that may be looking to add capacity to cover larger geographic areas or to extend reach to customers in difficult terrain.

The 2.4GHz system allows network operators to add new subscribers to existing Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) networks and is well-suited for working in challenging topologies, such as areas with foliage. The Canopy system's ability to provide a robust high-speed connection, even in the presence of interference, is a critical competitive advantage when compared to existing 2.4 GHz outdoor solutions.

The 2.4GHz point-to-point backhaul modules can be used as a cost-effective, low-latency Ethernet bridge between any two networks or between a network and remote user. There is also a 2.4 GHz 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) product available with the most advanced layer of encryption available on wireless networks.

In international markets where other frequencies are limited, the 2.4GHz can become the critical second band to complement solutions in other bands, such as 5.7GHz ISM band or even a licensed band such as 3.5GHz.

Source: Motorola Press Release

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ProfitPlus by Netflow—the software that streamlines pager billing and system maintenance. ProfitPlus interfaces to your Zetron terminals allowing easy changes to pager settings and billable services.

Zetron Interface: Multiple Zetron Series 2000 terminals supported. Default pager settings. Terminal/phone number association. Future activation/deactivation dates. Easy group maintenance.

Automatic Billing Records: Point of Sale transaction automatically enters pager airtime into monthly billing cycle. Contract pricing. Recurring and one-time billing capabilities.

Tracking: Agent commissions. Phone number inventory/analysis. Product inventory transfer from stockroom to sales locations to customer. Capcode usage reports. Duplicate capcode detection.

  • Automatic Past Due
  • Prompts and Disconnects!
  • Customer Alerts!
  • Over 70 reports!

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TGA Technologies, Inc.

tga logoPRISM PMG 4500e

Radio Paging
Control Terminal

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Supports both current and future radio paging network needs. Offers both analog (2-tone, 5/6-tone, Quick-Call I and II) formats with voice and digital (Golay, POCSAG and FLEX™) paging formats. Can be tailored to meet special operating requirements of your organization.

Features redundant AC and DC power supplies, plug-in hard disk drives, standard MS Windows 2000 operating system, voice prompts, caller password screening, direct connection to your dispatch console and more. You can use common time source for logging. Supports PURC transmitter control or can be connected to existing transmitter control system.

Redundancy option with geographic separation is available to provide additional protection for critical message control points. Let us discuss your specific needs.

Other PMG models are available with more features and capacities. Also inquire about TGA’s Special Network Application Platform (SNAP)* featuring e-mail messaging inbound and outbound with Web Site Hosting, and don't forget:

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TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way
Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
Tel: +1 770-441-2100
Fax: +1 770-449-7740
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Developers and Manufacturers of Paging and Mobile Data Equipment

Selective is a developer and manufacturer of intelligent paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment. The PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and it, along with our range of other Paging Data Receivers provide a significant message processing capability. The PDT and PDR range have multiple uses and capabilities including:

  • FLEX or POCSAG decoding
  • TNPP input & output
  • TAP input & output
  • POCSAG output (encoder)
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs (up to 2)
  • Relay outputs (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing
  • Interception
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating
  • Paging infill
  • LED Sign Control
  • Remote Printing etc.

selective products

Our mobile data equipment includes a range of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including trunked and conventional radio, paging, GPRS & CDMA cellular, Mobitex etc. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software. Local area paging systems, paging interception and message reprocessing software, field force automation and mobile dispatch solutions. We export worldwide.

Selective Communications Group Ltd.
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
3/2 Haultain St.
Eden Tce
Auckland, New Zealand
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SALCOM designs and manufactures a range of VHF and UHF FM radio transmitters and receivers to integrate with systems data equipment as well as for voice operation. The design philosophy has always been to be low cost and yet meet the most demanding compliance requirements. Salcom's synthesized UHF and VHF transmitters, receivers and transceivers are utilized in many areas of the telecommunications industry, often in conjunction with Salcom signalling products. To realize additional market segments for the RF products, specialized OEM products have been developed utilizing the standard core technology. Most of these products are utilized in third party telecommunications and telemetry systems.

Salcom manufactures an extensive range of POCSAG paging products suited to a wide range of system applications such as remote switching, automatic machine monitoring, security and fire alarm systems and nurse calling systems.

A transceiver has been developed to meet the demand for a low cost, simple to use, fully immersible, floatable emergency radio. It provides a means of communication from aircraft to personnel in distress where they can not be reached and no alternative communication method exists.

120 St Asaph Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 3792298 • Fax: +64 3 3651580

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A Call For Help With Paging History

A late comer claims to have invented Wireless E-mail in 1991. We all know that the paging community was doing this in the mid to late 80s and I need your help to prove this.

I am looking for the following:

  • Any copies of articles on the announcement of the HP95 and the NewsStream or any printed articles describing reception of e-mail on the NewsStream/HP95
  • NewsStream RSS software and cradle for same—unless Motorola still sells same?
  • Copies of Motorola Paging Price pages from 1989-91
  • NEC Printer/RS-232 interface for the NEC D4 Alpha
  • ZETRON DAPT 1000 encoder with TAP dial-up port capable of Golay and POCSAG Alpha—must have been manufactured before 1991
  • Operational Motorola Moden Plus encoder with dual-port interface option and documentation
  • Old Motorola bag phone (pre 1991) with Telular, CellJack or equiv RJ-11 Interface
  • TELOCATOR back issues from 1985 - 1992

Please look in your storeroom or your basement and see if you have any of these items. It would be very helpful if you could assist me in showing that wireless e-mail was being used before 1991.

Best regards,

Paul Cassel VE3SY
Cassel & Associates
1083 Notre Dame Drive
Petersburg, ON
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  1. January 3, 2003 My tirade against the MBAs who are bankrupting the paging business.
  2. January 10, 2003 Microsoft announces plans to get into subcarrier paging.
  3. January 17, 2003 In-depth report on subcarrier (SCA) paging technology.
  4. January 24, 2003 Report on the Paging Technical Committee meeting in Tampa, more on SCA.
  5. January 31, 2003 Second report on subcarrier (SCA) paging technology .
  6. February 7, 2003 Microsoft invests in wireless in Canada with Rogers AT&T, photo of wristwatch.
  7. February 14, 2003 Metrocall Directors Fire Bill Collins. Another RIF at WebLink Wireless.
  8. February 21, 2003 A message from the Texas Association of Paging Systems (TAPS).
  9. February 28, 2003 Metrocall axes Ken Goldstein VP of Eng. Is the Telecom Meltdown Over?
  10. March 7, 2003 Motorola cancer lawsuit dismissed, another suit over Iridium financing settled.
  11. March 17, 2003 Report on the IWCE trade show in Las Vegas. SouthernNet joins the AAPC.
  12. March 21, 2003 Tech Tips: down-tilt antennas, New ReFLEX devices announced.
  13. March 28, 2003 Wireless Palm—RIM killer announced. Tech Tips: ReFLEX tutorial.
  14. April 4, 2003 ReFLEX tutorial continued. Several reader comments on ReFLEX tutorial.
  15. April 11, 2003 Industry rediscovers "push-to-talk." Tech Tips: TNPP tutorial & Beginner's Paging.
  16. April 18, 2003 Wireless data on cell phones. Tech Tips: FLEX capcodes.
  17. April 22, 2003 Hector Ruiz appointed to Trade Policy Advisory Committee. AAPC is growing.
  18. May 2, 2003 Bush signs "Amber Alert" bill. Nextel making money. PTC PWG call for papers.
  19. May 9, 2003 Space Data granted more narrowband PCS spectrum. SARS causes plant closings.
  20. May 16, 2003 Special report on Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11x WAP is crap! Wireless hall of fame members.
  21. May 23, 2003 More Wi-Fi news. Newsletter suspended until further notice—can't pay the bills.
  22. May 30, 2006 No newsletter this week.
  23. June 6, 2003 No newsletter this week.
  24. June 13, 2003 No newsletter this week.
  25. June 19, 2003 AAPC Press Release about their first annual meeting, no newsletter this week.
  26. June 27, 2003 No newsletter this week.
  27. July 4, 2003 No newsletter this week.
  28. July 11, 2003 No newsletter this week.
  29. July 18, 2003 No newsletter this week.
  30. July 25, 2003 No newsletter this week.
  31. August 1, 2003 Newsletter re-launched. Paging industry comes to the aid of the newsletter.
  32. August 8, 2003 Many readers: "welcome back." Doggett to leave Glenayre. RIM defends.
  33. August 15, 2003 Special report on APCO show. SkyTel-WebLink deal off. Editorial on Paging.
  34. August 22, 2003 W32.Sobig.F@mm nasty e-mail worm. Motorola Paging Boynton Beach closed.
  35. August 29, 2003 Important new proposal for ReFLEX and 802.11 by Allan Angus.
  36. September 5, 2003 PTC meeting in Minneapolis announced. Nextel and Verizon rank highest.
  37. September 12, 2003 Swissphone enters US market. AAPC: new membership heights.
  38. September 17, 2003 Interconnect discussion continued. Police must have warrants for tracking.
  39. September 25, 2003 Motorola stock up-CEO out. Report on Paging in Mexico. El que llama paga.
  40. October 3, 2003 Close call with Hurricane Isabel. Reader's comments from Russia & Costa Rica.
  41. October 9, 2003 Reports of combustible phones. Wireless use continues to increase.
  42. October 17, 2003 More on Wireless growth. "No explosion of wireless phone."
  43. October 24, 2003 ASTAA convention report. News from Argentina. Cell phones/hospital infection.
  44. October 31, 2003 TAS & Paging article 1. PerComm's mew ReFLEX pager announced.
  45. November 7, 2003 TAS & Paging article 2. FCC: not dangerous to use cell phones at gas stations.
  46. November 14, 2003 TAS & Paging article 3. LNP issues heat up. Several new FCC regulations.
  47. November 20, 2003 TAS & Paging article 4. Metrocall acquires WebLink. ReFLEX device report.
  48. November 28, 2003 FCC reorganized. Motorola: 2 new pagers for business market.
  49. December 5, 2003 Zigbee 803.15 products come out. FCC: new 12.5 Khz rules suspended.
  50. December 12, 2003 Important report on Metrocall/WebLink and the US paging industry.
  51. December 19, 2003 ReFLEX spec. being updated. Motorola: new boss, spin off semiconductors.
  52. December 25, 2003 Christmas Card.
  53. December 26, 2003 The issue that you are now reading.

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Cooperate on Transatlantic Text Messaging


BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the leading U.S. wireless service provider, and Vodafone, the world's largest mobile community, today announces that they are introducing transatlantic text messaging. This collaboration will enable their respective customers to send and receive text messages between the Verizon Wireless CDMA network and Vodafone's GSM networks.

The transatlantic text messaging services will be introduced on a phased basis in the U.S. and 10 of Vodafone's GSM networks. All Verizon Wireless customers with TXT messaging-capable handsets, and Vodafone customers across Germany, Greece, Ireland*, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK, will be able to use the service beginning in early 2004. Vodafone intends to extend the service to an even wider footprint during 2004.

Each text message sent travels between GSM and CDMA networks and is converted by InphoMatch, a U.S. vendor, before being forwarded to the recipient's handset. Testing of the process shows that the conversion process and message delivery occurs within seconds.

* Vodafone Ireland has already initiated a pre-Christmas marketing campaign for the service.

Source: Verizon Wireless


I have developed a one-day training course on paging. Take a look at a draft of the course outline if you think this might be beneficial in your company. Paging training course outline. I would be happy to come to your place of business and conduct this training for your employees.

I am very grateful for the critical support that people and companies have provided in the form of advertising, purchases from advertisers, and contributions of relevant articles during this challenging year. I look forward to continuing to provide you all with news and information services throughout 2004. God bless you all.

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