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FRIDAY - MAY 6, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 162

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

The AAPC Wireless Forum is gathering momentum and it looks like it will be very well attended this year. This is the only trade show in the US dedicated to Paging. We have several very interesting speakers. They will be talking about business and technology topics of interest to everyone involved in wireless messaging. I am looking forward to hearing them all. A tentative list of speakers and topics follows in the AAPC Bulletin. This is issue number seven since we started including the AAPC newsletter within this newsletter.

Todd Buchanan, vice president of operations at Verizon Wireless Messaging Services has recently been appointed to the board of directors of the AAPC. Congratulations Todd!

todd buchananTodd Buchanan is responsible for managing the national paging company and directing a workforce of 2,000 employees in service of 2.1 million customers.

Previously, Buchanan was responsible for financial planning, analysis, reporting, compliance and tax for Verizon Wireless Messaging Services. As director of inventory operations, he developed and executed the centralization of nine regional inventory hubs into one distribution center. He also led the business redesign effort to transform Verizon Wireless Messaging Services from 40 decentralized markets to 9 regional hubs.

Before joining Verizon Wireless, Buchanan held various positions with AirTouch Paging, most recently as senior financial analyst.

Verizon Wireless provides nationwide paging service—with both one-way and two-way pagers—in all 50 states (including the top 150 U.S. markets and beyond). Verizon Wireless is a major nationwide player in the paging industry.

More news follows.


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SPECIAL REPORT
 

 

Location Service Business—Opportunity or Just Hype?

By: Brooks Marsden GTES LLC.

We have all heard the phrase location, location, location. Location is very important when it comes to real estate and now it is becoming increasingly important in the work place and in our personal lives.

New automobiles are coming equipped with GPS and moving map displays, dedicated GPS units are used by hikers, hunters, boaters, and pilots—and sales of GPS plug-ins for PDAs are soaring. Many of the most recent cell-phones can be tracked by authorized users via a web site and a secure password. How does this all fit into the business world as we know it?

Frost and Sullivan projects that GPS or location services will be a 4-5 billion dollar business by 2010. Searching the web, you can find hundreds of companies who have recognized the opportunity, and who claim to deliver location solutions . . . but do they provide a complete solution, and do they have the features that make them saleable to your customers?

GPS has been used by the long-haul trucking industry for some time to locate tractors and drivers; this industry vertical has been well defined and has products that serve it well as long as the vehicle is out in the open and has a clear view of the sky. The relatively high cost of the typically satellite-based wireless links, as well as the cost of the vehicle-installed hardware, has limited the penetration of these solutions outside the long-haul markets. Smaller fleets had difficulty justifying the initial and ongoing costs, and also were often operating in dense metropolitan areas where traditional GPS proved unreliable due to the lack of an open view of the sky. For these customers, as well as those looking to track rolling stock such as trailers, cargo containers, or even the cargo itself—wireless-tracking solutions have not been widely available . . . until now.

The latest generations of GPS devices don’t require an unobstructed view of the sky; most have internal antennas, and some run on internal rechargeable batteries. What has brought this revolution about? Driven by the E911 mandate to provide emergency location capabilities in cell phones, new generations of GPS chips have been designed to make this all possible. The improved performance of these chipsets, along with their decreased size and power consumption, has spawned the growth of location services. The ability to economically track high value assets is now a real business.

By using a technique called network assisted GPS (A-GPS), we can now operate without external antennas and deliver compact units that can be installed just by dropping them into a glove box or package. The combination of these two technologies enables devices to be tracked almost anywhere that has wireless coverage.

The use of A-GPS allows the location of devices inside of steel shipping containers, in parking garages, and in basements of buildings. These devices are currently or soon to be available on ReFLEX, CDMA, GSM, and other wireless networks. What turns an interesting technology into a business tool is the location application supporting these devices. The application, if it is done well, provides the mapping information, alerts, geo fencing, and business intelligence to provide the customer with the tools they need to manage their business, reducing costs on driving revenue. Most Location ASP’s, however, have developed generic applications—based on a single device and wireless technology—which attempt to provide one-size fits-all solutions. These fit no one particularly well, and they provide an opportunity for a clearly targeted, flexible, and business-optimized solution.

Is this a business opportunity for you and your company? Let’s compare what we have sold in the past with the potential sale of Location based services.

 Paging Location
 User Device Sale User Device Sale
 Monthly Revenue Monthly Revenue
 Direct Customer Direct Customer
 Brand Identification Brand Identification
 Local Service Local Service
  Application differentiation
  Targeted Business Solution
  Value-added upsales potential

The table above highlights the similarities in the two businesses. The real difference is that Location is an emerging market and paging is one that is either static or is declining. So are Location sales for your company? Only time will tell. We will explore the business opportunity in future articles.


 
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ISSUE NO. 7 — FRIDAY — MAY 6, 2005

AAPC Wireless Forum

June 1–3, 2005
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Commtech Wireless
Contact Wireless
Daniels Electronics, LLC
Digital Paging Company
Electronic Paging Products, Inc.
GTES, LLC
Hark Systems
Indiana Paging Network, Inc.
ISC Technologies, Inc.
MCM Technology
Microspace Communications
Monongahela Communications, LLC
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Phoenix Wireless, Inc.
Prism Systems International, Inc.
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SkyTel
United Communications Corporation
WaveRider Communications
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Tentative Conference Agenda

Wednesday, June 1
5:00 – 7:00Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
  
Thursday, June 2
8:15 – 8:30Opening Remarks
8:30 – 9:15FCC Update
9:15 – 10:00Brian Gilmore
Answering TeleServices International (ATSI)
10:00 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Emerging Technologies
10:15 – 10:30Myron Anduri
Nighthawk Systems
10:30 – 10:45Brooks Marsden
GTES
10:45 – 11:00John O’Donnel
SkyTel
11:00 – 11:15Kevin Brown
MessageNet Systems
11:15 – 11:30Jon Word
Contact Wireless
11:30 – 12:00AAPC General Meeting
12:00 – 12:30AAPC Board Meeting
12:15 – 1:15Lunch
12:00 – 4:30Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 – 1:00Lunch in Exhibit Hall
5:00 – 6:30Cocktail Reception
  
Friday, June 3
8:45 – 9:00Opening Remarks
9:00 – 12:00Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 – 9:30Regulatory Affairs Update
Ken Hardman
9:30 – 10:30VoIP and Paging Carriers
Vic Jackson
Interconnection Services, Inc.
10:30 – 11:30The Future of Paging Technologies
Stephen Oshinsky
SkyTel
1:00 – finish Annual Golf Tournament at Pine Lakes
International Country Club

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Thanks to the Gold Vendors!
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Thanks to the Silver Vendors!
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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.
  • Minilec Service, Inc.
  • RMS Communications
  • TGA Technologies
  • Trace Technologies LLC
  • Unication USA
  • United Communications Corporation
  • VCP International
  • Zetron, Inc.

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

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 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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TWO TERM SUPPORTER
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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 email (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
  • Uses Embedded Linux as the Multitasking OS
  • Secure access for Configuration and Maintenance
  • Converts Serial TAP message to SNPP or SMTP
  • Converts Serial Data to TCP/IP and TCP/IP back to Serial
  • Connects to Internet using 10Base-T Network
  • Connects to Internet using Modem and PPP
  • Dial Backup to another ISP or Modem
  • Can be Configured to use 1 to 4 Serial Ports
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Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275
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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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Your Choice of Options

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

CONTACT
Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
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Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
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Multitone also has a range of PowerPage & FuturePhone Wireless Communication Solutions to suit your individual communication needs.

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WIRELESS NEWS

RIM Takes PDA Top Spot From palmOne

Fri May 06, 2005 7:37 am

Following a surge of PDA sales due to advancing wireless networking capabilities, Research In Motion's BlackBerry device has become the world's most popular PDA, according to research firm Gartner.

Up 76 percent in the first quarter this year, RIM took the top spot away from rival palmOne, which slipped to No. 2 among falling shipment rates of 26 percent. Now with a combined market share of 20.8 percent, RIM leads the PDA industry followed by palmOne with 18 percent and HP with 17.6 percent.

"PDAs with integrated wireless local area network or cellular capabilities accounted for approximately 55 percent of all PDAs shipped in the first quarter of 2005," said Todd Kort, principal analyst at Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group.

"This increase is primarily the result of the growing popularity of wireless email, with users favoring larger displays and QWERTY keyboards operated with both hands."

Contrary to widespread predictions of a slow death, the handheld computing industry experienced a recent surge in sales, which revealed a year-on-year increase of 25 percent to 3.4 million units. Gartner's explanation for the sudden growth was due to interest in wireless connectivity, which matured last year.

Recently announcing licensing agreements for its proprietary email delivery technology, RIM is steadily becoming available on PalmOS and Windows Mobile devices as well.

Source: Mobiledia


USA Mobility Sets Date To Report First Quarter Results

Investor Conference Call Information Provided

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced that it will report operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005 on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

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

USA Mobility's conference call for investors will be broadcast over the Internet, accessible through the Investor Relations section of the company's web site at http://www.usamobility.com. To listen to the webcast, investors are advised to log on to the web site at least 10 minutes prior to the broadcast.

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

Contact:
Bob Lougee
(508) 870-6771

Source: USA Mobility


Govt. body quashes paging operators' plea

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

NEW DELHI: The ailing pager industry can literally count its days with the Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) quashing the appeal seeking relief measures from the Government.

The telecom tribunal has said that there was no merit in the paging operators' demands since advancement in technology has to continue in the interest of the consumers.

The paging operators had filed an appeal with the TDSAT seeking relief in license fee payable and compensation from the Government for monetary loss faced by the service players due to "unfair" policy.

They had also sought a direction to waive fixed license fee with retrospective effect and refund of the fee paid so far. They wanted a direction to the TRAI to examine the grievance and economic structure of the paging industry and recommend suitable relief measures.

The paging subscriber base has been dwindling from over 700,000 users in 1998 to just a few thousand now. Most of the paging operators have already shut down and diversified into the BPO sector.

Source: Silicon India


Teletouch Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2005

April 22, 2005 05:18 PM US Eastern Timezone

TYLER, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 22, 2005—Teletouch Communications, Inc. (AMEX:TLL) today reported on its results for the third quarter and nine months ended February 28, 2005. Total revenue for the third quarter was down approximately 10.4% to $5.9 million compared with $6.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2004. Cash and Cash Equivalents were significantly improved at $1.1 million as of the end of the third quarter from $0.3 million in the comparable 2004 period.

Total Paging revenues for the third quarter 2005 declined 19.4% to $4.5 million compared with $5.6 million in the third quarter 2004. Two-way radio service and product sales increased 53% to approximately $1.3 million compared with approximately $0.8 million in the third quarter of last year. Telemetry service and product sales totaled $42,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2005 compared with $86,000 in the same quarter the prior year, with recurring telemetry service revenues increasing roughly 42.3% to $37,000 for the quarter from $26,000 in the prior year period.

Teletouch recorded an operating loss of $669,000 for the latest quarter compared with an operating loss of $492,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2004. The increased operating loss during the third quarter was primarily due to the $988,000 decline in Service, Rent and Maintenance Revenue for the period, primarily due to anticipated losses in paging subscribers. The decline in pager revenue and the resulting impact on operating losses were offset by significant reductions in 2005 operating expenses of $507,000, as compared to the same period in 2004.

Net loss applicable to common stockholders was $537,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2005 compared with net loss applicable to common stockholders of $435,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2004. Net loss per share was $0.12 for the current quarter compared with a net loss per share of $0.10 in the same period of the prior year.

Discussing the third quarter financial results, Teletouch CEO, T. A. "Kip" Hyde, Jr. stated, "We continue to show strong gains in the two-way radio business segment. While these gains are not sufficient to offset the continuing decline in recurring pager service revenues, we have continued to firmly manage our overhead and operating expenses and maintain cash-on-hand at about a million dollars. In fact, we continue to reduce our expenses to align with the reduction in revenues, with Selling, General and Administrative expenses down 10.7% from the same period last year.

"Our telemetry and GPS-location based products and services group has been slower than anticipated to generate substantial revenue. But, our sales efforts continue to show promise and we are hopeful of achieving significant sales in this business unit. In addition, we continue to work through the due diligence and financing issues for the two previously announced security business acquisitions."

Hyde continued, "As further discussed in the latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, `Item 5. Other Events,' the Company recently received two comment letters from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") requesting additional clarification on accounting issues primarily related to the Company's debt restructuring roughly three years ago. Given the complexity of the accounting involved in that transaction, we did not believe it unusual or unreasonable to receive this type of comment letter. In March 2005, we responded to the SEC's initial letter. On April 8th, we received a second comment letter in response to our March response letter. As a result, we briefly delayed the filing of our third quarter report pending our review, in conjunction with our auditors, of the additional comments received. Based on our assessment of those comments, we do not believe the Company's third quarter results will be materially affected and therefore filed our quarterly report."

Hyde concluded, "In light of the SEC comment letter response process, we have also elected to delay our Annual Shareholders Meeting. As we are in the process of responding to the April 8th letter, the Company's Board of Directors has not set new record or meeting dates pending the SEC's review of our preliminary proxy disclosures. Once we have received SEC clearance, the Company will set new meeting and record dates for the Annual Shareholders Meeting."

About Teletouch
Teletouch offers telemetry and GPS-location based mobile asset monitoring, cellular, two-way radio communications and wireless messaging services throughout the United States. Teletouch's common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under stock symbol: TLL. Additional business and financial information on Teletouch is available at www.Teletouch.com.

All statements in this news release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the caption "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q filings. In addition, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Source: Business Wire


BlackBerries for breakfast

Thursday 28 April 2005

How BlackBerry devices are helping GMTV keep up to the minute in a fast-moving world

The company

GMTV, owned by ITV (75%) and Disney (25%), is the UK’s biggest breakfast broadcaster, attracting an average daily audience of six million viewers. Launched in 1993, the programme airs between 6.00am and 9.25am, 365 days a year. GMTV currently employs 300 people, 14 of whom are correspondents.

Customer requirements

GMTV staff, both correspondents and sales executives, spend a large proportion of their time out of the office. For the outside broadcast teams it is important to be able to access "on-air" times (telling them exactly when they will go live) without having to constantly phone in to find out.

In addition, Geoff Wright, GMTV's chief engineer, is responsible for 1,100 transmitters in the UK during GMTV’s airtime, and needed an effective way of receiving updates on them.

The sales team also required a solution to keep them in touch with e-mail and company information while traveling to different prospects without having to carry a laptop.

Historically, GMTV relied on paging, and more recently SMS, to contact employees away from base who could then access e-mail via Outlook Web Access. However, this still meant they had to find somewhere to access the internet from, which was not always practical.

Mobile solution

GMTV reviewed different options to facilitate mobile office working, and opted for the BlackBerry from Orange, primarily as it provided the most cost-effective solution to mobile working, but also due to ease of use and installation.

A total of 28 staff are now equipped with BlackBerries from Orange, including 10 of the 14 correspondents. GMTV plans to increase the number of BlackBerries to 45 over the next couple of months.

BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

Orange offers the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld as part of its extensive mobile device portfolio. Getting started requires a simple installation of a BlackBerry Enterprise Server at the customer site, which enables secure mobile access over Orange’s GPRS network.

Customer benefits

  • GMTV is the longest live daily television production on ITV. With BlackBerry from Orange, the correspondents can ensure they can continue to be productive during free slots in their schedule.
  • The running order of the programme often changes to reflect world events, particularly on busy news days. Now correspondents out in the field get up-to-the-minute information on when the studio is coming to them live. The software in the BlackBerry automatically updates information every 30 seconds.
  • The sales team is able to receive e-mail and company information while on the go.
  • The chief engineer can now receive a status report on any of the 1,100 transmitters that need to be monitored during the programme.

Future use

GMTV is looking into other uses of the BlackBerry, including:

  • access to various wire services such as PA and Reuters to ensure reporters are aware of all breaking news stories
  • access to a simple interface enabling viewing of the programme’s script
  • remote capabilities for server administration
  • video streaming capabilities for broadcasting.

Quotes

“The BlackBerry from Orange is simple and easy to use. This, coupled with the physical size and weight, makes it an ideal handheld device. The technology and underlying security have been very stable and reliable to date. It works - which is not always the case with other devices.”
Geoff Wright, chief engineer, GMTV

“Up-to-date receipt of information is vital in the media broadcasting industry. Mobile technology can deliver this through a variety of different ways. Orange offers a range of extensive bespoke solutions and partners with the best in breed to offer third-party solutions. The BlackBerry solution is very popular and easy to set up and use, providing a good match to GMTV’s mobile working requirements.”
Shaun Orpen, marketing director for business solutions, Orange

Source: ComputerWeekly.com


Short messaging catches on in U.S.

Article published Saturday, April 30, 2005

Your computer can send messages to people who are away from their own computers, don’t check e-mail regularly, or don’t even have e-mail.

If the person has a cell phone, the Short Message Service (SMS) can get their attention, fast, without calling, with brief text messages: Call the office now. Where are the spare car keys? Soccer game is at 7. We got the contract!

SMS, or “text messaging,” has been available for years. It was introduced as part of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications. GSM is the most popular of the three digital wireless telephone technologies, with more than 120 million users worldwide.

The technology digitizes and compresses cell phone conversations, and transmits voice with two other streams of user data. One of those extra channels carries short messages, which usually must be less than 160 characters.

Wildly popular in Europe and Japan, SMS is catching on in the United States, especially among younger cell phone users.

However, many computer users—and people with digital-based cell phones—are only vaguely aware of SMS.

Text messaging is similar to both paging and e-mail. SMS text can be sent in various was, such as from a computer to a mobile phone or from one cell phone to another. The cell phone must be on a network that supports SMS. Some wireless phone providers charge an additional monthly fee for text messaging.

Sending text messages from a computer is simple.

Most cell phones automatically have an e-mail address. If you know the cell phone number and the cell phone provider, that combination usually becomes the email address and the address for SMS text.

A person whose cell phone number is 123-456-7890 and buys service from CellKing has a “SMS address” of 1234567890@cellking.com. Keyboard that address into your e-mail software and send like any other message.

Some cell providers, however, use variations. The end of the SMS address, for instance, may be “.net” rather than “.com.” T-Mobile customers use their phone number plus “@tmomail.net.”

Remember that the recipient may either pay for each message or have it subtracted from a fixed allocation of SMS messages paid for with a monthly fee.

If you don’t know the cell phone provider, try using a “SMS gateway” on the Internet. These are sites for sending text messages with the phone number as the only address. Search for “SMS gateways” on the Internet, and you will find sites like www.smseverywhere.com. Be sure to check for fees and read the conditions of use to see what use the site may make of personal information.

With the length limit, SMS messages must be short but informative. Leave out “a,” “the,” commas, and periods.

In addition to using SMS for phone-to-phone messaging, cell phone users can use SMS services from a variety of Web sites to weather alerts, new bulletins, stock market reports, and other information delivered to their phones.

Source: ToledoBlade.com


BellSouth launches new communication service

Business First of Louisville - 11:18 AM EDT Thursday

BellSouth has launched a new service called BellSouth Messenger Service.

The instant messaging service, which includes a video component, is free to BellSouth customers who have broadband Internet access, a webcam and a microphone. The service also will be ad-free, according to a news release.

BellSouth's service will allow users to connect through one screen to other instant messaging programs, such as those offered by MSN, AOL and Yahoo!Friends, the release said. After users register to create accounts with the other programs, they then load that information into the BellSouth Messenger program to keep track of instant messages from all their services.

BellSouth customers who want to install the messenger service should visit the company's Web portal at www.home.bellsouth.net, or visit messenger.bellsouth.net.

Source: Business First


Leap Offers International Text Messaging to Mexico

05.05.05, 3:32 PM ET

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Wireless communications services provider Leap Wireless International Inc (OTCBB:LEAP) has introduced international text messaging to Mexico for its Cricket customers in the US.

Outgoing text messages are priced at USD0.10 per message and incoming messages are free. Subscribers can pre-pay for text messaging by signing up for a USD5 Flex Bucket account.

Text messaging to Mexico is available in all Cricket markets for customers on Cricket's Unlimited Access, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Classic rate plans.

The offering is designed for Cricket's growing Hispanic customer base, according to the company.

Source: Forbes.com


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


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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative Paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment including the PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal, THE MOST INTELLIGENT PAGING RECEIVER IN THE MARKET.  The PDT2000 is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and is widely used by emergency services and in onsite Paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. All of the following capabilities are standard features of the PDT2000 and of our other Paging data receivers:

  • FLEX or POCSAG decoding
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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of intelligent Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including GPRS & CDMA cellular. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software. We offer mobile communications dealers and systems integrators a “fast to market” job dispatch and job management capability with the inbuilt job processing system which may be interfaced to a variety of CAD & JMS

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Telegauge builds fully 2-way overt and covert (hidden) GPS based Automatic Vehicle Location, SCADA, remote management, telemetry and data systems routed via cellular and satellite that are delivered to the end user via the Internet or direct to the desktop. Applications are both ‘canned’ and custom depending upon the customers needs. We even have full dispatch systems including credit card swipe and billing if needed.

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

Telegauge provides the product, software, airtime, billing and final information from a single source and you can be a BIG part of it. You stock NOTHING, just collect the checks.

We are paid by the manufacturer to support YOU and unlike other factories; we never bid against you, restrict you or take your deal. We help you with demo equipment, brochures, information, sales assistance, web advertising and user name/passwords for the website so that you don’t even need to buy anything to start up fast.

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Payment Guardian™ is the only patented, low-cost system that truly saves your company’s time, money and manpower! This technologically advanced -wireless payment-assurance system is easy to operate from virtually anywhere in the world using the online System Control Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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High-speed simulcast Paging with protocols such as POCSAG and FLEX™ requires microsecond accuracy to synchronize the transmission of digital Paging signals.

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Zetron's Simulcast System uses GPS timing information to ensure that the broadcasted transmissions between the nodes of the Simulcast System and associated transmitters are synchronized to very tight tolerances.

This system is ideal for public or private Paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new Paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions. For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to:

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Endless messaging rots brain worse than pot, study finds

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

What's more harmful—taking a hit or hitting the send button?

One study commissioned by Hewlett-Packard has found that excessive day-to-day use of technology -- whether it's sending e-mails or using mobile phones -- can be more distracting and harmful to the IQ than smoking marijuana.

The research conducted for HP by scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London warns of the "abuse of always-on technology" in which "workers are literally addicted to checking e-mail and text messages during meetings, in the evening and at weekends."

The study called this condition info-mania.

"This is a very real and widespread phenomenon," psychologist Glenn Wilson said in a statement. "We have found info-mania, if unchecked, will damage (workers') performance by reducing their mental sharpness."

The study, conducted in Britain earlier this year, involved 80 volunteers who took part in clinical trials and interviews with 1,100 subjects.

But the study said "an average worker's functioning IQ falls 10 points when distracted by ringing telephones and incoming e-mails . . . more than double the four-point drop seen following studies on the impact of smoking marijuana."

The report cited a 2002 report on marijuana use by researchers from Carleton University in Ottawa.

The research found that 62 percent of adults are addicted to checking e-mail and text messages. Half of the workers would "respond to an e-mail immediately or within 60 minutes."

One in 5 is "happy to interrupt a business or social meeting to respond to an e-mail or telephone message."

The 10-point drop in IQ was even more significant in men than women who took part in the tests, HP said.

The IQ decline was the equivalent of missing a whole night's sleep, the company said.

The study also found that 89 percent of workers think colleagues who respond to e-mails or messages during meetings are "extremely rude." Paradoxically, 30 percent believe doing so is acceptable and even diligent.

Debra Meyerson, professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, echoed the study's finding that "being accessible all the time is a source of stress."

"The boundaries between work and nonwork are now constructed by people turning technology on and off," said Myerson, who is involved in an ongoing study on the impact of technology on everyday life.

Ryan Montana, a director at the Love Shack, a medicinal marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, agreed. "It's kind of like a monkey on your back," he said. "You can literally be spending hours a day checking e-mail. A person who is using prescription marijuana is not spending hours a day medicating."

But Jeff Jones, director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative, stressed that, like medicinal marijuana, technology has its benefits.

"As the moral goes, everything in moderation," he said. "Sitting in front of a computer all day and not getting up is going to cause you problems. A few minutes here and there? I can't see the problem. I do it every day."

HP said the study was part of the Palo Alto company's effort to help businesses deal with improper use of technology.

The tech giant has put out some guidelines, such as discouraging the use of handheld devices and laptops during meetings and cutting down on one-word e-mail messages, such as those that just say, "Thanks."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


China government uses text messaging to quell demonstrations

4-May-2005

The government of China is reaching out to many of the nearly 350 million of its citizens who have mobile phones, and touching them in ways the advertising jingle never contemplated: text messages advising them not to make trouble.

The text message campaign, started over the weekend, apparently targets major urban centres, including Beijing, where anti-Japanese sentiment has seen demonstrators taking to the streets and engaging in hooligan-like behaviour.

While early speculation was that the demonstrations were government sanctioned, recent developments indicate that the government is having some difficulty controlling them.

One text message noted by the Taipei Times, via Asia Media, said: "Express patriotism rationally. Don't take part in illegal protests. Don't make trouble."

Police in several urban areas have put potential demonstrators on notice that protest activity will result in prosecution.

In Shanghai, where some of the most destructive rioting has taken place, the police issued a statement that ran in newspapers and was read out on local television: "To ensure social stability, police will not approve any rally, demonstration or protest in the near future."

Last week, according to The Age (via Asia Media), a Nanjing surfer was arrested because he advised fellow users in a chatroom to learn from the demonstrators in Beijing and Shanghai in organising a May Day anti-Japan protest.

Historically, text messaging has been seen as a revolutionary tool rather than as one used to control the masses.

It was credited as the organising tool of choice during demonstrations in the Philippines that led to President Joseph Estrada's ouster in January 2001.

Source: The National Business Review


AOL Rebuilds Messaging Client from the Ground Up

Fri Apr 29,12:28 PM ET

Internet portal AOL (NYSE: AOL - news) has initiated a major makeover of its instant-messaging client with an early-stage beta test of a new architecture and code base dubbed Triton.

The new AOL instant messaging (AIM) architecture takes a modular approach to building messaging applications and supports features such as live PC-to-PC voice communications, streaming video messaging and media file transfers.

Modular Approach to Communications

"We have re-engineered AIM from the ground up in an effort to meet the demand for a wide array of communications options," AOL spokesperson Krista Thomas said. Those options -- which currently include mobile messaging, video conferencing, multiparty messaging and Voice over Internet Protocol -- are expected to increase, she said.

The revamped software's modular-component base is designed to help users manage all of those services through a single interface, Thomas said. Triton should officially launch later this year. But in the meantime, one more update of AIM 5.9 is expected, she said.

Triton features a Quicknote application that replaces the initial IM window to provide a snapshot of contact information about an IM "buddy" and lets users launch an IM session, initiate an AOL Talk session or send a mobile text message to a mobile phone user.

With the tabbed messaging interface, AOL customers can move from text to mobile instant messaging or AOL Talk. Down the road, users will be able to launch video IM sessions, share files or images, and play games with one click.

The Catcher feature holds all messages in a single interface, letting users filter messages and more easily manage the flow of multiperson IM sessions.

New Look for AOL

Thomas noted that AOL still is tweaking Triton and that the beta version does not yet include all of the features expected when the product is officially launched.

Boasting some 30 million unique visitors and 20 million active users, AIM is the leading messaging system in the U.S. With Triton, AOL has taken the next step in rebranding the company, said Su Li Walker of the Yankee Group.

"Instant messaging is their biggest public service, and AOL has given AIM a more mature look in an effort to retain customers while drawing new users with a number of new features," Walker said.

The single messaging interface is a notable improvement, Walker said, improving organization by eliminating clutter on the desktop that builds up during multiparty messaging sessions.

And, the analyst said, AOL is now prepared to make multitasking on the PC a lot easier with stronger support for voice and video chats as well as text messaging.

Source: YAHOO! News

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Wi-Fi, WiMax, and VoIP News

Will Free VoIP Change the Game?

May 5, 2005 7:43PM

skypeSix months ago Skype, the self-described global Internet telephony company hit a milestone: For the first time ever, the Skype system was used to support 1 million simultaneous calls.

That was remarkable given the company was just more than a year old. But Skype was just warming up. Its growth has since gone through the roof. At one point last week the company had 2.6 million callers online.

In that six-month period the number of people who have downloaded the company's software—which lets users talk to other Skype users over the Internet for free—mushroomed from 13 million to 102 million, and the number of minutes served jumped from 2 billion to 7.6 billion.

If the download counter on the company's Web site is to be believed, more than 21,000 people download the software every hour.

This is the instant messaging phenomenon all over again, but unlike IM, the rise of this free Internet tool takes money directly out of the pockets of legacy players—big old telephone companies. At an average of, say, five cents per minute, that s $380 million in revenue Skype just sucked into the ether.

And the number is probably even larger given that calling in Europe, where the bulk of the Skype traffic is today is more expensive.

While Skype is likely to make fewer waves in the U.S. because calling rates here are relatively low, Internet telephone innovators such as Vonage still charge a fee ($25 per month for premium residential), as do the traditional carriers that are trying to keep up: AT&T charges $30 per month for its CallVantage service and Verizon charges the same for Voice Wing.

Skype, on the other hand, gives the basics away choosing instead to make money on premium add-ons. SkypeOut, for example, lets callers dial off-net to regular phones for around 2 cents per minute.

And the company just announced it is beta testing a voice mail service that will cost $19 per year, and a service called Skypeln that, for $39 per year, will let customers pick a country and area code and get a regular telephone number that callers can use to reach Skype customers, no matter where they happen to be.

That feature alone might sway domestic users who don't care much about costs, or they might be motivated by the IM-like dashboard that shows what buddies are taking calls.

If nothing else, the success of Skype indicates Internet telephony may be more disruptive than many now believe. The peer-to-peer technology from the founders of Kazaa could be a sign of things to come.

Source: Newsfactor Technology News


UAE authorities clamp down on Skype

Tuesday, 3 May, 2005

The web site of the popular consumer VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) company Skype has been blocked in the UAE, angering expatriates who have been using the firm’s service to save money on international phone calls.

In a move that has long been expected by Windows Middle East, access to the entire skype.com web site has been prohibited across the UAE, meaning users who log on from outside the country’s free zones now see a ‘Site Blocked’ message when trying to access any page on Skype's site.

Skype is the latest in a line of VoIP sites to be blocked in the UAE as those of other VoIP specialists such as Net2Phone have been disallowed for some time.

State-owned Etisalat—the country’s only fixed line operator—claims it did not ban Skype, but that the decision was made instead by the Dubai government.

“It’s illegal to use voice over IP in the UAE and it is left to the regulatory authorities to allow or disallow such things,” Ahmed Bin Ali, public relations manager at Etisalat, told ITP Business. However, Bin Ali went on to admit that he didn't know why a technology that is legal across most of the world had been banned in the UAE. “I don’t have the answer. Up 'til now the technology itself has not been standardised,” he added.

Coincidentally, the Skype block comes as Etisalat itself prepares to launch its own VoIP service later this year. However, when quizzed on whether Etisalat might have been using its UAE government connections to ban VoIP competitors in advance, Bin Ali claimed this wasn't the case. “That’s not a fair [accusation],” he said. “It (Skype) has been blocked because it is illegal to operate.”

Skype works by offering users a downloadable software program, which in turn can—or could—be used to call other Skype-enabled users for free (from PC to PC). The firm’s SkypeOut service meanwhile offers additional PC-to-phone functionality (using pre-paid Skype credit). Skype has also recently begun trailing SkypeIn. This gives subscribers a US, European or Hong Kong registered landline number, which their friends can then dial before being patched through to the receiver’s Skype account. This effectively helps friends and family of international Skype users slash the costs of phoning them.

Although Skype.com is now blocked across the UAE, Windows Middle East has discovered that users who have previously downloaded Skype software can still use this to call both Skype-enabled PCs and landline telephones. The Skype restriction comes more into play when users need to access skype.com to buy extras such as SkypeOut credit, but find this is now impossible unless logging on from a free zone site.

Web sites that offer Skype’s VoIP software as a free download, such as www.download.com, were still accessible at the time of writing.

Source: ITP Technology


Intel, Sprint connect on WiMax

Published: May 5, 2005, 9:20 PM PDT

By Richard Shim
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

intel insideChipmaker Intel and telecom company Sprint will work together to develop an emerging wireless broadband technology called WiMax, which has been promoted as a third option to cable and digital subscriber line for providing high speed Internet access into the home.

The companies announced their agreement Thursday, adding they will test equipment for performance and interoperability as they seek to determine if providing wireless high-speed Internet access over multiple miles using WiMax is worthwhile. The technology behind the equipment will be based on industry standards, 802.16e, which could help to drive down prices of equipment. If products based on those standards are found to be compatible they will be marked with the WiMax logo.

Products based on the industry standards 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11a—Wi-Fi standards—quickly fell in price, leading to fast uptake by consumers. Shipments of products using Wi-Fi technology have increased dramatically and quickly.

By using WiMax standards, companies are hoping prices for equipment will also come down quickly, allowing them to lower service costs and encourage the proliferation of wireless broadband service. However, WiMax has been overly promoted as companies hope it will be the Wi-Fi of the broadband service industry. Service and equipment based on WiMax are not yet widely available but are expected to make it to market in 2006.

Intel benefited from that rapid growth with its Centrino mobile technology, which is made up of one of its mobile Pentium processors, a chipset and a Wi-Fi module. The chipmaker has been among the lead supporters of WiMax.

Intel would sell the chips to equipment makers, which would then sell service-enabling equipment to service operators, such as Sprint. Operators would then make high-speed Internet service available to customers in much the same way they do it now with cable or DSL (digital subscriber line).

Intel and Sprint will work with a mobile specification of the WiMax technology, 802.16e, to enable wireless broadband access on portable devices. 802.16e is still awaiting standards approval by a key industry group, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE. Chips based on that standard aren't expected to be available until late 2006. The standard being used for fixed broadband access is 802.16-2004.

Source: C|Net News.com


FCC rejects SBC petition on new Internet services

Fri May 6, 2005 07:50 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday denied a petition by SBC Communications Inc. (SBC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) that sought to exempt new Internet-based services from traditional telephone regulations.

The SBC petition would have shielded the company and its peers' new Internet networks from rules that are applied to traditional telephone networks, like providing competitors access to that infrastructure at wholesale prices.

The FCC voted 4-0 to reject the petition on procedural grounds, stating SBC asked the agency to withhold imposing regulations that may or may not apply to the companies or services.

Additionally, the FCC said the company failed to define what services, locations and companies it wanted the agency to exempt from the traditional telephone regulations.

Despite the rejection, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin kept the door open for possible movement down the road.

"In the instant item, the commission concluded that we were unable to forbear," Martin said in a statement. However, he said removing legacy regulations should lead to investment and deployment of systems for high-speed Internet services.

SBC and other local telephone companies are looking to new Internet networks as their path to competing against cable companies for consumers who want fast Internet connections for a variety of communications and entertainment services.

Telephone and cable operators are in a pitched battle for those customers who are willing to pay more than $100 a month for a bundle of telephone, Internet and television services.

San Antonio, Texas-based SBC expressed some disappointment that it will have to wait for further FCC action, but said it expected a favorable outcome in the end.

"We are confident that the FCC will decide conclusively in favor of investment and deployment in broadband networks to bring innovation, competitive choice and value to consumers," James Smith, SBC senior vice president for FCC issues, said in a statement.

The agency had until Thursday to deny the request otherwise it would have been automatically granted. The FCC has been considering more broadly what regulations, if any, apply to the new Internet-based services.

Source: Reuters

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