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FRIDAY - JUNE 17, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 167

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Here we go with issue number 167 of the newslitter — oops — I mean newsletter. I continue to receive more positive comments on Vic Jackson's presentation on VoIP at the AAPC conference.

More from the AAPC conference
Vic Jackson's presentation on how Paging Carriers might use their excess DID telephone numbers to develop new VoIP telephone services is available for viewing as a "pdf" file. Vic is working on a followup article for next week's issue of the newsletter.

We are living in exciting times when ways for people to communicate with each other are changing daily. Be sure to read the articles about new Skype services near the end of today's newsletter. VoIP is really growing fast. Text messaging continues to grow in popularity too, especially among our young people.

As we find more ways to communicate with each other—technically—let's hope the human race learns how to communicate in a positive, peaceful, and productive way. Many believe that that the sharing of information and ideas via satellite television was partly responsible for ending the "cold war" and tearing down the "iron curtain."

Google Mobile Search Engine
Google Inc. today unveiled a new mobile search engine that enables mobile phone users to search web pages designed specifically for viewing on mobile devices. The Google Mobile Web Search indexes sites using XHTML technology to deliver content. XHMTL combines HTML and XML (extensible markup language) to deliver content specially designed for mobile applications. To use Google’s mobile search, you would access the Google search website from your mobile phone, type in your search and select "Mobile Web (Beta)" as the search option. Other features on Google’s mobile search include image searching and the ability to search for products and services locally. A text-based messaging service, Google SMS, is also available to mobile users. [SOURCE]

The Google Mobile search engine should work with this newsletter since it is formatted with XHTML-compliant code.

Now on to more news and views.

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aapc logoAAPC Bulletin • 866-301-2272
The Voice of US Paging Carriers

ISSUE NO. 12— FRIDAY — JUNE 17, 2005

AAPC’s first Wireless Forum was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event!

With more than 150 people attending, 22 companies exhibiting, and endless opportunities for networking with other professionals, this truly was the premier event for the paging industry!


join aapc We invite you to join with us to be part of building a strong organization that represents the interest of your business: the paging industry! AAPC enables members to continually set new standards of excellence as the industry’s leaders in providing quality and profitable communication services. Together, we can help you advance your business goals.

We look forward to working with you throughout 2005 to advance the paging industry.

Members — Do you have a new product you would like to feature or share in the newsletter? We want to help you promote your company, please submit content to

Thanks to the Gold Vendors!
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PRISM Systems International, Inc.
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Thanks to the Silver Vendor!
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ISC Technologies, Inc.

Thanks to the Bronze Vendors!
  • BLP Components, Ltd.
  • Canyon Ridge Communications, Inc.
  • Commtech Wireless
  • Global Technical Engineering Solutions (GTES)
  • Hark Systems, Inc.
  • Motorola Inc.
  • Minilec Service, Inc.
  • RMS Communications
  • TGA Technologies
  • Trace Technologies LLC
  • Unication USA
  • United Communications Corporation
  • VCP International
  • Zetron, Inc.

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Multitone Electronics
Advantra International  Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation  NotePage Inc.
CONTEL Costa Rica
CPR Technology Heartland Communications
Daniels Electronics   Ira Wiesenfeld
Daviscomms USA  Payment Guardian
Electronic Entities Group   Preferred Wireless
ERF Wireless   Prism Systems International
Global Fax Network Services   Ron Mercer
GTES LLC   Selective Communications
HMCE, Inc. Sun Telecom International
Hark Systems  Texas Association of Paging Services
InfoRad, Inc.   TGA Technologies
Minilec Service, Inc.   UCOM Paging
   Zetron Inc.


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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
Your Professional Services Partner

GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider in the Paging industry. With over 200 years of combined experience in Glenayre hardware and software support, GTES offers the industry the most professional support and engineering development staff available.

New Product Development

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Please call GTES Sales at 770-754-1666 for more information on the above.

Continued Support Programs

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Product Sales
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Wireless Communication Solutions

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


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

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System Features & Benefits:

  • Hardware Based
  • Uses Embedded Linux as the Multitasking OS
  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
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2675 Lake Park Drive
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Tel: +1 800-367-4275
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Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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  • Telemetry Devices
  • Bravo Pagers—Numeric/Alphanumeric
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For information about our Contract Manufacturing services or our Pager or Telemetry line, please call Bob Popow at 480-515-2344, or visit our website

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Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

  • Radio Paging Terminals
  • Voicemail Systems
  • E-mail and Network Text Messaging Systems
  • Digital Trunk Switching Systems
  • Digital Trunk and Voicemail Concentrators
  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

Logical Choice

  • Replace Outdated, UNLICENSED Paging Terminals
  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
  • Add New Paging System with ALL THE FEATURES
  • Provide Your Customers With Features They Want
  • Designed and Supported by Industry Experts

Go ahead . . . be choosy . . . choose Prism Systems International

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300 Colonial Center Parkway,
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Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
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As a worldwide supplier of telecommunications equipment eRF Wireless designs, manufactures and markets transmitters, receivers, controllers, software and other equipment used in personal communications systems, as well as radio and telephone systems. eRF Wireless also provides service and support for its products, as well as consulting and research development on a contract basis.

If you'd like a single-source provider that's committed to competitive prices and fast delivery, call us today at 1-800-538-9050 or visit our website at: left arrow CLICK HERE

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2300 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 973-2827
Fax: (202) 293-3083

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NEW state-of-the-art PowerPage 750 with Advanced Reliability offering Digital Voice Storage Technology and a range of other exciting new features and benefits...

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Multitone also has a range of PowerPage & FuturePhone Wireless Communication Solutions to suit your individual communication needs.

For information on our product range and how Multitone can help enhance your communications, please e-mail or telephone (202) 973-2827.


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

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Date Released: Monday, June 13, 2005
Source: GlobeTel Communications Corp.

GlobeTel Signs Formal Agreement with NASA

sanswireGlobeTel Communications Corp. (AMEX:GTE - News) today announced that the company has signed a formal agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The terms of the agreement with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California establish that NASA Dryden will provide assistance in GlobeTel's development and flight testing of the Stratellite, the company's high altitude Remotely Operated Airship (ROA).

Under the agreement, NASA Dryden will provide specialized technical support to GlobeTel's subsidiary, Sanswire Networks LLC, for the firm's development and flight testing of the Stratellite via a series of task agreements.

It is expected that the first task agreement will call for NASA Dryden to develop piloted and un-piloted simulations of the Stratellite airship. The simulations would incorporate the airship's aerodynamics, propulsion and control features based upon data provided to NASA Dryden by Sanswire.

GlobeTel plans to provide NASA and other agencies access to the Stratellite for the installation, integration, and deployment of NASA-sponsored sensors and other projects.

The agreement between NASA Dryden and GlobeTel is authorized under the Space Act of 1958 under which NASA was established.

"It is a great honor to be working with an organization such as NASA," said Timothy Huff, Chief Executive Officer of GlobeTel. "The NASA Space Act Agreement allows NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to support GlobeTel Communications Corp. in the development and flight test of a High Altitude Remotely Operated Airship."

"The NASA agreement will give GlobeTel access to additional capable personnel and technology, accelerating the growth of both GlobeTel and our wholly-owned subsidiary, Sanswire Networks LLC, and take advantage of the opportunity that lies ahead of us," Huff stated. "The information gained from ROA development efforts will be of mutual benefit to both NASA and GlobeTel."

A Stratellite is similar to a satellite, but is stationed in the stratosphere rather than in orbit. At an altitude of 10 to 13 miles above the Earth, each Stratellite will have clear line-of-sight communications capability to an entire major metropolitan area as well as being able to provide coverage across major rural areas. Several Stratellites linked together could cover many hundreds of thousands of square miles. The Stratellite will allow subscribers to easily communicate in "both directions" using readily available wireless devices. In addition to voice and data, proposed telecommunications uses include cellular, 3G/4G mobile, MMDS, paging, fixed wireless telephony, HDTV, real-time surveillance and others.

For more information, please go to or

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or statements which may be deemed or construed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Placement Act of 1995. The words "forecast", "project", "intend", "expect", "should", "would", and similar expressions and all statements, which are not historical facts, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance (finance or operating) or achievements to differ from future results, performance (financing and operating) or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The above are more fully discussed in the Company's SEC filings.

GlobeTel Communications Corp., Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Steve King, 954-241-0590


USA Mobility, AMDS and Sensus Form Alliance to Provide Meter Monitoring Services Over Two-Way NPCS Network

Friday June 10, 9:39 am ET

Agreement Includes Sale of NPCS License to AMDS and Revenue Sharing

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO - News), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, Advanced Metering Data Systems, LLC (AMDS), a leading developer of Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) fixed network technologies, and Sensus Metering Systems, a leading provider of utility meter reading systems, today announced an alliance among the three companies to provide utility meter monitoring services over a two-way narrowband personal communications services (NPCS) network.

Under the agreement, USA Mobility will sell one of its NPCS licenses to AMDS for $1.5 million and the opportunity to receive an additional $3.5 million in future royalty payments based upon a percentage of the monitoring revenues derived from AMDS's use of the NPCS license. USA Mobility also will receive a right to acquire a future equity interest in AMDS. Additionally, USA Mobility will provide AMDS with ongoing network services, including turnkey system build-out, maintenance, repair and central monitoring. The agreement also provides AMDS with access to USA Mobility's tower locations throughout North America where the AMR fixed network receivers will be installed.

AMDS is the network provider for the FlexNet™ with AMDS Connect™ fixed base AMR system that is exclusively marketed by Sensus Metering Systems to electric utilities across North America. Sensus, which has participated in the AMR market since the 1980's, is the world's largest manufacturer of water meters. It also manufactures gas and electricity meters.

With the founders of AMDS holding patents under which more than 13 million currently deployed water, gas and electricity AMR meters operate, AMDS has significant product development experience in the AMR market. The AMDS automatic meter reading solution is based on transceiver gateways installed at the base of existing radio towers, with each tower capable of communicating directly with compatible utility meters over an area of 60-to-300 square miles. This broad coverage area, using the AMDS network infrastructure, vastly improves flexibility and adds features and economic benefits not previously available to the utility industry.

Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of USA Mobility, said: "We are delighted to be a part of this strategic alliance with AMDS and Sensus. We believe this three-way relationship is an excellent opportunity for us to expand our telemetry business and generate incremental revenues. We believe there is significant growth potential for machine-to-machine wireless communications and look forward to working with AMDS and Sensus to help fulfill this potential."

AMDS president and founder H. Britton Sanderford, Jr. said, "This agreement puts in place the final partnership needed to complete and support our North American network coverage strategy. When combined with the exclusive electricity marketing agreement we signed with Sensus earlier this year, we now have the nationwide ability to install transceiver gateways on existing towers, monitor and maintain tower equipment, and serve utilities throughout the country reliably on a 24x365 basis. USA Mobility's leadership in the U.S. two-way messaging and wireless data industry, as well its superior network infrastructure and technical know-how, makes it an excellent partner for AMDS. We welcome the opportunity to join with USA Mobility and our existing partner Sensus to promote the AMDS-enhanced AMR solutions as part of an overall electricity market strategy to service to our growing base of meter monitoring customers."

Dan Harness, president of Sensus, noted, "We believe this is a great arrangement for Sensus, AMDS and USA Mobility. The two-way and one-way capability of the AMDS RF fixed network system provides the flexibility that electric utilities have sought in an AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system. As a result, we have experienced a surprisingly high level of receptivity by the electric utilities. We see the effects of market timing converging with the right metering systems solution. USA Mobility's advanced network coverage and over 20 years of operational experience will allow us to promote the FlexNet system to a nationwide customer base."

USA Mobility provides services to thousands of customers with more than 5.5 million paging units in service. It is the world's largest provider of long range, two-way paging networks, which cover more than 90% of the U.S. population. USA Mobility's extensive network coverage is further underscored by its proven track record and dedication to excellent service and customer responsiveness.

AMDS is the only AMR provider authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate mass deployed AMR networks on primary-use, unshared radio spectrum. This FCC-licensed operation enhances reliability for real-time access to meter data as well as more advanced AMR features such as outage notification, brown-out warning, energy management program support, load control, and temperature control for electric utilities, as well as broken pipe and leak detection for water utilities.

USA Mobility, AMDS and Sensus believe their alliance will ensure secure and unimpeded access to water, gas and electric meter data on a national scale. They also believe this seamlessly integrated solution will help give utilities from coast-to-coast the confidence they need to invest in long-term, broad-based AMR deployments.

The transfer of the NPCS license to AMDS is subject to approval by the FCC. The parties anticipate obtaining FCC approval during the third quarter of this year.

About AMDS
Advanced Metering Data Systems ( is a utility meter monitoring and wireless connectivity company headquartered in New Orleans, LA. AMDS provides automatic meter reading technology and wireless monitoring services to electric, gas and water utilities using patented technology and a dedicated, FCC-licensed fixed wireless network.

About Sensus
The Sensus Metering Systems companies are leading world-class providers of high-value metering and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) solutions for water, gas, electric, and heat utilities as well as sub-metering entities worldwide. Additional linked businesses include Smith-Blair, Inc. a leading provider of pipe clamp & coupling products for the water, gas, and industrial markets; and Sensus Precision Die Casting that produces complex, high quality die-castings. For more information, please visit the company's web site at

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 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

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 successful completion and implementation of the strategic alliance with AMDS and Sensus, 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, completion and implementation of the strategic alliance with AMDS and Sensus, acceptance of automatic meter reading as a solution to usage monitoring, billing and service management by the electric, water and gas utility industries, acceptance of the AMDS and Sensus products and services by utilities, and the successful installation of AMDS's fixed network receivers on USA Mobility tower locations. Other factors that may affect USA Mobility's actual results include 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.

For USA Mobility: Bob Lougee (703) 721-3080
For AMDS: Bridgette Johnson (504) 304-2502
For Sensus: Dave Herchko (919) 845-4012

Source: YAHOO! Finance

LRS Debuts Latest Curbside Solution at NRA 2005


DALLAS—Long Range Systems Inc. (LRS), the leading innovator of onsite wireless solutions, will debut their first all-in-one curbside solution at the National Restaurant Show. The system is ideal for restaurants demanding improved takeaway service. “This is one of the hottest products we’ve ever released and customers are already asking for it” said Jim Livingston, Vice President of Sales for LRS. “Our curbside system is the only system that can benchmark service times and actually improve productivity.”

The new system is a fully integrated PC and camera. However, unlike most camera systems, the LRS proprietary software can monitor up to four lanes on a single camera and page a server/runner when a guest arrives in the parking spot. The touch screen monitor prompts the server to “greet” the guest and records the time. When the car pulls out of the spot, the total service time is recorded. The main screen of the curbside PC shows a running average of greet times, total service times and number of cars served. At any time, the manager can see how the restaurant is doing. It can even send this data to a manager’s pager periodically throughout the evening.

The reporting capabilities are the best. Restaurants can view daily, weekly and monthly reports showing average greet times and total service times. A manager can also set service thresholds and be paged if those service times are exceeded. Livingston adds, “It’s all about speed of service. If we can set benchmarks for restaurants, I know they will see dramatic improvements to curbside service times.” Through LRS’ Internet Sharing capabilities, a chain can share data and compare service times at different locations in regions or around the country.

Some chains have used inexpensive cameras and “drive-in movie” style poles. This wastes labor and requires dedicated employees to give the same level of service as an LRS system. In states where snow is plentiful, snowplows would instantly wipe out curbside poles and render the restaurant ineffective for curbside service. Also, restaurant properties that are leased have difficult challenges regarding parking lot construction.

“We believe we have the solution everyone has been waiting for,” said Livingston. “It’s simple to install, requires minimal labor, benchmarks service times, and is affordable.”

The Complete Curbside System is available for $4995. If you’d like to know more about improving curbside times, call LRS at (800) 437-4996.

About LRS
Since 1993, Dallas-based Long Range Systems has been the leading innovator of on-premise wireless communications, offering paging, staff paging, electronic survey systems and table and seating management systems. It’s latest products include Gift Card Dispensers, Curbside Solutions, Quick Casual Order Delivery Systems and Click Ahead Seating.

Source: Pizza Marketing Quarterly

Text Message Saves Woman From Kidnapper

Jun 13, 2005 2:10 pm US/Eastern

Glen Burnie, MD (WJZ) A 19-year-old Glen Burnie woman who was abducted Friday morning is back home after using text messages on her cell-phone in a silent cry for help.

It happened when Kelly Lazo was leaving for school.

She tells police her ex-boyfriend forced her to get in his car and allegedly told her he was driving to New York.

Hoping he wouldn't notice, Lazo typed urgent messages to her friends and her sister.

Once her sister contacted police, she was able to send messages about the highway signs she was passing -- helping police determine her location.

The car was stopped Friday evening in Nassau County, Long Island.

The driver—23-year-old Jose Machuca of Annapolis—was arrested and charged with kidnapping.

Source: WJZ Eyewitness News


Text messaging—the impersonal touch

June 12, 2005, 1:03AM

After meeting a guy through a friend, Erica Miller knew she wanted to get to know him better.


Some common shortcuts include:
LOL — laugh out loud
U — you
L8R — later
BRB — be right back
2nite — tonight
:) — smile
;) — wink
TTFN — ta-ta for now
BTW — by the way
FYI — for your information
TMI — too much information
B4 — before
XOXO — kisses and hugs
THX — thanks
K — OK
GR8 — great


Calling him was entirely too intimidating. So she text-messaged instead.

"It was easier, because of shyness," said Miller, 17, of Katy, who has been with that crush ever since they got textual last July. "You don't have to actually speak to the person. You're just typing."

Nearly 5 billion text messages—instant, concise communiques sent and received via cell phone—are sent in the United States every month, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.

"Text messaging is just another example in this trend toward ubiquitous communication," said Texas A&M University communications professor Eric W. Rothenbuhler. "It comes to be normal for people to always be in touch and strange or unique for someone not to be."

Early credits to the text-messaging trend abroad, where it has been widely used for several years, include combating truancy (some schools text-message parents to tell them if their children aren't in class) and facilitating communication for the hearing-impaired.

In the United States, it's being used to distribute Amber Alerts, personal-ad information and phone numbers from directory assistance.

"While the U.S. has been behind the rest of the world, we're catching up big-time," said Greg Wilfahrt, co-founder of, an online text-messaging company with 35 million subscribers.

Most cell-phone companies charge flat fees of about $10 a month for unlimited text messaging—also called "short-message service"—or collect about 10 cents per message. Some companies, including, offer group and club memberships to subscribers for a fee.

"Is there ever a drawback to having anytime, anyplace connectivity?" Wilfahrt said. "That's probably up for debate. It's so addictive that you can do it anytime."

In the United States, text messaging is predominantly a youthful pursuit. Among cell-phone users ages 18-27, 63 percent regularly text-message, compared to 27 percent of all adults, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Emily Bourgoine, a 16-year-old Albuquerque, N.M., resident who recently visited Houston for a soccer tournament, said the number of text messages she sends to friends every day is "in the hundreds."

Her mom, Alice, doesn't mind—within limits.

"She can't use it at school; she can't use it during dinner or if we're watching movies," Alice Bourgoine said. "If it's family time, she's not to be using it."

Alice Bourgoine said she's tried texting but didn't find it attractive.

"If it's that important, I'll call," she said.

Karina Garcia, a Conroe native who attends Texas State University, said text messaging is vital in situations where calling is inappropriate, such as in class or a restaurant.

"It just gets right to the point, and you don't have to deal with whatever they have to say or how their day's been," said Garcia, 21.

Jeff Mathes, 23, also from Conroe, has his own reasons for text messaging. "It's a good way to drunk-dial," he said, referring to the tendency of 20- and 30-somethings to call one another late at night after the bars close. "It keeps you from having a real conversation."

Regardless of its usefulness, said Dr. Michael G. Brown of the Hand Center, all that dialing can damage your digits. The center has seen an increase in text-messaging-related complaints in the past six months, with people now coming in almost daily.

"Maybe a few days of intensive text messaging may bring this problem on," Brown said. "If they start waking up in the morning and their hands are swollen, they need to try to decrease that at least for a few days."

Brown said people with symptoms should treat themselves with anti-inflammatories and cut back on text messaging. If they don't, they risk ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger.

In addition to some physical drawbacks, text messaging has had deadly consequences in Kentucky, where a toddler was hit and killed by a teenager who allegedly was text-messaging while driving.

Houston Police Department Sgt. Mark Bearden said texting is far more dangerous than talking on the phone while driving. "You're typing and looking at what you're typing, and it takes your attention off the road." Bearden advised drivers to keep both hands on the wheel.

That's good advice, said's Wilfahrt, who predicts that text messaging eventually will be used for everything from unlocking car doors to voting for president.

"Mobile phones will become your everything-in-one device," he said.

Rothenbuhler said he is unsure of the overall impact text messaging will have.

"There's a new set of predictions about the end of culture and youth and morality," he said. "These things never end; they just change. My guess is we're riding trends, and we won't really know what's going on until we can look back and see these things as history."

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I have built two web pages about Mountain Communications in Mountain Home, Arkansas—a regional Paging company that the owner wants to sell. The first page has several photos and some links to background information on the company. Please click here for that page. If you like what you see and want to read all the financial details, please send me an e-mail and I will send you the unpublished address of the second page. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone to acquire a Paging company in a beautiful resort area of the Arkansas mountains where there are several large lakes and rivers. They tell me the fishing and boating are great in that area. By the way, this business also includes some wireless broadband, a trunking radio system, and a two-way radio dealership. Update: we are willing to negotiate. Please call Brad Dye at: 618-842-3892.

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Gabriel Wireless operates its own Skydata/Gilat Ku-Band satellite uplink facility in South Florida it incorporates Motorola C-Net Platinum controllers with Nucleus transmitters. We are looking for a company with similar paging infrastructure to partner with in an effort to provide bilateral uplink redundancy for both carriers in the event of a catastrophe or extended outages.

Also we are looking to purchase Skydata/Gilat Outdoor Power Amplifiers (ODU’s) in the Ku band or if anyone has had success replacing these units with another brand of ODU please let me know?

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Good morning . . . We are seeking a home for the following: 3 each Glenayre 2-way paging transmitters, Model TX-GLT9501, TX-940.3550, RX GLR9000, RX-901.3250. We legally soon will have 8 each Glenayre GTL-8500, 900 MHz range. We further have 4-5 radio cabinets, 5 feet high, 18" racks X 2 1/2 feet deep once held 900 MHz frequency hopping radios, some still have, radios are free. 2 each 5-6 foot, 21-24" wide telephone cabinets.

All radios and cabinets are in top condition, we are closing down our field tower operations and have gin poles, winch trucks and equipment associated with the tower erection and maintenance area. We further have 49 antennas, misc. manufacturers and frequencies either in new used condition or new in box.

We at Chicago Tower Leasing Corp. own and operate premier tower sites in the Metro Chicago area, choice of Federal, State and all Class A systems. Should you have a potential home for any of the above outlined items, please feel free to contact us.

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Finally, the prices on the product are guaranteed to be the LOWEST in the industry at under $600 retail for the equipment and from $6 to $30 on the monthly airtime with most customers in the $15 range. Note too that the price is the same for cellular OR satellite world wide coverage and no one else has this exclusive capability.

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Team To Sell Cell Phone Music

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Napster's president noted that the 70 million music-enabled mobile phones expected to be sold this year is many times more than the number of iPod digital music players that Apple Computer has sold.

Banking on the ability of mobile phones to replace digital music players, Napster and Ericsson announced a joint venture on Wednesday to market a music-downloading service to cell phone operators.

The move could put the Napster brand inside best-selling cell phones, in addition to its existing goals of personal computers and portable audio players.

Until now, most major cell phone companies that have dabbled in downloads, like Sprint , Vodafone and Orange, have done so to promote their own names to customers. Napster and Ericsson are betting that some of those companies are willing to give up that brand relationship.

"The brand of Napster is so recognized and so strong on the Internet that it would open up a big market on the mobile phone," Hans Vestberg, executive vice president for Ericsson global services, said by telephone from Singapore. "And as we see right now, more and more mobile phones are coming out with MP3 players."

Napster's president, Brad Duea, said the system was designed to work seamlessly with the Napster software on personal computers as well. When a customer downloaded a song to a cell phone, a copy would be sent to the customer's e-mail address for downloading to the PC.

"Napster views the mobile handset as a multibillion-dollar opportunity," Duea said from his company's headquarters in Los Angeles.

He noted that the 70 million music-enabled mobile phones expected to be sold this year is many times more than the number of iPod digital music players that Apple Computer has sold.

Pricing has not been set, but the venture said mobile operators would share in revenue generated by the music store. The venture will first be aimed at markets where Napster is active. Outside of North America, that includes Britain.

Ericsson, which builds mobile infrastructure and manages network services, already operates digital music platforms for more than a dozen carriers in North America, Europe and Asia, but it does so without promoting its involvement. In fact, some of the operators for which it runs such "white label" music portals do not want to be publicly identified. Those that do include TeliaSonera and Tele2 in Europe and Singapore Telecommunications and Maxis in Malaysia, Vestberg said.

Ericsson, based in Stockholm, expects to continue marketing its existing music business as well, although the partners said they believed that the mobile world was moving away from a so-called walled-garden approach, where the operator is the gatekeeper to the network's content, and that carriers will be glad to give up maintaining their own digital music stores.

The service will be available regardless of the underlying network technology, but Duea noted that the latest third-generation networks offer speeds that are better suited for downloading large files like music and for constant streams of downloaded music. Phones that can use the service must have digital-rights management software built in.

The Napster service on the Internet supports Windows DRM, but a spokesman said the mobile service would be "DRM agnostic."


Is Voice Mail at Risk in the Wireless Future?

Increasing SMS and IM usage among younger subscribers suggests a need for immediacy that voice mail may not be able to provide. But has the messaging solution's demise been greatly exaggerated?

Tom Harper
June 15, 2005
Wireless Week

In a recent meeting of The Messaging Industry Association (TMIA), a roundtable discussion was devoted to the purported demise of voice mail. A November 2004 article written by BBC-affiliated journalist Mark Ward posited that voice mail would decline in favor of other messaging media such as SMS and MMS, due to younger subscribers' current usage patterns. Admittedly, Ward was looking at European trends, but his thesis can be applied to the North American market as well.

The article quoted Anthony Beswick of Mobeon Labs, who noted that voice mail requires the kind of patience that many young people are not used to exercising. "Younger people do not use voice mail. They tend to SMS and IM each other [… as they] have grown up in a world where information is real-time."

However, it's not so simple to generalize – too many pundits over-interpret short-term trends, polls or anecdotal data. Yet it's essential to understand current trends in order to appropriately ascribe marketing and development budgets to certain projects.

The trend looks like this: A percentage of the younger generation is choosing SMS and other instant technologies over voice mail. This currently is more pronounced in Europe than in North America, although text messaging between technologies in North America was only recently made possible. Should such a trend grow exponentially, we can imagine why the voice mail community might "take fright" – particularly vendors – and how providers would have to reconsider the bundle. But a deeper examination of the trend points to several important factors. Young people:

While Ward is accurate in noting that some recipients may find it easier or more convenient to read text, it continues to be easier for senders to deliver a voice message than to create a text message. This is particularly true in the ever-growing wireless arena, where communication is often conducted while driving or doing other activities that require attention. What's more, the growth of picture messaging, as evidenced by Nokia's recent forecast for picture-capable phone deliveries in 2005, would point to a rise in voice mail, as many users send photos along with a voice message. As such technology becomes more available, affordable and usable, adoption rates will rise.

TMIA data from surveys conducted in 2003 and 2004 support the idea that growth in text messaging has not accompanied a corresponding decline in voice-mail usage. Users of all ages saw an increase in text messaging between 9 percent and 24 percent from 2003 to 2004. During that same period, the survey shows only a slight decline in wireless voice-mail usage, ranging from 1 percent to 8 percent, depending on the age category. We attribute this decline to the fact that wireless users are increasing in number at a dramatic pace, and many of them keep their phones on all of the time – hence, making less use of voice mail. However, we are seeing mass adoption of technologies such as photo messaging and text messaging, which are increasingly attractive because they incorporate a voice-mail component. Indeed, Forrester Research indicates that camera phones accounted for 38 percent of total handset shipments in 2004, up from 2003's 16 percent of total unit shipments.

The ability to capture a message, whether voice mail or answering machine, remains the most ubiquitous telecom feature next to dual tone multi-frequency (DTMF) or touch-tone. TMIA data suggest that messaging services actually will migrate increasingly toward personalization, and that voice is more personal than text. Indeed, if anything, we will see an increasing use of multimedia in messaging, combining some real-time features with voice and video features – technology increasingly will be able to get closer to personal interaction, which is fundamentally what the human being wants. New delivery mechanisms will be available as technology progresses and bandwidth increases, and messaging will include voice, video and other media – whatever it takes to imitate and enhance a sense of personal interaction.

Harper is executive director of The Messaging Industry Association.

Source: Wireless Week

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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. A good learning environment is one that is non-threatening.

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TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.

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Proxim files for bankruptcy, to sell company for $21 million

Posted on Mon, Jun. 13, 2005

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WASHINGTON - Proxim Corp., a maker of wireless Internet hardware, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and agreed to sell itself to Moseley Associates Inc. for $21 million.

According to the bankruptcy filing Saturday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., Proxim had assets of $55.4 million and debts of $101.8 million.

In a motion filed in its Chapter 11 case, Proxim, of San Jose, Calif., said it is also seeking a $6.2 million debtor-in-possession loan from Moseley, a Santa Barbara, Calif., company that also makes wireless Internet gear.

The cash will be used to fund the company's operations pending a sale, according to court papers.

The Chapter 11 filing is a condition of the sale of Proxim's assets to Moseley.

Under the terms of the sale, existing shareholders will receive nothing.

The company owes secured lender Silicon Valley Bank about $1.6 million and noteholder The Warburg Group about $10 million.

Proxim listed Symbol Technologies Inc., with a $17.8 million claim from a patent infringement judgment against Proxim, as its largest unsecured creditor. Taiwan's Universal Scientific Industrial Co., owed $1.3 million in trade debt, is its second largest unsecured creditor, followed by Malaysia's Flextronics Technology, owed about $1.3 million.

The Nasdaq Stock Market has warned Proxim that it is delisting the stock, but it was still listed Monday morning, trading down 20 cents at 12 cents.

Source: The Miami Herald

Skype Offers Voicemail


By Libe Goad

Skype customers will now be able to use voicemail with their Internet phone service. Today, Skype introduced its Skype Voicemail, which has been being beta-tested since April 2005.

"As we continue to enhance the Skype offering, we expand Skype's benefits to users and deliver more potential in modern communication and collaboration," Skype CEO Niklas Zennström said. "We're pleased to offer Skype Voicemail as an affordable premium enhancement to the more than 41 million Skype users around the world."

For $19 per year or $7 per three-month period, customers will be able to receive voicemails from any caller and leave unlimited voicemail messages for other Skype users.

The company's more traditional VOIP (voice over IP) service, SkypeIn, also allows beta users to receive voicemail messages from fixed or mobile phones. Skype Voicemail will also allow customers to send prerecorded greetings to any other Skype user, whether or not the recipient is a Voicemail subscriber.

Voicemail is the second premium service offered by the VOIP company. The first, SkypeOut, which allows users prepaid calling to any traditional and mobile phone number for local rates, launched in July 2004 and has gained more than 1.5 million paid users since.

Skype also released Skype for Windows Version 1.3 on Monday, extending its reach and ability to be used with other desktop applications. The retooled version includes enhancements such as the ability to import new contacts to contact lists from various desktop applications, including MSN and Microsoft Outlook.

The new version also sports a more customizable user profile area, more streamlined user interfaces, and improved notices about upgrades and Skype's other premium services.

Skype has been busy expanding its service capabilities and has said that it's working on its own brand-name video client (the same service can now be fulfilled with a video chat plug-in from Dialcom). The company has also said that a Skype client is in production for Symbian Ltd. phones as well as for mobile operating systems such as embedded Linux, Symbian and Windows Mobile, though release dates for all remain undisclosed at this time.

Zennström has, in the past, directly challenged the traditional phone companies, saying that Skype and other VOIP services would force telcos to stop charging for voice calls. Critics have fired back and said that Skype won't survive with its current business plan. The success of features like voicemail may help determine a victor.

Source: PC Magazine

Skype Does Videoconferencing and More

Third-party vendors unveil products that extend the capabilities of the VoIP service.

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service
Thursday, June 16, 2005

Skype Technologies' strategy of welcoming third-party vendors is spawning numerous extensions to its popular Internet telephony service, which is beginning to branch into videoconferencing, data collaboration, and mobile wireless calls.

Santa Cruz Networks on Wednesday launched vSkype Beta, group videoconferencing and collaboration software that lets Skype users meet online with as many as 200 friends or business associates who also use Skype. On Tuesday, a Norwegian company, IPDrum, introduced the Mobile Skype Cable, a wire that connects a cell phone to a Skype-equipped PC in order to link Skype to the cellular network for mobile calls.

Third-party vendors are helping to make Skype increasingly attractive to businesses, says Burton Group analyst Irwin Lazar.

"There's kind of a Skype ecosystem developing," Lazar says. "Skype is almost becoming an alternative communications network."

Skype makes peer-to-peer VoIP (voice over IP) software that lets users make voice calls to any other Skype user on the Internet for free.

Through its SkypeOut service, users can make calls to fixed-line and mobile phones in countries around the world at a fraction of the cost of conventional international phone calls. The Skype user interface also provides text messaging and presence information, which indicates whether other Skype users are currently available for voice calls or text chat.

The company, based in Luxembourg, doesn't reveal much about how its system works but has published an API (application programming interface) that developers can use to tie in their own software to Skype's technology, Lazar says. This has led to a variety of products that tie into Skype. For example, London-based Connectotel earlier this year said it has developed technology that allows SMS (Short Message Service) messages to be sent to users of GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) handsets via Skype's network.

Enhancements such as Santa Cruz Networks' videoconferencing, whiteboarding, and application-sharing capability are further evidence of Skype's move up the technology chain, according to Lazar. Maverick Skype is elbowing its way into the converged communications market that Microsoft and other big names are heading for, he says.

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The vSkype Beta software is available for downloading from and can work on any Internet connection that is 56 kilobits per second or faster, says Stuart Jacobson, chief executive officer of Santa Cruz Networks. The Santa Cruz, California, company has developed technology that lets each user get the best possible video performance for their network connection, he said. The idea is that meeting participants with slower connections can join in with slower frame rates without dragging down the rest of the participants.

The beta software is free; a production version should be available for download in 30 to 60 days, Jacobson says. At that point, there will be a free version limited to four meeting participants and the company will sell interactive games, simulated backdrop images for videoconference participants and other add-ons through its Web site.

For enterprises, the company intends to sell meeting management tools, access to a high-quality network and the capability to add as many as 200 meeting participants, all through partners, he says. Pricing has not been determined.

One-on-one videoconferencing has never really taken off, but for meetings of several people it holds a lot of potential, Burton Group's Lazar says. If vSkype can deliver high quality, it could be an attractive service, especially with its link to Skype, he says.

Going Mobile
IPdrum's Mobile Skype Cable is a cable that connects to a PC on one end and has a plug for a cell phone's data port on the other. With the phone linked to a PC running Skype, users can make calls through Skype using the cell phone as a handset, says Kjetil Mathisen, CEO of Oslo-based IPdrum. A prototype of the cable was on display this week at the CommunicAsia 2005 exhibition in Singapore.

But IPdrum's key concept is to let a mobile phone user make calls via Skype from anywhere there is a cellular network, using a novel setup that requires two cellular phones. After linking one cell phone to a Skype-equipped PC at home or in the office and keeping the cell phone and the PC on while they are away, users could call that phone over the cell network and through it get access to Skype, Mathisen says. The product could work well for users with a cell phone plan that lets them make free calls to phones on the same mobile network, he says. They could use it to make free VoIP calls from anywhere using their cellular handset.

Cables for the various phone brands will cost between $60 and $80, including accompanying software, he says. The product will be available starting August 15.

Sumner Lemon of the IDG News Service contributed to this report.

Source: PC World

AT&T Plots WiMax Trial


AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T - message board) is planning a trial of "WiMax-compliant" equipment in Atlanta in the fourth quarter of this year.

The new trial will follow on from a successful test of so-called "Pre-WiMax" equipment involving a "handful of users" in Middleton, N.J. "It's been working very well," says Sanford Brown, VP of access product management at AT&T.

AT&T isn't revealing much about, er, any of the material details of the Atlanta trial, other than its "much larger scale" than the New Jersey test. Brown couldn't reveal anything about the size of the trial, the number of users, or the equipment that will be used. "We're using multiple vendors," he says.

But Brown is keen to talk about the focus of the trial and what AT&T will learn from it. AT&T's main focus is enterprise users and the veep says the company will be testing Internet services, private data networking, and voice over IP.

The network will help AT&T learn, "what it's really going to take to design and build one of these things," Brown says.

AT&T's initial testing of WiMax-like technology has opened the company up to the possibility of providing more applications and services than straight enterprise data access. Brown says users are interested in applications such as resilient networks -- using a wired and wireless network to provide connectivity if one of them fails -- temporary networks, video, and mobility services.

It shouldn't be any surprise that AT&T is bullish on WiMax after its CTO's recent comments on the technology [see following article].

Source: Unstrung

Eslambolchi: WiMax Booming


LAS VEGAS—Interop—WiMax is in, according to AT&T Corp.'s (NYSE: T - message board) biggest brain.

Hossein Eslambolchi, AT&T's CTO and president of AT&T Research Labs, says that he sees WiMax technology developing into a dominant next-generation access technology, given its scale, reach, and potential as a global standard.

Speaking here at Interop in a keynote address and at a dinner with the press, Eslambolchi covered many of his favorite topics, which in the past have included the growth of sensor technology and the notion that "IP will eat everything."

Among the newer themes is access technology—and WiMax in particular, which Eslambolchi says is gaining momentum.

"WiMax is the next-generation access technology," he said here on Tuesday. "I believe 802.16 is going to be the first global standard in that space. In fact it's already a global standard. GSM is just not a global standard because it is competing with CDMA. "

Eslambolchi sees low cost driving WiMax to reach critical mass: "WiMax is going to end up being one-third of the cost of GSM."

WiMax is a metropolitan area standard based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE)'s 802.16 specification. Initial fixed-wireless products based on the specification are expected to hit the market at the end of this year or the beginning of 2006. Mobility products that allow WiMax users to roam between base stations at driving speeds without dropping the radio connection should follow, probably in 2007.

Source: Unstrung


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