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FRIDAY - MAY 13, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 163

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Tom Derenge, Deputy Chief of Engineering, in the Mobility Division at the FCC will be attending and providing the keynote FCC update at the AAPC conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next month. "Everyone" is going to be there and I hope that includes you.

The AAPC yesterday filed its Reply Brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in its appeal of the FCC's decision to license new nationwide, itinerant mobile stations on the 12.5 kHz "offset" channels adjacent to the Part 90 paging-only channels. Oral argument in the case has not been scheduled but is anticipated soon after Labor Day.

USA Mobility had their investor-briefing conference call on Wednesday and discussed their first quarter operating results. It was very good. If you want to hear the replay, there are instructions on how to do so in their press release that follows below. Some of the highlights:

  • Net deactivations in Q1 '05 were 344,000 units, improved from the Q4 '04 loss of 384,000 units
  • The trend was -129K in January, -120K in February, and -95K in March. Definitely moving in the right direction
  • The old Arch two-way system will be completely decommissioned (2,164 sites)
  • During 2005 900 one-way sites will be decommissioned (234 by March 31)

This all appears to be necessary and I was very encouraged that of the 2,164 two-way sites being decommissioned, they are going to add back 235 sites for capacity in large markets. This is good and shows that they really thinking beyond the next quarter or two. It's a tough job but this "network rationalization" is resulting in reductions of operating expenses amounting to many millions of dollars. Other positive points were increasing sales productivity, a new survey (aka listening to your customer), and below average churn. They expect to be debt free by the end of the year.

So here is my take at what's going on in the Paging industry today—and you can see it in USA Mobility's report. We are getting back to the stable "core customers" and away from "consumers." All the market analysts want to know who these core customers are and at what number the deactivations are going to level out. Well no one knows what the magic number will be at the bottom. The "nay sayers" say it will be zero, but most of us in the business believe that Paging will soon stabilize and then will continue on for many more years. As far as the profile of the stable core customer goes, USA Mobility reports that 2/3 of their customer base comes from these "tried and true" [my term] top-five market segments:

  • Health Services
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Education and Social Services

So that's how I see it. Now on to more news and views.


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USA Mobility Reports First Quarter Operating Results

May 10, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2005. The results represent the first full quarter of combined operations for USA Mobility, formed on November 16, 2004 by the merger of Arch Wireless, Inc. and Metrocall Holdings, Inc.

Reported revenue for the first quarter of 2005 increased 34% to $166 million, compared to $124 million in the first quarter of 2004, with the increase due entirely to the inclusion of Metrocall revenue for three-month period. Reported net income for the first quarter of 2005 was $1.3 million, or $0.05 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $4.9 million, or $0.24 per fully diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter. Included in the first quarter 2005 operating expense were severance and retention related costs of $5.0 million, including $4.3 million to settle the arbitration case with three former Arch executives. USA Mobility's historical financials are those of Arch Wireless, the accounting acquirer in the merger.

USA Mobility reported a net decline of 344,000 messaging units in service during the first quarter of 2005, comprised of 316,000 one-way messaging units and 28,000 two-way messaging units. Messaging units in service totaled 5,858,000 at March 31, 2005, with 4,790,000 direct units in service and 1,068,000 indirect units in service. One-way units in service at March 31, 2005 totaled 5,357,000 while two-way units in service totaled 501,000. For the quarter, average revenue per unit was $9.72 for direct units in service and $4.06 per indirect unit in service.

"We continued to make substantial progress during the quarter toward our merger integration objectives," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. "Our unit in service reduction of 344,000 represents an improvement over our pro forma fourth quarter 2004 loss of 384,000 and our pro forma first quarter 2004 loss of 499,000. Although our industry remains challenging, we continue to believe the merger-related benefits of lower expenses and operational synergies will allow us to become more efficient over time."

Kelly said merger integration activities during the first quarter included ongoing consolidation of numerous back-office and administrative functions, including the process of combining five customer service operations and three distribution centers and converting to a single customer service and billing platform. "In addition," Kelly said, "we've begun the process to deconstruct one of our two-way networks and consolidate our one-way networks. Rationalization of our technical infrastructure and network operations will be an ongoing process as we look to match our network capacity to the requirements of our customers."

Kelly said the company continued to strengthen its financial position during the first quarter through the repayment of debt incurred at the time of the merger. The company has repaid $98.5 million of its $140 million credit facility as of May 1, 2005, including $53.5 million since January 1, 2005, leaving a balance of $41.5 million as of May 1, 2005. He also noted that cash on hand at March 31, 2005 and May 1, 2005 totaled approximately $37 million and $38 million, respectively.

USA Mobility plans to host a conference call for investors on its first quarter results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 11, 2005. The call-in number is 800-211-3767 (toll-free) or 312-461-9296 (toll). The pass code for the call is 8126403 (followed by the # sign). A replay of the call will be available from 2:30 p.m. ET on May 11 until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 27. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 8126403 (followed by the # sign).

About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a leading provider of paging products and other wireless services to the business, government and healthcare sectors. USA Mobility offers traditional one-way and advanced two-way paging via its nationwide networks covering more than 90% of the U.S. population and with roaming partners in Canada and Mexico. In addition, the company offers mobile voice and data services through Nextel and Cingular/AT&T Wireless, including BlackBerry and GPS location applications. The company's product offerings include wireless connectivity systems for medical, business, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supplies mobile connectivity solutions to over two-thirds of the Fortune 1000 companies. For further information visit http://www.usamobility.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's expectations for future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, the timely and efficient integration of the operations and facilities of Metrocall and Arch as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Bob Lougee
(703) 721-3080

Source: USA Mobility Press Release


Pager Biz "Could Be Worse"

By Rich Duprey (TMF Cop)
May 11, 2005

The first full-quarter results of two now-combined paging companies are in, and the numbers show precisely why it was necessary to form USA Mobility (Nasdaq: USMO) through the merger of Arch Wireless and Metrocall. Neither could have survived without the other.

Subscriber numbers continued to decline, as did revenues per unit in service. It's still a cash-generating business, though. USA Mobility was able to pay off a huge chunk of the long-term debt it assumed to pay Metrocall shareholders when the merger was completed—yet the industry remains in a state of freefall. There was a reduction of 344,000 units in service for the fourth quarter, out of 5.9 million total, and the revenue per direct unit in service was $9.72, off 6% from the same period last year. Earnings were off as well, at $0.05 a share, down from $0.24 last year.

Pagers have a die-hard base of subscribers around whom USA Mobility's business is firming. Doctors and truckers, among others, need the reliability that pagers offer. But while one-way paging is becoming a bit anachronistic, two-way units are also dwindling. The rate of decline has slowed, however, which has management somewhat heartened. Though subscriber numbers declined by 344,000 units, it was less than the 384,000 pro forma losses realized in the fourth quarter and the substantial 499,000 pro forma losses realized one year ago. Still, the fact that you're losing customers at a slower rate is nothing for investors to cheer about.

Service improvements by the cellular telephone industry are the paging industry's main problem. Cellphone providers have reduced dropped calls, dead zones, poor reception and such, while providing many of pagers' features. A Nextel (Nasdaq: NXTL) phone, for example, offers reliable walkie-talkie-like service just about anywhere (as you've probably realized from the annoying chirp before and after each Nextel phone's radio transmission.) Even Research In Motion's (Nasdaq: RIMM) Blackberry can provide numeric and alphanumeric pages.

USA Mobility faces an uncertain future, and it has been a difficult selection for the Motley Fool Hidden Gems service. First recommended by hedge fund manager and Fool contributor Whitney Tilson, it was seen not as a growth business or an asset play, but as a cash-generating company whose future free cash flows were considered undervalued at then-current prices. Interestingly, despite some synergistic problems it may face in reconciling service areas and overlapping facilities, the company's shares are only 7.6% lower than when it was first recommended.

As the business solidifies around its core user group, and revenues stabilize, it may yet be seen as a cash-rich company—perhaps subject to a merger of its own. Yet with a trailing P/E still circling above 40 and an EV/FCF over 27, I find it lacking on valuation and would be hard-pressed to recommend an investment here.

Source: The Motley Fool


ctia logoNational Center For Missing & Exploited Children and Wireless Industry Announce Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative

May 11, 2005 12:06 PM US Eastern Timezone

WASHINGTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 11, 2005—On Tuesday May 17, CTIA-The Wireless Association™, The Wireless Foundation and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will hold a press conference to announce Wireless AMBER Alerts™, the first ever wireless industry tool that will help empower millions of Americans to aid in the recovery of abducted children.

CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.

Contact:
CTIA-The Wireless Association
Roxanne Robbins, 202-736-2983
www.ctia.org

Source: BusinessWire


'Woof Woof' Means 'I Love You'

SEOUL, South Korea, May 12, 2005

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(AP) South Koreans hoping to communicate with man's best friend could be getting help soon from their cell phones.

KTF Corp., a South Korean mobile phone operator, said Thursday it will begin offering a service that will enable dog owners to know whether their pets are feeling happy or sad.

The users must first connect to Internet with their cell phones, and then register information of their dogs such as the breed and age. The service will then record the dog's bark.

The owner will receive text messages telling them how their pet is feeling, such as "I am happy" or "I am frustrated."

The service, which will begin on Friday, will also translate basic messages into dog sounds. The service will cost about one dollar.

More than half of 48 million South Koreans use cell phones, and many of them use mobile phones with advanced features such as mobile banking, satellite navigation and high-speed Internet.

Source: CBS News.com


Clear business gains from BlackBerry mobile technology

Tuesday 10 May 2005

There are significant business efficiencies and cost savings to be gained from using converged voice and data devices. These are the findings of the largest study of its kind into the usage of Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry handhelds, which are increasingly being selected by companies to carry out business on the move.

The BlackBerry ROI study was commissioned by Research In Motion and undertaken to reflect the growing international popularity of BlackBerry handhelds. Ipsos-Reid, a leading global survey-based market research group, carried out the study, which was conducted with 490 IT managers responsible for managing BlackBerry in their firms, and 210 BlackBerry end users. Users with voice enabled on their BlackBerry handhelds, as well as data, comprised 51% of respondents.

The study found that the core benefits to businesses of using the BlackBerry devices were productivity gains; workflow efficiencies; and immediacy; and on the cost side, BlackBerry reduced business costs, and gave a good Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and a strong Return on Investment (ROI).

Productivity Gains
In terms of productivity benefits, 98% of respondents agreed that “BlackBerry has allowed me to convert downtime into productive time by giving me access to my email at all times.”

The typical end user said they recovered around an hour per work day (54 minutes) by using the BlackBerry, which translates to the recovery of approximately 196 hours per year, assuming a five-day workweek and 50 working weeks per year. The users of the integrated voice and data BlackBerry model indicated that both voice and data features were essential in allowing them to do this. For example, many would respond to email with email or voice calls; and to voicemail and phone calls with email and phone calls, opening up their communication options.

Users were also asked how much personal time they recovered each day because of BlackBerry, and 77% estimated their daily personal time savings due to BlackBerry was around 27 minutes. That recovered personal time led to a feeling of an improved quality of life which could result in lower absenteeism and greater loyalty to the firm, found the researchers.

The study also discovered that Blackberry users working in teams gained from better workflow processes, because users were able to remain fully functional members of their team while they were mobile.

Mersey Care NHS Trust is one example of an organisation whose teams have gained from using RIM’s Blackberry. Mark Blakeman, director of information management and technology at Mersey Care NHS Trust, said, “The BlackBerry has enabled our management team to work more effectively and efficiently. It has ensured that they keep working as a team even when they very rarely have the opportunity to meet up. It is an easy solution to use so has become an integrated part of how we work ensuring fast accurate communication across the organisation helping us to be even more efficient and provide a high level of service.”

Both voice and data access were key here, because, for example, not being able to respond to requests to sign-off on project terms or costs can result in mobile managers or staff slowing down tasks and project completions for many others.

Ninety nine percent of respondents said BlackBerry had enhanced their workflow efficiency, with workflow referring to the processes used to complete tasks and projects by interacting with colleagues and business systems.

One of the main reasons companies selected the BlackBerry platform was to gain from the immediacy and speed of always-on voice and data facilities. In terms of immediacy benefits from BlackBerry services, these include client acquisition and retention through improved responsiveness and fast transactions. In other words, companies are gaining the competitive edge by doing business quickly, using the power of always-on wireless voice and data devices.

Email is used as the key driver of BlackBerry immediacy but quick access to a user’s calendar, contacts or other organiser data is often vital to achieve an immediacy benefit. Several respondents to the BlackBerry ROI study discussed single multi-million dollar immediate emails that they attributed to gaining or retaining major clients, or allowing end users to take advantage of short-term information for direct financial gain.

The research calculated that users received seven time-sensitive emails per day (35 per week) on their BlackBerry, while they are away from the office. The average number of business emails received per day by respondents was 48, and users tended to spend 39% of their time away from the office. Incidentally, 39% of email was also classified as time sensitive.

Including both sent and received email, the typical BlackBerry end user addresses 55 time-sensitive emails each week, or 2,750 time-sensitive emails per year, highlighting the device’s worth.

The BlackBerry also yielded the benefits of voice immediacy, with BlackBerry users, with voice activated on their BlackBerry handheld, conducting 650 minutes of voice calls per month. By their nature, these phone calls all have an element of time sensitivity to them.

Cost Savings
The main financial saving for a company’s IT department from using BlackBerry devices comes from decreased Remote Access Server (RAS) usage, for laptops connected to the corporate network through dial-up accounts.

The average BlackBerry user who dialled into the corporate network prior to using BlackBerry would spend 6.6 hours a month dialled into the corporate network. Since becoming a BlackBerry user the average end user is dialled into the corporate network for 1.9 hours—a drop of 71%.

In light of this, Ipsos calculated that a company could save $276 per year for an average BlackBerry user. The researchers calculated this figure by exploring the total cost of ownership for an average BlackBerry user, with voice activated on their BlackBerry handheld, and where the company has a 100 user setup.

The annual TCO is $1,264 for an average BlackBerry user, which includes the BlackBerry ($183), BlackBerry Software ($56), server hardware ($50), airtime—data and voice, BlackBerry pilot costs, and internal support costs. With similar calculations carried out for RAS hardware solutions, Ipsos found that a company could save $276 per year for an average BlackBerry user.

The report concludes that in addition to the cost savings, IT support for BlackBerry handhelds is “not burdensome”. “Fifty percent of IT managers report spending eight hours per month or less supporting their BlackBerry Enterprise Servers. Fifty percent of IT managers report spending 13 hours per month or less supporting BlackBerry handhelds including new deployments. This equates to an average total IT time investment of 23 minutes per user per month. Every working day, each BlackBerry user recovers over twice the monthly IT time investment through personal productivity alone. BlackBerry workflow benefits and immediacy benefits further justify the costs and internal resource commitments associated with deploying and managing BlackBerry,” added the report.

Orange is an example of a telecoms service provider that is committed to offering customers a range of BlackBerry business services. Orange recognises that BlackBerry is an effective product and has already provided immense cost savings and efficiencies for many businesses.

One Orange Blackberry customer is Europe's biggest breakfast TV station GMTV. Geoff Wright, chief engineer at GMTV, said, “The Blackberry from Orange is simple and easy to use. This coupled with the physical size and weight, makes it an ideal handheld device. The technology and underlying security has been very stable and reliable to date. It works – which is not always the case with other devices.”

Orange also understands that BlackBerry may not be the right product for every organisation, and that wireless phones, PDAs, pagers, remote laptops or wireless telemetry might provide more suitable solutions. It may be that your company has different types of mobile data users, so you may need two or even three different services. Orange provides wireless business services in all of these areas, and has the knowledge and expertise to discuss the mobile data options most appropriate for your company.

Source: ComputerWeekly.com


Google buys social networking service

Published: May 12, 2005, 9:03 AM PDT
By Margaret Kane
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Update Google has acquired social networking service Dodgeball, as it continues its expansion beyond search.

Dodgeball notice on its site, saying it was acquired Wednesday. The note did not reveal financial details but did say that Dodgeball's two co-founders are "Google superfans."

Google spokesman David Krane confirmed the buyout Thursday, but did not give further details.

Dodgeball's service helps members link up with friends and acquaintances using text messages sent to phones.

Through acquisitions and its own research and development, Google has expanded far beyond its beginnings as a search company, offering e-mail applications, photo management and blogging tools, among other features. The expansion has led many to question how far the company expects its reach to extend.

Google has already begun dabbling in the social networking field, launching its Orkut service last year.

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LBS: Here, there, everywhere

by Alex Mayhew-Smith

Wednesday 11 May 2005

Where are you? My guess is that you probably know and you have little need for a technology to answer that question.

So what is going to drive the take up of location-based services (LBS)? “Consumers can know nothing about technology but they are the most savvy users of technology. It [location-based services] is not a leisure market and I don’t know when it will be,” says Chris Wade, CEO of Cambridge Positioning Systems (CPS).

chris wadeHis view is borne out by a recent report by the DTI on location-based services in Japan, where only one in ten owners of A-GPS (assisted GPS) enabled phones are actually using LBS.

Current applications of the technology are more specialist: location of containers, security and child minding, says Wade. “A parent can give a handset to a child and arrange with a company where that child can go and send an alert if they go out of this area,” he says.

In Japan services such as pedestrian street mapping has not lured the users and when the signal dies as you enter a building it is hard to foresee the killer applications that could drive the market.

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“Indoors is a big problem,” says Stuart Strickland, director of business development at RF chip company SiGe Semiconductor. “Indoors the signals are weaker and you get multi-path effects with the signal bouncing around. Typically you may be able to get a signal from one side of the building and not the other. You get a wide range of signal strength with some signals coming through windows and others through walls and it’s bad when you don’t find the strong signal first.”

The current system has no forward error correction and is just ancient, says Richard Catmur, European business development manager at GPS test firm Spirent. “If you could use modern locating technology on the same satellites you would get a tremendous gain in performance,” he says. Wade agrees. “The real point is that GPS was never intended for a pocket sized device. It was designed for satellites needing to get a signal to an object miles above the earth, for missile location,” he says.

SiGe is teamed with CPS to provide a hybrid service, called E-GPS (enhanced GPS) and argues that yet more technologies can be used to enhance accuracy. Embedding other sensors such as a pedometer, a barometer or a compass could be one possible answer.

The E-GPS system combines GPS with location signals from the basestations to get a fix. The network signals are a million times stronger than the satellite signals, says Wade.

In Europe the operators are likely to roll out an A-GPS service initially, says Catmur. “It will be a challenge getting it up and running. The operators will be pragmatic about it and not take two steps at once. Hybrid is a better system but the operators will see if there is interest first before investing in a hybrid service,” he says.

At SiGe, Strickland interprets this slightly differently. “LBS operators are conservative about how to make money. You can’t predict what will be attractive to the user. The network will be better off providing a platform and generating money from whatever services are being used,” says Strickland.

So it may be a risk rolling out A-GPS in Europe and finding users are dissatisfied with the slow time to fix and location accuracy and so are not using the applications - as has happened in Japan. Surely it would be better to provide a superior hybrid service to start with to get people to use it?

“In terms of accuracy E911 calls for 50m and ETSI for 100m, but this is not adequate for high quality services. You need to provide 10m accuracy if you want to use it as a pedestrian,” says Strickland. First time to fix also needs to be ten seconds if the consumer is going to use it. It is currently at about 40 seconds, according to the DTI’s investigations in Japan.

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In terms of silicon, Qualcomm has the CDMA2000 market sown up while the bulk of the 3G UMTS and the GSM market is more open. Equally the market is more open for the UMTS network to use a hybrid location technology. Wade at CPS argues that A-GPS works well in CDMA2000 networks but not in 3G CDMA.

While it is clear users will not hang around for 40 seconds to find they may be anywhere within a few hundred metres, it is not certain operators see the financial advantages of better hybrid systems yet. Could there be other answers to providing LBS?

In Liverpool a project is planning to cover the city centre with tens of thousands of Bluetooth beacons to provide city information for tourists and diners.

Run by start-up firm Aimes, which has spun out of Liverpool University, the beacons are currently being trialled along Duke Street with the intention of rolling it out across the city centre. It sounds rather improbable because of the possible expense. No figures have been established yet, according to Jonathon Kaye, sales executive at manufacturer BrainBoxes.

“The system is for city centres and has a range of 11m, which is enough to get a signal from a lamppost across the road,” says Kaye. Because the project is linked to the city’s 2008 City of Culture status there is no immediate need to see a commercial gain. If it moves from the trial stage to the tens of thousands of beacons it would be interesting to see if the location data could be made use of hand-in-hand with a GPS system.

So it seems we do not quite know where we are with location-based services yet.

Source: ElectronicsWeekly.com


Glenayre buys CD, DVD manufacturing assets

By Colin Gibbs
May 9, 2005

ATLANTA-Glenayre Technologies Inc. will spend $122 million for Universal Music Group's CD and DVD manufacturing and distribution operations in North America and Europe.

The telecom services company said it will use the acquisition to launch an entertainment distribution company on both sides of the Atlantic. The deal, which is scheduled to close May 31, will be made through Entertainment Distribution Company, L.L.C. (EDC), which will become a division of Glenayre. Glenayre's primary business area to date has been messaging technology.

Universal will contribute $14 million in cash at closing to meet German regulatory requirements.

"The acquisition allows Glenayre to become a significant participant in the manufacture and distribution of entertainment products," said Clarke Bailey, Glenayre's chairman and chief executive officer.

Shares of Glenayre were up 9 percent, to $2.36, in mid-day trading on the Nasdaq Monday.

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Payment Guardian’s system control center has been designed to meet the different need of individual lenders and dealers that want a total customized solution to manage their systems, providing you with 3 different ways to use the systems features. This enables you to instantly activate system features, schedule activations to occur at a preset time or completely automate the systems features, allow you to just manage your systems with just a click of the mouse.

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Payment Guardian is designed to meet most states right to cure laws. Each time the ignition is turned to the OFF position, Payment Guardian reminds the customer that payment has not yet been received or insurance is not current and provides them with specific instructions to contact the leinholder immediately. As an option, we can also provide you with a customized message, in any language or gender, to fit your specific needs.

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If the customer ignores the voice warning and chooses not to respond, you can simply activate Payment Guardian’s Starter Interrupt feature allowing no one to start the vehicle until the system is reset.

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Payment Guardian’s override feature enables the customer to start the vehicle for an additional 2 days in cases of emergency, eliminating potential liability.

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Payment Guardian can also be interfaced into the vehicle’s horn, allowing the customer or repossession agent to easily locate the vehicle if needed. This feature also may aid local police in the recovery of the vehicle if stolen. Once this feature has been triggered, the horn will sound for 30 minutes, or until turned off.

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Payment Guardian gives you the optional ability to connect the system to vehicles with power door locks which enables you to remotely unlock the doors if ever needed. This provides a tremendous advantage in the event of customers locking themselves out of the vehicle as well as aiding in repossession.

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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.

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Gates outlines his vision for Windows Mobile

May 11, 2005

Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, outlined his company's vision for capturing marketshare in the mobile phone market this week in announcing Windows Mobile 5.0.

While Microsoft has chased behind products issued by Symbian and Research in Motion, Gates gave an animated talk at the company's annual mobile and embedded devices conference in Las Vegas.

He said Windows Mobile 5.0 offers increased reliability, improved hardware support and a host of new features to both entertain users and make them more productive. Enhancements include support for hard disks, additional wireless network types and persistent storage to retain user data when the battery is depleted.

It's also interesting to see how Microsoft's productivity applications are being integrated into the mobile platform. Here are a few remarks from Gates' speech, which is available on Microsoft's Website.

"And so this industry has got to seize the opportunity and Windows Mobile 5.0, whether it's in productivity, whether it's in customization capabilities or in the tools for rich application development, we feel that all the different firsts that we're delivering with this platform really make a deep platform to address the opportunities that are coming out there," Gates said.

"Well, let me talk specifically about some of those features," he said. "We're very keen on productivity. After all, Microsoft is the company that drives Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office is used really very pervasively, on a global basis on every desktop, on virtually every portable machine out there, and that's a product that we constantly innovate in. Things like workflow, rights management, advanced scheduling, easy sharing, business intelligence, those are areas where Office has gotten richer and will in the next big release that's coming sometime next year.

"We wanted to make sure our mobile platforms connected up to all of that richness, so, for example, being able to edit Excel information and yet have it go back up to the PC, edit Word documents, the ability to have PowerPoint support on the mobile device so you can preview slides and do simple things with your PowerPoint presentation there; the ability to connect up to the e-mail capabilities that we have in MSN and Hotmail capabilities now with what we call Pocket MSN is being built down into this device. So that's an area of productivity and one that we're very, very strong on."

Source: InfoWorld


Senate approves electronic ID card bill

Published: May 10, 2005, 8:10 PM PDT
By Declan McCullagh

Last-minute attempts by online activists to halt an electronic ID card failed Tuesday when the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to impose a sweeping set of identification requirements on Americans.

The so-called Real ID Act now heads to President Bush, who is expected to sign the bill into law this month. Its backers, including the Bush administration, say it's needed to stop illegal immigrants from obtaining drivers' licenses.

If the act's mandates take effect in May 2008, as expected, Americans will be required to obtain federally approved ID cards with "machine readable technology" that abides by Department of Homeland Security specifications. Anyone without such an ID card will be effectively prohibited from traveling by air or Amtrak, opening a bank account, or entering federal buildings.

After the Real ID Act's sponsors glued it to an Iraq military spending bill, final passage was all but guaranteed. Yet that didn't stop a dedicated cadre of privacy activists from trying to raise the alarm in the last few days.

UnRealID.com, which calls the legislation a "national ID card," says that more than 10,800 people filled out its online petition to senators.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation hastily created a "Stop The Real ID Act!" campaign last week, and the ACLU denounced the bill as a measure that would create "a system ripe for identity theft." Security guru Bruce Schneier offered his own negative critique.

If the Real ID Act had been a standalone piece of legislation—instead of being embedded in an unrelated military spending bill—its passage in the Senate might have been less certain.

The House approved it in February by a relatively narrow vote of 261-161, and some senators had condemned it. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., warned last month that the Real ID Act creates "de facto national ID cards" and the National Immigration Law Center said it will make it harder even for legal immigrants and citizens to get drivers' licenses.

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican and Real ID Act sponsor, applauded the Senate vote on Tuesday. "The Real ID is vital to preventing foreign terrorists from hiding in plain sight while conducting their operations and planning attacks," Sensenbrenner said. "By targeting terrorist travel, the Real ID will assist in our war-on-terror efforts to disrupt terrorist operations and help secure our borders."

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Wi-Fi, WiMax, and VoIP News

Florida removes VoIP tax from books

By Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: May 11, 2005, 3:52 PM PT

A Florida law that threatened to tax Internet phone networks has officially been removed from the books.

Lawmakers in the Florida state Senate voted on the last day of the legislative session, Friday, to repeal a portion of the Substitute Communications Systems tax law. The tax could have been applied to companies that run their own VoIP networks as well as to commercial services from providers such as Vonage.

In March, a bill to remove the levy from the Florida tax code passed the State House of Representatives. But when the bill reached the state Senate, some senators changed the language from an outright repeal of the law to a moratorium, during which time the matter would be studied more carefully.

Opponents of the tax worked with legislators to push for the repeal.

"Even with a moratorium, there would be a certain level of uncertainty that might keep some businesses from investing in Florida," said Matt Doster, executive director of IT Florida, a nonprofit group that promotes the Florida business community. "We advocated strongly against the moratorium and urged the Senate to vote on a complete repeal of the tax."

Late into the night on Friday, the measure was put to a vote, and the Senate repealed the contentious portion of the tax law.

The complex tax, which was written after deregulation of the telecommunications industry in the 1980s, was originally meant to tax businesses that bypassed the local telephone network by establishing their own communications networks.

Critics argued that the language of the law was so broad it could be applied to businesses carrying voice traffic over their IP data networks and to individual customers of VoIP providers such as Vonage, which routes phone calls over the less-expensive, less-regulated Internet. The tax also could have been applied to businesses with networked computers, two-way radios and wireless dispatch systems.

Critics also argued that if the law was strictly enforced, the added expense could cripple small businesses throughout the state and stifle economic development.

"A lot of people feared that the tax would be applied too broadly," Doster said. "We think that by repealing this law, we've sent a pretty strong message to the rest of the country that we don't think this is the way to tax businesses in Florida."

At the end of the 2004 legislative session, the Florida Senate passed a bill that would have prevented collection of the tax until 2006 and sent that bill to the House. But former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd refused to consider it.

Source: ZDNet


Vonage gets major financing deal

By Matt Richtel The New York Times

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2005

Vonage, the Internet telephone company that raised $200 million in new private investments last week, has managed one of the largest single rounds of venture capital financing in the past decade despite the arrival of weighty competitors in its business.

The size of the deal underscores the confidence of the lead investors, including several major Silicon Valley venture capital firms, that Vonage, a privately held company, can continue to thrive as an Internet telephone provider even as U.S. regional telephone companies and cable providers enter the business.

The investment comes as Internet telephony, a service that allows consumers and businesses to place calls using high-speed Internet connections, is beginning to take hold. Vonage, the leader in the field, has 650,000 subscribers and adds about 15,000 subscribers a week.

Paul Kedrosky, a professor at the University of California-San Diego who studies the venture capital industry, said that the Vonage investors probably had extraordinarily high expectations, judging from the amount of money being put into the company.

"It's hugely optimistic," Kedrosky said. He added that the size of the deal meant that any initial public stock offering for Vonage would have to raise at least $3 billion to justify the latest round of financing.

The investors, however, disagree with that analysis. Sandy Miller, a partner in 3i, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California, that invested more than $10 million in this financing round, said that no public offering was planned and that the size of the deal was justified, given Vonage's success.

Miller said he was undeterred by the efforts of cable companies and traditional telephone companies to move into the Internet telephone market. "We know there are going to be all the name brands," he said. "Vonage is the exception that will be an independent company in this space."

Joining 3i in the investing round are Bain Capital, the lead investor; New Enterprise Associates; Meritech Capital Partners; and Institutional Venture Partners. All those firms have been previous investors in Vonage, which has raised $408 million to date, including the most recent $200 million and a financing round of $105 million last August.

John Rego, the chief financial officer of Vonage, which is based in Edison, New Jersey, said the money would be used primarily for marketing. He said the money would be sufficient to get the company to profitability in 2006.

This latest round of financing is the largest for a telecommunications venture since the Internet bubble burst in 2000.

Vonage has nearly twice as many Internet telephone subscribers as its nearest competitors, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. But the cable companies and traditional telephone companies, like Verizon, are expected to capitalize on their brand names, industry analysts said.

One factor in Vonage's favor is that the regional Bell telephone companies, including Qwest and Verizon, have begun to allow consumers to buy high-speed Internet service without paying for a telephone service.

Consumers who buy this stand-alone Internet access can use Vonage or some other company for Internet phone service.

Vonage, the Internet telephone company that raised $200 million in new private investments last week, has managed one of the largest single rounds of venture capital financing in the past decade despite the arrival of weighty competitors in its business.

The size of the deal underscores the confidence of the lead investors, including several major Silicon Valley venture capital firms, that Vonage, a privately held company, can continue to thrive as an Internet telephone provider even as U.S. regional telephone companies and cable providers enter the business.

The investment comes as Internet telephony, a service that allows consumers and businesses to place calls using high-speed Internet connections, is beginning to take hold. Vonage, the leader in the field, has 650,000 subscribers and adds about 15,000 subscribers a week.

Paul Kedrosky, a professor at the University of California-San Diego who studies the venture capital industry, said that the Vonage investors probably had extraordinarily high expectations, judging from the amount of money being put into the company.

"It's hugely optimistic," Kedrosky said. He added that the size of the deal meant that any initial public stock offering for Vonage would have to raise at least $3 billion to justify the latest round of financing.

The investors, however, disagree with that analysis. Sandy Miller, a partner in 3i, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California, that invested more than $10 million in this financing round, said that no public offering was planned and that the size of the deal was justified, given Vonage's success.

Miller said he was undeterred by the efforts of cable companies and traditional telephone companies to move into the Internet telephone market. "We know there are going to be all the name brands," he said. "Vonage is the exception that will be an independent company in this space."

Joining 3i in the investing round are Bain Capital, the lead investor; New Enterprise Associates; Meritech Capital Partners; and Institutional Venture Partners. All those firms have been previous investors in Vonage, which has raised $408 million to date, including the most recent $200 million and a financing round of $105 million last August.

John Rego, the chief financial officer of Vonage, which is based in Edison, New Jersey, said the money would be used primarily for marketing. He said the money would be sufficient to get the company to profitability in 2006.

This latest round of financing is the largest for a telecommunications venture since the Internet bubble burst in 2000.

Vonage has nearly twice as many Internet telephone subscribers as its nearest competitors, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. But the cable companies and traditional telephone companies, like Verizon, are expected to capitalize on their brand names, industry analysts said.

One factor in Vonage's favor is that the regional Bell telephone companies, including Qwest and Verizon, have begun to allow consumers to buy high-speed Internet service without paying for a telephone service.

Consumers who buy this stand-alone Internet access can use Vonage or some other company for Internet phone service.

Vonage, the Internet telephone company that raised $200 million in new private investments last week, has managed one of the largest single rounds of venture capital financing in the past decade despite the arrival of weighty competitors in its business.

The size of the deal underscores the confidence of the lead investors, including several major Silicon Valley venture capital firms, that Vonage, a privately held company, can continue to thrive as an Internet telephone provider even as U.S. regional telephone companies and cable providers enter the business.

The investment comes as Internet telephony, a service that allows consumers and businesses to place calls using high-speed Internet connections, is beginning to take hold. Vonage, the leader in the field, has 650,000 subscribers and adds about 15,000 subscribers a week.

Paul Kedrosky, a professor at the University of California-San Diego who studies the venture capital industry, said that the Vonage investors probably had extraordinarily high expectations, judging from the amount of money being put into the company.

"It's hugely optimistic," Kedrosky said. He added that the size of the deal meant that any initial public stock offering for Vonage would have to raise at least $3 billion to justify the latest round of financing.

The investors, however, disagree with that analysis. Sandy Miller, a partner in 3i, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California, that invested more than $10 million in this financing round, said that no public offering was planned and that the size of the deal was justified, given Vonage's success.

Miller said he was undeterred by the efforts of cable companies and traditional telephone companies to move into the Internet telephone market. "We know there are going to be all the name brands," he said. "Vonage is the exception that will be an independent company in this space."

Joining 3i in the investing round are Bain Capital, the lead investor; New Enterprise Associates; Meritech Capital Partners; and Institutional Venture Partners. All those firms have been previous investors in Vonage, which has raised $408 million to date, including the most recent $200 million and a financing round of $105 million last August.

John Rego, the chief financial officer of Vonage, which is based in Edison, New Jersey, said the money would be used primarily for marketing. He said the money would be sufficient to get the company to profitability in 2006.

This latest round of financing is the largest for a telecommunications venture since the Internet bubble burst in 2000.

Vonage has nearly twice as many Internet telephone subscribers as its nearest competitors, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. But the cable companies and traditional telephone companies, like Verizon, are expected to capitalize on their brand names, industry analysts said.

One factor in Vonage's favor is that the regional Bell telephone companies, including Qwest and Verizon, have begun to allow consumers to buy high-speed Internet service without paying for a telephone service.

Consumers who buy this stand-alone Internet access can use Vonage or some other company for Internet phone service.

Source: International Herald Tribune


Skype Wins 2005 Webby Award for Telecommunications

(PRZOOM - Newswire)—Luxembourg, 05/10/2005 - Skype won the 2005 Webby Award for Telecommunications. The Webby, called the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, is an award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality.

Hailed as “the online Oscars” by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards is the leading international honor for web sites and the people behind them. The awards are presented by the Academy, a global organization dedicated to the creative, technical and professional progress of the internet. Members include musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and fashion designer Max Azria.

Webby Awards winners ranged from powerhouses like Mercedes-Benz USA (Automotive), Google (Best Practices), Merck (Health), and Skype (Telecommunications), and to up-and-coming or lesser-known sites like Graffiti Archaelogy (Arts), Dogster (Community), Rtm86.com (Personal Web Site), and 43 Things (Social Networking).

Past winners include Amazon.com, eBay, Yahoo!, iTunes, Google, FedEx, BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Salon Magazine, Evite, Meetup, Wikipedia, ESPN, Comedy Central, PBS, and The Onion.

About Skype
Skype is the Global P2P Telephony Company™ that is changing the telecommunications world by offering consumers FREE, superior-quality calling worldwide.

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