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FRIDAY - JULY 29, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 173

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

Another week has rolled around already. Interest is running high in several important Homeland Security projects. One respected friend and colleague recently said, "Homeland Security is allowing us the opportunity to redefine Paging. It's like the old days when we were just starting out." And just when you thought it was over!

I have spent most of this morning on the telephone with various experts in Homeland Security Communications and all I can say for the moment is that the lack of progress in this area is a national disgrace. I will be saying a lot more about this in the future. Readers are invited to comment and to submit more articles on this topic.

When I went to work for Motorola in 1974, one of the first things on my training schedule was to watch a film called, "The Everglades and After." A 28-minute color film that:

Tells the story of the rescue of 78 survivors of a jumbo jetliner crash in the Florida Everglades. It shows the heroic efforts by hundreds of people from military and civilian organizations to rescue and preserve the lives of the survivors. It is a unique example of disaster relief operations on a large scale involving the use of helicopters for mass evacuation of casualties and the emergency medical services of six hospitals.

The lesson supposedly learned from this tragedy, was that all the many different agencies that responded to rescue survivors were equipped with radio communications equipment, but none of them could talk to each other. There were many state, county, and city vehicles, as well as military vehicles that responded down a few narrow roads in the Florida everglades. The result was a giant traffic jam. There were police, fire, ambulances, and every kind of emergency vehicle you can think of on land and in the air—and all the radios were useless because most of them were on different frequencies. We were assured that this would all be corrected in the future. That an inter-agency communications plan would be adopted to ensure orderly and efficient communication among all public safety agencies. Well, 30 years have passed and I don't think very much has been done to solve this problem. Inter-agency communications today is mainly over cellphones and everyone knows that they don't work in times of emergency because everyone is trying to use them at the same time. Our national emergency notification system has become CNN Headline News. A sad state of affairs, especially four years after 9/11—a day in infamy in this country only equaled by Pearl Harbor.

The following, courtesy of the AAPC:

The FCC has announced that the window for timely payment of 2005 regulatory fees will end at midnight, September 7, 2005. The window for payment officially opens on August 23, 2005, but the FCC states that payments can also be made prior to that date. The 2005 regulatory fee for paging (messaging) service is $0.08 per unit in service as of December 31, 2004. Enclosed is a copy of the FCC public notice describing payment options and other information concerning the regulatory fees. NO OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF THE FEE PAYMENT REQUIREMENT WILL BE GIVEN EXCEPT FOR POSTINGS ON THE FCC WEB SITE. FCC Public Notice

I think most everyone hates SPAM but they took it a little too far in Russia where the area's biggest spammer was murdered. Read about it below.

Motorola just announced sunglasses with built-in cellphone headsets. Can a cellphone toothbrush be far behind?

Now on to the rest of the news and views.

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The Voice of US Paging Carriers

ISSUE NO. 18— FRIDAY — JULY 29, 2005
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AAPC announces new membership rate for small carriers!

You asked for it and we heard you! If you are a paging carrier with less than 500 units, you may join AAPC for only $75 a quarter or $300/year. And, if you pay for a year up front you save an additional 5%.

For just $300 you receive the following benefits:

  • A positive voice working to promote the health of the paging industry in the United States;
  • Up-to-date information on pertinent regulatory and FCC issues of concern;
  • Member list serve to facilitate technical and business discussions and informal assistance between members;
  • Training and education opportunities for member owners and employees to help run your business more profitably;
  • Regular updates on trends, opportunities and threats in the paging industry to help your business adapt and grow;
  • Technical committees to assist in the development of common standards and business practices to help improve and maintain the service quality of the entire industry;
  • Discounts on registration to attend AAPC’s Emerging Technologies Symposium, November 3-4, at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and our Wireless Forum in June in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. These are excellent opportunities for wireless carriers big and small, suppliers, and network providers to network and learn from one another.

If you have always wanted to join and just didn't get around to it, now is the time! Click here for the membership application.

AAPC working with you to advance your business and the paging industry!

Emerging Technologies Symposium to be held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, November 2-4, 2005

AAPC is in pleased to announce their fall conference will be held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, www.thescottsdaleresort.com, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Resort will provide a gorgeous, secluded setting with a warm, welcoming atmosphere surrounded by two golf courses and the Arizona mountains to our participants. The resort offers modern amenities, including wireless internet with activities that include a fitness center, spa, tennis courts, mountain biking, jogging trail, and is only a short cab ride away from Old Town Scottsdale. Plan now to attend!


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

AAPC Executive Director
441 N. Crestwood Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Tel: 866-301-2272
E-mail: info@pagingcarriers.org
Web: www.pagingcarriers.org
AAPC Regulatory Affairs Office
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Washington DC 20036-5204
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Good Morning,

Daniels Electronics is inviting you and your colleagues to a ½ day business and technology seminar on Land Mobile Radio systems. The seminar will cover the latest developments in Land Mobile Radio technology including:

Friday September 16th Atlanta, Georgia
Doubletree Club Atlanta Airport

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3400 Norman Berry Drive
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM (lunch included)

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Agenda

  • 8:30 Coffee
  • 9:00 Session 1
    • Daniels Electronics
    • Customer Deployment
    • Typical Applications
    • New Frequency Bands
    • Narrow-Banding
  • 10:30 Coffee
  • 10:45 Session 2
    • The P25 Standard
    • Interoperability
    • Digital Ethernet Interfaces (RoIP)
    • Rapid Deployment Radios
    • Future Technologies
    • Q & A
  • 12:30 Lunch

We would be very pleased to share this no cost seminar with you and hope you will confirm your attendance by replying to Editor@danelec.com or call (250) 382-8268. If you know someone who might be interested in this seminar please pass this invitation on to them.

Sincerely,

Gerry Wight
Director of Marketing
Daniels Electronics Ltd


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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Northeast Paging
Advantra International  NotePage Inc.
Ayrewave Corporation   Outr.net
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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GTES LLC

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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
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GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
brooks.marsden@gtesinc.com

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

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

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System Features & Benefits:

  • Hardware Based
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  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
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2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
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  • Telemetry Devices
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For information about our Contract Manufacturing services or our Pager or Telemetry line, please call Bob Popow at 480-515-2344, bob@daviscommsusa.com or visit our website www.daviscommsusa.com

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Prism Message Gateway Systems
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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
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  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

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

CONTACT
Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
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As a worldwide supplier of telecommunications equipment eRF Wireless designs, manufactures and markets transmitters, receivers, controllers, software and other equipment used in personal communications systems, as well as radio and telephone systems. eRF Wireless also provides service and support for its products, as well as consulting and research development on a contract basis.

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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 info@multitone.com or telephone (202) 973-2827.

www.multitone-usa.com

WIRELESS NEWS
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For Immediate Release

TGA Technologies Transfers ReFLEX™ Business Unit

Norcross, GA. July 29, 2005 - TGA Technologies, Inc. (TGA), the veteran 1- and 2-way paging infrastructure equipment provider, announces the transfer of its ReFLEX business unit to Critical Response Systems, Inc. (CRS)

“The TGA board of directors is transferring its ReFLEX core technology to a new torchbearer.” said Barry Kanne, president. “Over the past 2 years, our SPARKGAP product line has evolved from a simple carrier network component into a full-featured alerting system, including applications and subscriber devices,” Kanne continued. “This profound shift requires a corresponding change in both focus and business model, and CRS is the right group to carry it forward.”

Effective immediately, CRS will support existing TGA SPARKGAP customers, expand the product line and create other products to provide a complete solution for first responder alerting and mobilization. “Public safety, critical infrastructure, and other mission critical enterprises face some extreme challenges in terms of alerting and mobilizing first responders,” says CRS President James Dabbs. “Motorola’s ReFLEX protocol, when applied correctly, meets these challenges.” CRS will integrate TGA’s technology and development team into a comprehensive portfolio that includes the M1501 ruggedized dispatch pager, the M1422 fire station alerting unit, the M1520 mobile data terminal, and other products, along with the financial partnerships to supply subscriber devices and expand network infrastructure. “We are creating the key elements, and bringing together the required resources, to react quickly and effectively to the dynamic needs of first responders and their supporting organizations.” said Dabbs.

Critical Response Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. Their products can be seen in booth 556 of the APCO International Expo in Denver, Colorado, August 22-24, 2005.

ReFLEX is a trademark of Motorola, Inc.

For Further Information, please contact,

James Dabbs
Critical Response Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 1146
Norcross, GA 30091-1146
Phone: (770) 441-9559 x126


Nathan Buzza—Entrepreneur of the Year 2005

On the back of the company"s recent success at the Telstra and Australian Government Small Business Awards, CommtechWireless CEO Nathan Buzza was declared the Western Region Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005

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Date : Sunday, July 24, 2005

(PRWEB) July 24, 2005—On the back of the company"s recent success at the Telstra and Australian Government Small Business Awards, CommtechWireless CEO Nathan Buzza was last night declared the Western Region Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 in the Technology, Communications, E commerce and Life Sciences category.

The story of Nathan"s success is nothing short of inspiring. At the age of 14, brain surgery threatened to quell his enthusiasm for life. Instead, Nathan created a software company called 'Data World' and developed a video game that was distributed worldwide by Philips Electronics. It was his hospital stint that gave him the inspiration to create a wireless messaging system to revolutionise the speed and efficiency with which staff in a hospital can communicate. He witnessed, first hand, the hectic pace of life in a hospital wing and knew that a faster way of receiving messages would save lives.

Nathan established CommtechWireless in 1992, at the age of just 21. After resigning his job as R&D Manager of Austco Communications, Nathan invested his entire personal savings to start CommtechWireless in a garage in the suburbs. His revolutionary idea, that a computer could exist as part of a communications network, came into its own in 1993 with the release of Nathan"s BASEPage product – a software program that integrates technologies with email, SMS, DECT handset and Windows™ LAN capabilities.

Tirelessly improving and increasing the company"s product range, Nathan expanded the spectrum of the market place he served. Some of the innovative products developed by CommtechWireless include; a restaurant paging system using electronic coasters, alarm relays that send messages to pagers during an alarm event, 4 line alphanumeric pagers with various tone settings for priority notification and software that takes data from casino slot machines and monitors their status.

Recently, the US Government installed a CommtechWireless system to monitor the traffic of nuclear material through the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Here in Australia, Perth"s Burswood Casino implemented a CommtechWireless solution to take data from gaming machines and notify staff of customer service requirements.

Nathan"s innovation now propels a company whose turnover exceeds $15 million and provides safe and effective messaging to health care, aged care, hotels, restaurants, mine sites, emergency services, casinos, retail environments, corporate environments and government departments all around the globe.

In 2002, Nathan was awarded the Western Region Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Three years later, Ernst & Young have once again recognized Nathan"s achievements – as have many other companies, with CommtechWireless receiving innumerable awards including the CY O"Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering & Technology. Nathan will now represent Western Australia in the National Entrepreneur of the Year Awards being held in Sydney on the 24th of November.

In his acceptance speech at last night"s awards ceremony, Mr. Buzza thanked Ausindustry for their support in last year awarding CommtechWireless a substantial grant to help fund their innovative Research & Development department. He also gave special mention to his tirelessly dedicated team of staff.

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COMMTECHWIRELESS
David Silverman
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Source: Arrive.net


Commtech Wireless Wins Prestigious Business Award

Posted on Friday, July 22 @ 12:47:08 CDT by xtv

CommtechWireless was heralded a winner of the Telstra and Australian Government Small Business Awards for 2005.

Osborne Park, Perth, Western Australia & Jacksonville, FL, USA, July 22, 2005—We are pleased to announce that CommtechWireless was heralded a winner of the Telstra Small Business Award for 2005. (CommtechWireless - www.commtechwireless.com)

From a field that included notable businesses such as Keturah Day Spa and Cowara Contractors Pty Ltd, CommtechWireless was deemed the best business with between 20 and 50 full-time employees (the Panasonic Australia Business Award category).

The Telstra & Australian Governments' Small Business Awards began in 1992 with the aim of recognising the accomplishments and innovations of the small business sector in Australia. The aim was to reward the contribution that small business makes to the Australian economy from within a demanding environment.

Nathan Buzza, CommtechWireless CEO said, "Of the many awards our company has received, this is undoubtedly the most prestigious. For our dedicated staff, it represents public recognition of their uncompromising commitment to creating the most advanced wireless systems possible."

In the twelve years since its inception, CommtechWireless has amassed a customer base of 4,500 sites spanning 53 countries. Throughout the past decade, the company has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the development of leading-edge wireless infrastructure.

The award ceremony was held on Tuesday, 19th of July in the opulent surroundings of the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel in Perth. At $120 a ticket, seating was at a premium and many prominent guests were on hand – including the HON John D'Orazio MLA (Minister for Justice; Small Business) and Dr. Mal Washer (Member for Moore). While some nominees took advantage of the political platform afforded them, CommtechWireless CEO Nathan Buzza gave an eloquent, yet unprepared, speech thanking his hard working team.

Other awards received by CommtechWireless in the last two years include the CY O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering & Technology, the Emerging Exporter Award and the Information and Communications Export Award from the Department of Industry & Technology.

Most recently, CommtechWireless' innovative products have been used by the US Military to monitor and report on the traffic of nuclear material into the country from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A sensor, which is mounted in a motored vehicle, detects radiation within a given radius. When radiation is detected, the sensor device communicates with an alarm paging system via a transmitter. A message is then sent to the pager of an authorized personnel member on duty.

The latest Research & Development undertaking at CommtechWireless is a $1.8 million project to create a new IP-based integrated messaging platform designed for customers in healthcare, emergency services and hospitality. The new integrated messaging system is known as the 'Compact Series' and will allow staff in the security, emergency services, production, building and facilities management industries to respond quickly and efficiently to critical and time-sensitive information.

Contact:
Nathan Buzza CEO
CommtechWireless
http://www.commtechwireless.com/
61 8 6240 0000

Source: XTVWORLD.COM


Motorola Touts Full Service

By Karen Brown
July 27, 2005

After years operating under a smorgasbord philosophy with products based on myriad wireless schemes, Motorola now appears to have put itself on a stricter diet, revealing a strategy that focuses on select technology entrees including Linux, WiMAX, mesh networking and OFDM.

As echoed by its popular RAZR handset, this strategy for a newer, slimmed-down Motorola was a repeated theme at the company's annual investor's conference staged yesterday in Chicago. The company also highlighted efforts to strengthen its brand and cook up technologies that merge wireless and wireline communications under its seamless mobility mantra.

CEO Ed Zander told the packed room of analysts and journalists that despite the fact that cellular products constitute half of Motorola's revenue, the company is not positioning itself as a cell phone manufacturer but rather as "a full-service integration company."

Motorola's plan is to consolidate around a smaller group of core technologies, and with more common components, it will produce a wider range of handsets at a lower cost.

One such core technology is Linux, which Motorola now plans to develop as the core operating system (OS) for future mainstream devices in concert with a Java applications scheme, according to Ron Garriques, president of the mobile devices business. Motorola has shipped six high-end Linux-based phones so far for the Asian market, and the plan is to work the OS into mid-tier phones soon. It also has placed its applications development focus on Linux, Garriques added.

That said, Motorola does plan to continue developing the Microsoft Mobile operating system for more enterprise-oriented handsets. Case in point: Its Microsoft OS-based Q handset announced this week.

"There are different segments in the market, and clearly we are going out with the Q running Microsoft and that's great for prosumers and consumers," Garriques says. But with a significant product line in mid- to low-tier handsets, "getting that to be opened up to even more full features out in the world, we've made a decision that an open operating system like Linux is the right thing and Java is the right environment."

Motorola also is going to place a big bet on WiMAX, with a new Wi4 platform that combines Motorola's older Canopy fixed wireless design elements, the emerging 802.16e WiMAX standard for roaming, smart antenna improvements and OFDM as a primary radio scheme.

Across wireless technologies, OFDM's ability to more efficiently use spectrum and boost capacity makes it a key for Motorola, according to Adrian Nemcek, president of the networks business. "The air interface of the future is OFDM," he told the crowd.

It's also backing mesh network technology, boosted by its acquisition of Mesh Networks. Motorola now has the most patents of any technology provider in the space and sees a big future in public safety communications systems that have to cover urban, suburban and rural areas.

Streamlining also is in the cards for Motorola's supply chain and manufacturing operations. Stu Reed, senior vice president of integrated supply chain, indicated that there may be pink slips in the future at some of Motorola's manufacturing plants, but he would give no specifics.

Source: Wireless Week


Nighthawk Systems Announces New Wireless Emergency Notification Product

nighthawk Easy Integration into Warning Systems for Tsunamis, Floods, and Fires

SAN ANTONIO, TX—7/21/05—Nighthawk Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: NIHK), a leading provider of intelligent wireless power control products, today announced that it has developed the EA1 Emergency Alert, a multi-dimensional product that is perfectly suited for use by fire departments and in emergency notification programs and networks. Utilizing alphanumeric paging, the EA1 can emit an audible alarm and simultaneously print or display a desired warning or message on a sign.

Perhaps most importantly, the signal or message can be sent to multiple, widespread, specific locations that have EA1 units for simultaneous activation . This makes the EA1 perfect for civil defense warning systems for tornados, tsunamis, and fires, as well as for Amber Alerts and hazardous waste or chemical spills from trucks, trains or factories. The EA1 would allow for real-time emergency notification in schools, hotels, factories and homes as well as along highways and roadways.

Nighthawk products are already used in many firehouses, for sign activation and for activation of sirens. The EA1 was designed to be used by national, regional and/or local groups for accurate, fast alerting and delivery of specific information to multiple locations at the same time.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk’s CEO, stated, “Recent events, such as the tsunami threat off the coast of California in June and the invasion of protected airspace over the White House in May have shown that there are shortcomings in the existing warning systems, particularly the inability to quickly sound an alarm and transmit an accurate message concerning the nature of the emergency. Emergencies like these typically result in cell and traditional phone systems bogging down, and the in ability to get an accurate message through to those who need it the most. I believe that our product is a critical component in a better warning system.”

Individuals interested in Nighthawk Systems can sign up to receive email alerts by visiting the Company’s website at www.nighthawksystems.com.

About Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. provides wireless, remote monitoring and power control equipment and services that save customers time, effort and money. Nighthawk products allow for on-demand processing at single or multiple widespread sites, and are easily installed and operated by anyone, regardless of technical capability. Nighthawk services customers in a variety of markets including electric utilities, traffic control, computer systems, commercial lighting, and irrigation. For more information visit www.nighthawksystems.com.

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Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, including statements about plans and expectations regarding business areas and opportunities, acceptance of new or existing businesses, capital resources and future business or financial results are “forward-looking” statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, customer acceptance of our products, our ability to raise capital to fund our operations, our ability to develop and protect proprietary technology, government regulation, competition in our industry, general economic conditions and other risk factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and our future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations. We do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.

Posted Thursday, July 21, 2005

Source: Nighthawk Systems


“One Video Message Is Worth 1000 Voicemails” – Motorola Launches Video Mail for the Ojo™ Personal Video Phone

SCHAUMBERG, Ill. – 25 July 2005 – Leave a message and don’t forget to smile! Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) tonight introduced Ojo Video Mail – a new way to stay connected to the ones you love – for the popular Motorola Ojo™ Personal Video Phone.

With Ojo Video Mail, you’ll never miss another video call. A new twist on the old answering machine idea, this new feature lets you record a personalized video greeting that callers automatically receive when you’re not available to answer your Ojo Personal Video Phone. Callers can then record a video message, which Ojo will save for you to playback later on. A new menu item on the Ojo main screen shows when you have messages waiting and how many, and a simple push of a button lets you view saved messages at your convenience.

Like live video calls made through the Motorola Ojo, Video Mail offers high-quality video with synchronized audio. So whether it’s a baby’s first tooth or a simple call to say “I Love You,” Ojo Video Mail will capture the moment in real time and save it for whenever you are ready.

Ojo Video Mail will be available on the Ojo Personal Video Phone later this summer. The feature will be downloaded automatically to existing Ojo users, who will see the new feature on their Ojo main screen as soon as Video Mail has been added.

The Motorola Ojo is the first true-to-life video phone to provide Video Mail, a feature which perfectly complements the face-to-face conversations that consumers are already having with the product. The Motorola Ojo works over any high-speed Internet connection, and is designed to keep friends, family and co-workers seamlessly connected.

Motorola worked with WorldGate Communications (NASDAQ: WGAT, www.wgate.com), a leading developer of video telephony technologies, to bring the Ojo Personal Video Phone to market. WorldGate’s patented industrial design and patent-pending innovations for Ojo include a state-of-the-art optimization of the advanced MPEG-4 coding standard (H.264), which enables transmission of 30 frames-per-second video with synchronized audio at data rates as low as 100 Kbps. This allows the Motorola Ojo to work within the upstream data rates for both DSL and cable broadband networks, and ensures that existing broadband infrastructures can handle video phone traffic.

Currently, the Motorola Ojo™ Personal Video Phone (Model PVP1000) carries an MSRP of $799.99 and a $14.95 monthly service fee. To order Motorola Ojo or find a retailer in your area that carries the product, visit www.motorola.com/ojo.

About Motorola
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: www.motorola.com.

In order to use this product, cable or DSL broadband service, a cable or DSL modem, and a subscription to Ojo Services™ is required. A broadband router is required if connecting multiple devices to a broadband connection.

Motorola cannot guarantee the availability, reliability or performance, such as speed, of the broadband service you use, which may be affected by, among other things, (i) network traffic, (ii) other services offered by your broadband service provider, (iii) the performance of your computer equipment, (iv) the performance of your service provider's network, and (v) the availability of Internet router(s).

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Media Contact:
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MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. Ojo is a trademark of WorldGate Service, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.
© Motorola, Inc. 2005.

Source: Motorola Press Release


Teletouch Wins Seven-Year Paging Services Contract

July 25, 2005 | 10:49 AM

Teletouch Communications, Inc., a premier provider of wireless messaging and communications services, has announced that it has been awarded a new contract by the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services ("ADHHS") to provide comprehensive wireless messaging and paging services throughout the State of Arkansas. ADHHS has valued the contract at over $418,000, which is the total expected revenue through the seven-year life of the agreement. The first one-year term of service began July 1, 2005, with the contract providing for six annual renewal periods ending on June 30, 2012.

Under the terms of the contract, TLL will provide the ADHHS with complete paging services throughout the State of Arkansas. The contract requires a minimum system uptime availability of 99%, a performance level that Teletouch has provided in the State and throughout its paging system for many years. The Company will also provide onsite support and access to its local service centers throughout the State, as well as ongoing pager maintenance services. Teletouch has been providing messaging services to the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services for more than ten years.

"Our continued investment and unequaled paging network coverage in the State of Arkansas, delivers greater than 99% reliability and system up-time, while helping the State to control costs," said T. A. "Kip" Hyde, Jr., Teletouch CEO. "We're pleased to be able to continue providing paging services to Arkansas' Department of Health & Human Services."

Source: WirelessIQ


Are Those Your Sunglasses I Hear Ringing?

July 25, 2005

Motorola and Oakley have developed a combination sunglasses/cell-phone headset product line that offers another option for hands-free gabbing while driving.

By Elena Malykhina
InformationWeek

How about some Bluetooth wireless capabilities along with that UV protection?

Motorola Inc. and sunglass maker Oakley Inc. are coming out with a line of combination sunglasses/cell-phone headsets, called Razrwire, that lets the wearer carry on phone conversations while up to 30 feet away from a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. The companies indicate that one obvious use for Razrwires is driving: Drivers can protect their eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, while looking fashionable as they talk hands-free on a cell phone.

Razrwire uses Motorola's third-generation Bluetooth technology and supports the Bluetooth RF protocol, which makes it compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and devices. Motorola says the wearable technology has easy-to-use controls, including two volume buttons and a button for handling incoming and outgoing calls.

Razrwire will be available for purchase in early August at select Cingular Wireless retail stores and online for $295.

Source: Information Week


Motorola unveils its latest range

By Paul Taylor in New York
Published: July 26 2005 01:00 | Last updated: July 26 2005 01:00

Motorola, the US-based electronics group, announced on Monday a slew of new products including the Moto Q, a sleek mobile communicator powered by Microsoft software and designed to compete with RIM's Blackberry device.

Motorola described the Moto Q, which is modelled on its stylish Razr handset and uses Microsoft's Windows Mobile software, as “the world's thinnest, lightest Qwerty phone”.

Like the Blackberry and other mobile communicators from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and others, the Moto Q combines the features of a traditional mobile phone with email capability.

The Moto Q, which is expected to be available in the first quarter of next year, could pose a serious challenge for RIM whose wireless email-capable Blackberry devices have become enormously popular.

Nevertheless, some companies have balked at RIM's corporate software licensing fees while Blackberry users often complain about the device's lack of advanced phone features and voice call quality complaints that Motorola is clearly aiming to exploit. “Great email and good looks aren't enough,” said Motorola. “True productivity demands superior voice quality too.”

Like RIM's Blackberry, the Moto Q features thumb-wheel navigation but Motorola claimed it was “50 per cent thinner than its top competitors” despite building in additional features including a 1.3 mega-pixel camera and flash.

The Moto Q is also one of the first devices to use the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Mobile software - a move that ensures it will hook up easily to corporate email systems built around Microsoft's Exchange 2003 and Outlook email software.

Among other product announcements last night, Motorola unveiled sunglasses with a built-in Bluetooth hands-free headset in partnership with Oakley, the eyewear specialist, and a video mail service designed to work with Motorola's Ojo Personal Video Phone.

Noticeably missing from the line-up was Motorola's long-promised Apple iTunes phone which Ed Zander, Motorola's chief executive, has said will be launched this summer.

Source: Financial Times


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


READER'S COMMENTS

From: "Oshinsky, Stephen M" <oshinsky>
Date: July 26, 2005 3:33:03 PM CDT
Subject: Fall Conference

AAPC has identified a venue for their fall conference.  The event is scheduled for November 2-4 at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, www.thescottsdaleresort.com.  We are proposing that the PTC meeting be on Friday, November 4 beginning around 8:30 AM and ending with lunch.

I'd like to get a quick response from members on thoughts for this schedule since it's not our traditional Tuesday or Wednesday meeting.  The idea is that any subcommittee meetings will be held on Thursday afternoon or evening (if warranted) and the general membership meeting will be the Friday morning.  The AAPC will be having their conference during this time and will end the conference with a golf outing on Friday afternoon.

If you can send me a quick email with any thoughts for the schedule and whether you or your company would send someone (or more than one) person, we can use the info to help make the conference and meeting a success.

Thanks,

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MORE TECHNOLOGY NEWS

FCC establishes Net telephony E911 task force

Published: July 25, 2005, 3:24 PM PDT
By Marguerite Reardon
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday the creation of a task force made up of federal and state officials that will help enforce 911 service requirements for Internet telephony providers.

Individuals from the FCC and state public utility commissions will serve as members of the task force, and they will work closely with representatives from the public safety community, the FCC said.

The task force is expected to develop educational materials to ensure that consumers understand their rights and the requirements of the FCC's VoIP E911 Order, which was issued back in May. It will also come up with rules to help providers expedite compliance, and it will compile data and share best practice information.

"One of the FCC's core missions is to promote public safety," Kevin Martin, chairman of the FCC, said in a statement. "Our VoIP E911 rules are critical to achieving that goal. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the states to advance our common goal that all Americans, no matter their provider, have access to life-saving emergency 911 services."

Traditional landline phone providers and cellular operators are already required to offer E911, or enhanced 911. The service, which allows operators to locate phones dialing 911, has been credited with saving many lives. Some VoIP providers have already been offering some form of emergency service, but the calls have been indirect at best. The calls take a circuitous route often ending up at the administration offices of 911 call centers, and not emergency dispatchers.

Now the FCC has put pressure on VoIP operators to offer the same kind of service that landline phone providers and cellular operators already offer. On May 19, the FCC issued its VoIP E911 rules, giving VoIP operators 120 days to comply with E911 rules.

The rules require providers to deliver all 911 calls to customers' local emergency operators; give emergency operators the call-back number and location information of their customers, and inform their customers of their E911 capabilities and limitations of their service.

Source: c|net News.com


Japan begins quest for fastest supercomputer

The technology ministry aims to develop a next-generation supercomputer some 73 times faster than today's record-holder, ministry officials said Monday.

According to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the planned supercomputer will operate at a maximum speed of 10 petaflops, or 10 quadrillion floating point operations per second.

That would far exceed the current record of 136.8 teraflops held by the U.S. supercomputer Blue Gene/L, which was jointly developed by IBM and the U.S. government.

The ministry plans to seek several billion yen in research funds in fiscal 2006, which begins next April.

The total amount for the project is likely to reach 80 billion yen to 100 billion yen by the time the project is completed in 2010, if all goes as planned, the officials said.

Such high-speed computers are necessary for simulating experiments that are difficult to conduct or take too much time in real life. Researchers hope to use the computer to develop new drugs, to simulate the formation of galaxies and to predict the paths of typhoons and intense rainfall.

The Japanese supercomputer Earth Simulator held the title of world's fastest for 2 1/2 years until last September, with a speed of 35.9 teraflops. However, as of June it had fallen to fourth place.

Panting along behind Blue Gene/L in the speed charts are the BGW and Columbia systems, both created in the United States. The U.S. is also planning to create a supercomputer of petaflop ability by 2010. A petaflop is equal to 1,000 teraflops.

Source: The Japan Times, July 26, 2005


Russia’s Biggest Spammer Murdered

Chris Hunter
Monday, 25 July 2005

Mosnews reports that a prolific Russian spammer has been found dead after suffering repeated blows to the head. Vardan Kushnir headed up the American language center and was one, if not the worst spammer in Russia.

"American Language Center was the most prominent and the most famous spammer in Russia around 2002-2003. As the name suggests, the company is a language center that taught American English, with the emphasis on verbal skills. The company is based in Moscow.

The company regularly and indiscriminately sent astronomical amounts of spam to Russian Internet users, promoting the telephone numbers of its office.

The company managed to successfully defeat anti-spam filtering for a long time by applying the latest tricks (garbled words to defeat filtering, text in image to defeat smart filtering, deformed images to defeat OCR). There is probably no spamming technique that wasn't used, including spamming in media other than e-mail, such as forums, blogs, e-commerce sites, ICQ, etc." [wikipedia]

They received several death threats but continued spamming due to loopholes (or non existent) Russian Laws.

In a retaliation attempt to create an offline DDOS attack, Internet users started posting the phone numbers at dating sites pretending the numbers belong to attractive and "easy" girls, at bulletin boards, for example pretending to sell a good car for below market price.

The users also participated in phone DDOS campaigns themselves, with thousands of angry calls on one day. An online magazine encouraged its readers to call and pretend to sign up for the courses or request extensive information.

The conspiracy theories have inevitably started with webpronews asking the question 'Did Anti-spam gang kill russian spammer?'

An example of the spam being sent can be seen here at NANAS

Death from spam?

Source: Spamfo.co.uk


Track and seek: Cell phones roll out new location-based services

Article Last Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 10:35:34 AM PST

By Eve Mitchell
ANG Staff Writer

When Will Tiley's plumbers go out on the road, he knows exactly where they are, thanks to a service that uses satellite technology to pinpoint cell phone locations.

Tiley, who owns Fremont-based All Valley Plumbing, is a customer of Nextel Communications, a pioneer in the cell phone world in providing location-based services.

The service allows Tiley to keep tabs on his company's 17 plumbers, who each carry a Nextel cell phone equipped with a GPS, or Global Positioning System, chip in the handset. GPS technology makes it possible to use satellites to pinpoint a cell phones location, which Tiley can track on his computer screen.

Thats why Tiley can figure out which plumber is closest to an emergency service request, then call or text message that plumber to go there.

I know where my guys are. Im able to handle emergencies a lot faster,' said Tiley, whose firm serves the East Bay, Central Valley, Peninsula and San Francisco. It also makes dispatching easier on a gas-consumption basis.'

Location-based services have started to gain traction in the business world. But in the coming months, look for more carriers to start rolling out services to help consumers find a restaurant or business in an unfamiliar town, get turn-by-turn driving directions to a destination, or even keep tabs on their kids and other family members. With location-based services expected to grow, carriers don't want to miss out on the market.

There's definitely more (interest currently on) the business side than the consumer side,' said Marina Amoroso, a wireless analyst with the Yankee Group. Location-based services can help a business with efficiency and productivity and can help manage remote workers. There is actually a need in businesses, and its a need they are willing to pay for.'

For example, Nextel's services that help businesses manage vehicle-based workers while providing online tracking. It also provides audio and written directions. The service starts at around $30 a month per phone.

But only a small number of businesses have opted for location-based services. Less than 5 percent of U.S. businesses use such services, according to Brent Iadarola, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan.

By the end of the year, he expects location-based services offered to businesses to bring carriers about $222 million in revenue. That number is expected to climb to $961 million in 2010.

As early as next year, Iadarola expects revenues from such services geared toward consumers to overtake business demand as the country's major carriers start rolling out services in the coming months. It comes down to critical mass: Of the more than 182 million cell phone users in America, most subscribers are consumers.

Such services exist because of a federal mandate requiring cell phone 911 calls to be pinpointed to within 50 to 300 meters.

The technology to carry out this mandate?which involves locating a caller's latitude and longitude?has resulted in carriers either upgrading cell phone towers and/or investing in GPS-enabled phones. All that investment has made it possible for carriers to offer location-based services, which cost anywhere from an extra few dollars to nearly $100 a month per phone, depending on the service.

Call it making lemonade out of lemons.

(The carriers) had to put this investment forward,' Amoroso said. They might as well try to leverage (their investments) to bring in some revenues.'

Nextel and Sprint already offer location-based services. (In December, Sprint, a carrier best known for focusing on the consumer market, announced it was buying Nextel, a company that concentrates on business customers).

Cingular, which bought AT&T Wireless last year, still provides location-based services for its acquired AT&T Wireless customers who had signed up.

AT&T Wireless introduced location-based services to consumers in 2002, providing driving directions and helping find people and places. AT&T used Cell-ID technology. The technology?which is not the same solution that Cingular is using to meet the FCC mandate for locating wireless 911 calls?has an accuracy range of 300 feet to two miles, according to Amoroso.

It was a poor attempt at the services,' Amoroso said. It was highly inaccurate.

We recognize its a proximity location service, Cingular spokeswoman Lauren Garner said. It is meant to provide the approximate?not exact?location of places, she said.

What were evaluating for the new Cingular is, are there other applications that we may use for proximity location or do we have a need for services that are more accurate, Garner said. Were researching vendors and what services we want to provide for our customers going forward.

Nextel began offering location-based services in 2002.

Among its many services, Nextel offers a $9.99-a-month service geared toward consumers that offers directions in recorded audio and written form. The service also finds nearby gas stations, restaurants and other businesses.

(Nextel) has been the leader to date, said Amoroso, adding that she expects other carriers to launch location-based services to both consumers and businesses.

Sprint has offered GPS-enabled phones to customers since 2001. But it wasn't until April that Sprint added location-based services to a couple of its existing services. Sprint subscribers who call the carriers directory assistance service at $1.25 a call can now get operator-assisted driving directions to a destination.

Sprint customers who run into car trouble but dont know where they are can now use the carriers $4-a-month Roadside Rescue service to ask a dispatcher to pinpoint their location and send help.

That is a beginning step into consumer location-based services,' Amoroso said. They have to ease into this area. The revenues on the consumer side are not proven yet. They are really trying to walk before they run.

Both of Sprints location-based services use software developed by Kivera, the Oakland-based division of TeleCommunications Systems Inc., a Maryland-based provider of wireless data solutions to cell phone carriers.

We provide the software that works with the GPS. The software is called the Kivera location engine, said Carlo Cardilla, Kiveras vice president of business development.

Sprints location-based services are offered on an opt-in basis. That means Sprint customers using directory assistance or Roadside Rescue have given permission to Sprint before their location can be tracked down.

In May, Sprint launched another service to help businesses locate and track mobile workers. The cost depends on what service a business customer has with Sprint, which declined to say what the pricing range is.

Verizon Wireless also expects to offer location-based services that would include driving directions and other services in the third quarter.

While carriers are taking an opt-in approach for location-based service offers to consumers, its another story with business customers, analysts say.

Thats because when a business uses a location-based service, employees are aware that they are on company time and are being monitored and managed, Iadarola said.

For example, Nextel's location-based services for businesses require employees to clock in using the cell phone, which in turn activates the online tracking function, according to Nextel spokesman Matt Sullivan. When the work day is over, the employee clocks out, which ends the tracking function.

While location-based services help business keep tabs on workers, the technology also makes it possible to keep tabs on your kids.

A location-based service to track kids and other family members was recently launched by Redwood Shores-based Wherify Wireless. It requires using Wherify Wireless's special GPS-enabled cell phone, which can be pre-set to push buttons that dial five different numbers but has no dialing pad.

In the next few months, Iadarola sees such child-finder services being offered through the family plans of major cell phone carriers.

You (would be able) to see where everyone is on the family plan on a desktop PC, he said. I would expect that to be a big application.

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PALO ALTO, Calif.—Internet telephony operator Skype has tens of millions of users but envisions attracting billions with the help of video phones, says the man who co-founded the company.

Niklas Zennstrom, who also serves as the company's CEO, demonstrated a beta video version of Skype during his keynote at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford University. The application is a plug-in based on Skype's core telecommunications technology and is being tested internally. Speaking from his office in Estonia, the executive did not say when the product would be ready for release.

Flanked by Tim Draper of investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (Skype's largest investor, to the tune of $10 million), Zennstrom said his goal is to use innovations from developers and outside partners to help build his business to a level that could rival Google and Yahoo.

"We are trying to create an ecosystem and extend our network...and we are focused on developing our products and extending our API's (application user interfaces) so we can be bigger than we could be by ourselves," Zennstrom said, declining to respond to speculation that Yahoo is trying to buy his company. Skype's annual revenue has not been disclosed, but analysts suggest that it could be in the $6 billion to $10 billion range.

So far, Skype has been successful with an affiliate program that allows companies and small Web site owners to co-brand the Skype service. So far, sites in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and some European countries are onboard.

Zennstrom also noted that his company's partnerships with hardware manufacturers, including Motorola and Siemens, would help increase Skype's user base. So far, Palm OS-based smart phones were not being considered, Zennstrom said, because the operating system wasn't that great for voice processing.

At one point, Zennstrom affirmed claims that Skype software uses some of the computing resources and available bandwidth on a connected PC to create super groupings of network identities or nodes without user permission. The executive explained that any such practice helped the software better locate a Skype user on the network.

"If I can share my computer resources and not pay my phone bill, some people think that is a good thing," he said.

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Video telephony has perennially been the "next year" application for leading providers of Internet telephony, meaning they've all said it's coming but have yet to introduce the services. In the U.S., video telephony is available from Packet8, a Silicon Valley-based Net phone operator. Meanwhile, gear makers Cisco Systems, Avaya and others are trying to develop ways to lower the costs of videophones, which are considered too high for most consumers.

Analysts believe businesses will be the first adopters of video telephony, mainly as a way to cut down on travel costs associated with in-person meetings. Consumers are less likely to adopt such a service until the price of phones drops to affordable levels—below $100 each, analysts say.

Considering that Skype's telephony software has been downloaded more than 132 million times, and has up to 3 million simultaneous users at any time of day, Skype's entry into the video phone application game is sure to boost the industry's chances.

But it remains to be seen whether Skype customers are willing to buy video phones or pay for any new videophone software the operator is going to release. That's because Skype's is mostly a free service if the calls are made between Internet-connected PCs, although it does offer premium services such as SkypeOut, which lets users make calls from their PC to traditional phones for about two cents a minute. So far, SkypeOut has about 1.1 million customers, which Skype says allows it to lay claim to the title of largest commercial VoIP operator.

Draper, who helped fund cutting-edge companies such as online e-mail provider Hotmail and Internet advertising software firm Overture, affirmed that he and Zennstrom would like to keep Skype a private company. The investment banker said that Skype wouldn't even consider being acquired for less than $1 billion.

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