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FRIDAY - AUGUST 25, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 226

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,

AAPC’s fall event this year is Enterprise Wireless 2006 September 26–28 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Early registration has been extended to September 4th. Please see the AAPC Bulletin below for the event schedule. I am planning to be there with my camera to report on the events and make you feel really sorry for all the great sessions that you missed—that is if you are not able to attend. Orlando, Florida has more things to do than any city that I can think of—even not counting Disney World. If you make your airline reservations now, there are some good deals available.

Fred Pakosta of Advanced RF in Quincy —a friend, a paging colleague, and a long-time supporter of this newsletter— has shared some encouraging news with me from his oncologists. After eight chemotherapy treatments, a bone marrow biopsy performed recently could not detect ANY lymphoma AT ALL! There had been a 20% involvement. If you are a praying person, please remember Fred.

There is a lot of "industry buzz" this week about Abrams Capital Partners (David C. Abrams) and the shares of USA Mobility that they have been buying lately.

Here are some of the articles; decide for yourself what all this means.

Don't miss the two articles on page 2 about the NTP/RIM patent issues—new information has surfaced about Telefind and Andy Andros. Paging ”old-timers” will surely remember them.

Now on to more news and views.

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Radio Van—Mobile Antenna Tower

1974 International Harvester Load Star 1600 4x6 (all-wheel-drive) — 304 gasoline engine rebuilt in 2002. Has a 100 foot extendable tower which nests atop vehicle that can be swung back and electrically extended. Has walk in "shack" for radio equipment and unit contains small generator for power—120 volt Onan—produces 2,500 watts. Has a powered nose winch 15,000 lb Broden AMUS-12F, with 650 feet 3/8" cable. Also has outriggers to stabilize the unit while in operation. Asking $22,000.00. $12,000.00

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This truck and generator would make a great addition to any wireless company wanting to increase their emergency backup ability for storms and other catastrophic events.

Stanley Stann
Tel: 847-823-7711  left arrow CLICK HERE

Mobile Radio Van With 100-Foot Tower

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Ideal for deploying a repeater to a remote site in an emergency. Perfect for a Ham Radio Club and/or RACES.


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The Voice of US Paging Carriers

AAPC’s fall event this year is Enterprise Wireless 2006
September 26–28
The Rosen Centre Hotel
Orlando, Florida


VendorsDo not delay, they are anticipating more than 400 attendees and a sold-out exhibit floor.

Enterprise Wireless 2006 Event Schedule

Tuesday, September 26

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. IP Technology Changes Everything…Are you ready?
Special workshop session, additional cost $295.

Noon – 6:00 p.m. EWA Exhibitor move-in

1 – 4:00 pm Paging Technical Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 27

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

Mark Crosby, EWA
Bruce Deer, AAPC

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Everything Wireless – the Technologies, the Politics and The Money.
Smart, ROI-driven deployment of wireless for voice, two-way radio, messaging, data, control, paging and security is essential if you’re going to compete. How do you select the technology right for your business today and know it will integrate with what’s next? This is the only session you'll need to attend this year to get essential insights from experts in technology, regulatory issues, finance and security. Session organized by Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), and Enterprise Wireless 2006 co-sponsors, the USMSS, the nationwide association of authorized Motorola Service Stations, and the AAPC, the American Association of Paging Carriers.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Captain Al Haynes
Do you possess leadership skills under stress? The survival of 184 passengers and crew after the crash landing of United 232 due to the catastrophic failure of both engines can be attributed to five main factors: luck, communications, preparation, execution, and cooperation. Captain Al Haynes, our keynote speaker, was the captain of that memorable flight. The story he tells is about an aircraft. However, his story is really about leadership skills you need whether facing a natural disaster or a business emergency. This dramatic and remarkable story has inspired and instructed business leaders and major organizations across the U.S. Don’t miss it!

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibits Open

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on show floor

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. USMSS General Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. AAPC Board Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Regional USMSS Meetings: EDMSS, GLMSS, SEMSS, Western Wireless Trade Association

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Effective Wireless Integration: Two-Way, Voice and Data
When planning deployment of wireless technology communications, you'll consider public or private network wireless choices to include Wi-MAX, two-way radio, paging, unlicensed Wi-Fi, VoIP and mesh networks. Insights and tips from real-business case studies presented by enterprise users and the latest vendor innovations pack every minute of this wide-ranging exploration.

  • How you deal with interface issues?
  • What is your short term and long term strategy?
  • What are the benefits of unlicensed and licensed technologies?
  • What’s the best way to build an enterprise network?
  • How do you ensure the security of those phones, pagers, radios and mobile computing devices on your wireless communications network?

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Wireless for the IT Professional and IT Networking for the Wireless Professional
Increasingly, the responsibility for the wireless network falls to the IT professional and vendors traditionally offering IT solutions are now offering enterprise wireless solutions. If you’re a vendor, how do you approach buyers who have expertise and a background that is different from yours? If you’re in IT, how do you evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of new wireless choices and the RF environment? For the wireless professional, what are the critical requirements of networking and how well do you understand your IT prospect. The real question is this – can you speak their language?

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reception on show floor

Thursday, September 28

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. AAPC Networking/Round Table Discussion Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. A Business Network Disaster Will Happen. Are You Truly Ready?
After Hurricanes Katrina & Rita, many companies focused on the physical readiness of their facilities. Safeguarding your business must expand beyond securing the physical assets, especially when disasters like widespread illness or human-caused events can also effect your company. The future of your business is only as viable as your immediate access to critical data and your ability to maintain communications continuity with employees, vendors and customers. Learn from those who have survived recent disasters how to create the framework of contingency plans to safeguard central functions before the worst happens.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Winning at the RFP Game: Successful Design and Strategic Vendor Response
You've made the decision to deploy a wireless system. Now what?  We'll take you through the specific steps to carefully hone your specifications, issue the RFP, evaluate the abilities and accountability of vendors’ responses even when the technology is unfamiliar to you and guarantee your new supplier delivers on their promises. As a vendor responding to an RFP, do you know how to uncover buyer hot buttons, strategically position your responses and achieve successful and profitable deployment?

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on the show floor

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Exhibits open

Thanks to our Gold Vendor!
PRISM Paging
Thanks to our Silver Vendors!
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ISC Technologies, Inc.
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Recurrent Software Solutions, Inc.

Thanks to our Bronze Vendors!
  • ACI
  • BLP Components, Ltd.
  • Canyon Ridge Communications, Inc.
  • Commtech Wireless
  • Critical Response Systems, Inc.
  • DX Radio Systems, Inc.
  • Global Technical Engineering Solutions (GTES)
  • Hark Technologies
  • Minilec Service, Inc.
  • Motorola Inc.
  • Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
  • Trace Technologies, LLC
  • Unication USA
  • United Communications Corporation
  • Zetron, Inc.
AAPC Headquarters
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Wilmington, NC 28405
Tel: 866-301-2272
AAPC Regulatory Affairs Office
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Tel: 202-223-3772
Fax: 202-315-3587


Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers  Minilec Service, Inc.
Advanced RF Communications Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
Advantra—INILEX   Northeast Paging
Aquis Communications, Inc.  NotePage Inc.
Ayrewave Corporation
CONTEL Costa Rica   ParkMagic
CVC Paging  Preferred Wireless
Daniels Electronics  Prism Paging
Daviscomms USA  Product Support Services
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association  Ron Mercer
Global Fax Network Services  Texas Association of Paging Services
GTES LLC  TH Communications
Hark Systems  UCOM Paging
Heartland Communications  Unication USA
HMCE, Inc.  USA Mobility, Systems Application Division
InfoRad, Inc.  WiPath Communications
Ira Wiesenfeld  Zetron Inc.


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This Month's Feature: The Kirk Phone System



  • Integration of all wireless communications systems
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  • In-house paging systems
  • Wireless extension of existing PBX systems
  • Hands-free voice communications (Wi-Fi)
Communications solutions that meet the critical messaging needs of:
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality
  • Government
  • Financial Services
  • Retail Services

Kirk Phone System – Wireless PBX
The Kirk is a wireless extension of your wired desktop phone extension.  With full PBX functionality, the z-1500 Wireless Telephone System is an add-on, customizable solution using the newest generation of on-premises communications, providing clear and reliable voice communications throughout any working environment.

kirk systemThe technology behind the z-1500 has been developed in harmony with world standards providing you with two-way voice communications of exceptional clarity and reliability.  If you’re concerned about coverage across a large installation then take a closer look at the z-1500.  A single control unit (CCFP) will support up to 125 handsets, 32 base stations and 224 repeaters.  By connecting two CCFP control units together, the entire capacity can then be doubled allowing an expansion of up to 250 handsets, 64 base stations and 448 repeaters.  This means that not only will the z-1500 satisfy the demands of almost any installation but ‘dead spots’ that occur within cellular networks are easily eliminated on the z-1500 system using a simple ‘plug and play’ repeater unit.

Used around the world in a broad spectrum of applications, whether you’re considering the z-1500 for Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, Retail, Manufacturing or Corporate environments, you can rest assure that the z-1500 will exceed the grandest of expectations.

... to learn more about our full suite of wireless integration products. Together, we can help your customers improve their productivity while maximizing oversight and control.

Nancy Green, VP Systems Applications Division. 972-801-0448

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

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For information about our Contract Manufacturing services or our Pager or Telemetry line, please call Bob Popow at 480-515-2344, or visit our web site

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  • January 11, 1997—Telstar 401 suffers a short in the satellite circuitry—TOTAL LOSS
  • May 19, 1998—Galaxy 4 control processor causes loss of fixed orbit—TOTAL LOSS
  • September 19, 2003—Telstar 4 suffers loss of its primary power bus—TOTAL LOSS
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  • January 14, 2005—Intelsat 804 suffers electrical power system anomaly—TOTAL LOSS


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Equipment For Sale
13 Motorola/Glenayre Cabinets
3 Motorola SSC, Paging Controllers
2 Glenayre Power Monitor Panels
11 Skydata 8411B Satellite Receivers
15 Battery Backup for C2000
1 Generac 48 VDC Propane Generator, (NEW)
10Motorola ACB V3.69 & Delay Enabled
  Link Transmitters:
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
2 Motorola Micor Link, 30W Midband Link TX
  VHF Transmitters:
6 Glenayre GLT8311, VHF, 125W
1 Motorola PURC 350W, DRC, w/Receiver
  UHF Transmitters:
5 Quintron QT-6772, 90W
10 Glenayre GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
35 Motorola PURC 5000, 110W, ACB
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 225W, ACB
  900 MHz Transmitters:
1 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
10 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W
6 Glenayre QT-7995, 250W
6 Motorola Nucleus II 350W,  NAC
  GL3000 Cards:
1 Complete GL3000L w/ T1’s, 2.2G HD.

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Motorola: No case for US$30 handset

US handset manufacturer Motorola believes it can target Brazil's low-income sector with a model retailing at 110-149 reais (US$51-70) rather than the US$30 handsets the company is making for the GSM Association, local press quoted Motorola Brasil president Enrique Ussher as saying.

The GSM Association commissioned Motorola to make two cheap handset models as the centerpiece of an initiative to bridge the digital divide with the aim of getting mobile phones into the hands of 80% of the world's population by 2010.

However, a US$30 price tag would only be possible if the phone is offered with less of a guarantee, simpler packaging and without delivery, Ussher said, adding that Brazilian consumers would not accept these restrictions.

Instead, Motorola will target Brazil's C and D socio-economic classes with the Motofone model, even more eye-catching than the 14mm-thick Razr with a body only 9mm thick. The company's assembly plant in Jaguariúna, São Paulo state, is expected to start production in September with the model available in stores in November.

The company announced in March that it plans to expand production at the Jaguariúna plant by 40% this year and aims to double the export revenue of Brazilian-made handsets from the US$1.06bn billed in 2005.


Motorola is waiting in the wings as Brazilian authorities argue about which telcos can bid for 3.5GHz and 10GHz WiMax bands on September 18. The sector regulator Anatel wants to exclude Brazil's main fixed line companies from competing for licenses in their existing operating areas, but the government is threatening to override this restriction.

Whatever the case, Motorola chairman and CEO Edward Zander visited Brazil this week to seek operators interested in running trials of this technology and the group's CTO Padmasree Warrior suggested WiMax could leapfrog UMTS/WCDMA since the technology is equally available.


Teletouch Completes Sale of Paging Assets

August 18, 2006 03:22 PM US Eastern Timezone

FORT WORTH, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 18, 2006—Teletouch Communications, Inc. (AMEX:TLL), a leading U.S. wireless communications services company, announced today that on August 14, 2006, it completed the previously announced sale of it paging assets. Subsequent to and as a result of the recent receipt of 100% of the stock of Progressive Concepts, Inc., as reported by Teletouch in its Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 17, 2006, the paging business no longer met the statutory threshold of a sale of all or substantially all assets of the company as contemplated under Delaware corporate laws and therefore no longer required the approval of Teletouch's shareholders.

Subject to the monthly paging net cash flow purchase price reductions provided for in the original Asset Purchase Agreement (APA), gross cash proceeds from the sale were approximately $3.1 million, subject to a working capital adjustment as also provided for in the APA, currently estimated to be approximately $0.2 million. Therefore, the net proceeds are estimated to be approximately $2.9 million. Any potential future adjustments to the purchase price are related to completion of the working capital and cash flow calculations of the paging business and the performance of the accounts receivable that was transferred to the Buyer at closing. Teletouch does not anticipate that these subsequent adjustments to the purchase price will materially impact the total consideration received for the Acquired Assets.

More detailed information relating to the sale of the paging assets and the related contractual arrangements executed in connection therewith may be found in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Teletouch on August 18, 2006.

About Teletouch Communications

For over 40-years, Teletouch has offered a comprehensive suite of telecommunications services, including cellular, two-way radio communications, GPS-telemetry and wireless messaging services throughout the United States. TLL acquires, bills and supports a large, primarily commercial business and government base of subscribers, under its own network of FCC licensed spectrum in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Progressive Concepts, Inc. (PCI), the Company is a leading U.S. provider of wireless cellular voice, data, and entertainment products and branded wireless services to individuals, businesses, and government agencies through its chain of retail stores (Hawk Electronics), branded sub-agents and direct sales force in Texas and Arkansas. PCI also operates a significant wholesale distribution business serving smaller cellular and automotive retailers, car dealers and cellular service providers throughout the country. Teletouch's common stock is traded on the American Stock Exchange under stock symbol: TLL. Additional information about Teletouch can be found at:

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, and amendments thereto. 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.

Teletouch Communications, Inc., Fort Worth
Amy Gossett, 800-232-3888


Ericsson wins $1B managed services deal in India

August 24, 2006

India's largest mobile-phone operator Bharti Airtel agreed to pay Ericsson $1 billion during the next three years to manage the expansion of its national network. Ericsson will manage the design and development of Bharti's network upgrade. Ericsson's highlights the growing importance of network management contracts in equipment deals. Many equipment deals are now wrapped up with managed services agreements, and it appears Ericsson is capitalizing. Network management contracts are good for operators but are leading to some brutal price wars for vendors as the managed services portion of any sale becomes the main selling point while actual hardware is sold at dirt cheap prices.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Keeping BlackBerry Juiced

RIM hopes its new Pearl wireless pager will appeal to tech-savvy consumers as well as corporate types

AUGUST 24, 2006

By Cliff Edwards and Roger Crockett

For years, Research In Motion's BlackBerry wireless pager inspired unrivaled loyalty among business folk on the move. Clipped conspicuously to an executive's belt holster, it was a symbol of upper-rung status in corporate hierarchy. Increasingly, however, e-mail and entertainment devices like Motorola's (MOT) Q, Palm's (PALM) Treo, and Nokia's (NOK) E61 have stolen the limelight from BlackBerry's all-work, no-play models.

RIM (RIMM) is preparing to regain some of the glow. The company plans to launch an ultra-thin, phone-like device dubbed BlackBerry Pearl in mid-September with Deutsche Telekom's (DT) U.S. wireless unit T-Mobile. Another version, with Cingular Wireless, is due later in the fall.

In a major revamp of its business model, Waterloo (Ont.)-based RIM will pitch the new Pearl to regular, gadget-loving consumers as well as harried executives. About the same size as Motorola's popular RAZR phone, the Pearl will have a built-in digital camera, Bluetooth wireless capability, and a memory card expansion slot to handle music and video.

GROWING MARKET. With Pearl, RIM is jumping from one increasingly crowded arena into one that's even more competitive. Wireless carriers, noting that even soccer moms now are managing their personal lives by mobile e-mail and text messaging, have been pushing RIM to create products that are more consumer-friendly. "We see demand for a good e-mail device that does consumer multimedia services," says Jeff Bradley, vice-president of business data services at Cingular Wireless, the biggest seller of BlackBerry handsets. "That's something we're committed to providing."

RIM executives declined to comment, but at several wireless conferences this year, co-CEO Jim Balsillie has vowed to put multimedia features into BlackBerrys by the end of the year. RIM has to branch out if it's going to meet its goal of adding 10 million subscribers to a current roster of about 6 million. "There's lots of competition, but this sector is dramatically expanding," Balsillie said in San Francisco earlier this month.

RIM is betting the best defense of its lucrative e-mail niche is a strong offense against Motorola, Nokia, and other cell-phone making giants. The trick is mapping the right strategy. Traditionally, the company has focused on corporate customers who wanted the most secure way for executives to use e-mail and business applications using wireless.

MULTITASKING. RIM was the first to offer such services, and it appealed to corporate tech managers by providing a "closed" platform—meaning individual users couldn't easily install software that might contain viruses, pornography, or other troublesome content.

Palm and Nokia then beat RIM into the multimedia realms of music, pictures, and video. But corporate clients mostly stuck with RIM because "they weren't asking for multimedia," says Christopher Callender, group manager for smart devices at Sprint Nextel (S). "They were still concerned about how to contain their data and keep it secure."

Since January, however, RIM has seen its market share of corporate e-mail activations slip five percentage points, to 59%, even as the overall market continues to grow, says analyst Clifford Raskin at Strategy Analytics. That's because products such as Motorola's Q and Palm's Treo, which already let users take pictures and listen to music, are attracting users who want a fashionable device they can use both professionally and personally. "RIM has to play in that arena, and for those businesses that aren't concerned about bulletproof security, the [new] device will find a welcome home," Raskin says.

SWEATING IT OUT. Cellular companies that don't have deals with RIM doubt the BlackBerry can expand its sphere of popularity. Nearly two-thirds of BlackBerry's current customers opt for a second, regular cell phone, according to surveys. In other words, users don't really see BlackBerrys as do-everything gadgets. RIM's detractors note that the new Pearl has neither the touch screen nor the full-size keyboard consumers seem to prefer for navigation. Instead, it uses a technology RIM calls SureType, which squeezes two letters on one key and uses predictive software to determine which letter a user actually wants. It's fairly accurate but takes some getting used to.

If RIM was starting to feel the heat in the corporate market, the consumer market may seem sweltering. With far more players selling consumer gadgets, price pressure is intense and the pace of innovation is swift. Stefane Maes, director of product development at Palm, says the company will begin selling a revamped version of its Treo this fall.

More software choices from Palm will put even more pressure on the BlackBerry. Says Maes: "While RIM has done a fantastic job in the e-mail space, it has played second fiddle in the phone market." Now, if RIM doesn't watch out, BlackBerry could feel the big squeeze.

Edwards is a correspondent in BusinessWeek's Silicon Valley bureau and Crockett is deputy chief of BusinessWeek's Chicago bureau

Source: BusinessWeek

Executives say they’re too connected

August 24, 2006 11:40am

The semi-surreptitious tap-tap-tapping on Blackberries between the appetizer and the main course has become commonplace in restaurants. So has the ubiquitous cell phone, to the point where not only theaters but also even bank lobbies sport signs asking patrons to turn the blasted things off.

A new survey shows that a vast majority (81 percent) of more than 2,300 global executives say they are connected to work through mobile devices (cell phone, PDA, laptop or pager) all of the time, according to a survey from Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY) of Los Angeles.

The management recruiting firm says more than one-third (38 percent) of executives surveyed say they spend too much time staying in touch.

However, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of respondents believe that mobile communications devices primarily enhance work/life balance rather than impede it.

The survey also examined how executives feel about the rate at which children adapt to technology developments. An overwhelming 86 percent of respondents believe that children have an advantage over adults in incorporating new technology into their lives.

"Communications devices have become an increasingly ubiquitous part of our daily lives," says Richard Spitz, global managing director of Korn/Ferry's Technology Market. "Given the countless number of gadgets available now and in recent years, it is also not surprising that younger generations embrace new technologies more quickly than adults."

Source: CVBT (Central Valley Business Times)

Duke Energy offers customers incentives to reduce air-conditioning use

August 23, 2006

Duke Energy is offering to pay its residential customers to reduce their air-conditioning use. The company's Power Manager Program provides financial incentives to customers who participate. The program helps the company delay the need to build new power plants, which helps lower electricity costs for all customers.

Duke Energy will install a free load management switch on a customer's outside central air conditioning compressor unit. This switch will allow the company to remotely cycle the customer's air-conditioning system off a few minutes every half hour on days when demand for electricity is critical. If the unit is cycled off and on, it would most likely be from mid-morning through early evening. Duke Energy may cycle off the air conditioner once or twice a month, or, in the case of mild weather, not at all. The program's season runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

To be eligible for the program, customers must: +Own their own home +Have a functional central air conditioning unit with an outside air compressor +Live in an area with commercial paging coverage (which enables remote cycling).

Depending on the option chosen, participating customers receive a one-time credit of $25 or $35 for allowing installation of the switch as well as additional electric bill credits each day Duke Energy cycles off their air conditioning system.

"The Power Manager program helps lower costs without sacrificing comfort," said Deanna Bowden, project manager for the program. "Air-conditioning units are switched on and off in small increments so that customers notice very little temperature difference. The program is part of our overall efforts that help delay the need for new power plants."

Customers interested in signing up or learning more can call toll free, 877-392-4848.

Source: Carroll County Comet


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Teletouch acquires Hawk Electronics vendor

By Kristen Beckman
Aug 18, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas—Teletouch Communications Inc. said it has acquired Progressive Concepts Inc., a Cingular Wireless L.L.S. master distributor, reseller and mobile virtual network operator in Texas and Arkansas.

PCI primarily operates under the Hawk Electronics brand name.

All of PCI’s outstanding securities were contributed to Teletouch by TLL Partners L.L.C., which holds 82 percent of Teletouch’s outstanding common stock. Teletouch did not pay cash or stock considerations for the contribution, said the company.

Teletouch provides paging and two-way wireless services.

“The company will now serve approximately 100,000 cellular, wireless messaging and two-way radio subscribers, agents and independent retailers throughout our region and the country,” said T.A. “Kip” Hyde Jr., chief executive officer of Teletouch.

Teletouch recently hired Masur & Associates to assist it with strategic business opportunities including potential acquisitions.

Source: RCR Wireless News

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