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FRIDAY - JANUARY 16, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 94

Dear Wireless Colleagues and other Friends,

There is a lot going on in the world of wireless this week. I hope that you find the following news articles interesting and helpful. You are always welcome to share any news that you come across with the rest of our readers.

Wireless News Headlines:

  • Rumors of a merger or acquisition involving AT&T Wireless and several different suitors caused their stock to rise—this could be a BIG deal
  • Rumors on the street about the CreataLink ReFLEX module
  • TCS completes acquisition of Aether
  • RIM increases size of planned public offering
  • The State of Minnesota sues Cellular One for overcharging
  • Yahoo! sells back 15% ownership of Sonera Zed
  • Motorola gets $1 billion in contracts from China Unicom and China Mobile
  • Lucent Technologies and Ericsson also get big contracts from China Unicom and China Mobile
  • Wherify unveils new GPS location devices
  • Apple has best financial quarter in 4 years
  • New report from Great Britain says mobile phones appear to be safe and do not cause cancer but further studies are needed

Details on each of these headlines appear as news clips from the web below—with links to their sources. Please scroll all the way down as the newsletter format changed a few weeks ago. The news articles now go all the way to the end.

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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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Multiple offers could set off AWS bidding war

Jan. 15, 2004 1:33 PM EST

AT&T Wireless Services Inc.’s popularity as a dance partner has apparently increased as published reports claim a handful of wireless carriers are now targeting the country’s largest publicly traded operator as a possible merger partner, which in the end could set off a bidding war for AT&T Wireless, which has a current market capitalization of approximately $22 billion.

Following reports earlier this week that AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless L.L.C. had rekindled possible merger talks, unnamed sources told the Wall Street Journal that Japanese telecommunications giant and current minority-interest partner NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Nextel Communications Inc. have approached AT&T Wireless about a possible acquisition or merger.

The report added that Vodafone Group plc, which currently owns 45 percent of Verizon Wireless, is expected to also explore a possible merger deal with AT&T Wireless. Vodafone has publicly said it is happy with its current stake in CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless, though many industry sources claim the complete ownership of a GSM-based carrier like AT&T Wireless would more closely match with Vodafone’s international plans.

Adding further fuel to the fire was a report from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that said AT&T Wireless has hired Merrill Lynch & Co. as an advisor, signaling the carrier’s intent to merge or sell its operations.

While none of the carriers involved are commenting on the situation, investors are working themselves into a frenzy as AT&T Wireless’ stock was up as much as 25 percent this week, setting a new 52-week high of $10.17 per share, though the stock was trading down just more than 3 percent mid-day Thursday at $9.65 per share.

Source: RCR Wireless News

Rumors About the CreataLink™ ReFLEX module

In 2000 SmartSynch, a company involved in providing smart metering solutions to the energy and utility markets, started supplying an end-to-end solution for public utility companies such as Florida Power and Light, and others. They used Motorola's CreataLink 2XT™ ReFLEX transceiver and SkyTel's nationwide paging network. This is a good example of the type of application that I have been hoping would "save the day" for paging.

About SmartSynch
SmartSynch, an energy technology company based in Jackson, Miss., is the leading provider of smart metering solutions to the energy and utility industry. Its core product, the SmartMeter System, enables energy and utility companies to communicate with commercial and industrial electricity meters using wireless communications and the Internet. The SmartMeter System manages the delivery of critical information to any application system, workstation, computer, or browser enabled personal communications device. For more information, visit

In 2002 they acquired the rights to the CreataLink 2XT product line from Motorola.

Rumors have been circulating for the last couple of weeks that the CreataLink 2XT might be cancelled and that the last opportunity to purchase units would be this week. My phone call to SmartSynch's management was not returned. Two other people, that I asked for in marketing, were no longer working there.

CreataLink is a trademark of SmartSynch Communications Corp. The product and trademark were formerly owned by Motorola, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Enterprise Mobility Solutions Division of Aether Systems, Inc.

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSYS), a global leader in wireless data technology, today announced it has completed its acquisition of the Enterprise Mobility Solutions (EMS) division of Aether Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: AETH).

"TCS is now well-positioned to offer wireless data and location-based solutions incorporating platform technologies for carriers, enterprise, and government," commented Maurice B. Tose, Chairman, President and CEO for TCS.

The acquisition accelerates carriers' ability to deploy integrated mobile messaging and location products to enterprise customers through TCS. TCS will now be able to combine Aether's behind-the-enterprise-firewall Fusion platform with TCS' inside-the-carrier-network Voyager™ platform for secure enterprise, government and consumer applications.

TCS expects to apply its leading wireless messaging and location-based technology expertise and its wireless carrier relationships to solidify and expand Aether's enterprise mobility solutions. Current and prospective TCS customers now have a single source for cost-saving solutions that integrate their messaging, synchronization and web technologies for existing or future applications on phones, PDAs and other common handheld devices across current and next generation wireless networks.

Aether EMS brings to TCS an impressive base of 1,200 enterprise customers, more than 60,000 wireless data users, leading applications for logistics, financial services and the mobile office, and 112 employees. Gregg Smith, President of Aether EMS since October 2002, will continue to lead the division in a similar role for TCS. The division will continue to operate from its current locations in Owings Mills, Md. and its European offices in the UK, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.

According to research firm Gartner, Inc., "Mobile devices ranging from portable PCs and PDAs to new technologies such as sensor networks, are the biggest revolution in corporate data collection and distribution in a decade. The availability of a wide range of mobile technology is highly supportive of new trends, such as the real-time enterprise (RTE), which must be responsive, connected, collaborative and informed. Mobility will be essential to support RTE goals." (Source: Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2003, October 19, 2003).

The transaction is valued at approximately $19 million. Concurrent with the asset purchase transaction, TCS has closed on $21 million of financing with two accredited institutional investors, which includes $15 million of 3% Subordinated Convertible Debentures with a balloon 5-year maturity and approximately 1.4 million newly issued shares of TCS common stock.


TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (Nasdaq: TSYS) is a leading provider of mission critical wireless data solutions to carriers, enterprise and government customers. TCS' wireless data offerings range from providing location-based Enhanced 9-1-1 services and messaging infrastructure to wireless operators, real-time market data and alerts to financial institutions, mobile asset management and mobile office solutions for enterprises, and encrypted satellite communications to government customers.

TCS makes connections that matter. Whether connecting people with voice, data or video in a wireless world or connecting our customers and shareholders with long-term value, TCS delivers competitive, reliable and secure products, services and solutions to meet these needs. For more information visit

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. The words, "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," and variations of such words, and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. Statements in this announcement that are forward- looking include, but are not limited to, Mr. Tose's statement that TCS is now well-positioned to offer wireless data and location-based solutions in its three market segments; that TCS expects to apply leading wireless technology expertise to solidify and expand Aether's enterprise mobility solutions; and statements regarding the potential applications of the combined companies' technologies for the benefit of its customers.

The actual results realized by the Company could differ materially from the statements made herein, depending in particular upon the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These include without limitation risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's financial results and the ability of the Company to (i) reach and sustain profitability as early as anticipated, (ii) continue to rely on its customers and other third parties to provide additional products and services that create a demand for its products and services, (iii) conduct its business in foreign countries, (iv) adapt and integrate new technologies into its products, (v) expand its business offerings in the new wireless data industry, (vi) develop software and provide services without any errors or defects, (vii) protect its intellectual property rights, and (viii) implement its sales and marketing strategy.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

Source: TCS News Release

Research In Motion Prices Public Offering of Shares

January 15, 2004

Waterloo, ON—Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ: RIMM, TSX: RIM) today announced it has increased the size of its previously announced public offering to 10,500,000 common shares. RIM also announced it has obtained a receipt for a final short form prospectus from applicable Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities and its registration statement has become effective under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 in connection with the offering. The common shares will be sold in the United States and Canada at US $78.25 per share. The total net proceeds to the Company are expected to be approximately US $788,760,000. The offering is expected to close on January 21, 2004.

The offering is being book-run by Lehman Brothers Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co., and managed by Goldman Sachs & Co., UBS Investment Bank, Banc of America Securities LLC, BMO Nesbitt Burns, CIBC World Markets, GMP Securities Ltd., Canaccord Capital Corporation, National Bank Financial Inc., Orion Securities Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., SG Cowen Securities Corporation and TD Securities Inc.

RIM has granted the underwriters an option to purchase an additional 1,575,000 common shares to cover over-allotments, if any.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the common shares in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state.

Copies of the U.S. final prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Lehman Brothers Inc., c/o ADP Financial Services, Integrated Distribution Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, 4 World Financial Center, FL 05, New York, NY 10080. Copies of the Canadian final prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., 181 Bay Street, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario M4T 2A9.

Source: RIM Press Release

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Daviscomms USAProfitPlu$
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Enrique Llaca—Authentium rep. in Mexico SALCOM Technologies
Global Fax Network Services Selective Communications
Hark Systems Swissphone Wireless
ISC Technologies TGA Technologies
Motorola Inc.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.


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Paging Training Course

Specially Designed for Sales, Marketing, and Administration employees.

This is a one-day training course on paging that can be conducted at your place of business. Please take a look at the course outline to see if you think this might be beneficial in your employees: Paging training course outline.

Although it touches on several "technical" topics, it is definitely not a technical course. I used to teach the sales and marketing people at Motorola Paging and they appreciated an atmosphere where they could ask technical questions without being made to feel like a "dummy" and without getting a long convoluted overly-technical answer that left them more confused than before.

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two tone pager

  • Reliable operation
  • Flexible programming
  • 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.

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:

Enrique Llaca
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Telephone: 011 52 55 53734241

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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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Zetron Simulcast System

High-speed simulcast paging with protocols such as POCSAG and FLEX™ requires microsecond accuracy to synchronize the transmission of digital paging signals.

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Zetron's Simulcast System uses GPS timing information to ensure that the broadcasted transmissions between the nodes of the Simulcast System and associated transmitters are synchronized to very tight tolerances.

This system is ideal for public or private paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions.

For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to: left arrow CLICK HERE

Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
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Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076
Tel: 678-353-3366



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Wireless Communication Solutions

Hark Systems has provided the wireless industry with innovative products for over 20 years. The Omega family of products continues that tradition.

The Omega Gateway performs the function of a TAP Concentrator, a TNPP Router, and an Internet Paging Gateway. This allows the paging operator with TAP and TNPP connections to their paging network to offer email and Internet based paging services. Any message coming in via any supported protocol (SMTP, SNPP, TAP, TNPP, HTTP) can be converted to another protocol and sent. Pages can also be sent to email boxes for safe keeping. Subscribers can log on with a web browser and view stored alpha messages. The TNPP router function has the most extensive routing and filtering capabilities in the market today. The Internet Gateway also has extensive anti-SPAM and other selective filtering options to protect your system. The Gateway is available as a turnkey system or software only.

The Omega Unified Messaging Platform gives you the competitive edge by offering the ability to bundle a variety of services that can include Voicemail, FAXmail and email as part of customized subscriber packages. Subscribers can view faxes, listen to voicemails, and modify features using a common browser. System administration can also be performed remotely as well as locally. This robust set of features allows the system operator to build a profit center with low initial expense and expand as needed

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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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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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  • ISO 9001 - 2000 certified manufacturing facility.
  • THE High-Quality RF design and Contract Manufacturer of choice.
  • Do you have a product or product component that you would like to have manufactured?
  • Would you like to have us design and manufacture a product just for you?
  • Would you like to know firsthand that your contract manufacturer is one of the leading providers of service with the highest degree of quality in mind?

Daviscomms USA Inc. is your direct connection to Daviscomms (S) Pte Ltd., the leading pager manufacturer in the world with many years experience in Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing of highly-reliable, premium-quality FLEX and POCSAG Alphanumeric and Numeric pagers. Daviscomms offers unparalleled quality, features and functions. We perform our own stringent quality testing as well as certification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to meet all of their standards. All of our paging products meet FCC and IC Standards for use in the USA and Canada.

Our manufacturing facility, located in Malaysia, is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. Customers, globally, choose Daviscomms for our QUALITY, RELIABILITY, ON-TIME DELIVERY, COMPETITIVE PRICING and our TOTAL COMMITMENT to providing the best value for their needs.

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We offer full product support (ODM/OEM) for our worldwide customers, including a complete design center, research facilities, proto-typing, field services, contract manufacturing, commodity sourcing, and distribution.
In addition to both Numeric and Alphanumeric pagers, we have designed, engineered and manufactured 1-way Telemetry devices, paging receivers, 2-way paging (ReFLEX) telemetry devices, DECT phones/devices and PDA accessories.bravo 600
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At Daviscomms, we are proud to provide our customers with end-to-end manufacturing solutions while delivering superior quality and support. Daviscomms is at the forefront of the industry with its commitment to leading-edge technology, cost-effective manufacturing and the highest degree of customer service.

Daviscomms delivers low cost, high volume manufacturing solutions to our customers. We help maximize time-to-market objectives while minimizing procurement, materials management, and manufacturing costs.

For information about our contract manufacturing services or our Bravo-branded line of numeric and alphanumeric pagers, please call Bob Popow, our Director of Operations for the Americas, 480-515-2344. (Scottsdale, Arizona) or visit our website

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Concepts, Inc.

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RTS Wireless ADVX System
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Programming Concepts, Inc. provides authorized RTS ADVX Wireless Gateway Support & Enhancements. Our RTS lab includes source code control, development tools, and test beds for all deployed RTS systems. Call now to sign-up for our first class support of your aging RTS system. More info ...

PCI ( has been in business for 24 years providing custom application programming for medium to large businesses. PCI's primary business segments include web enabled application development, financial industry systems, telephony (IVR, CTI, and Wireless), Secure Enterprise Instant Messaging System, Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (MS-CRM) Applications, and a wide variety of commercial applications.

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DX Radio Systems

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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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The State of Minnesota Sues Cellular One for Overcharging

Jan. 14, 2004 1:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON—Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch has sued Cellular One in state court for alleged billing overcharges.

The lawsuit, according to sources, claims the Oklahoma City-based wireless carrier violated consumer fraud law and engaged in deceptive trade practices.

Meanwhile, a consumer suit against Nextel Communications Inc. in California state court is moving forward. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said a Los Angeles Superior Court judge agreed to let the consumer watchdog group's billing lawsuit against Nextel proceed.

FTCR said Nextel's policy of no longer issuing itemized bills—which began Oct. 1—makes it impossible to detect billing errors, including charges for four phony text messages that the company sent every customer in September.

Source: RCR Wireless News

Yahoo! to exit thriving Zed

Thursday January 15, 5:00 am ET

Internet giant Yahoo! Inc has decided it doesn't need to own successful European mobile portal Sonera Zed Ltd., despite Zed becoming profitable and massively increasing its customer count over the past 18 months.

Under an agreement struck in August 2002, Yahoo! acquired 15% of Zed from its majority owner, Sonera Oyj, with the right to later buy the rest or withdraw completely over the subsequent two years.

But TeliaSonera AB, the Swedish-Finnish telecom into which Sonera has now been merged, said Wednesday that Yahoo! has decided to sell back its 15% of Zed. Because of small valuations, terms of the latest transaction and the original deal were not disclosed.

Yahoo!, however, is sticking by the commercial agreement that led it to seek a closer relationship with the portal.

Under the original deal, Zed and Yahoo! were to offer co-branded mobile services in Germany, Italy and the U.K. under the name Yahoo! Europe. That cooperation, which allows Yahoo! to offer ring tones and games to European mobile-phone users, will continue despite the U.S. company's decision to shed its equity holding.

The transaction illustrates the change in perception of the telecom and technology businesses in Europe over the past few years. Around 1999 and 2000, Zed was considered one of the hottest properties in the European Internet and mobile sector. Its bloated valuation of hundreds of millions of euros was one of the key drivers of a highly valued Sonera.

Following the tech and telecom implosion, Sonera—and later TeliaSonera—soon decided Zed was noncore to its traditional telecom operations and required the unit's managers to lay off many employees.

Since the 2002 deal with Yahoo!, Zed has increased its number of active customers from 3 million to 5 million and has gone from losing money to turning an undisclosed Ebitda surplus. TeliaSonera said the business now processes nearly 35 million transactions a month and doubled its sales in 2003.

Source: Yahoo! News

Motorola Lands A Cool Billion In China

January 13, 2004

Motorola Inc. has been awarded more than a $1 billion in contracts to upgrade wireless networks in China. Both China Unicom and China Mobile have called on the communications company to beef up their service offerings.

China Unicom has awarded Motorola a Phase III expansion of its CDMA 2000 1X networks and has tapped Motorola to expand its GSM networks in Beijing and 12 Chinese provinces. The contract is valued at $556 million.

The CDMA 2000 1X expansion is designed to bring fast-downloading multimedia applications and high-quality voice services to wireless subscribers in Beijing and in the provinces of Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Herbei, Jiangxi, Jilin, Shanxi and Xinjiang. The expansion project is slated to run through the end of March.

Work on the GSM network will be carried out in Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shanxi and Xinjiang.

Separately, Motorola inked a $510 million deal with China Mobile to expand the operator's GSM network in Beijing and 13 provinces. The project is designed to ready China Mobile for 3G.

"We believe this win may further lift visibility for Motorola's infrastructure unit," Lehman Brothers analyst Tim Luke said in a research note. Motorola shares hit a new 52-week high this morning on news of the contract wins. As of mid-day Eastern time, Motorola stock was trading up 24 cents at $16.44 a share. In its note, Lehman Brothers reiterated its 2004 revenue projection for Motorola at $27.7 billion.

Source: Wireless Week

China Operator Makes More Wireless Deals

January 14, 2004

After China Unicom and China Mobile unveiled plans to fork over more than $1 billion to Motorola to expand their wireless operations, China Unicom appears to be opening up its wallet for deals with Lucent Technologies and Ericsson.

China Unicom has called on Lucent to help with its Phase III expansion of its CDMA2000 wireless network. The deal calls for Lucent to support the expansion as well as supply its multi-service Multi-protocol Label Switching core solution. Lucent's job will be to lay the foundation for the delivery of services such as high-speed mobile data access, video-on-demand and IP Centrex services.

Lucent also signed a frame agreement for next-generation voice and data solutions with China Telecom. The value of the two deals comes in around $350 million.

Ericsson also has been awarded a Phase III expansion contract from China Unicom valued at $93 million. The contract encompasses Ericsson's total CDMA2000 solution for core and radio network equipment and a host of services, including training, network rollout and technical support.

The contract is an extension of a deal signed between the two companies in December. This latest $93 million deal brings the total contract value to $140 million.

Source: Wireless Week

Wherify Unveils World's Smallest GPS Locator Phone at CES

Wherify's GPS Locator Phone is the latest product in a family of next-generation Wherify GPS locators to be showcased at CES

REDWOOD SHORES, CA - January 7, 2004 - Wherify Wireless Inc., developers of innovative GPS-based location products and services, is unveiling the world's smallest GPS Locator Phone at this year's 2004 International CES (booth #20669), the world's largest annual trade show for consumer technology, January 8-11, in Las Vegas, Nev. Wherify's new GPS Locator Phone is geared towards consumers looking for a unique personal safety and security device that can be used to keep tabs on the location of loved-ones (no matter their age), within feet, through the Internet or any phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Wherify GPS Locator Phone incorporates such features as a two-way mic/speaker, a one-touch button with direct dial to 911 and an operator in the event of an emergency, as well as a programmable button with direct dial to a parent, guardian, spouse, co-worker or other important contact. Wherify's GPS Locator Phone will retail for less than $150 and will be available to consumers late second quarter 2004. Wherify is also showcasing at CES a family of other GPS Locators that are smaller and lighter than their predecessor, the Wherify GPS Locator for Kids, and come in a variety of form-factors from handheld devices with unique designs, to GPS Locators about the size of a matchbox.

"The two-way voice speaker adds an extra layer of safety and security for the person carrying the Wherify GPS Locator Phone and will become a standard feature in all future Wherify personal location devices," said Timothy Neher, president and CEO of Wherify Wireless. "In case of an emergency, not only will the 911 emergency operator get the person's location within feet, they'll also be able to assess the situation, stay in contact with the user of the Wherify GPS Locator Phone, and determine the appropriate level of emergency response."

Neher added that the company's new GPS Locator Phone could also be used in a variety of business applications. He cited such business uses as executive security, fleet management, vehicle and cargo tracking, valuable asset tracking, and mobile workforce communication.

Through the convergence of Global Positioning System (GPS) and digital wireless technologies—in combination with Wherify's patented back-end location technology—Wherify's GPS Location products and services offer a tested and proven safety solution that gives consumers and businesses peace of mind knowing they can locate loved ones or valuable property, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply, the Wherify subscriber logs on to the Internet at or any telephone to quickly identify the location of their loved-ones or valuable assets within feet, in about a minute. In the event of an emergency, either the subscriber or individual carrying a Wherify GPS Locator can request an emergency 911 response and local police will be dispatched.

About Wherify Wireless
Wherify Wireless, Inc. is a privately-held developer of patented wireless location products and services for child safety, parental supervision, personal protection, Alzheimer and memory loss, supervision, law enforcement, animal identification, and property asset tracking. The company's proprietary integration of global positioning systems and wireless communication technologies will enable customers to obtain real-time location information for individuals and property directly through the Internet or any phone. Founded in March 1998, Wherify Wireless is located in Redwood Shores, Calif. For more information, visit the company's website at

Source: Wherify Press Release

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Apple has best financial quarter in 4 years

Apple Computer reported its biggest quarter in four years on the strength of holiday sales of iBook laptops and iPod music players, and it forecast that this quarter will also show double-digit growth over last year's numbers.

For the quarter that ended Dec. 27, the Cupertino company posted a net profit of $63 million, or 17 cents a share. That compares with a net loss of $8 million, or 2 cents a share, a year ago. Apple had $2 billion in sales, up 36 percent from the same period last year.

Though most of Apple's news was positive, there were a few dull spots, particularly the computer maker's profit margins. Gross margins fell from 27.1 percent to 26.7 percent, partly because of an unusually high number of customers with faulty laptops who sought warranty repairs.

Fred Anderson, Apple's chief financial officer, said the company is determined to attract buyers to its new G5 professional machines by keeping prices low.

"We are more aggressive on our G5 Power Mac pricing than we have been if you go back a couple of years ago on our G4 Power Mac," Anderson said. "It typically is our highest-margin product family, but if we have to trade off some margin to drive product sales, we'll do it."

As Chief Executive Steve Jobs (news—web sites) announced at the Macworld Expo (news—web sites) in San Francisco last week, it was a standout season for the iPod, Apple's category-leading digital music player. Apple sold 733,000, more than three times as many as the company sold in the same period last year.

Last week, Apple and Hewlett-Packard announced a deal for HP to sell iPods with the HP logo.

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Report: Mobile Phones Pose No Health Risks

Wed Jan 14, 6:57 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Mobile phones appear to be safe and do not cause cancer, British scientists said Wednesday, but they called for more research into long-term potential health risks.

An independent advisory group of scientists at Britain's National Radiological Protection Board who reviewed research into the health effects of exposure to radio frequency waves including mobile phones said there is no evidence it harms health but that it is still early days.

"In aggregate, the research published. . . does not give cause for concern," the advisory group for the government watchdog said in a report.

Although the weight of evidence does not suggest mobile phones pose a health threat, the scientists said they have only been in widespread use for a relatively short time and further studies are needed.

The report is the first review in Britain since a study in 2000 also found no clear evidence of harm. "The ... evidence does not suggest cancer causation, in particular from mobile phone use, nor any other adverse health effect from radio frequency exposure at levels below guidelines," the NRPB said in a statement about the report.

About 50 million people in Britain use mobile phones. Fears have been expressed that their use can increase the risk of brain tumors, headaches and other medical problems.

Source: Yahoo! News

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