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FRIDAY - MAY 26, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 214

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,

The dispute between USA Mobility and Verizon Wireless continues this week. Last week I reported that the disagreement was between USA Mobility and American Messaging Services, Inc. (AMSI). While it may slow down the process of AMSI acquiring Verizon Paging, the argument is really between USA Mobility and Verizon Wireless. Yesterday another legal pleading was filed with the FCC—the fifth bullet below. The first four bullets were in last week's newsletter.

Please note that there will be no newsletter next week. I will be attending the AAPC Wireless Forum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

I will be staying at the Marriott Resort where the event is being held, so if anyone wants to get in touch with me they can leave a message at the hotel reception desk.

As usual, I plan to take many photographs, so unless I forget my camera, you can look forward to seeing what you missed in the following newsletters.

Don't miss the following product announcement from Unication about their new M90 Messenger™. This is a 2-Way Pager (ReFLEX) targeted to replace the popular Motorola T900 that is no longer in production. Congratulations to Unication management for their valiant leadership in bringing out this much-needed product.

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ParkMagic Strengthen Board for International Expansion

May 29, 2006—ParkMagic are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Brian Geoghegan who takes up the position of Chairman of the Board from Monday 29th May 2006. Brian’s first official duty will be to launch the ParkMagic service in Limerick City. Brian holds a number of key positions in leading Irish companies. Currently, Brian is Chairman of MPRA KINMAN, the third largest PR company in Ireland, a director of Leaseplan Fleet management Ltd who lease over 9,000 vehicles in Ireland and the Chairman of IMAR Survey Ltd.

“I am very excited about my involvement in ParkMagic,” said Brian Geoghegan. “The company has a very promising future with products and services that have true global appeal.”

Commenting on the appointment, Paul Fitzgerald, CEO of ParkMagic said “We are delighted to welcome Brian on board, with our recent network launch in the UK and ongoing activities in the United States and Canada as well as in other markets, Brian’s extensive experience will ensure that ParkMagic is well positioned to capitalise on the opportunities our unique products present.”

In the recent past, Brian served as the Director of Economic Affairs at IBEC and as Chairman of FÁS, the Irish State employment agency. He has been one of the leading figures in Irish business for over two decades. In his role at IBEC he played a key role in representing Irish business with policy makers in Ireland and internationally and he was one of the architects of the policy changes which were critical to Ireland’s recent economic transformation.

ParkMagic is the world’s first in-car parking permit display system controlled using a mobile phone. The system was created by Philip Hayes and Paul Fitzgerald and following the success of the test-pilot in 2005, is now available to roll out nationwide and globally to city/county councils and will officially launch in Limerick May 29th, 2006. For more information about the ParkMagic system you can visit www.ParkMagic.net.

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USA Mobility Reports 2005 Operating Results

Filing of Financial Restatements and 10-K Completed,
Date for First Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call Scheduled

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging services, today announced final operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2005. The company had announced preliminary and unaudited 2005 operating results on April 3, 2006, pending filing of its 2005 Form 10-K and financial restatements for the years ended 2002, 2003 and 2004 and interim periods of 2004 and 2005. USA Mobility completed those filings today.

Reported revenue for 2005, the first full year of operations following the merger between Arch Wireless, Inc. and Metrocall Holdings, Inc. on November 16, 2004, totaled $618.6 million, compared to $788.7 million in 2004 on a pro forma basis. EBITDA (Earning before interest, tax, and depreciation, amortization and accretion) for 2005 was $158.5 million, or 25.6 percent of revenue, while operating income was $27.1 million. Net income for 2005 was $12.9 million, or $0.47 per fully diluted share.

The company announced earlier in the year that it would file an amended Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2004 and amended Form 10-Q/A's for the three interim quarterly periods of 2004 and 2005. The purpose of the amended filings was to amend and restate financial statements and other financial information for the years 2002, 2003 and 2004 and first three quarters of 2004 and 2005 to reflect certain corrections and adjustments, including restatement of income taxes and deferred tax assets for those periods. The errors, which occurred in certain earlier reporting periods, were identified by the company's internal accounting staff in the process of preparing its year-end 2005 operating results. The errors did not impact revenue, cash, or cash flow from operations.

The 2005 annual and fourth quarter results reported today vary from the preliminary results contained in USA Mobility's April 3, 2006 news release as follows:

The cumulative effect of the restatements on the 40-month period affected (June 2002 - September 2005) is as follows:

The company said its integration of Arch and Metrocall was substantially completed in 2005, leading to significant improvements in overall operating results. Among them was a steady improvement in the year-over-year rate of subscriber and revenue decline. Other major accomplishments during the year included: successfully consolidating to a single customer service and billing platform; decommissioning Arch's two-way paging network; beginning the rationalization the one-way paging networks; reducing total operating expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and accretion by 18.9% on a pro forma basis; repaying $140 million in bank debt incurred at the time of the merger; paying a special dividend representing a $41 million return of capital to investors; negotiating long-term contract with its largest site landlord representing substantial future cost savings; and strengthening the company's operational structure and management team.

"Our first year of operation was a very successful one," said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer. "We achieved our principal goals of integrating the nation's two largest paging carriers and generating significant costs savings. In meeting those objectives, we also became debt free, returned capital to our shareholders, laid the foundation for continued operational efficiencies in the future and began to explore potential alternative sources of revenue. As we move through 2006," Kelly added, "we expect to make additional improvements to our operations and expand our selling and marketing initiatives as we continue to serve the needs of our nationwide customer base while remaining focused on our cash flow strategy."

Thomas L. Schilling, chief financial officer, said: "While the process of amending our financial statements was time-consuming, the adjustments and restatements were necessary under generally accepted accounting principles because they had a material impact on our income statement. However," Schilling added, "I would also note that restated items had no impact on the fundamentals of our business—that is, the company's previously reported revenue, cash positions, or cash flow from operating activities."

The company announced that it will report first quarter 2006 operating results on Thursday, May 25, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will hold a conference call for investors on its first quarter results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 26, 2006. The call-in number for the investor call is 888-802-2275 (toll-free) or 913-312-1267 (toll). The pass code for the call is 1643835 (followed by the # sign). A replay of the call will be available from 3:00 p.m. ET on May 26 until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 9. The replay number is 888-203-1112 (toll-free) or 719-457-0820 (toll). The pass code for the replay is 1643835 (followed by the # sign).

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, healthcare and emergency response 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. In addition, the company offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel and Cingular 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.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's expectations for future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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Unication announces the M90™, its new ReFLEX Messaging solution!!

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Unication is pleased to announce its newest product offering, the M90 Messenger™. Using our Design Centers in Vancouver, BC, Taiwan and China the M90 has a completely new design that is based on extensive customer input and field experience.

Our customers have told us about the need for a Motorola T900 replacement to fill the void left in the high performance ReFLEX messaging device category. A replacement that is similar in form factor, has high quality, rugged durability and excellent RF performance, yet is easier to use and comes with a standard address book back up cable and software. The good news is, the M90 meets and even exceeds these expectations.

From a form factor standpoint, the M90 is the same thickness, width and is less than 1mm longer than the T900. This is a truly belt worn messaging device! The M90 and the T900 are the same weight. The M90 comes standard with a rechargeable 1050 mA-H Lithium Polymer battery and with average usage the M90 will run for approximately 2 weeks on a single charge.

Unication has a long history of providing quality products and the M90 continues the tradition. Using the identical Accelerated Life Testing (ALT) used by Motorola, which simulates ten (10) years of in field use, the M90 is projected to provide excellent field reliability. Additionally, the M90 has a robust flip design and it eliminates the need for internal NiCad batteries, both issues have been challenges with the T900.

A great deal of effort has gone into the M90 RF design. Through the use of simulation tools, extensive lab/field testing and an internally designed custom antenna, the M90’s on body and off body performance is significantly better than the T900’s. This translates to fewer message retries and improved message latency.

Finally, the M90 uses a high resolution display and icon driven user interface which greatly improves the user experience. The address book back up and restore utility easily installs on one’s laptop or PC. The ability to synchronize the address book to Outlook will be shipping shortly.

The M90 has undergone extensive evaluation by all ReFLEX operators and has performed extremely well. The M90 is Network Certified and is now available for delivery! For additional information or to order the Unication M90 please contact Kirk Alland at kirk@unication.com

Source: Unication USA


Tecnomen Oyj: Tecnomen and nokia services partner in messaging solutions

Tuesday 23 May 2006 12:05 EEST Kauppalehti Online

Tecnomen CorporationSTOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE
23 May 2006 at 12.05 pm

TECNOMEN AND NOKIA SERVICES PARTNER IN MESSAGING SOLUTIONS

Tecnomen has signed an agreement with Nokia. This agreement will bolster Nokia's consulting and integration (C&I) solution portfolio, helping both companies meet the growing demand for next generation voice and video messaging.

The global partnering model improves both Tecnomen's and Nokia's position in the Value Added Services market. Joint customer cases are now ongoing in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions, and the first deliveries have already started.

"This agreement further enhances Nokia's capabilities to better meet customer demand. It complements our strong portfolio of messaging solutions, helping us deliver 3G voice and video mail solutions in convergent networks," says Timo Tenhovuori, Director for Service Delivery Solutions, Nokia Networks.

"We are pleased to work with Nokia as system integrator for our solutions. Nokia's strong market presence and stellar track record in delivering value-added service platforms are second to none in the business," said Jarmo Niemi, President and CEO, Tecnomen Corporation.

Nokia provides a full range of support and services to help operators differentiate and innovate their mobile offerings, with close to 20 years' experience in the field. Nokia C&I, part of the Services Business Unit within Networks, has completed more than 350 service delivery platform customization and integration projects globally.

Tecnomen Next Generation Messaging solution includes some of the most advanced technologies on the market for meeting the needs of mobile subscribers today and tomorrow. With the Tecnomen Messaging solution, operators and service providers can build messaging service packages tailored to suit their individual requirements, and offer their customers the advanced added-value services required to succeed in today's competitive market.

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About Tecnomen
Tecnomen develops messaging and charging solutions for telecoms operators and service providers worldwide. Founded in 1978, it is one of the leading suppliers of messaging and charging solutions. Tecnomen markets its products and services through its own worldwide organization, as well as through global and local partners, and has supplied its products to customers in over 50 countries. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Tecnomen has 380 employees working in 13 locations. The company's shares are quoted on the Main List of the Helsinki Stock Exchanges. For more information on Tecnomen visit www.tecnomen.com
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About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.

Source: KauppalehtiONLINE


Phone Tax Laid to Rest at Age 108

By KEN BELSON
Published: May 26, 2006

Bowing to changes in technology and pressure from taxpayers and phone companies, the Treasury Department said yesterday that it would scrap the 108-year-old federal excise tax on long-distance phone calls. The move will bring consumers and businesses about $15 billion in refunds on next year's tax returns.

The decision, which applies to cellphones and Internet phone services and some landlines, follows a series of court reversals for the government. Large businesses had successfully sued the Internal Revenue Service to recoup the taxes they paid. Phone companies also wanted the tax abolished to relieve them of having to collect it.

Originally a luxury tax to help pay for the Spanish-American War, the 3 percent surcharge was calculated based on the length of the call and the distance of the connection. But as unlimited long-distance calling plans became commonplace, and the tax was applied to a flat monthly fee, some taxpayers argued that the tax no longer applied to them because the duration and distance of a call were irrelevant.

Though the tax will still be imposed on local phone service, the government will reimburse three years' worth of taxes on long-distance calls, including any plans that combine local and long-distance calling. Consumers, who pay about 40 percent of the taxes collected, typically pay about $18 a year in excise taxes if they have a long-distance service and a cellphone.

They will be able to file for a refund on their 2006 federal income tax returns.

"It's time to disconnect this tax and put it on the permanent do-not-call list," Treasury Secretary John W. Snow said. Yesterday's decision, he added, "marks the beginning of the end of an outdated, antiquated tax that has survived a century beyond its original purpose, and by now should have been ancient history."

The abolition of the tax, effective July 31, will cost the Treasury $5 billion annually in lost revenues in the next few years.

With budget deficits soaring, the Treasury had been slow to scrap the tax. But several federal courts ruled in recent years that it was no longer applicable to customers with unlimited long-distance plans. The Internal Revenue Service has refunded hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to companies including OfficeMax and the American Bankers Insurance Group based on the court decisions.

While the courts said some businesses should get refunds, Congress had not repealed the tax, so the I.R.S. was compelled to continue collecting it. This created a peculiar dynamic in which taxpayers who won refunds still had to pay the tax in subsequent years and then reapply for another refund.

Companies in districts where courts had ruled against the tax could get refunds, while companies elsewhere still had to pay it.

Now, the hundreds of companies that applied for refunds before yesterday's decision will not have their claims processed, according to some tax lawyers. That means companies that could have won refunds through the courts might have to wait far longer for their refunds to arrive after they file their income tax returns.

"The Treasury wants to standardize the process, but it's grotesquely unfair to the people who got this started," said Hank Levine, a partner at Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, a Washington law firm that has represented business plaintiffs in most of the successful cases to date. "The I.R.S. didn't want to give up the money, and now that they have been forced to, they are doing so grudgingly."

Congress was close to abolishing the tax in 2000, but it was attached to a larger tax bill that President Bill Clinton vetoed. Congressmen are again calling for its repeal.

Senators Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, and Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, asked the Senate Finance Committee yesterday to look also at eliminating the tax on local phone service.

For now, the Treasury said that consumers and businesses would get refunds, including interest, on their 2006 income tax returns filed in 2007. The I.R.S. has not decided the size of the standard refund for individuals. But taxpayers who use a lot of phone services will be able to apply for a larger refund if they can document how much they paid in excise taxes.

The average household spends $10 a month on long-distance calls and $41 a month on wireless service, or $612 a year, according to figures from the Federal Communications Commission. Since those services are taxed at 3 percent, the typical household pays $18.36 a year in federal excise taxes, or $55 over three years.

Consumers, of course, can still expect plenty of taxes and fees on their phone bills. Phone companies are obligated to collect an array of state and local taxes as well as fees that pay for emergency response groups and public services provided by the Universal Service Fund and others.

Phone companies have opposed some of these taxes because of the expense of collecting them, and because it drives up the cost of their services, making them less attractive to consumers.

"Wireless consumers can now turn their attention and efforts to repealing discriminatory wireless taxes on the state and local level," said Steve Largent, the president of CTIA, a trade group that represents cellular companies.

Mr. Largent said 17 percent of the typical monthly cellular bill was made up of taxes and fees.

Carriers, however, are partly to blame for that burden because they charge their customers a range of discretionary fees to recoup their business costs. For instance, some customers are charged "property tax allotment" fees that are meant to pay for a company's real estate taxes. Other companies charge "carrier cost recovery fees" to pay for the administrative costs of collecting taxes.

These fees generate billions of dollars in revenue for the companies.

That is a far cry from 1898, when the tax was first levied and there were 681,000 phone subscribers in the United States, according to James Katz, a telecommunications historian at Rutgers University. Though relatively small in numbers, those subscribers paid a considerable amount in taxes to help finance the government's battle against Spain.

The annual basic charge for a home phone in the 1890's was about $100, or more than $2,200 in today's dollars. A three-minute call from New York to Chicago in 1902 cost $5.45 — about $120 today.

Source: The New York Times


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Program voluntary, can be narrowed by ZIP code, officials say

By Sara Lee Fernandez Caller-Times
May 25, 2006

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

  • Register to receive alerts at www.wirelessamberalerts.com. Only users whose devices are capable of receiving SMS messages are eligible for this service.
  • If you received an AMBER Alert and believe you have information that could be helpful, contact the number that appears in the text of the AMBER Alert notice you received.

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The Corpus Christi Police Department is urging people to register for text message AMBER alerts on their cell phones and wireless devices.

"Maybe if someone sees that on their cell phone they will be the person that helps us find a missing child," said Police Capt. Robert MacDonald.

The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Alert was created in 1997 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to find abducted children. Various AMBER alert programs have been adopted nationally and considered a legacy to Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered in Arlington.

The cell-phone and wireless campaign was created by the Advertising Council in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Wireless Foundation, to raise awareness of wireless AMBER alerts.

Lisa Block, a spokeswoman at the Texas Department of Public Safety, said there are 200 million wireless subscribers in the United States.

"We know that the first three hours is the critical time period when a child is abducted," Block said. "We are excited at the possibility of reaching more people."

Most cellular companies provide registration for the alerts on their Web sites.

"It was something that was worked on industry-wide," said Meg Fainey, a spokeswoman for Cingular Wireless.

Cell-phone users can choose to register and what ZIP codes they want to be notified about, she said.

All states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands since have established AMBER alert programs.

Texas began using the AMBER alert in 2002; there have been 21 state alerts since then. AMBER alert programs have helped reunite more than 260 children nationwide with their families

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times



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