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FRIDAY - JUNE 24, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 168

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

In 1899 Charles Duell, the head of the U.S. Patent Office said, "Everything that can be invented has been invented." He wanted to close the Patent Office at that time. Fortunately there have been many more things invented since then and the Patent Office stayed open. Unfortunately, they evidently still have a lot of idiots working there at the Patent Office. It is shameful the way that the Patent Office and the courts have treated Research In Motion (RIM) the maker of the BlackBerry devices. Another news article follows below about still another amazing flip-flop by the U.S. government.

If you haven't been following the coverage of RIM's legal problems here in this newsletter, it has been about some patents by inventor Thomas Campana (who died last year) claiming that he invented sending e-mail and text messages to wireless receivers. Lots of people were doing it before he ever thought of it (prior art) but, this is one of those things that "everyone knows" but no one has been able to prove. Many of us in the Paging industry have tried to help prove "prior art" but RIM kept getting the shaft in the courts. Finally they decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and pay the patent holders $450 million bucks just to shut them up and so they could go ahead with their very successful BlackBerry product line. So after this latest agreement, the Patent Office evidently decided that they should have never granted the patents in the first place. According to the following article, RIM's troubles aren't over since there will probably be more rounds of appeals and protests in the courts. This could take several years for a resolution.

Here is a clip from today's news:

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has rejected seven out of eight claims made by NTP against Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry service, throwing a legal settlement between the two companies into further turmoil.

The patent office issued what it calls "non-final office actions" rejecting all the claims in two of NTP's patents, on the heels of a preliminary rejection notice for the claims in five of the patents earlier this year. Only one of the key patents at issue in the dispute over the BlackBerry service now contains valid claims in the eyes of the patent office, but that patent is under review as well. [SOURCE]

Now on to more news and views.

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www.pagingcarriers.org • 866-301-2272
The Voice of US Paging Carriers

ISSUE NO. 13— FRIDAY — JUNE 24, 2005

We all know that Paging and Wireless Messaging have been going through dramatic readjustments for the last several years. The AAPC offers a way for all interested parties to work together for the betterment of the whole industry. It is of vital importance that we all join together in supporting the AAPC's efforts in addressing regulatory issues, promoting new technology, and sharing new revenue-producing opportunities among its members. This trade association welcomes all wireless carriers, and vendors of related equipment and services. If you, or your company, is not yet a member please consider joining. Your help, your advice, and your support will all be sincerely appreciated.


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 info@pagingcarriers.org.


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WIRELESS NEWS

RIM's patent woes far from over

By MATHEW INGRAM
Thursday, June 23, 2005 Updated at 5:08 PM EDT
Globe and Mail Update

Most of the stories about the latest twist in Research In Motion's patent infringement case with NTP Inc.—a decision Wednesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—made it sound like a slam-dunk for the Ontario-based handheld device maker. “RIM scores patent win,” read one headline; “A patent victory,” said another; others spoke of “two more patents struck down” and “a breakthrough in the NTP and RIM legal dispute.” Some analysts attributed the rise in the BlackBerry maker's share price to relief over this decision.

If only things were that simple. In fact, both the latest decision by the patent office and similar decisions it has made recently with regard to NTP's patents are only the first steps in what could be a long and tortuous process for RIM. The decision by the patent office could be (and likely will be) argued, then argued again, then appealed to a patent board, then ultimately appealed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals—the same judicial body that ruled in NTP's favour last year, a decision that led to the $450-million settlement between the two.

That settlement, of course, is now in the process of being re-argued and debated, a process that will also keep the two companies before the courts for some time to come. In other words, it's a little early to declare victory for either side when only a few shots have been fired in what will likely be a lengthy battle.

NTP is the Virginia-based company that holds the rights to patents originally granted to inventor Thomas Campana (who died last year). Eight of those patents related to wireless e-mail are being reconsidered—or re-examined—by the patent office, but only five of the eight were involved in the case with RIM. So far, the office has issued so-called "first office actions" on seven of NTP's patents (including four of the five involved in the RIM case), with another action expected soon on the final patent. In each case, the USPTO rejected all of the claims associated with the patents. One of the patents, for example, contained 185 separate claims, while another contained 89 claims (of which three were found by the U.S. appeals court to apply to RIM).

In some cases, according to Brigid Quinn of the USPTO, the patent office will restrict or narrow a patent after re-examining it, by excluding or rejecting some of the associated claims. In other cases, as with NTP's patents, all of the various claims—which apply to different aspects of the process or technology being patented—are rejected. But that is only the beginning of the process, says NTP's lawyer, James Wallace of Wiley, Rein and Fielding in Washington. NTP gets to respond with reasons why it thinks the patents shouldn't be rejected, and if that is unsuccessful it gets to appeal to the patent office board of appeals, a process he says "could take a couple of years." If the appeals board rules against the company, it can then seek leave to appeal that ruling to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

One of the things the USPTO used to justify rejecting NTP's patents—and one of the things RIM relied on in its defense—is what patent attorneys call "prior art," a term used to describe examples of similar technology that existed before a patent was awarded. Simply put, if there is too much prior art, a patent should not have been given out in the first place. However, Mr. Wallace said that in NTP's response to the first two rejections, the company has argued that the prior art referred to may have existed before Mr. Campana filed his patents, but not before he actually invented the technology.

NTP is also arguing that much of the prior art referred to by the office, and by RIM in its defense in the appeals court case, describes what is referred to as "pull" e-mail—in which a user with a wireless device has to go and download their messages deliberately—as opposed to "push" e-mail, in which messages are automatically redirected to a user over a wireless network. Mr. Wallace said that this is a key feature of both NTP's patents and the service offered by RIM through its BlackBerry devices, but it was not a feature of prior art examples such as AlohaNet, a pioneering wireless e-mail service that operated in Hawaii in the late 1980s.

Meanwhile, NTP and RIM are still trying to come to an agreement on the terms of the deal they signed earlier this year, which saw RIM agree to pay the U.S. company $450-million to resolve the patent dispute. RIM has asked the court to enforce what it believes is a final agreement, while Mr. Wallace said that as far as NTP is concerned "there is no agreement." He says the two companies effectively signed a document agreeing to work out the terms of a final deal, but can't agree on what the "scope of the licence" given to RIM should be.

So were the USPTO's recent decisions a "patent victory for RIM" or a "breakthrough" in the company's dispute with NTP? Not by a long shot.

Source: Globe and Mail


Merged Sprint-Nextel to use Sprint as master brand

By MarketWatch
Last Update: 1:10 PM ET June 23, 2005

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (MarketWatch)—Sprint Corp. (FON) will be the master brand name when the company merges with Nextel Communications, Inc. (NXTL), but certain products will retain the Nextel brand.

new sprint logoSprint Nextel Corp. will be the new company's legal name upon the merger's completion, which is expected in the third quarter.

Current Nextel customers will see few changes to their bills, said Mark Schweitzer, Nextel's senior vice president of marketing, who will be chief marketing officer of the combined company. The Sprint brand will be prominent on the outside envelope, but the actual bill will feature Nextel.

New customers will also be able to choose Nextel-branded services.

"Nextel products aren't going anywhere," Schweitzer said.

The combined company's advertising will emphasize the Sprint brand, but include the tagline, "Together with Nextel." Nextel branded products and services will feature the line, "Together with Sprint."

Source: MarketWatch


Tennessee Adopts New Tower Siting Rules

By Susan Rush
June 23, 2005
NEWS@2 DIRECT

Tennessee lawmakers have streamlined the wireless infrastructure siting process in the state with the passage of a new law. PCIA commends the state for its support of wireless.

The newly passed law exempts applications for collocation on unlit towers from zoning scrutiny and eliminates deployment barriers by prohibiting local jurisdictions from requiring the need for radio frequency to be justified.

"This action ensures that wireless infrastructure siting will be more efficient throughout the state of Tennessee," says PCIA President and CEO Michael Fitch. "Tennessee's legislators and its governor have secured faster deployment of, and better access to, critical wireless telecommunications services for its citizens and its businesses."

Florida recently enacted new siting rules of its own. The Florida law, adopted earlier this month, limits local jurisdictions' review of a wireless facility to land development or zoning issues. The law also limits the application review process to 45 business days. At the time of the announcement, PCIA heralded Florida's support for wireless growth.

Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are all members of the State Wireless Association Program (SWAP), which is designed to help states provide local awareness of public and industry issues surrounding wireless communications.

Source: Wireless Week


Digicel to Buy Cingular Wireless Operations

10:06 AM PDT, June 22, 2005

By Associated Press
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Mobile telecommunications provider Digicel Group said Wednesday that it will acquire Cingular's Caribbean operations in a multimillion-dollar deal that significantly increases the size of the company's Caribbean network.

The companies also have entered into an agreement to provide favorable roaming rates in each others' markets, Digicel said in a statement. A spokeswoman said the company was not disclosing the exact purchase price. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be finalized in four to six months, the company said.

Digicel's Caribbean investments currently total more than $600 million. In 2004, the company's customer base expanded by 33 percent, the statement said. The company said it expects to expand its staff by 30 percent by the end of 2006.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and operates in nine countries: Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

The purchase will expand the company's network to Bermuda, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica.

Cingular Wireless is a joint venture between SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp.

Source: Los Angeles Times


Sprint PCS - Blackberry 7250 Now Available

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

blackberry 7250Sprint and Research in Motion (RIN) today announced that the supercool All-doer, Blackberry 7250 is now available through the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. The All-in-one will be available in Sprint Business sales channels with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ or BlackBerry Internet Service™.

The Blackberry 7250 conjoins all the features a professional (or you, maybe?) would need to keep up with the world. With it, you get email access, text messaging, internet access, an organizer, and corporate data applications. Feature wise, it’s packed with 32 MB of flash memory, 4 MB of SRAM, a backlit and highlighted numeric keypad, and an easy-to-navigate user interface. It also come with built in Bluetooth which can be used for such things bluetooth wireless headsets, and much more.

Software Enhancements
The Sprint PCS Smart Device - BlackBerry 7250 comes equipped with support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 software features. With the availability of this latest version, Sprint customers will benefit from several enhancements including:

  • Wireless Backup and PIM Synchronization - Email, personal settings, browser bookmarks, contacts, calendar, tasks and other data remain up-to-date with complete cradle-free wireless synchronization.
  • Attachments - Remotely viewing documents is easy with support for multiple image formats; embedded images within documents; pan, zoom and rotate functionality; tracked changes; and searching and jumping through a document.
  • Wireless Email Settings - Create, edit and modify email filters or make changes to Auto-Signature and Out-of-Office replies, all directly from the BlackBerry device.
  • Calendar Enhancements - Avoid scheduling issues with BlackBerry support for tentative acceptance, basic conflict/adjacent notification, and marking appointments as private.
  • Sent Items Synchronization - Email sent from the desktop can also be viewed from the BlackBerry device.
  • Phone Enhancements - A to Z speed dialing is supported and, with an IT policy setting in place, outgoing calls are allowed when device is locked.
  • IT Enhancements - New features and functionality include simplified deployment and maintenance, improved wireless security, enhanced asset tracking and simplified application development.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal email accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

The Sprint PCS Smart Device - BlackBerry 7250 is being sold through Sprint business channels, including the Sprint direct sales force and the Sprint Partner Program, for a suggested retail price of $489.99 less contract credits and instant savings.

Source: PHONEMAG


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANIELS Electronics Expands Product Portfolio with Omnitronics Audio Bridges

Victoria, B.C. Canada - June 23, 2005– Daniels Electronics Ltd., a leading supplier of high reliability radio repeaters for remote public safety applications, today announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with Omnitronics of Australia to represent and distribute their 619 family of audio bridges in North America.

daniels 619eiAccording to Gerry Wight, Daniels Marketing Director, “We are very pleased to be able to represent the Omnitronics product line in North America. Their audio bridge provides another piece to the interoperability puzzle and like the Daniels radio systems has a proven record of reliability and robustness.”

Omnitronics (www.omnitronics.com.au) is a 25 year old Australian company specializing in the design and manufacture of innovative electronic solutions in Communications Management, Telemetry and Control and today is recognized as one of Australia's Top 100 Electronics companies. The 619 family of audio bridges provide either a 6 or 8 port radio communications and configuration hub that is designed to provide cost effective interoperability between radios from different manufacturers and with varying signaling requirements. This provides users with the ability to dynamically configure radio networks to suit operational requirements and, makes radio interconnection easier than ever before.

Phil Lonsdale, Omnitronics Vice President of International Sales said “We are extremely pleased to have our products represented by Daniels Electronics. Daniels is well respected in North America for offering radio solutions and services that meet customer’s needs. Knowing they are the front line for our product gives us confidence our customers will be well served and our business will grow.

About Daniels Electronics Ltd.
Daniels Electronics Ltd. is a North American leader in the design and manufacture of customized radio communications systems for public safety and other niche applications. For the past 50 years Daniels has provided customers in North America and internationally with highly reliable base stations and repeaters that are environmentally robust to operate in rugged and extreme temperature conditions where low current consumption is a key requirement.

Our self servicing customers range from Forestry and National Park services through Police and Fire departments and on to Utility and Transportation groups. Our products have been deployed in every imaginable situation from the Antarctic to Hawaiian mountain tops to Alaska enabling respondents to Forest Fires, rescue and routine patrols. 

For more information about Daniels Electronics, visit www.danelec.com.

About Omnitronics
Omnitronics is a specialist in the design and manufacture of innovative electronic solutions in Communications Management, Telemetry and Control. The company has continued to be a market leader for 20 years and today is recognized as one of Australia's Top 100 Electronics companies.

With an exceptional team of software and hardware engineers dedicated to achieving excellence in product design and technology, Omnitronics' focus is to stay one step ahead with leading edge designs and solutions in industrial and commercial electronics.

For more information about Omnitronics, visit www.omnitronics.com.au

 
 Contacts: 
 Public Relations
Daniels Electronics Ltd.
250-382-8268
public_relations@danelec.com

Phil Lonsdale
International Sales
Omnitronics Pty Ltd.
(61) 7 3369 5733
phil@omnitronics.comm.au

 

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Paging Company For Sale

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.


Equipment Needed—Want to Buy the following

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Please contact Brad Dye if you have any of this equipment to sell. Equipment located outside of the USA is OK.


READER'S COMMENTS

From: angel@aspenwave.net
Subject: from the newsletter - clarification
Date: June 21, 2005 9:32:30 AM CDT
To: brad@braddye.com

Dear Brad,

I have been researching articles on Jim Selby in order to compile a history of his accomplishments in the WiFi industry over the years. I keep coming across the article entitled, "Wi-Fi for everyone? Not so fast" December 6, 2004, By Declan McCullagh CNET News.com. I know it is a little late for a rebuttal, but as an Aspenite who greatly appreciated the technology Selby delivered to our community, I feel compelled to clarify the situation for the record:

The paragraph that states:

The Internet's commercial history is in part the story of entrepreneurs who tried to make their fortunes by supplying connectivity for a profit. Some, such as Digex's Doug Humphrey, succeeded magnificently. Others, such as Broadband West's Jim Selby in Aspen, Colo., saw their start-ups go bankrupt because they misjudged customer wants or weren't as capable managers as their competitors. The profit motive encourages investment.

This article infers that not all wireless networks, especially Jim Selby's, are successful—perhaps. But, Selby's Wireless Network, when it was owned and operated by Selby, was a financial success—so much so that it posed a threat to the other local 'wired' service providers. One of those providers, BroadBand West, made Selby 'an offer he couldn't refuse'...and BBW purchased Selby's wireless network planning on incorporating it into their offerings, Selby agreed to a 1 year commitment to work for BBW to facilitate the transition and train others to run the (wireless) network.

It was only after his one year commit was completed and he was no longer was associated with BroadBand West did the company (BroadBand West) file for bankruptcy. This was due to an exorbitant debt owed to Qwest, which accrued in the years prior to BBW's acquisition of Selby's wireless network. BBW had hoped acquiring a successful profit center (Selby's wireless network) would help offset their expenses with Qwest. But the trenches were already deep and it was only a matter of time before their empire fell.

So, yes, some "weren't as capable managers as their competitors" but it was not Selby, as this article infers, or his wireless network that failed. Selby has always been passionate about this technology, going above and beyond the call of duty to make his customer's happy. His clients greatly appreciated the innovation he delivered to the Aspen community and it is not fair to slander Selby or Wireless Technology with misinformation about the facts.

For whatever it is worth, I had to let the facts be known.

Angel Walss
20 year resident, Aspen, Co


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Microsoft Unveils Plans for Web-Based Instant Messaging

6/22/2005
By John K. Waters

Microsoft plans to extend its Office Communicator 2005 instant-messaging client to the Web, the company disclosed, with a server-side component dubbed Office Communicator Web Access.

Anoop Gupta, VP of Microsoft's real-time collaboration group, unveiled the plan during a keynote panel at the Collaboration Technologies Conference in New York (6/19-6/24), characterizing it as "another significant step toward ubiquitous access to rich presence and an integrated communications experience."

Office Communicator (code-named Istanbul) is an integrated communications client designed to enable information workers to communicate in real time. It merges IM, voice, video, telephony and Web conferencing into Microsoft Office by integrating with the Communications Server—similar to the way Outlook plugs into Exchange.

Office Communicator is the preferred front end for Microsoft's Office Live Communications Server 2005 software, and it integrates with the Microsoft Office System applications and enterprise telephony infrastructure.

Using the Web Access component with the server software will allow users to access a company's IM system from any device connected to the Internet, according to Microsoft.

IM now rivals e-mail in its rate of adoption among business users. Analysts at Ovum predict that the numbers of corporate IM users will double this year. But IM is still an immature technology, the analysts observe in a recent report, "Instant Messaging: Making an Impact on the Enterprise." Consequently, organizations are looking to the vendor community—companies such as Microsoft—both for the tools they need to manage IM environments, and for the standards and interoperability technology to link different instant messaging networks.

"Extending the capabilities of Office Communicator to Web clients gives information workers, regardless of location or platform, the ability to immediately locate, contact and collaborate with colleagues in real-time," Gupta said.

Microsoft plans to release a beta of Communicator Web Access in mid-July, and expects to ship the final version before the end of calendar 2005.

Source: ADTMag.com

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Posted on Thu, Jun. 23, 2005

VITAL TOOL OF COMMUNICATION FOR ORDINARY FILIPINOS

By K. Oanh Ha
Mercury News

MANILA, Philippines—Marsha Abenes, 20, pauses while talking to a visitor at the Glorietta Mall in downtown Manila to read an incoming text message on her cell phone. It's a sweet nothing from her boyfriend, who could have delivered the message quicker and cheaper by leaning over and whispering it into her ear.

But then, this is the Philippines, where text messaging isn't just a craze, it's a way of life. This country's 80 million people send 160 million cell phone messages a day.

Unlike in the United States, where text messaging is popular mostly with teens and young adults, sending and receiving messages via cell phone has become tightly integrated into the daily life of many Filipinos. It has become a vital tool for daily communication, commerce and government, as well as a formidable political weapon.

"Filipinos are addicted to text messaging,'' said Claro "Lalen'' Parlade, executive director of the Cyberspace Policy Center for Asia-Pacific in Manila. "It has become a part of our cultural identity.''

Even the guerrillas in the country's embattled southern province of Mindanao, where fighting between splinter groups and the government occasionally flares, find text messaging an indispensable tool. "No self-respecting rebel would be caught without one or two cell phones,'' said Amina Rasul-Bernardo, who is working to craft peace between the guerrillas and the government.

Rebels here, who often resort to kidnappings, send ransom notes via text messages because their location can't be traced.

In the Philippines, where computer and Internet penetration remains low, text messaging is the equivalent of e-mail and computer instant messaging rolled into one.

As in many other Asian countries, cell phones are a leapfrog technology, enabling people without land lines to go straight to a mobile phone. The low cost of text messages has made them widely popular throughout Asia, which sends the most number of text messages in the world. Of the 2.9 billion text messages sent each day worldwide, nearly 40 percent originate in Asia, compared with 14 percent from North America, according to research firm the Radicati Group in Palo Alto.

With 27 million cell phone subscribers in the Philippines, there are more cell phone accounts than fixed telephone lines. The vast majority of text message senders are people with modest incomes. They buy access in small, prepaid amounts for as little as $1.80, which buys 100 text messages. That makes a text message one-seventh the cost of a voice call from a cell phone.

Vital to economy

Although low in cost, text messages are a critical part of the Filipino economy. Last year, when growth in nearly all major industries was stagnant or in the single digits, the telecommunications industry grew by 17 percent -- boosted by text messaging, said Cielito Habito, director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development.

There are also cultural reasons for Filipinos' love affair with text messaging. The technology supports many Filipinos' aversion to even mild confrontation, said Cesar Tolentino, an analyst with telecom research firm XMG-Global in Manila, which is spearheading a study to explain the service's popularity in the country. Many Filipinos use text to ask permission before they call someone on their cell, said Parlade of the Cyberspace Institute.

In a country where personal relationships are key, keeping in constant touch with family and friends is of utmost importance. Nothing is too trivial to prompt a message. More than half of personal text messages are just greetings less than 100 characters long. ``Hi,'' ``good morning,'' and ``how are you?'' are among the favorites, according to XMG's surveys.

Divina Parreno, a Filipino-American who lives in Milpitas, became hooked on text messaging on a visit in 2001. She routinely sends greetings, as well as jokes, to friends and family in the Philippines -- sometimes as many as 1,000 text messages in one month. (Her service provider is Verizon, which enables her to send text messages internationally.)

"I've been here (in the United States) for 25 years. I lost touch with many friends because I hate writing letters,'' said Parreno, who is in her 40s. "This is an easy way to keep in touch.''

Text messaging has serious uses, too. In 2001, mass, impromptu protests were staged using text messages by opponents of then-President Joseph Estrada, bringing together 1 million protesters who ultimately toppled Estrada.

Today, cell phones are routinely used to stage political rallies and demonstrations. Equally important is their use to send damaging political jokes at election time, many written and planted by the political parties, Parlade said.

"It's a great tool because Filipinos love jokes,'' he said.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo now swirls in controversy, accused of fixing the election results that enabled her to stay in power. One Web site, Txtpower.org, encourages Filipinos to download a ring tone of a song that jokes about Arroyo's troubles—as a sign of protest to urge Arroyo to answer the allegations.

For its part, the Filipino government is catching on. Filipinos can now text message Arroyo, as well as other government agencies. The country's equivalent of the Internal Revenue Service, in an effort to catch tax scofflaws, holds a text-message lottery with prizes. Citizens are urged to send details of purchases, which are used to catch vendors who don't pay taxes.

Criminal activity

Police stations ask citizens to message in criminal activity and complaints. Even the 911 emergency service can be contacted through text message.

Businesses have milked the trend for profits, with television viewers messaging their favorite soap operas and competing in contests.

All this messaging, of course, is making cell phone companies gleeful. One of the country's two major telecommunications companies, Smart, is rolling out programs where users can pay for retail items with their prepaid minutes.

In the fall, it unveiled a text messaging remittance service—the first of its kind in the world—to capitalize on the $9 billion overseas workers send home to the Philippines annually. The bulk of remittances come from workers in the United States who send as much as $1,000 at a time through the service, which charges lower fees than banks, said Tolentino of XMG. The transaction is received as a text message and can be presented at a ``cash center'' for pesos.

Marsha Abenes is helping to fuel the text messaging craze. A student at Technological University of the Philippines in Manila, she recently signed up to send unlimited text messages. She sends messages every free minute, firing off as many as 100 a day.

"The very first thing I do when I wake in the morning is check my phone for messages,'' she said, smiling between rapid-fire key punches. "I can't live without my phone.''

Source: The Mercury News


Iran sees red over election text messaging craze

Wednesday, June 22, 2005—©2005 IranMania.com

LONDON, June 22 (Iranmania)—The use of text messaging by Iranians to send often highly acerbic comments on their presidential election choice has worried the authorities, who are threatening to prosecute mobile-addicts who insult the candidates, according to AFP.

The use of election text messaging had already become something of a craze in Tehran ahead of the first round of the vote, where young phone users sent messages languidly reflecting their cynicism with the whole process.

But since ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmood Ahmadinejad made it into the second round against cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the messages have taken on a more bitter and savage edge.

Ahmadinejad has found himself the butt of a series of less than flattering jokes and allegations as his foes try to bring out a mass vote to support Rafsanjani in Friday's second round.

One message going round speaks of an "apocalypse" if Ahmadinejad wins, while another alleges that he will force men and women to work on different days if he wins: "Men on even days, women on odd days".

Ahmadinejad's team vehemently deny such allegations and the presidential hopeful has already attacked the use of text messages against him.

"I have the address and phone numbers of those who have slandered me (in the text messages). The head of this network lives abroad," he told Iranian newspapers.

Iran's ultra-conservative judiciary has now threatened to prosecute people who send text messages with the aim of "denigrating" candidates.

"Unfortunately, the messages are circulating to tarnish the candidates in the presidential election, which is illegal and constitutes an attempt to disrupt public order," it said.

State television on Tuesday was regularly broadcasting a statement telling viewers that to send messages promoting the cause of a certain candidate was an offence.

There has even been "pressure to cut off" the entire SMS service, the official IRNA news agency cited a source within the state telecoms company as saying.

Some users in Tehran found they were unable to send messages on Tuesday morning.

While there are only six million mobile phones in Iran for a population of around 67 million people, text messaging can still have an influence on the campaign.

Using text messaging "could have an effect on turnout in the vote, even if it is difficult to measure," said new media expert Zhayla Bani Yaghoub.

"Text messaging is easy, it can touch people without complicated technology. As there is no real freedom of the press, people use other means of information, like the messages, which go right to the heart of it," she said.

Source: IranMania


POP CULTURE

Big text-messaging bill rings father's bell

Posted on Wed, Jun. 22, 2005

BY PETE FREEDMAN

All his 10-year-old daughter did was send a text message. And it cost Charles Ford 80 bucks.

The girl had messaged a company called Jamster, responding to a television ad promising her a free ring tone. She said she never downloaded any of the songs the company sent her but for each message she received, Ford was billed $1.99, plus another 5 cents for each text message she read over her monthly limit. And the messages kept coming.

T-Mobile, his daughter's service provider, denied responsibility and Jamster refused requests for a refund. Frustrated, Ford hired a attorney. Now he's suing Jamster and the three cellular phone service providers that grant their customers access to this service—T-Mobile, AT&T and Cingular—as part of a lawsuit accusing the wireless companies of negligence and blaming Jamster for targeting a younger, naive audience.

''I don't think it's rocket science to see that that's what they're trying to do,'' said Ford's lawyer, Robert Thompson of Callahan, McCune & Willis in California.

MARKETING SUCCESS

After months of flooding cable TV with ads for its ring tones, wallpapers, screen savers and games -- predominantly on MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, with as many as 130 ads running a night—Jamster has been criticized by angry customers and annoyed viewers alike. But their marketing strategy, which Jamster borrowed from Jamba!, its European counterpart, has proven successful; it's currently mimicked by a number of other companies including a Miami Beach-based company, Dirty Hippo.

''There is certainly a new area of entertainment and mobility emerging,'' said Brian O'Shaughnessy, spokesman for VeriSign, the American company that owns Jamster. ``We're just beginning to understand in the U.S. what that means.''

In Europe, the mobile content market has already boomed. Last year, the industry earned more than $3 billion—a figure expected to skyrocket once Americans embrace the trend.

''We're only at the foothills of this thing,'' said Burton Katz, the president of U.S. operations for Buongiorno Vitaminic, the company that owns Dirty Hippo. "The mobile phone, more and more, has become an extremity. People don't put it down.''

`DIRTY TRICKS'

But playing catch-up in America has given way to growing pains. The problem, Thompson said, is the ''dirty tricks'' behind Jamster's lack of appropriate cost warnings.

Jamster, however, calls the suit ''frivolous'' and insists its tactics are acceptable. Users receive a text message making sure they wish to purchase a subscription, said Dan Mosher, Jamster's director of mobile content services.

''You'd be surprised how sophisticated these users are,'' Mosher said.

Meanwhile, Thompson has set his sights quite high. He wants to turn the case into a worldwide class action lawsuit.

''A lot of people see an extra $10 on their bill and they just pay it,'' he said.

According to Thompson, Jamster has recently added more visible notices of fees to its website and its advertisements.

This concession might be as far as Thompson gets. Katz, who has seen similar claims at Dirty Hippo, doubts Thompson's case stands much of a chance in court.

''They might have been too aggressive,'' Katz said. ``But I don't think they did anything illegal.''

Source: The Miami Herald


Area 'hams' to prove their stuff

The Daily Tribune
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 10:02:27 AM

MOUNTAIN IRON—Area radio operators—a.k.a. hams—are ready to show how amateur radio can out perform the new communications craze, text messaging. A recent match between a team of amateurs using CW, a mode of wireless communication using morse code and a team of techno-nerds using text messaging, was conducted on the Jay Leno television program during the May 13 airing. CW won out.

The demonstration will take the form of the annual event known as Field Day, sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. This event exhibits the ability of amateur radio operators and their stations to communicate under emergency conditions with other stations within the continental United States. The radio stations will be assembled out-of-doors utilizing emergency power and temporary antennas.

The Mesabi Wireless Amateur Radio Club will host the ARRL Field Day, at the Wacootah Lookout, north of Mountain Iron on County Road 102. The event will run from 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 through 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

Take the opportunity to see just how amateur radio is able to out communicate the new cell phones. All interested individuals are invited to attend and take advantage of the club’s invitation to “get on the air.”

The Mesabi Wireless Radio Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at the Parkville Town Hall at 7 p.m. For further information, contact Gerald Van Dervort at 218-741-9489.

Source: The Daily Tribune

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Intel Teams To Improve WiMAX Antenna Technology

June 23, 2005

Says it will work with ArrayComm to tweak the WiMAX standard to better support smart antenna technology.

By Mobile Pipeline Staff
Mobile Pipeline

Intel said Wednesday that it is working with another vendor to tweak the 802.16 WiMAX wireless broadband standard to better handle smart antenna technology.

Specifically, Intel said it will work with ArrayComm to make the changes and that it intends to support the vendor's smart antenna technology in its mobile WiMAX client device chipsets.

Intel has been a driving force behind the WiMAX standard and is developing chipsets both WiMAX infrastructure and client-side equipment. Final certification testing for WiMAX equipment based on the 802.16-2004 standard is expected to start within weeks with the equipment starting to appear at the end of this year and early next.

However, the mobile WiMAX standard, 802.16e, has yet to be fully ratified. Intel said that adding better support for smart antenna technology will increase range and produce higher data rates. "As industry momentum continues to build around WiMAX, we are seeing a tremendous amount of innovation happening in many different aspects of the technology," Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel's Broadband Wireless Group, said in a statement. "We are excited to work with ArrayComm to bring their considerable experience to bear on the radio fundamentals of range and network capacity that are so critical to the success of WiMAX."

Source: InformationWeek


How Skype and Kazaa changed the net

Last Updated: Friday, 17 June, 2005, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK

Niklas Zennström, the internet entrepreneur behind both Kazaa and Skype, spoke to BBC Click Online about how his two inventions came about, and how broadband and wireless devices are shaping his vision for the future.

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Zennström has helped provoke an explosion in file swapping

There are few people in the world who can claim to have invented something that captured the imagination of hundreds of millions of people.

But Niklas Zennström has done it twice.

It all started while he was working for the European low cost telco Tele 2 in the mid-1990s, where he met his friend and colleague Janus Friis.

By March 2001, the two of them had created Kazaa and were cashing in on the file-swapping boom kicked off by Napster.

What made Kazaa important was that it avoided having centralised lists of what people were swapping.

This arm's length approach kept it, and other file-sharing services like it, out of trouble.

The result was an explosion of music swapping, and movies soon followed with the widespread take-up of broadband.

Humble beginnings

Kazaa is estimated to have been downloaded onto more than 140 million machines.

But while Zennström thought it had great potential from the start, he did not know exactly what people would use it for - be it shareware for software, video or anything else.

"So we made it as open as possible and then we thought we'd see what people used it for", he says.

"Then people started using it more and more and it became the most downloaded software on the internet."

“Ultimately these are great things”
Niklas Zennström

As Napster was already such a dominant player, he and Friis thought there was no chance of Kazaa competing in the music arena.

He says: "It was more a technical proof of concept that it was possible to transfer files between two end users rather than going through servers."

But something about Kazaa caught the public's imagination to set it above all the other file-sharing programs available.

Zennström says there were two reasons why Kazaa struck gold.

"One was that we had a very new type of technology that took care of all the problems, so that everything worked.

"We also packaged this in a user interface that was very easily used, so that the user could use the software, search for something, download it and it just worked."

Online hurdles

Despite the instances of illegal file-sharing that have resulted from the popularity of such networks, Zennström does not admit to a guilty conscience.

"Ultimately these are great things", he asserts.

He also compares the problems faced by the new medium to similar issues of the past.

"When radio stations started playing music the record companies started suing radio stations. They thought now that people could listen to music for free, who would want to buy a record in a record shop? But I think we all agree that radio stations are good stuff.

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Kazaa was not originally intended for the music market

"And the VCR did the same thing: the movie industry thought nobody would ever watch movies any more.

"But that technology enabled the movie industry to make much more revenue. The single largest revenue source for the movie industry is videos."

Kazaa has also been criticised for including malware and spyware as a way of getting some money back.

Zennström agrees the amount of adware in programs like Kazaa, and some of the other file-sharing networks, is "way too much".

"It destroys the user experience", he says.

Kazaa initially had a very limited number of advertisements, which he says "wasn't that bad in the beginning", but they grew over time.

"That's something that me and Janus learnt as an experience, and with Skype we did not have any type of advertisements whatsoever."

Zennström's latest venture, Skype, was launched in 2003 and, just like Kazaa, it exploits a new and emerging technology.

Called VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), it lets people use the internet to make free or very cheap phone calls around the world.

'Ultimately beneficial'

It is a free download, and the service is free too, so it is no big surprise that Skype now has the largest number of users in the VoIP arena and has topped 100 million downloads, all with minimal amounts of advertising.

  “This is a disruptive technology that shifts the industry”  
 Niklas Zennström  

Zennström says Skype is not at all like Kazaa.

"It's a different situation. This technology enables people to communicate directly.

"And obviously it undercuts a lot of revenues of the big phone companies, who have been using outdated technology.

"Again, it's something that will prevail because it's ultimately very beneficial for end users - consumers and businesses."

But it is not completely free, says Zennström, "in that you need to have a computer and an internet connection, preferably broadband".

Careful pricing model

Skype makes money because a small fraction of users is buying additional services, such as the capability to call from Skype to the telephone network or vice versa.

Not having to make money from every user is not a new idea, Zennström emphasises.

"It is very similar to companies like Google and other internet companies. When you go and search on Google you don't pay for that. But sometimes you click on an advert and Google makes money on that.

"It's the same thing with Skype. Some users are paying for services, but not everyone."

Zennström believes the losers out of this new structure will be the telcos who do not understand that there is a change going on.

"This is a disruptive technology that shifts the industry", he says.

He believes Skype will take away revenue from phone calls, which is the bulk of the revenue for phone companies.

"That will go away in the future - all phone calls will be free. That's obviously an issue for them.

"On the other hand, Skype, just like Kazaa and other software, are encouraging people to buy broadband connections.

"Today, less than half of the population has broadband. This enables the phone companies to sell broadband to the other half."

As for the future, Zennström says Skype is a long-term project.

"We have just started, and if you compare the number of people using Skype to the number using a telephone network around the world, we're still just starting.

"And now we're also very much focussing on moving away from the computer into mobile devices, so you can use Skype for free wirelessly."

Source: BBC News

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