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FRIDAY - AUGUST 26, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 177

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Lots of interesting news this week. USA Mobility has been busy. There are three press releases from them. They have paid off their $140 million bank debt after only nine months of merged operation. Another major Paging company has been sold. Teletouch Communications was bought by a private Fort Worth, Texas, investment group for $5.2 million. Teletouch is the fifth largest Paging company in the US with about 150 to 160,000 units in service [my estimate]. A news release follows.

Here is a reminder for Paging companies about paying the FCC regulatory fee:

The FCC has formally published notice in the Federal Register announcing that the 2005 annual regulatory fee payment window is now open to accept regulatory fee payments. Regulatory fee payments will be accepted from now through September 7, 2005. Any payments received after 11:50 p.m. September 7, 2005 will be assessed a 25% late fee.

The regulatory fee for paging carriers remains at $0.08 per unit, the same as for the past two years; and must be calculated on the basis of units in service as of December 31, 2004. An online fee payment option is available. [Courtesy of the AAPC.]

My hometown, Fairfield, Illinois wants to bring a new manufacturing, distribution, or back-office facility here. If anyone reading this knows of a company that wants to open a new facility in the central USA, I would like to talk to you. I know that we have readers in nearly 50 countries, so maybe someone can help with this project. I would be happy to work with any company to help facilitate opening or moving an operation here. It would benefit this town and I am sure that the company moving here would be very pleased with the quality of talented labor that is available in this area. We have everything that would be needed—even a community college. Maybe I am a little biased, but I have traveled to many parts of the world and never found a place that I liked better. That's why I moved back here this year.

Be sure to read the following AAPC "newsletter-within-a-newsletter." We are making big plans for the next get-together in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 3 & 4 and you are invited.

CRS—Critical Response Systems (formerly TGA Technologies) is a leading-edge company with some of the most advanced Wireless Messaging products available anywhere. I am running a big ad for them this week—at no charge—because I believe in what they are doing. I am for hire but my opinions are not. Please see their ad immediately following the AAPC Bulletin.

Now on to the rest of the news and views.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers—so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get reader's comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my website. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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The Voice of US Paging Carriers

ISSUE NO. 22— FRIDAY — AUGUST 26, 2005

AAPC Emerging Technologies Symposium
November 3–4, 2005
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Scottsdale, Arizona

VENDORS—This is your chance to present to the audience your
innovative products and services!

New this year—we are offering a limited number of vendor presentations.   

We are currently securing vendors who would like to showcase new products, services, or telemetry applications that they are using, at the upcoming Emerging Technologies Symposium, November 3-4, 2005 at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center.

To learn more, please review the vendor opportunities and vendor contractor contact Linda at or call 866-301-2272.

Plan on spending two nights at one of Arizona’s best resorts—the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is a luxury desert vacation retreat offering spectacular surroundings and time-honored traditions of hospitality. 

Hotel reservations must be made prior to October 1, 2005 to receive the special discounted rate of $149 plus tax/night. To make reservations call 800-540-0727 and reference AAPC or book online at and use the group booking code, 23883. If you do not use this code, you will not receive our reduced rate.   

First-class accommodations, networking with colleagues, learning about new successful revenue streams—this is a must attend event.  Make your plans now to attend! 


   AAPC Member Registration (On or before October 5)$170.00
 Non Members (On or before October 5)$220.00
 AAPC Member Late Registration (After October 5)$190.00
 Non Members (After October 5)$245.00
These rates include all meals on Thursday and a continental breakfast and lunch on Friday. Hotel room rates are not included.

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Thanks to the Gold Vendors!
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PRISM Systems International, Inc.
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Recurrent Software Solutions, Inc.

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
  • Trace Technologies LLC
  • Unication USA
  • United Communications Corporation
  • VCP International
  • Zetron, Inc.


Critical Response Systems—a big hit at the APCO Show in Denver.

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The M1520 and the SPARKGAP wireless data system provide secure, encrypted access to agency mobile data systems, and, at 4.3oz, the M1520 fits nicely into a shirt pocket or belt clip. This personal mobile data terminal augments vehicle-based systems, allowing officers to check licenses, warrants, and perform other MDT functions while away from their vehicle. It also provides useful primary MDT access to mounted and bicycle units, undercover officers, as well as fire and EMS personnel.

The M1520 also performs other communications functions – it sends and receives e-mail messages, and it can receive personal and group alerts. It supports one personal address and up to 16 group addresses each with its own alerting options, and it maintains a high-performance socket interface directly to CAD. Additionally, the M1520 can roam onto compliant carrier networks and neighboring public safety systems, extending coverage and delivering real, useful interoperability.

Over 70% of First Responders are Volunteers
Without an Alert, Interoperability Means Nothing.

With the M1501 acknowledgement pager and a SPARKGAP wireless data system, incident commanders and dispatchers know when responders have been alerted, when they’ve read the message, and how they’re going to respond – all in the first minutes of an event. Lexan™ construction, water resistance, 128-bit encryption, 5-second latency, 16 groups with individual alert options, a field-swappable-rechargeable battery, and an optional 2W amplified speaker and contact closure, all set the M1501 apart from 1-way pagers, cell phones, and PDAs. Additionally, the M1501 can roam onto compliant carrier networks and neighboring public safety systems, extending coverage and delivering real, useful interoperability.

In public safety, everything starts with an alert, and when it comes to alerting, the M1501 stands alone. It’s a tough little terminal that delivers secure, acknowledged group and personal alerting to volunteer and professional fire, EMS, and law-enforcement agencies.



The Acknowledged Alerting and Mobile Data System.

The SPARKGAP wireless data system provides acknowledged alerting, mobile data, and wireless e-mail over channel pairs in the 800 and 900 MHz bands. Coverage can be configured for a single building, multiple counties, or state-wide service, supporting small user devices such as pagers and PDAs with Motorola’s proven ReFLEX™ protocol.

  • Encrypted Acknowledgement Paging
    Responders reply immediately to CAD events and other messages directly from their pagers, with 128-bit encryption protecting all transmissions.
  • Mobile Data
    Law enforcement officers can use PDA’s to connect wirelessly with municipal, state, and federal databases to run license checks, warrants, and other mobile applications.
  • Automatic Vehicle Location
    Small, inexpensive GPS sending units can monitor vehicles and heavy equipment, sending real-time location and status information on a 24/7 basis.
  • Wireless E-Mail
    Users can send and receive secure, wireless email.

SPARKGAP can support one base station or hundreds of base stations, each consisting of a base transmitter and receiver. A single station covers a 7-20 mile radius, and a network can coordinate multiple stations using simulcast or cellular arrangements to optimize coverage and capacity. A single channel pair can serve thousands of users, and multiple channels can be aggregated for additional capacity. SPARKGAP supports fully interoperable roaming to neighboring agency systems and nationwide networks, and even under worst-case peak conditions, it uses centralized arbitration to prevent contention and channel overloading.

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1670 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 370
Norcross, GA 30093-1849


Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Multitone Electronics
Advantra International  Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation  NotePage Inc.
Bay Star Communications
CONTEL Costa Rica  Heartland Communications
CPR Technology  Ira Wiesenfeld
Daniels Electronics  Payment Guardian
Daviscomms USA   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.   UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc.   Zetron Inc.

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When every second counts, manage them effectively.

Messaging Business Opportunity

Supplement your existing business by launching this new AssistSTAR message distribution management system. Increase your revenue without purchasing a lot of new infrastructure, by starting out with a subscription service on existing equipment.

What is AssistSTAR?
The AssistSTAR System allows you to manage and track the distribution of text and voice messages to individuals and groups. It also allows you to easily manage those groups (also called Distribution Lists), reassigning personnel to response teams with only a few clicks, all via the internet. AssistSTAR also
provides a Scripted Interactive Voice Response menu system that can interact with callers to determine the nature of the call and it’s appropriate processing. It will handle automated distribution of messages based on interaction with the caller, or patch callers to a live operator. It can even provide a name-dialed directory. The most unique aspect of AssistSTAR is that it is available as a monthly service. No costly servers or software licenses needed.

Subscription-based AssistSTAR to start
For a nominal setup fee and a reasonable monthly service fee, AssistSTAR can provide you with the most sophisticated communications management available today. This is ideal for the current business climate - you can add or withdraw from services as your business requires. There is no capital investment required to take advantage of advanced call handling and IVR processing. The IVR can be customized to meet any needs for caller interaction.

Server-based solutions when you are ready
When you are ready to invest in a system to eliminate recurring service fees, we will be ready to build a system for you, including custom features developed to meet your special requirements. The system can be customized to provide all of your voice mail, communication management, automated front-desk, inbound and outbound telemarketing, and campus paging needs.

Time-critical response
It may not be every day that you have a crisis that requires fast, closed-loop communications, but with AssistSTAR managing your teams, you can be prepared to respond at a moment’s notice.

When every second counts, manage them effectively.

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(3)Glenayre Hot Standby Panels$300 each
(1)Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX.$900
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(2)Motorola Midband Link TX. 30W$250 each
(6)QT-7795 900 MHz, 250W, TX.$500 each
(5)Quintron QT-6772, 90W, UHF TX.$400 each
(14)Glenayre GLT5340, 125W UHF TX., DSP Exciter$2500 each
(50)Motorola PURC 5000, UHF, 110W, Advanced Control$1000 each
(1)Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W, 900 MHz$1300
(20)Motorola PURC 5000, 300/150W, 900 MHz$600 each
(15)Motorola ACB Control Shelf, 3.69 software$400 each
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(11) Skydata 8411B Satellite Receivers$450 each
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2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
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Cel: 360-820-3888
GTES Sales
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340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632


GTES has recently made the strategic decision to expanding its development activities to include wireless location technologies; a market that researchers forecast could reach $3.6 billion by 2010. In support of this new strategic direction, GTES has developed SHERLOC™ a complete one-stop wireless location service, providing the flexibility of being protocol neutral and network agnostic. Targeted at business customers who need to track their high-value shipments or better manage their service or delivery fleets, SHERLOC™ is a hosted application that combines configuration flexibility with ease of use.

GTES is offering SHERLOC™ services both directly and through authorized resellers. If your company has an interest in finding out how location services can enhance your revenue stream, and has the contacts and expertise to make you successful in the location marketplace, please contact us for further information at and select “Reseller Opportunities,” or call us at 770-754-1666 for more information.
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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.

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Wireless Communication Solutions

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ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP, SMTP, or WCTP
  • Pass through Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Supports Ethernet or PPP Connection to Internet w/Dial Backup
  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic

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IPG Internet Paging Gateway

  • No Moving Parts Such as Hard Drives or Fans to Fail
  • Supports 10Base-T Network Connection to Internet
  • Accepts HTTP, SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP from Internet
  • Sends TAP or TNPP to Your Paging Terminal

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  • Inserts Inline With Your Existing TNPP Cable
  • Easy-to-use Windows Based Reporting Program w/Search by Date Range

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Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
  • TAP Concentrator and TNPP Routing Functions w/TNPP over Internet
  • Serial Protocols Supported: GCP, SMDI, SMS, TAP, TNPP
  • Internet Protocols Supported: AIM, HTTP, SMPP (out only), SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP
  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available

Please see our website for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).

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2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 843-764-1560
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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  • Contract Design, Engineering, & Manufacturing
  • Telemetry Devices
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  • ISO9001-2000 Certified Facility
  • Low Cost-High Volume solutions
  • Maximize Time-To-Market Objectives
  • Minimize procurement materials management
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  • Integrate our RF Technologies into your product


ReFLEX Testing Station

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ReFLEX Utility Module

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Daviscomms—Product Examples

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,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
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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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Multitone North America Inc.
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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News Release

Teletouch Communications, Inc.
Thomas A. “Kip” Hyde, Jr., CEO

Teletouch Agrees to Sell Paging Business to Private Investment Group for $5.2 Million

Wednesday August 24, 10:30 am ET

TYLER, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 24, 2005—Teletouch Communications, Inc. (AMEX:TLL - News) announced today that on August 22, 2005, TLL entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") with Teletouch Paging, LP, a newly formed limited partnership, wholly-owned by a private Fort Worth, Texas, investment group (the "Buyer"), to sell all of TLL's paging business assets and operations. The agreed purchase price is $5.2 million. The closing of the transaction is subject to final approval by TLL's board of directors, shareholders and federal regulators, as well as customary closing conditions, and is expected to close by September 30, 2005.

The Company has evaluated TLL's future business direction, its ability to continue to operate as a going concern and the estimated value of its paging and two-way radio business units. Based on that analysis, the Company has determined that it is in the shareholders' best interests to divest TLL's paging business in its entirety through an asset sale transaction.

A special committee of the Company's independent Board of Directors has hired an independent valuation advisory firm, Houston, Texas-based Howard Frazier Barker Elliot, Inc. ("HFBE"), to provide assistance and guidance to the Board for the purposes of completing an independent evaluation of the sale of the paging and two-way radio business units and render an opinion as to the transaction's fairness to the Company's shareholders from a financial point of view. The Board's approval to close this transaction is subject to the final results of the independent Fairness Opinion, with the results and presentation to be provided to the Board by HFBE on August 26, 2005.

T. A. "Kip" Hyde, Jr., CEO of Teletouch, stated, "This strategic move will significantly increase Teletouch's cash position and will allow the company to concentrate its technology development and sales efforts in the emerging Homeland Security, Telematics and related GPS Location-Based Services markets, which are expected to grow to over $50 billion by 2010, according to Gartner, BCCI, UBS Warburg and other published reports. Further, this action will allow Teletouch to add more focus and sales resources to our Homeland Security-related and commercial two-way radio marketing efforts.

"In addition, this decision eliminates the uncertainty and going concern issues that have surrounded the decline of our paging business, a consequence of the declining paging industry in general. This uncertainty has been a primary concern of potential lenders and investors, and has severely limited us from entering into new financing relationships that would improve our growth and position in the marketplace. Ultimately, we believe that the cash generated as a result of this asset sale will considerably enhance Teletouch's long-term value by providing needed working capital for potential acquisitions and faster internal growth.

Hyde continued, "We plan to fully leverage the GPS-based mobile asset tracking applications we've developed for upcoming Department of Homeland Security directed initiatives for hazardous materials tracking in the railroad industry, and through sales of our proprietary Lifeguard II™ technology for "at-risk" and "lone" worker life safety monitoring and locating. Both of these markets show great promise, and our preliminary sales and indications of interest are strong. Hyde concluded, "Divesting paging will allow greater visibility to the successes of our new business efforts. For example, as reported in our prior quarterly filings, our two-way radio segment is on track to nearly double over the last fiscal year, primarily as a result of the large increases in Homeland Security funding for new radio equipment and services and last year's acquisition of Delta Communications operations. In addition, we have sold and installed over a thousand GPS tracking units to date, and recently signed a comprehensive call center services agreement to provide stolen vehicle location services for fast growing Guidepoint Systems. We will continue these efforts, with the increased financial capability of hiring additional sales people, completing proprietary product development and potentially acquiring new spectrum, operations and related businesses."

Evaluation Process
Management began the evaluation process which led to the disposition decision in June 2005, after the company was unable to obtain additional financing, due to its financial condition, the going concern opinion expressed by the Company in its public filings and the uncertainty created by the continuous decline in its core paging business. TLL's management examined the markets in which the paging business operates to assess potential growth, sale, merger and acquisition opportunities. Throughout this process, the Company directly contacted a number of potential strategic buyers, with no interest being shown. Having assessed the limited market opportunities, negotiated unsuccessfully with potential acquisition targets and reviewed management's recommendation, the Company determined that the asset disposition transaction was in the best interests of TLL's stockholders.

The Proposed Transaction
The asset sale transaction includes substantially all of the assets of the Company's paging business segment (the "Acquired Assets") as reported in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended February 28, 2005. The consideration for the Acquired Assets and operations is $5.2 million, plus the assumption of certain paging related liabilities. At Closing, the Company will receive $4 million in cash plus $1.2 million in the form of a non-interest bearing promissory note, with twelve equal monthly payments to begin March 1, 2007. The Company believes that it will collect the full value of the purchase price. The closing is subject to TLL Board, shareholder and regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close by September 30, 2005.

A Special Committee of the Board of Directors of TLL has retained Howard Frazier Barker Elliot, Inc. ("HFBE") to render an opinion with respect to the fairness, from a financial point of view, of the consideration to be received in connection with the contemplated sale of the paging business. The opinions to be presented to, and reviewed by, the Special Committee however, will not address TLL's underlying business decision to effect the proposed transaction, but rather, are opinions as to a determination that the consideration received by TLL for the transaction is fair to the common stockholders (other than its Chairman and largest shareholder) from a financial point of view.

The foregoing is a summary description of the terms of the APA, and by its nature is incomplete. It is qualified in the entirety by the text of the APA, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K, expected to be filed within the timeframe prescribed by the federal securities laws. All readers of this press release are strongly encouraged to read the entire text of the APA.

Management Services Agreement
The parties have also agreed to enter into a Management Services Agreement ("MSA") on, or before August 31, 2005, to facilitate a smooth transition of the paging business operations from TLL to the Buyer. In the MSA, the Buyer shall have authority, on a limited basis consistent with the effective regulations of the FCC, to implement operational policies and to provide general management services with respect to the day-to-day operations of TLL's paging operations, subject to reporting to and approval of the President of TLL and its Board. As its compensation for the management services provided under the MSA, the Buyer shall be entitled to a flat fee of $50,000 per month during the period before the closing date, payable in two equal installments per month, beginning September 2, and 16, 2005, respectively. The term of the MSA will be from September 1, 2005 to the earlier of: (i) the APA final closing date, or (ii) the termination of the APA.

The foregoing is a summary description of the general terms of the MSA and by its nature is incomplete. It is qualified in its entirety by the text of the MSA, a copy of which will be filed as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K, expected to be filed within the timeframe prescribed by the federal securities laws. All readers of this press release are strongly encouraged to read the entire text of the MSA.

Progressive Concepts Communications, Inc.
Due to an inability to reach agreement on mutually acceptable revised terms and conditions related to the originally proposed transaction and non-binding letter of intent with Progressive Concepts Communications, Inc. ("PCCI"), and TLL's subsequent inability to attract the debt or equity financing necessary to close on the new terms and conditions proposed by PCCI's Board, TLL and PCCI have agreed not to proceed with the proposed transaction that was previously announced by the companies on October 26, 2004.

About Howard Frazier Barker Elliot, Inc.
Founded in 1991, HFBE is an investment banking, business valuation and financial advisory firm providing a range of financial services to both public and private businesses in a wide range of industries. In addition to fairness opinions and valuations, HFBE also provides merger and acquisition advisory services, real estate financing, private placements of debt and equity, senior debt financing, litigation support and general financial advisory services. HFBE has 27 professionals with offices in Houston and Dallas.

About Teletouch
Teletouch Communications, Inc., a proven U.S. leader in wireless messaging and related network management, provides a complete suite of mobile asset tracking solutions using sophisticated, yet cost-effective GPS based hardware and software products for fleets, hazardous materials and "worker-down" emergency notification applications. In addition to its telemetry business, Teletouch offers two-way radio communications, cellular and wireless messaging services throughout the United States. Teletouch's common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under stock symbol: TLL. Additional product, business and financial information for Teletouch is available at

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, as amended, that are based on management's exercise of business judgment as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. When used in this document, the words "may", "will", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", and words of similar import, are intended to identify any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Negotiations with respect to the transaction that are the subject of this release are ongoing and may result in significant modifications to the transaction. There can be no assurance that the transaction that is the focus of this release will be concluded, or if concluded that it will be concluded on terms currently contemplated. These statements reflect our current view of future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties as noted in our securities and other regulatory filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation and do not intend to update, revise or otherwise publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of any unanticipated events. Although we believe that our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will materialize. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements.


Source: Teletouch News Release

Motorola gets FCC approval for iTunes phone

Published: August 22, 2005, 4:09 PM PDT
By Ina Fried
Staff Writer, CNET

Motorola is one step closer to launching its long-awaited iTunes phone.

According to documents posted to the Federal Communications Commission's Web site on Saturday, Motorola has received regulatory approval to start selling a cell phone that runs a mobile version of Apple Computer's iTunes software.

A user manual posted on the FCC site shows that the Motorola E790 can run a cell phone version of iTunes and will contain stereo speakers, removable flash memory and Bluetooth technology for short-range radio communications with other devices.

"iTunes is a software application you use to manage the music on your computer and transfer music to your phone," the manual states. "You can use iTunes to purchase and download music for your phone, listen to CDs and digital music, and create playlists of your favorite songs on your phone."

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Motorola has received FCC approval to start selling the E790, a cell phone which, according to its user manual, supports a mobile version of iTunes. The phone may be similar in design to the E398, which is already on the market. A photo of the E398 appears as part of the E790's application on the FCC Web site.

Apple and Motorola have been promising such a phone for more than a year, though the plans have been delayed several times. Last month, Motorola CEO Ed Zander said the first iTunes-capable phone would be on the market by the end of the company's current fiscal quarter, which runs through September.

A Motorola spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the FCC documents. An Apple representative confirmed the company's earlier statement that an iTunes-compatible phone will ship this summer but had no further comment.

"As we've said before, Motorola and Apple are partnering to enable millions of music lovers to transfer their favorite iTunes songs to Motorola's next-generation mobile music phones," the Apple representative told CNET

The E790 manual was posted as one of the documents accompanying the regulatory approval on the FCC's Web site. Such approval is required before a wireless device can be sold to consumers in the United States. The device itself was approved in July, though the iTunes information was only posted to the site on Saturday.

The photo that accompanies the application shows the E398, which is already on the market and may be similar in design to the iTunes-capable phone.

FCC approval, in and of itself, though, does not mean that the arrival of the E790 is imminent, or that it will necessarily be the first iTunes-capable phone on the market.

Word of the FCC's approval and the iTunes mention was earlier noted on several enthusiast sites, including AppleInsider and PhoneArena.

Apple's latest version of iTunes, iTunes 4.9, contained hidden references to a number of mobile phone-related features, though such features are not visible to current users of the software.

Source: c|net

Orion to Deliver Brightcontent Wireless Services in the US

Agreement calls for Orion to manage all aspects the delivery of Brightcontent’s wireless services in the US

Miami, FL - Monday, August 22, 2005—Orion Information Services inked a deal with Brightcontent LLC, a division of Brightstar, this week to provide the full range of delivery services for its offerings to the Spanish speaking market in the US. Brightcontent, operating under the name of Alvento, offers ringtones, Java games, news updates, and a host of other wireless downloadables.

Kristian Gjerding, CEO of OIS, was clearly thrilled: “This is one of the most important deals we have signed in the last two years. The agreement promises to dramatically increase our traffic volumes and revenues. Once we have established a solid track record in the US we will expand the partnership into Latin America.”

Javier Lillo, President of Alvento, felt the same enthusiasm: “We see Orion as a natural partner for us. Orion offers similar services to the English speaking market that we offer to the Spanish speaking market, so they already understand our business issues intimately. Further, with Orion’s gateways, multimedia platforms, billing software, and connectivity with all the major wireless carriers in our respective markets, we knew that partnering with Orion provided us the fastest time-to-market in the US and Latin America with the least risk.”

About Brightcontent LLC
Brightcontent is a joint venture between Alvento S.A. based in Valencia, Spain and Brightstar Corporation based in Miami, US. Brightcontent is one of the most successful companies in the wireless entertainment downloads industry. It offers integrated mobile solutions for wireless carriers, media companies, and advertisement agencies. In addition to mobile application, Brightcontent provides licensed and non-licensed content material including celebrity pictures, Java games, music, news and more that caters to the Hispanic community. The company has been remarkably successful in Europe, furthermore has been operating in many countries in Latin America such as Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela and now is ready to launch its services in North America. For more information, visit

Press Contact: Jose Angel Jugo, Brightcontent Business Development Area, (305 ) 513-9646,

About Orion Information Services
Orion Information Services (OIS) is a cross media company delivering profitable, engaging mobile content and services. Founded in 2002, this new breed of company provides our partners with innovative interactive services designed to keep pace with the ever-changing mobile world. Its cross-media services combine traditional media (television, radio and print) with the Internet and mobile consumer devices, such as mobile phones or palmtop units, to connect consumers to an entirely new world of wireless services.

Headquartered in Miami Beach with offices in New York and LA, we are focused on the US and Latin American markets, and with a development office in Copenhagen, Denmark, Orion has secured access to the cutting edge wireless markets of the Nordic region.

Press Contact: Jan Wall, Orion Information Services, (250) 388-0865 or

USA Mobility Completes Repayment of Bank Debt

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced that it has repaid the remaining balance of $18 million on its bank credit facility in full satisfaction of its bank debt obligation. USA Mobility had established the $140 million credit facility in order to fund the cash consideration incurred in consummating the merger between Arch Wireless, Inc. and Metrocall Holdings, Inc., which occurred on November 16, 2004.

"We are pleased to extinguish our $140 million bank debt in only nine months of operations," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. "This is a significant accomplishment for the company and provides us with enhanced financial flexibility going forward. We will now continue our focus on creating value for our customers and shareholders by enhancing our sales productivity, integration of our technical and administrative infrastructure, and honoring our free cash flow focus."

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

Bob Lougee
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Source: USA Mobility Press Release

USA Mobility Signs Agreement with Sprint to Sell Wireless Voice and Data Products

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Sprint (NYSE: FON) in which USA Mobility will become a sales agent in the Sprint Partner Program.

Under terms of the agreement, USA Mobility will sell a full portfolio of Sprint wireless devices and solutions within the Sprint Business Solutions channel. The initial focus of USA Mobility's sales effort will be to sell Sprint's wireless voice and data products through USA Mobility's nationwide direct sales force of approximately 450 sales representatives. With sales operations throughout the United States, USA Mobility focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supplies mobile connectivity solutions to thousands of customers across the country, including a majority of the Fortune 1000 companies. As the nation's leading provider of traditional one-way and advanced two-way paging networks, USA Mobility currently has more than 5 million paging units in service.

Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of USA Mobility, said: "We are excited to enter into this relationship with Sprint to sell their impressive portfolio of voice and data products. We believe the addition of Sprint products furthers our strategy of being a total wireless connectivity provider and greatly enhances the value we bring to our substantial base of healthcare, government and business customers. It also offers USA Mobility an excellent opportunity to expand the breadth of our product and service offerings and generate incremental revenues."

As part of the Sprint Partner Program, devices to be offered through USA Mobility include the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device Treo 650 by palmOne, the Sprint PCS Blackberry, and Sprint PCS Connection Cards. Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multi-product bundles. A Fortune 100 company, Sprint develops and deploys state-of-the-art network technologies, including a nationwide all-digital fiber-optic network, a Tier 1 Internet backbone, and a nationwide wireless network.

Steve Pennington, USA Mobility's senior vice president of sales and marketing, noted, "We welcome the opportunity to partner with Sprint and bring their industry leading wireless products to our customers. We believe there is significant growth potential for Sprint's products within our core markets and look forward to working with Sprint to achieve this. The strength of the Sprint brand, the roll-out of EV-DO and the vast array of their devices and services were compelling reasons for us to join Sprint's sales network. In addition, we anticipate expanding our offerings to other Sprint telephony products in the future."

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 agreement with Sprint, 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 agreement with Sprint and the ability of USA Mobility's sales force to sell Sprint products and services. 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.

Bob Lougee
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Source: USA Mobility Press Release

USA Mobility Enters into Long-Term Master Leases with Global Signal

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced that, through a subsidiary, it has entered into a Master Antenna Site Lease agreement (the "Master Leases") with a subsidiary of Global Signal, Inc. (NYSE: GSL) under which USA Mobility and/or its affiliates may lease space for their equipment on communications sites currently and subsequently owned, managed or leased by Global Signal.

The new Master Leases were effective as of July 1, 2005 and expire on December 31, 2008. Under the Master Leases, USA Mobility may locate up to a specified maximum number of transmitters on Global Signal's sites for a fixed monthly fee. The fixed monthly fee decreases periodically over time from approximately $1.6 million for July 2005 to approximately $1.0 million per month in 2008.

Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of USA Mobility, said: "We are delighted to partner with Global Signal as we integrate and rationalize our technical networks. We expect to consolidate up to 50% of our transmitters onto Global Signal sites by the end of 2008. This new agreement will allow us to enjoy substantial synergies and cost savings, considering our pro-forma site lease cost run rate in 2004 was in excess of $130 million and now our potential cost for approximately half our annual site rents by 2008 will be $12 million."

Based in Sarasota, Florida, Global Signal, formerly known as Pinnacle Holdings, Inc., is one of the largest wireless communications tower owners in the United States. It owns, leases or manages more than 11,000 towers and other wireless communications sites.

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, Singular/AT&T Wireless, and Sprint, 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 Master Leases agreement with Global Signal, Inc. and its subsidiaries and future costs savings and synergies in connection with the Global Signal Master Leases, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third- party providers for certain equipment and services, the timely and efficient integration of the operations and facilities of Metrocall and Arch as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Bob Lougee
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Source: USA Mobility Press Release

Ridge Calls for Interoperable Networks

By Brad Smith
August 22, 2005
Wireless Week

DENVER—Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told public safety officials this morning that interoperable communications networks and cooperation among agencies were essential to combating terrorism.

Ridge, speaking at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) convention, said a number of states have made progress toward interoperable public safety communication but that work still needs to be done.

Ridge, who retired in February, said shortly after he took office his department did a survey of states asking them what their top priority was to improve their public safety in an age of terrorism. Ridge said the No.1 choice by the states was for interoperable public safety communications.

The former secretary said while some states used their federal funding to achieve interoperable communications, he chided the states he said have failed to do so.

"It's critical to combating terrorism but also to public safety and security," Ridge said.

Ridge also drew applause during his keynote address when he said it was essential that public safety communications be interoperable between vendors. He said competition should be encouraged, "but at some time, the companies have to make sure we are all connected. If we spend billions of dollars on technology that is not connected, then the money is not well spent."

In a kind of prelude to Ridge's remarks, Motorola held a news conference prior to the start of the show to discuss a statewide effort in Colorado to provide interoperable communications.

Division Chief Michael Coleman of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, who is president of the Consolidated Communications Network of Colorado, said the state's public safety agencies have established a system that has 20,000 users from 400 different federal, state and local agencies. Coleman said about 100 communications sites have been set up around Colorado and another 56 are in the planning stages.

Once the network is completed, Coleman said he expects virtually every public safety officer to have statewide, interoperable communications.

Motorola announced a number of new public safety products at the show, including an Intelligent Video Surveillance and Control Solution designed to alert dispatchers when something unusual is spotted by a surveillance camera.

In another announcement, the California-based mesh networking company PacketHop said its TrueMesh software and multimedia applications suite would be commercially available to public safety agencies in September. PacketHop also planned a live demonstration of its solution at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team.

Source: Wireless Week

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Monday, 22 August 2005

The once-ubiquitous beeper's days are numbered. As of 27 August Verizon will discontinue their beeper service and Tricom is not accepting new clients for the localizer service. We now have to bid adieu to the alpha-numeric messages, the "beeper girls", the mini-messages, and, someday perhaps, the "beeper dance", a merengue that was created from the fact that when a beeper goes off, everyone stops what they are doing to look for their gadget. Only 17 years have gone past since beepers were introduced to the Dominican Republic, and now it has been dealt a mortal blow by the cellular phone. At the turn of the century, there were 200,000 beepers registered in the DR, but today Verizon has just 10,388 active accounts. There are currently over one million cell phone users in the Dominican Republic.beeper dance

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Ambient Media Inc. Launches Ambient Mobile Messaging Service

August 22, 2005

Delivers SMS marketing messages to mobile phones anywhere in the world.

Mount Sinai, NY (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) August 22, 2005—Ambient Media Inc., owner and operator of the Ambient Media Network™, a digital signage network for branding, communication, marketing and advertising in public and private spaces, today announced the launch of the Ambient Mobile Messaging Service™, delivering marketing and promotional messages via Short Message Service (SMS) to cell phone users anywhere in the world.

“Ambient Mobile Messaging is a natural extension of our digital signage network,” said Gene De Libero, CEO of Ambient Media Inc. “Our clients now have the ability to deliver the right message to the right people instantly, anywhere in the world.” Ambient Mobile Messaging can be used to increase brand awareness, send mobile coupons, generate customer opt-in databases, drive up attendance to events, visits to a store or web site, and much more. The new SMS-based service is tightly integrated with Ambient's digital signage networks and can also be used with other advertising mediums.

About Ambient Media Inc.
Ambient Media Inc. operates the Ambient Media Network, a digital media network that delivers innovative branding, marketing, advertising and other promotional messages to viewers in public and private spaces on many types of digital displays. The Ambient Scheduling and Distribution System™ (ASDS) allows for an engaging mix of video, images, text and audio to be tailored to the demographics of the viewer, brand, time-of-day and/or geographic location. Ambient Media Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Mount Sinai, NY. For more information, visit

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Victoria, B.C. Canada—August 18, 2005—Daniels Electronics Ltd., is pleased to announce in conjunction with Twisted Pair Solutions, Inc. that the Daniels Universal Interface Card (UIC), with the Twisted Pair Solutions WAVE™ application suite is now commercially available, enabling digital integration between legacy radios, the PSTN, mobile phones, IP Phones, Windows™ PCs and APCO Project 25 (P25) two-way radio systems. This revolutionary integration provides the ultimate in flexibility and low cost of ownership with the highest level of interoperability. Public safety agencies no longer have to endure expensive gateway, router or radio upgrades to achieve interoperability within and across agencies.

The Daniels UIC provides a digital interface between the Daniels P25 LMR radio system and a customer’s IP network. Bi-directional data and digital audio are now integrated with open standards based IP networks via WAVE allowing for broader radio interoperability and richer collaboration.

“Daniels is very pleased to be able to offer this level of interoperability in conjunction with Twisted Pair Solutions”, said Gerry Wight, Marketing Director at Daniels Electronics Ltd. “WAVE extends our P25 system into an IP network enabling agencies to communicate together when responding jointly to emergencies.”

With the commercial release of the Daniels UIC, WAVE is now able to extend the enhanced features and functionality of IP communications to P25 customers. Public Safety agencies can quickly achieve radio interoperability between P25 and legacy radios as well as connect across agencies for efficient multi-agency responses. WAVE is an open standards based software solution built on IP unleashing customers from expensive proprietary hardware solutions for interoperability. WAVE’s software based dispatch console also leverages the unique capabilities of IP-based communications systems and P25 capabilities such as unit identifiers, GPS location, data transmission, and Over the Air Re-keying (OTAR).

“Connecting P25 systems to the IP world delivers tremendous business value to our partners and customers. Whether our customers have an all P25 network and want rich IP collaboration like software based dispatch or they have a mixed P25 and legacy network and want radio interoperability, WAVE and the Daniels UIC together deliver exactly what our customers need,” said Will Cousins, Director of Product Management at Twisted Pair Solutions.

About Daniels Electronics Ltd.
Daniels Electronics Ltd. is a North American leader in the design and manufacture of customized radio communications systems for specialized applications. For the past 50 years Daniels has provided our customers in North America and internationally with highly reliable base stations, repeaters and paging equipment that is environmentally robust and operates in rugged and extreme temperature conditions where low current consumption is a key requirement. For more information about Daniels Electronics, visit

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Twisted Pair Solutions, Inc. designs, develops and markets world class software that enables interoperable group communications. Our WAVE™ software application suite serves an unlimited variety of devices and allows previously incompatible systems to work together seamlessly including radio systems, PCs, cellular phones, handheld devices and more. We create products that improve our customers’ day-to-day communications abilities and also help save businesses, critical infrastructure, property, and lives in emergencies. Visit us at

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As a small and former MCI/Worldcom shareholder, I receive many post bankruptcy litigation documents in the mail. Not to be overlooked in this pile of paperwork was a statement of attorney's fees and costs. It appears the golden throat lawyers who handled the class action lawsuit against Worldcom are asking for $336 million in fees and another $12.5 million in expenses. We live an wonderfully absurd world.

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Please see attached. Thanks for the great newsletter.

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This September 11th will be the 4th anniversary of 911. Steven D. Jacoby was on Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. Jacoby was en route from Washington to Los Angeles to participate in the Personal Communication Industry Association conference and exhibition, which itself was canceled because of the loss of life and destruction associated with the attacks on the Pentagon and the New York World Trade Center. “Jake”, as we knew him, was the COO and my boss at Metrocall for 7 years. The company was never the same after his death. At Metrocall he was a respected leader and loved by all. Jake was also involved with numerous charities. He was only 43 years old. I’ll never forget you. —Roman Kozak

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New acts for Google: Messaging and voice

By John Markoff The New York Times


SAN FRANCISCO Google, the Internet search innovator, was expected to make its first direct challenge to the broader communications industry on Wednesday with the introduction of an instant messaging and voice communication service for personal computers.

The program, Google Talk, will allow its users to exchange text messages and converse through their computers with others at remote locations. Other instant messaging services offer similar capabilities, but Google said the appeal of its system would come from its voice quality, based on audio technology it has developed.

As with other Google product introductions, the company has not linked the new service with a plan for making money, saying only that it was likely to look for revenue opportunities in the future.

But the introduction is the clearest evidence yet that Google has vast ambitions to move beyond its Web search roots and create a company spanning the full range of digital information.

"This begs the question of what Google defines themselves as," said Allen Weiner, an Internet analyst at Gartner, a market research firm. "I believe they're now a media company whether or not they want to admit it."

In choosing to compete directly with the three major providers of instant messaging—AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo—Google has chosen a standard known as Jabber, which has been widely embraced by proponents of open-source software.

The three major messaging services are largely islands that do not permit their users to send messages to and from competing services.

But there have been reports that the Jabber open-source organization is preparing to connect with AOL, which is the largest provider of messaging with its AOL Instant Messenger system, known as AIM.

More than 80 million Americans used instant messaging services as of July, according to comScore Media Metrix. Of those users, 30.9 million used AIM, 23.3 million used MSN Messenger, and 23.2 million used Yahoo Insider. Although comScore does not track Jabber users, Peter Saint-André, the executive director of the Jabber Software Foundation, cited estimates by Osterman Research, a research and analysis firm specializing in messaging and digital collaboration, that 13.5 million use the Jabber standard.

A Google executive said the company was hoping to use the Jabber standard to connect the messaging industry. "We are going to start working to federate all the other networks," said the executive, Georges Harik, a product management director who is responsible for Google Talk and several other services.

At the start, Google Talk users will be able to exchange text messages with users of other Jabber-compatible software—including Apple's iChat service and Earthlink—but they will be able to converse only with other Google Talk users. Google intends to make its voice technology operable with other systems at a later stage.

Google plans to link availability of its instant messaging service to its e-mail service, Gmail, now in public testing. The Gmail service will be made generally available, and a Gmail address will function as a user's instant messaging identity as well.

Users can sign up for both services at; a mobile phone number must be entered as part of a measure to keep spam operators from stockpiling addresses.

At present, Harik would only say that there are "several million" Gmail customers, but he would not disclose a precise number. He said Google saw its entry into the communications world in the context of a corporate mission of organizing and making all of the world's information accessible.

"It is important that you be able to find information, but it is also important that you be able to communicate it," Harik said.

The strategic shift seems certain to change the way that both Google's competitors and its partners view the company, which has quickly come to be a dominant force in both the advertising and Internet world. For example, AOL is still a significant Google partner for search results, but Google Talk is a direct competitive threat to the messaging world that AOL now dominates.

Moreover, analysts expect Google to move quickly beyond instant messaging to add other voice and communication services, meaning that it is likely to compete against other providers of voice over Internet phone service like Vonage and Skype as well as communication industry giants.

That may lead to the creation of competitive barriers that Google has not previously faced.

"It will be interesting to see if other companies try to shut them out," said Benjamin Schachter, an Internet analyst at UBS Securities, of which Google has been a recent client.

Skype to be built into sites
The free Internet telephony firm Skype said Wednesday that it would allow its instant messaging to be built into Web sites and software applications like music-playing programs and multiplayer online games, Reuters reported from Amsterdam.

The announcement by the Luxembourg-based company, which has 51 million registered users of its free software to make telephone calls over broadband Internet connections, came a few hours after Google announced it would become a competitor of Skype.

Until now, Skype users have needed to open the service in a separate window on their computer screen. The window was used to start a phone call or a text-messaging conversation.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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San Ramon, Calif.—August 23, 2005—In less than two months since being made available to the public on June 13, the ZigBee Alliance today confirmed that more than 6,000 OEMs, vendors, service providers, designers, and educators have registered to download the ZigBee specification. Further illustrating its growing market presence, the ZigBee Alliance also announced it has doubled its membership in the last year. Driving the increased membership is the Alliance's recent addition of a new level of membership, the Adopter Class, which has grown to include more than 30 companies in less than five months. As companies continue to download and review the specification, the Alliance anticipates expansive membership growth as OEMs from around the world begin developing ZigBee products. Already, OEMs and end-product manufacturers represent 30 percent of the global membership.

The ZigBee Alliance today welcomes 42 new member companies, bringing its total membership to 178 companies. The Alliance's new members are: Akita Electronics Systems Co., Ltd.; Alpha Networks, Inc.; AMX Corporation; ASIX Electronics Corporation; Assa Abloy Identification Technology Group; Awarepoint Corporation; C-Guys, Inc.; Develco A/S; Digi International; Eager Co., Ltd.; EDevice Technology; Embedded Research Solutions; Embedit A/S; Everest Consultants, Inc.; Glass Expansion PTY, Ltd.; HangZhou Silian Microelectronic Co., Ltd.; Hubbell Building Automation, Inc.; iControl, Inc.; IMST GmbH; Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics; J-S Co. Neurocom; KEPAR Electronica S.A.; Marlin Controls, Inc.; MicroWise System Co., Ltd.; NURI Telecom Co., Ltd.; Radiocrafts AS; Risen World Technologies; Sangikyo Corporation; Seasolve Software, Inc.; Sensametrics, Inc.; Skyley Networks, Inc.; Stepone, Co., Ltd.; Telegesis; Tepco Uquest, Ltd.; Timelox AB; Telecommunications Technology Association; Ubiquitous System Laboratory, Inc.; U.S. Power, Inc.; VISONIC; Westinghouse Light Management Systems; Yaskawa Information Systems Corporation and Zilog, Inc.

"We're excited that so many companies have downloaded the ZigBee specification, as we believe it will help spur the development of ZigBee applications and anticipate a broad range of new ZigBee products," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "Our members are already making the deployment of cost-effective, low-data rate monitoring, control and sensing networks a reality in commercial and residential environments. With the ZigBee specification being downloaded daily and membership expanding on a truly global scale, we anticipate a broad range of new ZigBee products will be announced in the next several months.

"The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. ZigBee is the only standards-based technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power, wireless sensor networks for remote monitoring, home control, asset management, and building automation network applications in the industrial and consumer markets. Leading companies who want to have input on developing the ZigBee specification and create ZigBee products can download the ZigBee specification and join the Alliance by visiting

The Alliance is holding its next Open House on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 in Chicago. During the all-day session, member companies will be demonstrating ZigBee product and the Alliance will host informative sessions. The ZigBee Alliance also recently announced it will hold its inaugural ZigBee Developers' Conference in conjunction with Connected@Home in Las Vegas October 3-5, 2005, to provide developers with a hands-on opportunity to evaluate the ZigBee technology and ZigBee-compliant platforms. For additional information on either event, or to register online, please go to

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Wi-Fi, WiMax, and VoIP News

Intel: VoIP is beachhead to more collaboration

22nd August 2005
By Rhonda Ascierto

"VoIP is old news. Long live SoIP."

That was the message from Intel Corp's director of VoIP strategy in its digital enterprise group Michael Stanford at a recent industry conference in San Francisco, California.

Stanford, who works with business managers and engineers in and outside Intel, said that, while 2005 has been a good year for VoIP, the technology is the "first drop in the deluge" of IP network applications.

"VoIP is a beachhead, so to speak, of services over IP. I can't emphasize that enough," Stanford said, referring to collaboration services that could benefit from running on infrastructures optimized for VoIP.

As broadband usage proliferates, VoIP-enabled networks will not just be about cheap calls, he said. After all, the technologies underlying VoIP, such as SIP, RTP, QoS and IMS, also support videoconferencing, presence, document sharing and rich collaboration, he said. "VoIP has enormous power to change the way we work," he said.

Stanford said VoIP deployment continues to march forward and pointed to rate of VoIP phone deployment crossing over with new sales this year. In other words, there are as many VoIP phones being sold as there are traditional TDM phones being installed in new deployments.

VoIP has "some serious technology inferiorities over" traditional telephony, chiefly latency problems, but Stanford said "that is, in my opinion, totally overweighed by additional services." He also said it is just a matter of time before the quality of VoIP conversations become superior to traditional methods.

VoIP may be the most demanding of IP applications in terms of quality of service, but a network has been provisioned for VoIP, other applications are "pretty much free," Stanford pointed out.

Looking ahead, one wireless-over-broadband application that Stanford said seems set to take off is dual-mode handsets that roam between cellular, WiFI, WiMax and other fixed networks. "So, all of a sudden, you don't need any phone beyond your cell phone," he said. "That, mixed with your computer, is a complete replacement to the desk phone."

He said Intel is very interested in when data phones, or smart phones, overtake generic voice phones, which IDC predicts would happen by 2008. But he said this may not come to pass because there's also a movement in the cell-phone industry for simplicity and there already has been somewhat of a pushback from cell phones that do too much.

He also said that open networks and open source would fuel future innovation, but warned that regulation remained a wild card. "[Regulation is] perhaps even the primary determinant of where voice technology would go," he said.

Stanford also touched on Intel's vision for Wi-MAX. He said Wi-MAX-enabled phones and early mobile network rollout is expected in the 2007 to 2008 timeframe, with global deployment through 2008 to 2010. At the beginning of this year, he said the company knew of 15 Wi-MAX services and by July that had swelled to more than 100.

At next week's Intel Developer Forum, the company is expected to have a major new Wi-MAX demonstration, according to a spokesperson.

At IDF, Intel said it will announce a new silicon architecture, but a spokesperson confirmed this would be for computing—rather than communications—silicon.

Source: Computer Business Review Online

Yahoo Shoots Down VoIP Speculation

August 17, 2005

By Jim Wagner

Officials at Internet portal giant Yahoo are denying a report that it will launch a VoIP service in the next two weeks.

In a research report issued this week, Safa Rashtchy, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, said the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company was likely to launch a service similar to the popular Skype application.

The analyst noted that such a service would "expand Yahoo's content footprint and further establish Yahoo's brand as a comprehensive provider of content, search and communication services," and likely run as both an advertising-based basic service and paid premium service.

That's not the case, Yahoo officials said.

"The rumor from the financial analyst is not true," Terrell Karlsten, a Yahoo spokeswoman, told

Yahoo has been making a number of moves this year to advance its voice offerings. That's sparked speculation over the company's VoIP strategy.

Earlier this year, the company said it was going to ditch the walkie-talkie style voice communications previously used on Yahoo Messenger in favor of a more VoIP-like offering.

Last week the company rolled Yahoo Messenger with Voice out of beta, a voice edition of its popular IM platform that lets users talk to others using a headset or a microphone and speakers. In addition to the PC-to-PC communications, it also features voicemail and a call history feature.

Yahoo made moves to expand its voice services past the PC-to-PC experience with the acquisition of Dialpad Communications in June. The Dialpad technology lets its users call directly from the PC to landline or mobile phones.

At the time, Yahoo officials said they expected to have a product integrating Dialpad's technology with the Yahoo platform in August. Karlsten wouldn't comment on the Dialpad technology but noted, "we will continue to prioritize the enhancement and extension of our voice services as a core component of Yahoo Messenger."


Number of Internet-phone consumers soars

Posted 8/17/2005 10:18 PM

By Brian Bergstein, The Associated Press

BOSTON—The number of consumers bypassing the traditional phone network and opting for Internet voice service is soaring beyond expectations.

An analysis by the TeleGeography research group found 2.7 million subscribers nationwide in the second quarter, compared with just 440,000 a year earlier.

The technology, known as Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, requires a broadband Internet line but generally offers inexpensive calling plans and novel features such as the ability to manage voice mail on a Web page.

The revenue generated from consumer VoIP services remained relatively small, at $220 million, but that is expected to change quickly. TeleGeography forecasts annual VoIP revenue hitting $3 billion in two years.

The biggest factors in the numbers are cable TV companies, which are using VoIP to bundle phone service with their TV offerings in hopes of staving off competition from incumbent phone companies that are just beginning to get into the TV business.

Time Warner Inc.'s cable division is now the nation's second-largest VoIP carrier, trailing only Vonage Holdings Corp., one of the earliest commercial providers of the service. Vonage is estimated to have 750,000 U.S. subscribers, more than three times its level a year ago.

Source: USA Today

Expect a Net phone evolution, not revolution

August 18, 2005, 4:00 AM PT
By Jon Oltsik

IP telephony has been the next big thing since the Internet boom.

Common wisdom suggested that you could save boatloads of money by stuffing long distance voice traffic onto the Internet and that exploding Internet growth would simply roll over the traditional Pubic Switched Telephone Network.

Yup, voice traffic was moving to packets, simple as that.

However, in spite of the ongoing hype, Net telephony, also known as voice over Internet Protocol, remains an early work in progress. Yes, VoIP is growing significantly, justifying the zillions of pundit forecasts and platitudes--but if IP telephony were a book, we'd probably be at Chapter 4 in the telecom equivalent of "War and Peace." Here's why.

The biggest short-term threat of all is simply the poor state of network security.

The first holdup is simple economics. In the United States, Internet bandwidth costs about $5 per megabit per month. Bandwidth pricing goes up precipitously abroad. A megabit of bandwidth costs about $10 a month in Singapore, $27 a month in Europe and around $300 a month in Australia. These numbers are the equivalent of a cold slap in the face, given those grandiose cost-saving visions that VoIP vendors trumpet.

Another gotcha is the lack of prevailing standards. With all the hoopla around the Session Initiation Protocol, you'd think it was set in stone. Nope. Each vendor has its own version of SIP, so any company with a heterogeneous environment--that is, every large enterprise--is afraid of the interoperability hassles.

IT people have simply been down this road too many times before. Rather than rip and replace the old TDM infrastructure, it's much more prudent to slowly introduce VoIP implementations and let the vendors sort through some type of standards detente.

IP telephony also creates a somewhat ironic bottleneck in the network itself. We all complain about "Ma Bell," but land-based dial tone almost always works. No one worries about voice quality or power--it just happens. Not so with VoIP. Network convergence has been a sexy topic for 10 years, but the fact is that most corporate networks were designed to simply pass data packets around willy-nilly, not guarantee carrier-quality voice service.

Most companies don't have the Quality of Service features throughout their networks necessary for latency-sensitive voice traffic, while even fewer own the Power Over Ethernet switches needed to keep the phones working during power failures.

You'd have to be crazy to bet your mission-critical voice traffic on a network void of this critical functionality. Remember that old business adage: "When phones ring, shareholders sing, but when phones are quiet, shareholders riot."

You'd have to be crazy to bet your mission-critical voice traffic on a network void of this critical functionality.

Finally, there is a definite fear about IP telephony security that has scared off many would-be customers. There are lots of threats to VoIP: from a bad guy hijacking the phone system, to eavesdroppers, to all kinds of nasty SIP-based worms that use IP telephony traffic to infect the entire network.

Yet the biggest short-term threat of all is simply the poor state of network security. Lots of networks contain vulnerabilities such as servers and networking equipment with functioning default passwords, critical services running on unpatched Windows servers, active user accounts of terminated employees, and so on. It's pretty scary to think that some low-level IT administrator could easily trash the computers and the phones. Try explaining this problem to the CEO.

My purpose here is not to trash IP telephony. I see lots of companies using the technology internally to connect geographically distributed campuses and centralize PBX functions. As broadband continues to proliferate, many carriers are jumping into VoIP and offering a "triple play" of voice, data and video services to consumers, and network-based business services to smaller companies. Visionary companies are taking the IP plunge because they plan on making Internet-based phones an extension of their business applications. Middleware products such as BEA's and IBM's Websphere already support the SIP protocol, a true sign of things to come.

No doubt, VoIP is the future. But all signs point to an IP telephony evolution, not a revolution. Telephones are a given, and the last person to get excited about them was the guy who said, "Watson, are you there?" As an industry, we ought to help our customers move through a thoughtful and pragmatic transition, not peddle techno-sunshine and snake oil.

Source: c|net

An Opposing View

I disagree with the flavor of the comments.

Does this guy (John Oltsik) get paid as a lobbyist for the Bells or the National Exchange Carriers Association? He should be labeled "Mr. Negative". Certainly there are pitfalls to beware in the VoIP business, but his comments on VoIP problems were valid about 5 years ago but not anymore. Most of his "problems" with VoIP have been solved in recent times, and the statistics on industry growth disagree significantly with his implied conclusions. The facts are that the traditional phone network is rapidly going the way of 8-track tapes and black and white TV's. What he fails to acknowledge is that virtually all toll calling, and significant amounts of local calling are done using VoIP somewhere in the circuit by all of the major carriers. The only thing holding back the demise of traditional rural telephone carriers is political clout and a lack of broadband in rural areas. FCC Chairman Martin is trying to change this broadband picture as we speak.

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