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FRIDAY - MARCH 7, 2003 - ISSUE NO. 56

Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

It has been a great week for me although a bit of a roller coaster ride. I have received a couple of new inquiries from companies that want to start advertising in this newsletter.

I was very interested to find out that I have a lot more readers than I thought. Some regularly get copies of this newsletter from co-workers. Anyone wanting to get their own copy each week can simply send me an e-mail and say: "sign me up." Of course, those of you who don't want me to know you are reading this, may continue to get it by whatever means that works for you.

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. My apologies.
Since I am planning to attend the IWCE trade show in Las Vegas next week, there may not be a newsletter on Friday March 14th. It will probably come out a few days late—hopefully with some photos and some reports of interest from the show. Following are the topics of this week's paging and wireless data newsletter:
  • Elsewhere, T-Mobile Cuts Data Pricing
  • Judge In Cancer Case Dismisses Five More Suits
  • Motorola settles Chase lawsuits over Iridium financing
  • Quantum Chips Advance
  • Reader's Comments
  • Industry Events, Products, and Services

Elsewhere, T-Mobile Cuts Data Pricing

In a move that could have implications in North America, T-Mobile International said today it will cut the fees it charges for GPRS data by as much as 70 percent. The German company, which owns T-Mobile USA, said in a London news conference that it is cutting its rates to boost subscriber interest not only in GPRS but also in UMTS data.

Rene Obermann, T-Mobile's CEO, said the new rate plans and new data services are intended to get existing subscribers to increase their data usage. He said the carrier isn't necessarily looking for new customers with the move. Obermann said he wants to see 20 percent of T-Mobile's ARPU revenues from data.

There have been a number of studies in Europe that have said GPRS uptake has been disappointing. Some analysts have blamed high prices.

The price cuts will take effect in about a month, starting in T-Mobile's German markets. A spokesman for the carrier said GPRS data will be priced at between $5 and $10 per megabyte. The carrier said one megabyte translates into about 300 e-mails. Exact details of the pricing will be announced at next week's CeBIT show in Germany.

T-Mobile also announced it will have video messaging and video downloads for its U.K. network in April. The carrier will introduce three new handsets, the Nokia 3650, Samsung V200 and Panasonic GD87, which all have embedded cameras.

There was no comment about whether the T-Mobile pricing would affect T-Mobile USA.

Source: Wireless Week

Judge In Cancer Case Dismisses Five More Suits

WASHINGTON - The same Baltimore judge who dismissed an $800 million cancer lawsuit against Motorola last fall citing insufficient evidence today dismissed five more class action suits that sought material redress from carriers.

Source: Wireless Week

Motorola settles Chase lawsuits over Iridium financing

March 06, 2003 1:07 PM EST

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Motorola Inc. has settled all lawsuits filed by Chase Manhattan Bank relating to Iridium L.L.C., the satellite communications company Motorola created in 1998.

Motorola will pay Chase Manhattan and Iridium’s secured lenders $12 million to resolve five remaining legal disputes. The settlement does no include a lawsuit filed in 2001 by the official committee of unsecured creditors that seeks damages of more than $4 billion for Motorola nor does it affect Motorola’s pending challenge to a settlement agreement between the secured lenders and unsecured creditors.

Iridium went bankrupt in 1999 and its assets were purchased and renamed Iridium Satellite L.L.C. in late 2000.

Source: RCR Wireless News

Quantum Chips Advance

March 4, 2003

Today's rudimentary quantum computers come in forms that include laser beams, liquids, sets of single atoms, and more conventional chip-based circuits.

Quantum computers have the potential to be blazingly fast—quick enough to easily crack strong encryption codes that are way beyond the reach of even the most powerful classical computers.

Researchers from the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken) in Japan and the State University of New York at Stony Brook have pushed the chip approach forward by entangling a pair of electronic quantum bits in a solid-state circuit. Qubits use attributes of particles like atoms and electrons to represent the 1s and 0s of computing.

Entanglement is a weird quantum phenomenon that is key to the immense potential power of quantum computing. Two or more entangled particles will change in lockstep regardless of the distance between them. This type of linking allows a quantum computer to check every possible answer to a problem at once. In contrast, classical computers must check each possible answer one at a time.

It is likely to take 10 to 20 years before the research can be applied practically. The work appeared in the February 20, 2003 issue of Science.

Source: Technology Research News


Last week I asked for comments about why the adoption of text messaging isn't exploding in two-way paging like it is in the mobile phone arena. The following comments are from a reader who I have known for many years. He is very knowledgeable about paging. I value his opinions and thought it important that we at least read what he has to say—even if we don't completely agree:

Hello Brad!

Just thought I'd take a stab at your question concerning SMS vs. two-way paging. It is obvious, to me at least, that the consumer wants primarily voice/telephone communications capability. Text messaging is only an adjunct. I'll bet they use SMS for a while until the novelty wears off and using the horrible keypad text entry method becomes unbearable, then end up using voice for 99.9% of their communications needs. The hardcore text messagers will opt for some sort of device with a mini keyboard, but they will still want integrated telephone capability. Since ReFLEX can never offer voice capability, nor provide volume sufficient to allow giving away devices and charging low monthly rates, nor offer web access capability (now or in the future), I'm afraid it will fade away into oblivion.

Oh, did I mention that there is not one major corporation / recognizable name brand offering a product? If 'telemetry' were to be the savior of the scheme, wouldn't it be in significant use by now?


Hi Brad;

Hello from Canada. I get your international newsletter and have an opportunity to purchase and install some used paging infrastructure equipment so if you can include this, I’d appreciate.

Wanted to Purchase:

Eight (8) paging transmitters on VHF high split (167.100 MHz)
Low power (50 to 100 watts is fine)
Complete with UHF low split receivers (410 to 420 MHz)

Preferably Motorola or Glenayre.

Please e-mail: or contact

Mike Shantz
Division Manager
Northern Communications

Direct line (705) 669-2750 or (800) 461-3317
Find out more about Northern Communications at

Hi Brad,

We have this surplus of beepers for sale. Could you post them in your newsletter?


José Ayala
Celpage Puerto Rico

Any inquires should be sent to:
Maria Garcia
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To download a spreadsheet showing their inventory of pagers click here. left arrow

Hello and good morning Brad,

Today I found your homepage just by chance when I entered "Motorola Nucleus" in the search engine. I was totally surprised about the design and content of your page - congrats to that !

The reason for my enquiry is an (very strange) insolvency of a paging company last year and therefore we will have a certain number of Nucleus base stations for amateur radio modification and usage.  I do already have one at home as I had the chance to take-over the cabinet and the antenna systems for our duplex-repeater DB0AVR.

Now I am desperately searching any information about the Nucleus. Unfortunately we do not have anything about them, no manual, no password/supervisor codes ... just the fully equipped hardware rack only. As far as I heard, there are two different passwords which must be entered before editing the setup mode as well as the operation mode ???

I would be happy and thankful if you could send me any information or if you would have a contact for me ...Thanks a lot in advance and hope to hear from you.

Mit freundlichen Gruessen/ With kind regards,

Andreas Fromm DH6KQ

ICQ: 40202468

If anyone can help Andreas with the Nucleus passwords, please contact him directly.


Since this newsletter is free, the following advertisements help pay my telephone and cable-modem bills. These companies only pay me when someone buys something—so please call me if you find anything interesting.

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Wireless Automation

Check out the following four categories of two-way wireless data communications. We have the ability to customize solutions to meet your (or your customer's) needs.

Data Communications Level 1 A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry (Alarm and Control) Level 2 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet Tracking Level 3 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force Automation Level 4 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module and a handheld computer terminal for full automation of field service activities all the way from the customer's location back to the service company's back office.
AMTEL Wireless can generally turn a specification into a prototype in two to four weeks. If you have an interesting application in mind, give me a call so we can talk.

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Nokia GSM Phones

I am able to offer up to 20,000 units (per month) brand-new Nokia GSM phones (model #3390) 1900 MHz, 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. Other new models are available as well.

I also have some great deals on refurbished phones. They are Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, Siemens, Mitsubishi, Samsung, LG, and Motorola—a mix of CDMA and GSM phones. left arrow CLICK TO GET MOST RECENT LIST


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

I hear that exhibit space in the "Paging Zone" section of the show is sold out. They expect to double the floor space dedicated to paging next year. There will be over 350 exhibiting companies and over 10,000 attendees there.

For more information, please visit their web site.

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Two-way Paging Network and Transmitter Controller

TGA Technologies believes that the future of the radio paging industry lies in the evolution of 2-way paging for both man and machine, based on the ReFLEX™ format. To that end, TGA has produced the SPARKGAP™ ReFLEX Network Manager. This device is fully ReFLEX 2.7.x compliant and will support campus, local, regional or national networks.  When used in conjunction with the TGA PRISM paging terminal, SPARKGAP offers a controlled path for growth in paging technology.

I completely agree with TGA's strategy. If you would like to have more information about the SPARKGAP™ click here.

TGA will have a working Sparkgap ReFLEX system in booth 9077, in the Paging Zone, at IWCE.  They will also have operating pagers and telemetry units and people who know about all aspects of this new step in our industry.

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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 perish individually. If you want to get involved, please click here. Come and join us!

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Wireless Messaging Software

InfoRad® Wireless Office (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP) is designed for the professional who needs full-featured wireless messaging capabilities. Features include enhanced user interface,  message log with search function, scheduled paging,  group and individual message addresses, TAPI Smart™, multiple protocol SMS communication compatibility. AlphaCare™ support services available. With a 32-bit architecture, InfoRad Wireless Office is designed for compatibility with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. For more information on InfoRad Wireless Messaging software, and a free demo, please click on the logo.

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I am a manufacturer representative (MR) for Vytek Wireless Products. (Formerly Sonik.) Please look at their web site to see what they have to offer to the Paging and Wireless Messaging industry. left arrow CLICK FOR MORE INFO

To let me know if you would like to receive a price quotation on any Vytek product, click on the link above. Vytek will be in booth 10082 at the IWCE show is Las Vegas next month.

Check out this great telemetry product: right arrow

Why shouldn't your paging company be using these? right arrow

VYTEK's PL-900 Paging Data Receiver

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Wireless Data—breathing new life into the paging industry. The Daviscomms TMR (Telemetry Messaging Receiver) is a one-way FLEX™ telemetry device and is being manufactured by Daviscomms in Singapore. It is being stocked and distributed in the Americas by Vytek Wireless Products as the PageLink™ PDR (Paging Data Receiver). The PL-900 provides a solution for customers looking for a CreataLink™ one-way receiver replacement. To download the product brochure, please click here. left arrow


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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 Technology name above.

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Motorola Keynote Voice & Numeric Pager

Do you remember the Motorola Keynote pager? There was a model that included both voice and numeric display paging in the same unit. I have a customer that needs several hundred of these pagers. They haven't been manufactured for ten years now. The frequency is 149.185 MHz but anything is this VHF sub-band would be OK—the pagers can be re-crystalized. If you know where I can find some of these pagers, please send me an e-mail. Surely there is a big box full of these in a back room somewhere. left arrow CLICK TO MAIL

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A reader has 190 surplus Tellus one-way PDR's (paging data receivers), model no. TSPM9FXSB, tuned to 929.0125 MHz, re-tunable 929-932 MHz (synthesized), with RJ-11 out. All are in original bubble wrap/individual cardboard box packaging.

For general info on the product click here. For technical specs click here.

These are a steal at $49 each (FOB source)—if you take the whole batch. If you want to buy them, please contact me by e-mail or telephone at: . They wont last long at this price.

A Time to be Serious

What with all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person which almost went unnoticed last week.

Roland Lawrence LaPrise, the man who wrote The Hokey Pokey died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in  . . . . ... and then the trouble started.


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With best regards,

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Brad Dye

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