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Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

Another busy week has passed in the world of paging and wireless data. Today is this newsletter's first anniversary—52 issues and one year. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement. Almost every week I get a message from someone saying, "don't stop, we read your newsletter every week! Keep up the good work, etc."

This is a forum for ideas and comments about the paging industry. You are welcome to send me yours.
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It is exciting, and very gratifying to know that many new paging products are under development. Pagers, PDAs, OEM telemetry modules, transmitters, infrastructure control equipment, and networking equipment have all been mentioned here before, but when I list them all together and realize that they are coming from eight or nine different countries, then I suspect a lot of people besides me believe that paging will continue to be a viable business for several years to come. I had another inquiry this week, asking if our industry was going to be around for a while, and wondering if it would be safe to launch a new business using paging infrastructure. Of course my answer was an enthusiastic YES!
Microsoft Reaching Deeper Into North American Wireless

Microsoft Canada and Rogers AT&T Wireless announced a new strategic deal aimed at marketing smartphones and next-generation wireless data services to Canadian businesses.

The deal could be a precursor to similar deals in the United States, where Microsoft has been vying to carve a chunk out of the wireless software and applications market.

The companies say they will jointly provide and market business-oriented wireless offerings utilizing Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 and Pocket PC Phone Edition operating systems, on devices using Rogers' GSM/GPRS network.

AT&T Wireless also is testing a smartphone based on the Microsoft OS and plans commercial availability later this year in U.S. markets.

'Rogers AT&T Wireless and Microsoft Canada will provide businesses with a full mobile desktop experience by providing new, fully integrated, wireless devices that are loaded with the Pocket PC Phone Edition and/or Smartphone platforms,' says Nadir Mohamed, Rogers AT&T's president and CEO. 'In addition, through joint initiatives with Microsoft Canada, Rogers AT&T Wireless will approach businesses across Canada with unique and simple, mobile software solutions.'

Source: Wireless Week

Did you ever hear the joke about the letting the camel put his nose in the tent? They say that it gets cold in the desert at night and sometimes the desert nomads would allow their camel to put his nose inside of the tent to keep warm. By morning, the camel would be inside of the tent and the people would all be on the outside—slowly pushed out during the night by the camel. Do you think this applies to Microsoft getting into the paging business?

Andy Seybold discussion

Wireless industry expert Andrew Seybold answered questions during an online Wireless Week discussion on Wednesday, January 15. Following are excerpts from that discussion:

Randy: With Weblink selling their 2-way 1-way paging system how does this affect Metrocall since they use Weblinks 2-way paging system?

Andy Seybold: Randy—I think that from what I have seen the paging industry is being born again and that network sharing is going to happen big time—I don't think any of them are down and out yet.

Dhanni Sukhai PE, Atlanta, GA: A couple of years ago it seemed like Wireless Data would take off as the Internet did in the 90's. What do you think has impeded this acceleration and what is your prognosis for Wireless Data in the next year, 2 years, 5 years?

Andy Seybold: First of all the Internet bubble burst—and we don't want the Wireless data bubble to burst so I like the slower, more gradual growth of wireless data—next, we are just now getting sensible pricing, great devices and better end-to-end solutions—remember that it took 14 years for the wireless voice market to grow to 60 million users—patience is still a good word to understand.

Jim Losleben: What is the future of 900 MHz and 150 MHz Paging? Will one or the other take the lead technology wise? If one or the other has a future, will it be data or text oriented services? What new functions will come forward for paging?

Andy Seybold: Jim—I think paging will make a come back and you forgot the 460 MHz band for paging also—paging systems still have the best coverage of ANY wireless system in the U.S. and there is value in that.

Source: Wireless Week News
Gates Has Designs on Your Wrist

For Microsoft, the financial risk is minimal. The software giant has spent a mere $50 million on SPOT—pocket change for a company with $40 billion in cash. For Microsoft to break even, 500,000 consumers must buy the service. But, in truth, SPOT's bottom line matters far less than the technology and lessons that Microsoft draws from the venture. This is Microsoft's step into so-called ubiquitous computing, a Holy Grail for the tech intelligentsia. For years, companies have toiled to develop technology to pack computing smarts into all sorts of devices.

Source: Business Week Online

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New Watch Hits the SPOT?

If you have a very high speed Internet connection, here is a great streaming-video/audio report on SPOT products from CES.


Consumer Electronics Show 2003

Citizen, Fossil and Suunto announced they will make special watches equipped with FM receivers to display data using Microsoft's new SPOT technology.


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March 10 - 14, 2003
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

At the show this year in Las Vegas IWCE 2003 introduces THE PAGING ZONE! It will be sponsored by the AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers) and the SCA (Southeastern Communications Association). This will be a show-within-a-show designed with the needs of paging companies in mind. This is North America's largest gathering of dealers, public safety, and other end users of wireless technology products. The attendees come to see all types of wireless communications products and equipment including tower site products, GPS products, cellular/PCS products, etc.

The Paging Zone will be promoted as a special new feature of IWCE. Targeted promotions will include: direct mail, e-mail, Web sites, etc. The Paging Zone will specifically promoted to buyers of paging equipment. Onsite, the Paging Zone will be a dedicated area on the exhibit hall floor. For more information please visit their web site.

I hope to see you there.

The Atari Connection

Although FM radio blankets the U.S., Microsoft will have to create a network of FM broadcasters, perhaps one or two in most major markets, Karr said. SPOT's range will be pretty much governed by the FM signal – once the "stereo" light goes out, the flow of data will stop, Karr said.

"The trick is that one of the really important things in the subcarrier signal… has to be very good FM radio," Karr said. "As part of SPOT, we've built an absolutely superb FM radio into a wristwatch. I don't know if anybody will listen to one as a radio, but it's there."

Source: ExtremeTech

[ Thanks to Brian Flanagan for sending in this link. ]


IWCE 2003 Conference

March 10-14

  • Monday, March 10 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 11 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 12 1:00 pm-4:50 pm
  • Thursday, March 13 9:00 am-4:50 pm
  • Friday, March 14 9:00 am-12:50 pm

IWCE 2003 Exhibit Hall

March 12-14

  • Wednesday, March 12 10:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 13 9:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Friday, March 14 10:00 am-2:00 pm


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I'm pleased to announce that I am now representing Outr.Net, Inc. Outr.Net has been in the business of developing custom application software for FLEX and ReFLEX pagers since 1997, and comes highly recommended by manufacturers and network carriers for the quality and timeliness of their work. You may have heard of their Overnight Apps™, which comprise software building blocks built over the years which allow them to build custom applications very quickly and inexpensively, on both the device and the back end. For more information contact me directly, and please check out their web site at:

I am always saying that the same behavior is not going to produce different results. Here is a company that can help you do things differently and solve your customer's communications problems. Custom application software is exactly what we need to get new customers and keep the ones that we have. You probably already have some very good ideas but thought that it would cost too much to implement them. Call me! Let's discuss ways that we can help our customers get their jobs done quickly and efficiently.

I met a man once that made his first million dollars during the great depression selling two-way radio equipment. He said that when he was able to show his customers how two-way radios installed in trucks and cars could reduce their cost of operation, by eliminating unnecessary trips—the sale became easy. It should be much easier today with a little pager—one-way or two-way—or a maybe wireless PDA. let's do it!

Friends at DigiTel in Mexico need 1,000+ NEC Vue 900 MHz FLEX Alphanumeric display pagers.

I am a manufacturer representative (MR) for Vytek Wireless Products. (Formerly Sonik.) Please look at what they have to offer to the Paging and Wireless Messaging industry.

I would be happy to give you a price quotation on any of their products.

I am able to offer up to 20,000 units (per month) brand-new Nokia GSM phones (model #3390) to anyone from outside of the USA. These phones are all ESN unlocked. All phones must be exported, and are in original-new boxes and have never been used. Price is very low and depends on quantity—heavy discounts are possible. Let's make a deal.

I also have some great deals on refurbished phones. They are Samsung, LG, and Motorola, refurbished CDMA phones.

Since this newsletter is primarily for paging and wireless data, I don't have many e-mail addresses for contacts in cell phone companies. If my friends in Latin America could send me some contacts, I would appreciate it very much.

Tomando en cuenta que yo trabajo principalmente en paging, no tengo muchos contactos en la industria celular en América Latina. Les voy a agradecer mucho si me puedan enviar unos direcciones e-mail para poder ofrecer a ellos estos teléfonos refabricados.

Legacy Technology Solutions LLC
Paging infrastructure repair with warranty. Please ask for Virgil Jarrard, President, and tell him Brad sent you. Toll-free voice: 1-877-436-8044 or voice: 972-436-8044, fax: 972-436-8944. They are located in the Dallas suburbs, and they sometimes have good deals on reconditioned paging equipment as well. Check with them for current product availability. You can send Virgil an e-mail by clicking on the Legacy name above.

Chinese Lunar New Year
Greetings to all for the "Ram New Year." In Mandarin they say, Kun-Hsi-Fa-Tsai i.e. wishing you all big fortune. Thanks to Steve Tung in Taiwan ROC, for sending in this greeting.

Would you like to list something in this newsletter?
If you have any wireless equipment that you would like to buy or sell, please let me know. Everything that is offered for sale in this newsletter is on the honor system. There is no charge for the listing, but if a sale is made, I ask the seller to send me a 10% commission, much the same as the voluntary payments that are requested on the Internet for shareware.

Help Needed
I am trying to help a patient in California who depends on a pager for notification of a liver transplant. The pager is not working right and we need to contact the carrier.

Can anyone out there identify which carrier has this number: 909-361-8xxx? If someone in the paging business could find out today and let me know, I would appreciate it very much. It is very likely that someone reading this has the pager on their system.


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With best regards,

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Brad Dye


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