newsletter logo

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 12, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 282

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

They always say, "if you don't like the weather in Illinois, just wait for a couple of days and it will change. Well on Sunday this week it hit 91° (F. of course) — breaking a record for this time of year set in the 1800's — and last night the temperature dropped down to 42°.

There are several interesting news items this week:

  • AT&T Wireless Head, IPhone Executive Sigman Retires
  • Use your iPhone to pay for parking
  • New Firm to Specialize in Wireless Communications For Public Safety
  • FCC Issues Backup Power Rule for Large Paging and Cellular Carriers
  • British Red Cross deploys wireless messaging to quicken relief response times
  • Ofcom to investigate new uses for pager radio spectrum
  • Small carriers: Spectrum auction rules will limit bids
  • AT&T acquires wireless spectrum from Aloha
  • Suit accuses Apple, AT&T of monopoly
  • FCC Resets Starting Date For 700 MHz Auction To January 24, 2008; Issues Rules, Bidding Procedures For Auction Nos. 73 & 76
  • WTB Files Report On HAC Status, Recommendations
  • Auto theft down in Las Vegas
  • One Man's Bid To Save Morse Code
  • Messages about the Paging Technical Committee meeting in San Antonio
  • Comments about RIM's BlackBerry Success

And please don't forget about Enterprise Wireless 2007, October 25-26 in San Antonio, Texas and the EMMA Conference in Cork, Ireland — October 17-19.

I wish I could attend both of these events, but unfortunately I can not.

Now on to more news and views. . .

aapc logo emma logo
brad dye
Wireless Messaging Newsletter
  • VoIP
  • Wi-Fi
  • Paging
  • WiMAX
  • Telemetry
  • Location Services
  • Wireless Messaging
wireless logo medium

This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

iland internet sulutions This newsletter is brought to you by the generous support of our advertisers and the courtesy of iland Internet Solutions Corporation. For more information about the web-hosting services available from iland Internet Solutions Corporation, please click on their logo to the left.

A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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

NOTE: This newsletter is best viewed at screen resolutions of 800x600 (good) or 1024x768 (better). Any current revision of web browser should work fine. Please notify me of any problems with viewing. This site is compliant with XHTML 1.0 transitional coding for easy access from wireless devices. (XML 1.0/ISO 8859-1.)

Anyone wanting to help support The Wireless Messaging Newsletter can do so by clicking on the PayPal DONATE button above.


AT&T Wireless Head, IPhone Executive Sigman Retires

October 11, 2007: 04:40 PM EST

NEW YORK — (Dow Jones) — AT&T Inc.'s (T) Stan Sigman, the executive responsible for bringing the iPhone to AT&T and integrating mobile operations with Cingular, announced his resignation Thursday, effective immediately.

The abrupt departure of Sigman, who served as president and chief executive of AT&T Mobility and is retiring after 42 years with the San Antonio telecommunications giant, raised eyebrows among company observers.

"I don't think Stan Sigman is going to go off and play golf," said Patrick Comack, Zachary Investment Research analyst. "I fully believe he will end up being a CEO somewhere outside the telecom space."

Sigman, listed as 59 years old in the company's annual report filed in February, was unavailable for comment.

The telecom giant replaced Sigman with Ralph de la Vega, who had been mentioned as a possible replacement for departed Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) Chief Executive Gary Forsee. De la Vega was chief operating officer of the wireless unit from 2004 through 2006, working on the Cingular merger and the deployment of the iPhone.

"Wall Street has confidence in him," Comack said. "He's been successful and has always executed."

De la Vega's current duties as group president of regional telecom and entertainment will be added to John Stankey, group president of operations support.

Sigman, a Texan who wears cowboy boots and business suits, was the AT&T executive that Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Steve Jobs first approached with the iPhone.

"Stan is one of the industry's most outstanding and accomplished leaders," AT& T Chief Executive and Chairman Randall Stephenson said in a press release. "Our customers, our employees and our stockholders have benefited tremendously from his unsurpassed vision, expertise and tireless commitment to growing the business."

Sigman's departure follows the retirement of Chairman and Chief Executive Edward Whitacre in June.

In recent late trading, AT&T shares rose to $42.05 from the Thursday close of $41.61. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has traded as low as $31.75 and as high as $42.97.

Source: CNN

Critical Response Systems

Over 70% of first responders are volunteers
Without an alert, interoperability means nothing.

Get the Alert.

M1501 Acknowledgent Pager

With the M1501 Acknowledgement Pager and a SPARKGAP wireless data system, you know when your volunteers have been alerted, when they've read the message, and how they’re going to respond – all in the first minutes of an event. Only the M1501 delivers what agencies need – reliable, rugged, secure alerting with acknowledgement.

Learn More



ewa aapc 2007

Enterprise Wireless Attendee Newsletter

October 4, 2007

river walk
San Antonio Evening

New this year – CEO Forum Roundtable

Join your wireless sales and service provider colleagues at the CEO Forum Roundtable on Friday, October 26th from 8-9:15AM. Share your successes, bring your questions and learn from your peers. An expert for each subject will facilitate each roundtable.

Pick your topic now and get there early! Thanks to ETA for co-sponsoring this CEO Forum Roundtable Event!

Promote, Differentiate, and Attain a ROI for your Organization by Maximizing the Value of your Employees Certifications. Facilitated by Kim Hudson, Director of Marketing and Association Development with ETA International.

FCC Licensing – the Basics and Beyond – facilitated by Andre Cote, Senior Vice President Wireless Solutions and Nancy Gruen, Director of Business Development with Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA).

High efficiency, low cost ideas for marketing success – facilitated by Elaine Baugh Walsh, President, E Comm International, Inc.

How to hire the right IT person to grow your company’s sales – facilitated by Dave Thiess, Director of Sales, SmartSource, Inc.

Free Exhibits Only Passes for Enterprise Customers

Bring your enterprise user customer and they get a free exhibits only pass! Log on to the EWA web site registration page fill in your enterprise customer’s company name and address and fill in your wireless sales/service provider name and there will be a badge waiting – courtesy of your company – for your customer. You can buy your customer a hospitality package so they can participate in all networking events.

EWA Annual Membership Meeting – Put this in your planner

The EWA Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 1PM on Wednesday, October 24th, in Executive Salon 4.

The Buzz Is Out There for the Conference Keynote

Industry publications and newsletters, as well as the local San Antonio business press, are all talking about the Enterprise Wireless 2007 Keynote Speaker, Martin C. (Marty) Cooper. For those of you who have heard him speak, you know why you have got to be there at 9:30AM sharp on Thursday, October 25th. For those of you who haven’t, you have a treat in store for you as our industry’s best futurist and technology innovator shares his vision for what’s going to happen in 2008. We'll tell you this – you are going to be very surprised at how Marty thinks the spectrum landscape is going to look in the years ahead, you owe it to your business not to miss this keynote.

Still Space Available at the Headquarters Hotel

The Crowne Plaza Riverwalk still has rooms available, so call 1-800-381-9553 and tell them you are with EWA and give them code JN6 to get the EWA rate. Room availability is running low, so call today and make sure you’re at the headquarters hotel and the center of all the action for Enterprise Wireless 2007.

Enterprise Wireless 2007 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 24

8:00 a.m. Paging Technical Conference
11:30 a.m. Motorola Service Conference
1:00 p.m. EWA Annual Member Meeting - Followed by the EWA Annual Board Meeting
4:00 p.m. AAPC Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, October 25

8:00 a.m. Opening Session
9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Martin C. Cooper, ArrayComm, Inc.
10:45 a.m. Exhibits Open
12:15 p.m. Lunch on Show Floor
1:30 p.m. USMSS General Membership Session
2:30 p.m. USMSS Regional Meetings
3:30 p.m. New Opportunities with Public Safety DAS
Distributed Antenna Systems are now mandated for buildings due to new state and city ordinances. Learn about the requirements of in-building wireless systems and proactive monitoring of these systems, which can produce ongoing revenue opportunities for wireless system providers.
Michael Berta, Director, Technical Services, Zinwave
4:45 p.m. Alternatives in broadband:
Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint

Whether you lease or buy, there are new options today.
Jim McLochlin Digital Connection Group Wireless WAN
6:00 p.m. Reception on Show Floor

Friday, October 26

7:00 a.m. AAPC Open Networking Event
8:00 a.m. CEO Forum Roundtables
Open to all attendees
Concurrent sessions with four different topics. Come prepared to compare what’s worked in your area with others and get your questions answered. Each Roundtable will be facilitated covering the following topics:
  • Promote, Differentiate, and Attain a ROI for your Organization by Maximizing the Value of your Employees Certification
  • FCC Licensing — Basics and Beyond with EWA Spectrum Specialists
  • RFP Preparation for Success
  • High Efficiency, Low Cost Ideas for Marketing Success
  • How to Hire the Right IT person
9:30 a.m. Exhibits Open
12:00 Noon Lunch on Show Floor

Be sure to attend!

If you are a communications service provider, dealer, service shop, systems integrator, consultant or VAR or responsible for specifying, purchasing and integrating wireless technologies at your business . . . this is the annual event for you. Make valuable business connections, visit leading wireless exhibitors and get live demonstrations of the latest technology. You'll get answers you need for tomorrow’s challenges in regulatory issues, legislative issues and network with the pros in wireless. Availability is limited Register today!

ewa banner


Use your iPhone to pay for parking

Saturday, October 6, 2007 — 12:30 a.m. — on my couch
by RedEye's Scott Kleinberg

parking meter Parking in Chicago just got a little easier. Now you can pay for a spot at the meter using your iPhone.

Actually, it works with any phone, but think of how cool you'll look saving quarters on your iPhone.

The Chicago Tribune reports the limited pilot program uses a service called Park Magic, and requires a credit or debit card to get started.

Those who participate will get a pager-sized in-car device that drivers leave on the dashboard. It blinks green if time remains and red if your time is expired.

The Tribune reports the cost is $15 and the initial charge will be applied as a credit to a parking account. To pay for parking, drivers call a toll free number and provide a "parking zone," which is listed on each of the city's 33,000 meters.

So, callers ... do you see yourself using something like this? Personally, I don't drive downtown much at all, but I'd love the chance to not have to worry about how much time is on the meter.

Thanks for calling.

Source: iPhone Therefore I Blog (RedEye Chicago)


 aapc logo AAPC Bulletin • 866-301-2272
The Voice of US Paging Carriers

October 25-26
Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas


AAPC is pleased to co-sponsor the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) fall conference and we encourage you to join the AAPC board of directors and attend this outstanding event consisting of regulatory updates, compelling industry forecasts, and expert speakers to help make wireless communications more productive. AAPC members receive EWA member rates on both conference registration and exhibit space for the Enterprise Wireless 2007.

Keynote Speaker: Martin (Marty) C. Cooper
Marty Cooper is a pioneer in wireless and is known as a technology futurist. Cooper, while known as the father of portable cellular telephony, continues to focus his energy and work on consumer freedom in his vision of the wireless Internet and is widely recognized as an innovator in spectrum management. He is Executive Chairman of ArrayComm, Inc., the world leader in smart antenna technology.  On a side note, his wife, Arlene Harris was the first woman inducted into the RCR/Wireless Hall of Fame. 

VENDORS: There are only two exhibition spaces left!
Join Motorola, Kenwood, Aeroflex, Zinwave, Systems Implementation and our own Prism Systems, DX Radio Systems, and Critical Response Systems and showcase your latest products and technologies.  To confirm your participation and booth space, please email Linda at

Paging Technical Committee Meeting on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30 AM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Antonio. 

Welcome to our newest carrier members!


Alfacom, S.A.


Mount View Communications


Submit an abstract to speak at the 2008 Association of Public Safety Communication Officers annual conference!
August 3-7, 2008
Kansas City, Missouri
Deadline to submit a presentation is October 1, 2007!



Thanks to our Gold Vendor member!

PRISM Paging

Thanks to our Silver Vendor Members!
isc technologies
ISC Technologies, Inc.
recurrent software
Recurrent Software Solutions, Inc.

Thanks to our Bronze Member Vendors!
AAPC Executive Director
441 N. Crestwood Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Tel: 866-301-2272
AAPC Regulatory Affairs Office
Suite 250
2154 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007-2280
Tel: 202-223-3772
Fax: 202-315-3587



New Firm to Specialize in Wireless Communications For Public Safety

October 11, 2007

Ron Mercer, a pioneer in telecommunications with more than 40 years experience in  wireline and wireless telecommunications, has announced the formation of  Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC, a firm devoted to the development, marketing and deployment of sophisticated wireless communications technology for the Public Safety and Homeland Security communities.

Headquartered in East Northport, New York, the new organization will address a widely recognized and discussed current issue: the quality, or lack thereof, of communications facilities available to first responders and others involved in emergency situations such as 9/11 and Katrina.

Mr. Mercer has consulted with a number of leading wireless companies, provided expert witness testimony in several legal actions, obtained FCC Type Acceptance for new equipment designs and co-authored the CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement) standard for radio paging. His experience with the various protocols involved in both wireline and wireless telecommunications (CDMA, GSM, TAP, TNPP, Golay, FLEX, POCSAG, ReFLEX, T1/T3, SS7, etc.) has been widely recognized within the industry.


Ronald H. Mercer
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
217 South First Street
East Northport, NY 11731



Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers   Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
ATCOM Wireless   Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation
CPR Technology, Inc.  Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
Critical Response Systems (CRS)   Port City Communications
CVC Paging   Preferred Wireless
Daviscomms USA   Prism Paging
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association   Ron Mercer
GTES LLC   Texas Association of Paging Services
Hark Systems   TH Communications
   UCOM Paging
HMCE, Inc.   Unication USA
InfoRad, Inc.     United Communications Corp.
Ira Wiesenfeld   WiPath Communications
Minilec Service, Inc.   Zetron Inc.

Case Parts

pager parts

Above is a sample of what we have, call for a full list.
These parts are fully refurbished to like new condition.
New LCDs and Lenses are also available.

cpr logo

CPR Technology, Inc.

'Serving the Paging industry since 1987'

left arrow New Ad This Week

Europe’s most popular Fire-Pager now available in the USA!
fireman with swissphone pager
  • 32 addresses with 50 user profiles
  • 2-tone format (also available 5- or 5/6-tone)
  • Narrow-band (12.5 KHz) or wide-band capability
  • Large display for clarity at a glance
  • Four minutes voice memory (RE629 Stored Voice)
  • Water resistant case
  • Synthesized, multi channel option

RE629 Voice — the comfort model
Ideal for use in all alarm and emergency turn-out networks. Can be adapted at any time to fit changing assignments.

RE629 Stored Voice — the premium model
Offers a voice memory with a four-minutes recording capacity. All alarms are archived and can be replayed as often as is required.

display Stopwatch
Once an alarm has been received, the stopwatch starts running in the display until acknowledged. You can thus tell the urgency of the current alarm at a glance.

North-American Office
Paul Kaiser
1460 Main Street, Suite #9
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 800-596-1914 • Fax: 941-955-8432

Interconnection Services, Inc.
Telecommunications Industry Consulting

Exclusive Report to the Wireless Messaging Newsletter
By Vic Jackson

FCC Issues Backup Power Rule for Large Paging and Cellular Carriers

October 11, 2007

On October 4, 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Released its Order on Reconsideration of the Recommendations of the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. (FCC 06-177, EB Docket No. 06-119, WC Docket No. 06-63)

According to this FCC Order, large Paging Carriers (those with more than 500,000 subscribers) will be required to comply with the new backup power rules that apply to all Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) carriers (including Cellular and PCS). CMRS carriers including paging with less than 500,000 subscribers are exempt from the backup power requirements of this Order.

Highlights of the FCC’s Emergency Backup Power Order:

Backup power must last for a minimum of 24 hours for central offices and 8 hours for cell sites.

Telecommunications carriers that fall under this Order will have six months after the effective date of the order to comply with the reporting requirements including identifying all assets that must comply with the new rules by site name.

Telecommunications carriers that fall under this Order also must file a certified emergency backup power compliance plan for non-compliant assets within 12 months from the effective date of the new rules. The plan must describe how the LEC or CMRS provider will provide emergency backup power to 100 percent of the area covered by any non-compliant asset in the event of a commercial power failure.

The new revised rules amend Part 12 of Chapter I of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) under PART 12 – REDUNDANCY OF COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, 47 C.F.R. § 12.2 Backup Power.

The complete 36 page Order is available from the FCC at: left arrow


2377 Seminole Dr. • Okemos, MI 48864 • Telephone: 517-381-0744 • Fax: 805-980-5887

vic jackson Vic Jackson is the founder of Interconnection Services, Inc., which specializes in assisting Commercial Mobile Radio Service carriers seeking Interconnection Agreements with other telecommunications carriers, Interconnection Issues and other Interconnection related services. Additionally, Vic is a telecommunications consultant for businesses, educational institutions, and government telecommunications systems.

Vic’s background is technical and systems management, including paging systems, two way mobile systems, telephone networks, and computer applications. For the past thirty years he has been involved in negotiating wireless interconnection and numbering issues with the local exchange carriers in various capacities on a local, regional and nationwide basis. He has also made numerous presentations as a nationally recognized authority on interconnection issues before industry groups, FCC staff, Regional Bell Operating companies, and state commissions. Please see for more information.

INFORAD Wireless Office

Wireless Messaging Software

AlphaPage® First Responder (Windows 2000, XP, Vista). When the message matters, AlphaPage® First Responder is the fast, reliable, and secure solution Emergency Management Professionals choose. AlphaPage® First Responder is designed for the modern professional who requires full-featured commercial wireless messaging capabilities that include advanced features such as automated Route-on-Failure, custom message templates, and secure messaging with SSL encryption. AlphaCare™ extended premium support plans are also available. For more information on all InfoRad Wireless Messaging software solutions, and fully supported free demos, please click on the InfoRad logo.

InfoRad logo left arrow CLICK HERE

InfoRad Wireless Office

minilec service logo

Newsletter repair prices—starting at:

  • $6.50 labor for numeric or alphanumeric pagers
  • $12.00 labor for 2-way pagers
  • $19.50 labor for cellular phones

**Special pricing on cellular and pager refurbishment**

motorola logo Motorola Authorized Service Center for Paging and Cellular.

Ask for Special Newsletter Pricing.

Please call: 800-222-6075 ext. 306 for pricing.

E-mail: left arrow CLICK HERE
Minilec Service, Inc.
Suite A
9207 Deering Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Minilec Service


The Best in Paging Is Also the Biggest!


Zetron’s Model 2700:
Our largest-capacity paging terminal.

  • Supports over 1,000,000 subscribers.
  • Fully redundant design features RAID-1-mirrored, hot-removable disk drives.
  • Supports remote access to Windows®-based user-management software.
  • Supports E1 trunks, T1 trunks, analog trunks, and dial-up modems.
  • Includes extensive voice-messaging features.
  • Provides Ethernet interface for e-mail and paging over the Internet.
  • Provides an ideal replacement for Unipage or Glenayre™ systems.
  • When used with the Model 600/620 Wireless Data Manager, a simulcast network can be connected to the Model 2700 over Ethernet links.

Contact Zetron today to discuss your paging needs.

Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Phone: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031


$500.00 FLAT RATE

TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.

TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $ 500.00 (for your system) a month.

Contact Ted Gaetjen @ 1-800-460-7243 or left arrow CLICK TO E-MAIL


British Red Cross deploys wireless messaging to quicken relief response times

Author: Antony Savvas
Posted: 15:05 08 Oct 2007

The British Red Cross Society is streamlining its response times to emergency services and local authorities during major incidents using a wireless system from PageOne.

The British Red Cross in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and the Channel Islands is using the new wireless messaging system.

With PageOne's paging system, the British Red Cross is able to respond to emergencies instantly and more effectively. Traditionally, the British Red Cross would have undertaken a phone-round to see which volunteers were available to offer emergency support, and then another phone-round to deploy volunteers, which can lead to delays.

John Blake, emergency response assistant at British Red Cross, said, "The paging system was extremely well received from both staff and volunteers, who saw it as an enabler and invaluable tool in allowing them to respond immediately and effectively."

PageOne's technology was used to alert additional first aiders following heavy rains at the recent Glastonbury festival, and during the summer flooding in Gloucestershire, where teams were mobilised to aid evacuations and distribute food and water.

PageOne owns and operates a UK-wide paging network and provides business SMS messaging solutions via its PageOne Paging and PageOne Connect platforms.


daviscomms usa

     Available Soon!     
  • VoIP WiFi SIP Phone - 801.11 b/g
  • Quad Band GSM Phone
  • MTD1000 GPRS/GPS Mobile Tracking Device
802.11 b/g VoIP
WiFi SIP Phone
  • Virtually free calls anywhere in the world with Internet connection
  • 2-way text messaging and voice call for hassle-free enterprise communication
  • 2.412 – 2.848 GHz
  • 64 Mb (Flash) + 128 Mb (SRAM)
Quad Band
GSM Phone
  • GSM-850 /EGSM-900/
  • DCS-1800/ PCS-1900
  • GPRS: Type-B Class 10
  • 128 Mb (Flash) + 64 Mb (SRAM)
  • Micro SD card (up to 1GB)
  • USB & Bluetooth Connectivity

* Specifications Subject to change without notice

Mobile Tracking
Physical Specs
  • 87 x 57 x 30 mm
  • 100g (including battery)
  • 8-30V Operating Voltage
  • 1 TX and 1 RX RS232 comm. port (interface to PC)
  • 4/3 Digital In/Out Ports
  • Serial Speeds-4800 bps thru 115,200 bps
  • Vehicle Tracking Device
  • Anti-Theft
  • Personal Emergency alert with panic button (option)
GSM/GPRS Receiver Specs
  • Quad band GSM GPRS
  • ESTI GSM Phase 2+ Standard
  • Multi-slot Class 10 GPRS Module
  • GPRS, SMS]
  • Supports 1.8V & 3V SIM Card
daviscomms GPS Receiver Specs
  • 12 Channels with continuous tracking
  • L1 (1575.42 MHz) Frequency
  • Accuracy:
    • Position: 10m (CEP)
    • Velocity: 0.2 m/s (50%)
    • Time: 20 ns RMS (static mode)

For information call 480-515-2344 or visit our website
Email addresses are posted there!

NRG™ batteries by Motorola*
ucc wireless photo
Call me today to find out how you can get NRG™ replacement batteries by Motorola.
  • Very competitive pricing
  • Quality performance
  • The NRG™ series of replacement batteries are compatible with:
green diamond  ICOM green diamond  Maxon nrg series
green diamond  Kenwood green diamond  Yaesu/Vertex
green diamond  M/A-COM green diamond  And Others

United Communications Corp.
Call today: 888-763-7550
Fax: 888-763-7549
62 Jason Court, St. Charles, MO 63304

* NRG™ batteries are distributed by Motorola.

motorola original

Ofcom to investigate new uses for pager radio spectrum

Regulator launches consultation on potential for alternative services such as asset tracking

Neon Kelly, Computing 10 Oct 2007

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the potential use of radio spectrum previously reserved for paging services.

The 169 Mhz European Radio Messaging System (ERMES) band was split in half by Ofcom in 2005 as part of plans to make more efficient use of the spectrum, following the decline of pager use across Europe.

The regulator is now welcoming ideas for ways in which the high-power upper part of the bandwidth can be used by businesses while keeping in line with directives from the European Commission.

Possible uses for the upper band include asset tracking systems and tracing devices used to recover stolen goods. The frequency may also be used for personal mobile radio networks, such as those used by security teams at large public events.

The lower part of the band was previously made licence-free in July 2006 and is now used in social alarms and personal hearing aids, among other devices.

The Ofcom consultation will close on 5 December.

Source: VNU


  • 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
  • March 17, 2004—PAS-6 suffers loss of power—TOTAL LOSS
  • January 14, 2005—Intelsat 804 suffers electrical power system anomaly—TOTAL LOSS


Allow us to uplink your paging data to two separate satellites for complete redundancy! CVC owns and operates two separate earth stations and specializes in uplink services for paging carriers. Join our list of satisfied uplink customers.

  • Each earth station features hot standby redundancy
  • UPS and Generator back-up
  • Redundant TNPP Gateways
  • On shelf spares for all critical components
  • 24/7 staffing and support

cvc paging

cvc antennas

For inquires please call or e-mail Stephan Suker at 800-696-6474 or left arrow

New ReFLEX Telemetry Module

atcom wireless
  • Easy To Use
  • Small
  • Reliable
  • Data Communications

at300   ATM300

check RF Protocol:
       ReFLEX™ 2.7.2
check Interface Protocol with host:
   CLP (Motorola FLEXsuite™)
check Parameter Settings:
   PPS Software (PC application)
check Message size — Transmit and Receive:
   Up to 8 Kbytes, depending on carrier)

 Download the complete specification here. left arrow

 Cory Edwards
 Director of Sales & Operations
 ATCOM Wireless
 Telephone: 800-811-8032 extension 106
 Fax: 678-720-0302
 E-mail: left arrow
 Web site:
left arrow

Want to help the newsletter?

Become a SPONSOR

Promote your company's image with one of these posters.

Small 100X35 $7.69
Medium 200X70 $11.54
Large 300X100 $15.38
Extra Large 300X300 $19.23
Package 1 variable $23.08
Package 2 variable $26.92
Package 3 variable $34.62

* cost per week—six-month minimum—or 26 issues

For more details, and pricing on the various advertising options please click here left arrow CLICK HERE

Small carriers: Spectrum auction rules will limit bids

October 10, 2007 3:50 pm ET
By Grant Gross, IDG News Service

U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules on a chunk of high-speed wireless spectrum to be auctioned in January may crowd out small carriers wanting to bid, representatives of small firms said Wednesday.

The FCC’s decision to require so-called open-access rules on about a third of the 62MHz of spectrum, covering the entire U.S., could discourage large carriers from bidding on that spectrum and drive them instead to auctions for spectrum covering smaller geographic areas, which are targeted toward small carriers, said Christopher Guttman-McCabe, vice president of CTIA, a trade group representing wireless carriers.

Guttman-McCabe, testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee, produced a letter signed by 139 small and regional wireless carriers, urging Congress and the FCC to abandon the open-access rules. Large carriers will likely bid on the smaller licenses “rather than accept large, encumbered licenses,” the letter said.

In July, the FCC voted to require that the winning bidder of 22 MHz of spectrum allow devices sold by other wireless carriers to be used on its network. In addition, the FCC prohibited the winning bidder from blocking or slowing Web and voice content not approved by it. The spectrum to be auctioned is in the 700MHz band, being abandoned by U.S. television stations as they move to all-digital broadcasts.

These open-access rules, plus network build-out requirements and leasing limitations, will make it difficult for small carriers to bid on the spectrum, said executives with two small carriers.

“My fear is that . . . large, nationwide telecommunications carriers will be in the best positions to win many of the licenses that will soon be auctioned, and that they will once again overlook rural towns and outlying areas,” said Edward Kelly Bond, president of Public Service Communications Inc., a telecom carrier based in Reynolds, Georgia.

In addition, the FCC has prohibited winning bidders from selling the spectrum for 10 years and prohibited them from leasing more than 25 percent of the spectrum to other carriers, said Shelley Spencer, president of Wirefree Partners, based in Vero Beach, Florida.

Wirefree Partners paid US$152 million in a PCS auction in 2005 and was able to lease half of that spectrum to Sprint Nextel, Spencer said. “We should be able to wholesale, we should be able to lease,” she said. “We shouldn't have straightjackets imposed on us that other carriers don’t have to face.”

The requirements that small business bidders hang on to spectrum for 10 years could require them to pay back-bidding discounts if they grow beyond the FCC’s definition of a small business, she added. That rule could be a “death knell” for some small carriers, she said.

The small business rules will scare investors away from small bidders, Spencer added. “How do we raise the money to participate in this auction?” she said. “The capital requirements are staggering for small businesses.”

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said the FCC changed the auction rules for small businesses to prevent fraudulent bidders who had no intention of offering wireless service.

Representative Charlie Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat that represents the San Antonio headquarters of AT&T, agreed with Spencer and Bond. “I really don’t see the spectrum rules benefiting small businesses, as far as ownership,” he said.

Gonzalez also suggested the FCC should place a higher priority on getting larger bids for the spectrum, saying the U.S. government continues to face budget deficits. “You have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize that money,” he told Martin.

But Martin said Gonzalez can’t have it both ways. Cutting up the spectrum into small geographic areas encourages small carrier bidding, but offering nationwide spectrum would generate the most money, Martin said. “There are often competing and conflicting interests,” he said.

Martin also defended the open-access rules, saying they would allow providers of Web and wireless applications access to the network without getting permission of the carrier that owns the spectrum.

Jeffrey Black, chairman and chief strategy officer of wireless services vendor TalkPlus Inc., agreed with Martin. Wireless carriers often block small companies from offering services on their networks, he said.

“Your electric utility can’t limit your choice of a vacuum cleaner,” he added. “Let the consumer, not the carrier, decide who can offer the best and brightest applications.”

Source: Macworld

wipath header

Intelligent Solutions for Paging & Wireless Data

WiPath manufactures a wide range of highly unique and innovative hardware and software solutions in paging and mobile data for:

  • Emergency Services Messaging
  • Utilities Job Management
  • Telemetry and Remote Switching
  • Fire House Automation
  • Load Shedding and Electrical Services Control

PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal

pdt 2000 image

  • Built-in POCSAG encoder
  • Huge capcode capacity
  • Parallel, 2 serial ports, 4 relays
  • Message & system monitoring

Paging Controlled Moving Message LED Displays

welcom wipath

  • Variety of sizes
  • Integrated paging receiver

PDR2000/PSR2000 Paging Data Receivers

paging data receiver

  • Highly programmable, intelligent PDRs
  • Message Logging & remote control
  • Multiple I/O combinations and capabilities
  • Network monitoring and alarm reporting

Specialized Paging Solutions

paging data receiver

  • Remote switching & control
  • Fire station automation
  • PC interfacing & message management
  • Paging software and customized solutions
  • Message interception, filtering, redirection, printing & logging
  • Cross band repeating, paging coverage infill, store and forward
  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters, on-site systems

Mobile Data Terminals & Two Way Wireless  Solutions
mobile data terminal
  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing, and Field service management
  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS
  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces
pdt 2000 image
radio interface

WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
Web site: left arrow CLICK
E-mail: left arrow CLICK
Phone: 770-844-6218 Office
770-844-6574 Fax
805-907-6707 Mobile
WiPath Communications

I am an authorized Manufacturer Representative for WiPath Communications. Please contact me directly for any additional information. left arrow CLICK

Preferred Wireless
preferred logo
Equipment For Sale
2 Aluminum Equipment racks
1 Outdoor Motorola Cabinet (many others)
1 Outdoor Hennessey Cab w/AC
10 Glenayre PM-250C (NEW) Power Monitor Panels w/Alarms
13 RL-70 XC Midband Link Receivers
  Several New 900 MHz Antennas
Link Transmitters:
1 Glenayre QT6994, 150W, 900 MHz Link TX
3 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
3 Glenayre Hot Standby Panels
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
8 QT-100C, 100W VHF, TCC, RL70XC
1 Glenayre GL-T8311, 125W
1 Motorola PURC 5000, 350W, ACB
5 Motorola PURC 5000, 125W, ACB or TRC
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 350W, ACB or TRC
6 Motorola Nucleus 350W, NAC
UHF Paging Transmitters:
10 Glenayre GLT5340, 125W, DSP Exciter
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 110W, ACB
2 Motorola PURC 5000, 225W, ACB
900 MHz Paging Transmitters:
1 Glenayre GLT 8600, 500W
35 Glenayre GLT-8500, 250W, C2000, I20
10 Motorola PURC 5000, 300W, DRC or ACB
6 Glenayre QT-7995, 250W (will part out)
GL3000 & Unipage Cards—Many misc. cards.
1 Complete GL3000L w/ T1s, 2.2G HD, LCC

left arrow CLICK HERE

Too Much To List • Call or E-Mail
Preferred Wireless
Rick McMichael
888-429-4171 left arrow
Preferred Wireless
satellite dish ucom logo

Satellite Uplink
As Low As $500/month

  • Data input speeds up to 38.4 Kbps
  • Dial-in modem access for Admin
  • Extremely reliable & secure
  • Hot standby up link components

Knowledgeable Tech Support 24/7

Contact Alan Carle Now!
1-888-854-2697 x272

arrow Paging & Two-Way Radio Service Centre arrow
  • Supplier of Motorola and Unication
    pagers, offering an extensive range of
    UHF and VHF models
  • Repair service on all Motorola pagers
    and two-way radios
  • Motorola's appointed service centre for
    parts, repairs and accessories

Contact us to find out more:
Tel: +44 (0)2380 666 333

th comms logo

AT&T acquires wireless spectrum from Aloha

SAN ANTONIO--AT&T Inc. today announced its board of directors has approved an agreement to purchase spectrum licenses covering 196 million people in the 700 MHz frequency band from Aloha Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership.

"Customer demand for mobile services, including voice, data and video, is continually increasing," said Forrest Miller, group president-corporate strategy and development. "Aloha's spectrum will enable AT&T to efficiently meet this growing demand and help our customers stay connected to their worlds."

The transaction enhances AT&T's spectrum position by adding 12 MHz of spectrum covering 196 million people in 281 markets. The spectrum covers many major metropolitan areas, including 72 of the top 100 and all of the top 10 markets in the United States.

AT&T will pay approximately $2.5 billion in cash for the licenses. The company anticipates receiving necessary government approvals and closing the transaction within six to nine months.

Note: This AT&T release and other news announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - News) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

About Aloha Partners
Aloha Partners LP holds licenses for UHF channels 54 and 59 covering 196 million people in 281 markets. For more information contact:

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise. This news release may contain certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between the non-GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available on the company's Web site at

Source: FierceWireless


gtes logo

Russ Allen, President
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cell: 360-820-3888


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

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

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.

Continued Support Programs
GTES Partner Program
Product Sales
On-Site Services
Software Development
Product Training


Prism Paging

prism logo

Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

  • Radio Paging Terminals
  • Voicemail Systems
  • E-mail and Network Text Messaging Systems
  • Digital Trunk Switching Systems
  • Digital Trunk and Voicemail Concentrators
  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

Logical Choice

  • Replace Outdated, UNLICENSED Paging Terminals
  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
  • Add New Paging System with ALL THE FEATURES
  • Provide Your Customers With Features They Want
  • Designed and Supported by Industry Experts

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

Prism Paging
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
Internet: left CLICK HERE
E-mail: left arrow CLICK HERE
Prism Paging

See the Prism Paging video

Streaming Video from the
World Business Review web site


Suit accuses Apple, AT&T of monopoly

Wed Oct 10, 9:53 PM ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Complaints over Apple Inc.'s use restrictions and recent software update for the iPhone have erupted in two lawsuits alleging Apple and its carrier partner, AT&T Inc., engaged in illegal monopolistic behavior.

Two separate lawsuits were filed Friday in San Jose — one in federal court and the other in state court and both seeking class-action status.

The federal case accuses the companies of unfair business practices and violations of antitrust, telecommunications and warranty laws. The state case raises some of the same allegations.

Apple spokeswoman Susan Lundgren and AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel both declined to comment on them Wednesday.

The federal case was filed by the firms of Hoffman & Lazear in Oakland and Folkenflik & McGerity in New York on behalf of iPhone owners Paul Holman and Lucy Rivello. The state case was filed by Saratoga attorney Damian Fernandez on behalf of California resident Timothy Smith.

AT&T is the exclusive carrier in the U.S. for Apple's iPhone.

By not allowing consumers to modify their iPhones to work on other carrier networks, the two companies conspired from the beginning of their partnership to maintain a monopoly, the federal lawsuit alleges.

The companies are unlawfully restricting consumer choice by preventing users from "unlocking" their iPhones, and Apple intentionally disabled unofficial third-party programs or rendered unlocked phones useless with its software update, the lawsuit alleges.

Apple issued the update Sept. 27 after warning users that any ensuing damage to iPhones with unauthorized modifications was not covered by the product's warranty.

It is unclear how many iPhones were disabled or how many iPhone owners have modified their handsets.

Some hacker communities estimated that thousands of people have downloaded their "unlocking" programs, while AT&T's Siegel says the company has heard from "very few" customers that have done so.

The federal lawsuit stated it didn't know how large the affected class could be but pegged the number at 100 or more and anticipates "there will be millions."

Apple has sold more than 1 million iPhones since they hit the market June 29.

Source: Yahoo! News

Unication USA




unication logo

The Paging Industry expects quality, reliable, and high performance paging products.

We at Unication have listened and delivered.


M90™ Messenger™—Our newest ReFLEX 2-Way Advanced Messaging solution. Finally the Industry has a true replacement for the Motorola T900 but with more features and improved RF performance.

  • One-Way Pagers
    • Alpha Elite and Alpha Gold—Our top of the line FLEX™ / POCSAG, 4-line alphanumeric pagers with an identical user interface and comparable RF performance to the Motorola Elite and Gold pagers.
    • NP88—Our newest numeric FLEX / POCSAG pager with the best backlight in the Industry.
  • Telemetry
    • We offer RF and decoding solutions.
alpha elitealpha goldnumeric

About Unication Co., Ltd.

  • A Taiwan company founded in 1992 with extensive experience designing and manufacturing paging and broadband products.
  • An ODM to major telecommunications companies.
  • More than 300 associates worldwide with Engineering Design Centers in Taipei, China and Vancouver, BC. The engineering team has years of experience in wireless systems, embedded SW, RF design and protocols for infrastructure and pagers.
  • Our Accelerated Life Testing facility ensures the highest quality of products for our customers.
  • ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
  • Fully licensed by Motorola for product design technology and the FLEX Family of Protocols.
  • Sales and Engineering support office in Arlington, Texas.
unication logo

  Contact Information

  Kirk Alland
  Unication USA
  1901 E. Lamar Blvd.
  Arlington, TX 76006
  (817) 926-6771

Unication USA
Hark Technologies

hark logo
Wireless Communication Solutions

isi image

ISI-LX Internet Serial Interface with Protocol Conversion

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

IPG Internet Paging Gateway

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


  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
  • Uses standard paging receiver
  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)
omega image

Omega Unified Messaging Server

  • Full Featured Internet Messaging Gateway
  • TAP Concentrator and TNPP Routing Functions w/TNPP over Internet
  • Serial Protocols Supported: GCP, SMDI, SMS, TAP, TNPP
  • Internet Protocols Supported: AIM, HTTP, SMPP (out only), SMTP, SNPP, and WCTP
  • Full Featured, Easy-to-use Voice/Fax/Numeric Mail Interface
  • One Number For All Your Messaging
  • Optional Hot-swap Hard Drives and Power Supplies Available
Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).
Hark Technologies
3507 Iron Horse Dr., Bldg. 200
Ladson, SC 29456
Tel: 843-285-7200
Fax: 843-285-7220
E-mail: left arrow CLICK
Hark Technologies


BloostonLaw Telecom Update
Vol. 10, No. 38
October 10, 2007

AT&T To Buy Aloha’s 700 MHz Spectrum For $2.5 Billion

AT&T has announced that it will acquire Aloha Partners’ 700 MHz spectrum for $2.5 billion in cash. The spectrum covers 196 million “pops” in 281 markets, including 72 of the top 100 markets. The transaction is expected to close by the middle of next year, after appropriate regulatory approvals are obtained. Aloha Partners had initially acquired these Lower 700 MHz band licenses (710-716/740-746 MHz and 716-722 MHz C and D Blocks, respectively) in Auctions 44 and 49, conducted in September/October 2002, and January 2003.

It is not certain how this transaction will affect the upcoming 700 MHz auction (Auction No. 73), but in all likelihood it can only work to AT&T’s advantage. Clearly AT&T would be in a position to pick and choose the spectrum it wants to bid for to supplement what it will have acquired without auction competition.

FCC Resets Starting Date For 700 MHz Auction To January 24, 2008; Issues Rules, Bidding Procedures For Auction Nos. 73 & 76

The FCC, late last Friday, released a Public Notice announcing that it has rescheduled the 700 MHz Auction (Auction No. 73) to start on January 24, 2008, instead of January 16, to allow prospective bidders more time to assess market conditions and develop their business plans. The FCC also set the short form application deadline at December 3. The Commission also announced that it plans to hold a subsequent auction (Auction No. 76), as expeditiously as possible, in case any of the license blocks offered in Auction No. 73 do not meet their reserve prices. Prospective bidders will need to apply for both auctions by the short-form filing deadline.

The Commission decided that, if licenses initially offered for the A, B, C, or E Blocks are not assigned because the auction results do not satisfy the applicable aggregate reserve prices, it promptly will offer alternative licenses for those blocks. More specifically, the Commission will offer licenses for the A, B, and E Blocks subject to alternative performance requirements. With respect to the C Block, the Commission will offer alternative licenses without the open platform conditions and based on different geographic areas and spectrum bandwidth. If the D Block license is not assigned because the auction results do not satisfy the D Block reserve price, the Commission may re-offer that license subject to the same rules or reconsider the applicable rules.

Pre-auction dates and deadlines: The following dates and deadlines apply to the 700 MHz auctions.

  • Auction Seminar—November 19, 2007.
  • Auction 73 and 76 Short-Form Application (FCC Form 175) Filing Window Opens November 19, 2007; 12:00 noon ET.
  • Auction 73 and 76 Short-Form Application (FCC Form 175) Filing Window Deadline— December 3, 2007; prior to 6:00 p.m. ET.
  • Auction 73 Upfront Payments (via wire transfer)— December 28, 2007; 6:00 p.m. ET.
  • Mock Auction—January 18, 2008.
  • Auction 73 Begins—January 24, 2008.

The FCC determined that the bidding procedures for Auctions 73 and 76 would include: (1) anonymous bidding, to enhance competition by safeguarding against potential anti-competitive auction strategies; (2) package bidding, to enable bidders trying to combine multiple C Block licenses to place bids on packages of those licenses; (3) block-specific aggregate reserve prices, to help assure that the public recovers a portion of the value of the spectrum resource; and (4) prompt subsequent bidding in Auction 76, to offer licenses for relevant block(s) in the event Auction 73 results do not satisfy applicable reserve prices.

With respect to Auction 76, the FCC said it will permit only qualified bidders in the initial auction to participate in the contingent subsequent auction. To enable a prompt start to Auction 76 after Auction 73, applicants must select any licenses on which they may bid in Auction 76 by the deadline for filing their Auction 73 application. Applicants must select those licenses by submitting a separate abbreviated short-form application to participate in Auction 76. The abbreviated Auction 76 application must be filed together with the applicant’s standard application for Auction 73.

In the event that Auction 76 takes place, bidder identity and other information on the applicant’s completed Auction 73 short -form application will be combined with the licenses selected in the abbreviated Auction 76 application to create the applicant’s Auction 76 application. This process will minimize the time period between auctions by eliminating any need for applicants to take time following Auction 73 to file new applications or select additional licenses, and for the Commission to review newly-filed short-form applications. Applicants in Auction 76, however, will have an opportunity after Auction 73 to obtain additional eligibility for any licenses offered in Auction 76 by supplementing their upfront monies on deposit with the Commission.

The FCC said it also will use the Auction 73 design in Auction 76, including an aggregate reserve price for each block that matches the applicable initial reserve price. The Commission goes on to describe more specific procedures for how this will work.

In light of this new contingent auction, and because the short-form filing window opens only a few weeks from now, clients interested in participating in the 700 MHz auction should contact us as soon as possible to develop bidding strategies.

WTB Files Report On HAC Status, Recommendations

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has filed its report of the status of implementation of the Commission’s hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements, pursuant to the agency’s 2004 directive. While most of the report focuses on actions taken by the Commission to implement the HAC rules over the past three years, clients may be interested in WTB’s suggestions and recommendations for the future. These include the following:

Availability of Compatible Handsets

  • The Commission should vigilantly monitor compliance with its hearing aid compatibility rules and take appropriate enforcement action against parties that violate the rules.
  • The Commission should continue to encourage the wireless industry to further its efforts towards achieving more complete compatibility between digital wireless telephones and hearing aids, including seeking input from all interested parties on ways to encourage and promote more complete compatibility with hearing aid.
  • The Commission should solicit comment from all interested parties on the proposed modifications to the Commission’s future hearing aid compatibility requirements as proposed in the Joint Consensus Plan.
  • The Commission should seek input as to any appropriate modifications to the Commission’s future hearing aid compatibility requirements for wireless service providers that are not Tier I carriers, including whether the Commission should stagger deployment benchmarks to allow additional time for such wireless service providers to obtain, test and market new compliant handset models.
  • The Commission should codify in its rules that the de minimis exception applies on a per-air interface basis as suggested in the Joint Consensus Plan.
  • The Commission should specify that, in order to be counted as satisfying the hearing aid compatibility requirements, handsets that have multiple air interfaces must meet the hearing aid compatibility requirements for all air interfaces over which they operate on U.S. frequency bands as suggested in the Joint Consensus Plan.
  • The Commission should clarify that devices marketed by a manufacturer as distinct devices generally are counted as different handset models for purposes of the hearing aid compatibility rules, but that handset models that have no distinguishing variations of form, features, or user capabilities, or that only differentiate units sold to a particular service provider, should be counted as a single handset model for purposes of the hearing aid compatibility rules.

Consumer Information and In-store Testing

  • The Commission should seek comment on the reporting recommendations in the Joint Consensus Plan, including the proposed content of reports and the reporting schedule.
  • The Commission should direct staff to explore measures that might make the equipment authorization database more accessible for consumers and service providers to determine the hearing aid compatibility of handset models, such as adding a relevant search function, and should also seek comment on whether to require manufacturers to inform staff of the handset models associated with each FCC ID. Further, the Commission should seek comment on whether it should adopt new Part 2 rules on permissive changes such that a filing is required that includes trade names and model numbers.
  • The Commission should also seek comment on ways to improve the availability of information to consumers directly from manufacturers and service providers, including the Joint Consensus Plan’s proposal that manufacturers voluntarily post hearing aid compatibility ratings of all their handset models on their websites.
  • The Commission should seek comment on other ways to improve the availability and accessibility of consumer information regarding hearing-aid-compatible handsets.

Technological Developments Affecting the Hard of Hearing

  • The Commission should continue to monitor the enhancement of existing technologies that benefit the deaf or hard of hearing, and should solicit comment with respect to the issue of volume controls on wireless handsets.
  • The Commission should also continue to monitor the development of new technologies that may benefit the deaf or hard of hearing, and seek comment on ways to address the issue of screen displays as a source of interference with hearing aids.

Emerging Regulatory Issues

  • The Commission should seek comment on measures it could take to encourage standard-setting bodies to develop hearing aid compatibility standards together with technical operating specifications, as they are developed for new air interfaces and frequency bands.
  • The Commission should also seek comment on the application of hearing aid compatibility requirements to MSS providers that offer CMRS, including whether it should make a difference if an MSS provider offers service purely through a satellite-based network or through a combined network that relies on both satellite and ATC facilities.
  • The Commission should solicit comment as to whether any new hearing aid compatibility rules are appropriate to address handsets that combine CMRS voice operation with data services provided over Wi-Fi networks or other WLANs.
  • The Commission should consider whether modifications to its rules are necessary to address hearing aid compatibility requirements in the context of the emergence of open platform networks, including whether in-store testing requirements should be extended beyond service provider-owned and operated retail outlets in the context of open platform networks.

Other Matters

  • The Commission should continue to monitor developments relating to the interaction of wireless phones with cochlear and middle ear implants.
  • The Commission should monitor hearing aid labeling and related issues, including the extent to which the hearing aid industry’s voluntary measures are effective.
  • The Commission should commit to undertake a future review of the hearing aid compatibility rules, as recommended in the Joint Consensus Plan, and seek comment on whether 2010 is an appropriate time frame.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP

For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or


Auto theft down in Las Vegas

Oct 11, 2007 09:18 AM

Las Vegas has been a top target for car thieves for years, but it looks like that might be changing. With police cracking down, the number of auto thefts is dropping. Metro says car thefts are down about 15 percent from this time last year. News 3's Rob McMillan has more.

Police say the decline can be credited to a number of things. It comes down to technology - bait cars and license plate scanners. But personal technology - like advances in car alarms - helps too.

Car alarms aren't a new thing, but according to Maurice Dalaimo of Mobile Alarm Installation, more and more people are hooking alarms up to their cars. It might be one reason car thefts are down 15 percent from last year.

"People are a lot more cautious. My customers are much more aware of the problem, which is probably why they call me more; it's why there's less theft, because they're taking preventative measures," said Dalaimo.

One alarm system Dalaimo sells costs more than $400. It includes a pager system that lets you know the status of your car wherever you go. It's part of the new technology that's helping drive auto theft down.

"With a pager, it will tell you inside a store, inside a mall, at work if your car has been armed, if you forget to lock it, you can just look in your pocket and see if it is if you forgot," said Dalaimo.

But law enforcement has helped too. Metro's started using bait cars, which are cars outfitted with tracking systems so the bad guy can't get away. So far, they've nabbed 150 suspects this year with bait cars.

They're also using license plate readers to randomly look for cars reported stolen. The only question is, will this downward trend in auto theft continue?

Police say the number one difference in their success is that they're going after the bad guys, instead of just going after stolen cars. Police say the number one thing you can do to keep your car from being stolen is lock your doors.

Last year, Clark County was the number one spot in the nation for car thefts. We'll have to wait until the end of the year to see if we drop down on the list.

Source: KVBC News 3


The European Mobile Messaging Association

A Global Wireless Messaging Association

From: Derek Banner
Subject: EMMA conference in Cork, October 17th to 19th 2007.
Date: October 2, 2007 8:26:17 AM CDT
To: EMMA member and interested parties
emma logo

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please find attached the updated programme for the next EMMA conference and Round Table meeting to be held in Cork, Ireland on 17th to 19th October. If you have not already done so I strongly advise you to book your hotel room - we have reserved facilities for thirty people and at the last count we had 29 confirmed attendees, we will be meeting up with old friends and new colleagues from all over the planet.

Take a look at the programme and you will see that the quality and experience of the speakers is quite exceptional, we have also made sure that there will be enough time for networking and business development throughout the event.

The exceptional Maryborough Hotel, where we shall be staying and meeting, has a state-of-the-art spa and health-club, as well as access to the local golf courses. We have arranged a very special price of 125 Euros per night to include the room, breakfast and taxes. You can check out a comprehensive list of the hotels facilities at

The theme for the conference is Innovation. It seems that we have settled for a simple and robust radio-messaging technology that only requires a fairly small black-box for its delivery. Is this, however, what the market expects – or, rather, something more in line with the present times and anticipated trends? Is this the only way forward? Or can we, as an industry body, go back to the drawing board and rethink the future?

It looks as though participation in this industry get-together will be even stronger than the previous ones. Even so we would like to encourage you all to attend in big numbers and encourage other professionals from your respective countries, who have not been at an EMMA meeting before, to come and envision paging in the 21 st century with the rest of us.

We look forward to seeing you in Cork later this year.

Kind Regards,

Jacques and Derek

You can contact Derek Banner, EMMA President, by calling him on +44 1895 473 551 or e-mailing him at:  left arrow CLICK HERE

Visit the EMMA web site left arrow CLICK HERE


outr net logo


outrnet custom apps If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days.Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at: left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

Please call me so we can discuss your need or your idea. Or contact me by e-mail for more information left arrow


price reduced graphic

Advertise Here

Your company's logo and product promotion can appear right here for six months. It only costs $600.00 for a full-size ad in 26 issues—that's only $23.08 an issue. (6-month minimum run.)

Read more about the advertising plans here. left arrow CLICK HERE


nighthawk logo





Nighthawk Systems Inc. manufactures low cost and reliable remote control products for fire house alerting, volunteer alerting, activation of warning signs and sirens, and a number of applications for public safety.  The Company manufactures the EA1 and the FAS-8 which have been designed specifically for these applications.  Both products are paging based and will work with any public or private paging network.  They are available in all VHF, UHF, and 900 MHz paging frequencies.  The products can serve as the primary notification system or an excellent, low-cost backup to existing systems.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage.  Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc.  The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs.  This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes.  This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area.  In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home.  When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate.  A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate.  When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room.  As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer.  When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated.  The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

nighthawk sign

Firehouse Automation

The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer.  For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch.  Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions.  The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights.  The most common device turned off is the stove.  The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code.  This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent.  This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.



Put the innovative technology of Nighthawk to work for you. For more information on any of our products or services, please contact us.

Nighthawk Systems, Inc.
10715 Gulfdale, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78216

Phone: 877-764-4484
Fax: 210-341-2011


Repair and Technical Support Services

  • Glenayre/Quintron Transmitters, Receivers and Controllers
  • Experienced former Glenayre/Quintron Technicians and Engineers

410 ½ S. 10th
Quincy, IL 62301

Please click here to e-mail Ayrewave.

pat merkel ad left arrow Click to e-mail left arrow Paging Web Site
Joshua's Mission left arrow Helping Wounded Marines Homepage
Joshua's Mission left arrow Joshua's Mission Press Release

ron mercer global
Download Mr. Mercer's resumé. left arrow CLICK HERE

port city

Paging equipment for Sale

  • 3 Motorola PURC base stations
  • 2 Neulink link transmitters
  • 1 Unipage terminal
  • 1 CT Systems Service monitor
  • 1 Bird watt meter

Please call Jeff Beckett at 810-984-5141 or e-mail at

Complete Technical Services For The
Communications and Electronics Industries
Design • Installation • Maintenance • Training

Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Registered Professional Engineer

Tel/Fax: 972-960-9336
Cell: 214-707-7711
7711 Scotia Dr.
Dallas, TX 75248-3112


--- -. . -- .- -. .----. ... -... .. -.. - --- ... .- ...- . -- --- .-. ... . -.-. --- -.. .

(In Plain English: One Man's Bid To Save Morse Code)

The Wall Street Journal
October 8, 2007; Page A1

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Nostalgic for simpler days, retired astrophysicist Chuck Adams is translating classics of boys' lit into a language he fears is going the way of kit radios and marbles: Morse code.

Holed up in his high-desert home crammed with computers, radio receivers and a very patient wife, Mr. Adams uses homemade software to download online books with expired copyrights, convert the typed words into Morse code tones and record them on compact discs he sells on the Internet.

listen to the morse code So far, Mr. Adams says he has sold or donated thousands of Morse versions of such novels as Edgar Rice Burroughs's "At the Earth's Core," Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," and H.G. Wells's "The Time Machine." In about an hour his software can take any book in the public domain and turn it into a string of digital dits and dahs; last weekend, he turned out a version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's - .... . / -... . .- ..- - .. ..-. ..- .-.. / .- -. -.. / -.. .- -- -. . -.. (a.k.a., "The Beautiful and Damned").

For the 65-year-old Mr. Adams, it's a labor of love, mixed with equal parts hope and despair. "Morse code is going to die off unless you can talk someone into coming into the hobby," he says.

"I do it because it's fun, and to keep it going," he says. Then he adds in the next breath: "But I have no delusions of grandeur that I can save Morse code from extinction. I'm not Don Quixote. I'm not going to go out and fight windmills."

Mr. Adams grew up in Wink, a blink of a town in West Texas. Six-foot-six himself, he shared a small bedroom with his three younger brothers, each of whom measures nearly 7 feet tall. He hand-built his first bike with parts from a junkyard and flew model rockets high above Wink while the Soviets flew Sputnik even higher.

adams photo
Michael M. Phillips

Chuck Adams taps out a message.

And, at the age of 15 — inspired by his father, a ham-radio operator — he taught himself Morse code from a book. At the time, ham operators had to transcribe Morse code at a rate of five words per minute in order to earn the most basic federal license. Soon young Mr. Adams was spending every night sending coded messages to anyone who could hear them, and eavesdropping on UPI news dispatches broadcast to ships.

Too Twangy

Many other radio amateurs use voice transmissions, but Mr. Adams preferred code, because of the challenge — and because he thinks his voice is too high and his West Texas accent too twangy.

Mr. Adams completed a Ph.D., won tenure at the University of North Texas, worked high-powered jobs in the defense and computer industries, and dabbled in the professional poker circuit. But he never lost his love for Morse code.

The code is the creation of a painter, Samuel F.B. Morse, who needed a way to transmit messages over the telegraph that he and Alfred Vail had invented. In 1844, the men famously sent a transmission from Washington to Baltimore that read, "What hath God wrought?"

The telegraph soon replaced the pony express. As late as World War II, ham operators found themselves using their Morse skills as radiomen in the military. During the Vietnam War, POW Jeremiah Denton, later a U.S. senator from Alabama, blinked "T-O-R-T-U-R-E" in Morse code when his captors put him on television.

But over time, the telephone and satellites have rendered Morse code almost obsolete. "If the satellites go out and power goes out, Morse code can still get through," says Nancy Kott, president of a code club called FISTS — someone who sends good code has "a good fist." "All we need is a battery and two wires to tap together, and we can communicate."

A • —
B — • • •
C — • — •
D — • •
F • • — •
G — • • •
H • • • •
I • •
J • — — —
K — • —
L • — • •
M — —
N — •
O — — —
P • — — •
Q — — • —
R • — •
S • • •
U • • —
V • • • —
W • — —
X — • • —
Y — • — —
Z — — • •

In February, the Federal Communications Commission eliminated the Morse requirements for ham-radio licenses. Mr. Adams resigned from a ham-operators organization because of what he saw as its flaccid defense of Morse code.

"It is a sad state of affairs when the U.S. doesn't even attempt to keep the language alive or give an incentive to work on it," says Mr. Adams.

Chuck Adams is tied for 8th fastest Morse code communicator in the world. WSJ's Michael Phillips meets him at his home in the Arizona desert to find out how and why he keeps up the code culture. [See the video here.]

Many of those who still know Morse code test their skills with a German computer game called Rufz, the standard for determining world transcription-speed rankings. Players listen to coded, five-character call signs, combinations of letters, symbols and numbers that identify individual license holders. The faster and more correctly they type them, the more points they score. (Transcribing regular text is much slower.)

Last month in Belgrade, Goran Hajosevic broke 200 words per minute — an extraordinary pace. Mr. Adams is tied for eighth in the world, at more than 140 words per minute.

Scanning the list recently of the 60 fastest Morse coders under the age of 20, Mr. Adams spotted just two with American-issued call signs. "What this shows me is in the United States, we have no one who's interested in learning Morse code anymore," he lamented.

Mr. Adams and other Morse aficionados don't speak of dots and dashes; that imagery is too visual, and Morse is an aural language. So they prefer to describe the language in dits and dahs, the sounds of the short and long tones. A, for instance, is dit dah. B is dah dit dit dit, or simply dah dididit. Between two letters, the sender allows a three-dit silence. Between words it grows to seven dits.

'In the Zone'

Like all Morse experts, Mr. Adams rarely breaks signals down into letters, instead hearing complete words much as readers recognize words on a page. When he transcribes a message at high speeds, his fingers are five or 10 words behind his ears. When he is "in the zone" he isn't even conscious of what he is transcribing, he says. He has to read it later to understand the message.

When he listens to one of his books, the code is like a voice speaking to him. "It's like you don't count the i's when someone says Mississippi," he explains.

paddle style key
Michael M. Phillips

Paddle-style key and radio used to send Morse code.

He produces his audio books to play at different speeds, depending on the expertise of the buyer. Ken Moorman's bedtime listening is Mr. Adams's 25-word-per-minute version of "The War of the Worlds," which he purchased for $10.50. "It's so much easier to pick up a microphone and yell," says Mr. Moorman, a 65-year-old retired electrical engineer in Williamsburg, Va., and a coder since 1957. "The people who do [Morse code] today do it because it's a lost art."

Earlier this year, Mr. Adams sent Barry Kutner, a 50-year-old ophthalmologist from Newtown, Pa., and another world-class coder, a 100-words-per-minute version of the book. To Mr. Adams's chagrin, Mr. Kutner wrote an email back pointing out that the gap between words was eight dits long, instead of the prescribed seven. At that pace, a dit lasts 1.2 one-thousandths of a second.

Much as he did growing up in Texas, Mr. Adams enjoys sitting in front of a gray radio, not much bigger than a hardcover book, and sending code with a $500, Italian, stainless-steel, paddle-style key that he operates with a pinching motion. With the slightest touch of his right thumb on one paddle, the key sends an audible dit. A touch of his right pointer finger on the other paddle sends a dah.

Keeping Busy

His wife, Phyllis, 62, doesn't begrudge him his long hours in front of the radio. "I'm just glad he has something to keep him busy," she says. "All my friends with retired husbands complain they follow them around the house all day."

One recent Sunday morning, Mr. Adams's radio came alive with Morse tones. It was a guy named Gary McClain in Pryor, Okla. The transmissions were pretty slow, just 22 words per minute.

Mr. McClain, a 65-year-old retired mill worker, learned Morse code in the Boy Scouts half a century ago. He had nothing urgent in mind; he just wanted to make contact with someone far away.

"Weather here is cloudy and chance of showers," he tapped, as Mr. Adams transcribed the words in a notebook.

Mr. McClain signed off, and the radio went silent. "It will eventually die," Mr. Adams mused. "I'll hate to see it go. I won't have anybody to talk to. I'll have to go back to reading."

Source: The Wall Street Journal


From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: Upcoming PTC Meeting
Date: October 8, 2007 1:26:56 PM CDT
To: Paging Technical Committee

Dear PTC Members:

Hopefully you have made plans to attend the upcoming PTC face-to-face meeting on Wednesday, October 24 in San Antonio starting at 8 AM. The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk hotel. I will send out exact meeting location as soon as I find out. We need a sponsor to help defray the cost of the audio-visual equipment, refreshments and meeting room. If you or you company can sponsor (or help sponsor) our meeting, please let me know ASAP. The total sponsorship needed is $2,000.

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

If anyone has a topic they would like to present, please let me know.

Thank you

Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Systems Architecture

From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: PTC Info
Date: October 12, 2007 8:24:31 AM CDT
To: Paging Technical Committee

Our meeting will be in Executive Salon 5 at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk In San Antonio on October 24 starting at 8 AM. We will be serving a light breakfast (biscuit sandwiches (sausage, egg, cheese), croissants with ham & cheese, and some basic muffins as well as beverages).

Thanks to Nighthawk for being a co-sponsor for our meeting but we still need another co-sponsor to help defray the cost of the audio-visual equipment. If your company can help out, please let me know as soon as possible.

****** VERY IMPORTANT*******
To make sure we have enough tables and chairs setup as well as refreshments, please let me know if you plan on attending.

Thank you

Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Systems Architecture

Subject: from the newsletter
Date: October 7, 2007 7:35:47 PM CDT

Dear Brad,

In reference to Friday, October 5th’s newsletter, you state that paging missed the boat, that isn’t entirely true. 2-way messaging and Blackberry both got there start on the US Mobitex network originally known as the RAM mobile data network. By the time BellSouth bought RAM Mobile Data, we were already doing advanced 2-way messaging along with AVL, telemetry, telematics, transaction processing and M2M. Being there for the inaugural launch of Blackberry (I carried unit number 54 on my belt for 2 years), we never saw what you saw in the paging companies, rather, we all had more of a “Yes we will, know let’s figure out how” attitude and still do today.

You make mention of email as a missed opportunity for the paging industry, you may be right but keep in mind that even for the Mobitex network, email was a huge bandwidth pig and required heroic channelization and backhaul efforts. The decline of wireless email on the Mobitex network occurred when we were thrown in as part of Cingular and became Cingular Interactive. This gave Cingular access to our customer base and allowed for an easy migration path for our customers to a broader band network. While we at Velocita do miss those customers (and the associated revenue), Blackberry becoming more cellular oriented was the right move.

You have no doubt seen the recent press releases that Sprint has sold Velocita Wireless and that we will continue to operate the network. This is good news as the Mobitex technology is still the best 2-way narrowband data technology around and will be for the foreseeable future.

Ronald Wojtylko
Senior Field Operations Engineer
Velocita Wireless

From: Jay Moskowitz
Subject: Failed two-way paging
Date: October 6, 2007 11:15:27 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye


You left out a couple of important bullets in your list of reasons why two-way paging didn’t make it:

Carriers were too greedy in their pricing structures making two-way paging economical for anyone. There was no such thing as an unlimited plan. You pay $50 a month today for unlimited Email on a Blackberry. The same Email on some two-way paging devices generated bills in excess of $8,000 a month because they billed by characters.
Motorola, who made the first two-way devices, made great radios. They also made lousy user interfaces. One of the reasons Blackberry has been successful is its well thought out and easy to use interface.

I wrote an article in a prior newsletter talking about why I carried a Blackberry while implementing two-way paging systems.

Jay Moskowitz
Founder – RTS Wireless

spd logo Jay Moskowitz
Chairman and Founder
SPD Control Systems Corp.
25 Health Sciences Drive
Suite 212B
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 776-8500 (office)
(516) 249-6900 (direct Line)
(516) 445-8724 (mobile)
(631) 776-8501 office fax)
(561) 732-3329 (561-READ-FAX) (direct fax)
Web site:
Email address:
Skype: jay.moskowitz

"Changing the way you view windows "™


I have to say I got a laugh out of the Blooston article "FCC Seeks Comment on Alleged Access Stimulation." Seems when the monopoly telco's allege a price or operating injustice the FCC jumps into action. A small Iowa independent is abusing access rates according to the RBOC's ... a horrible travesty. The RBOC's, on the other hand, have made an art out of screwing their competitors and public alike on a grand scale, but the good ole FCC simply looks the other way.

See ya,


That's all for this week folks.

brad dye 04 photo

With best regards,
brad's signature
Newsletter Editor


Brad Dye, Editor
The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
P.O. Box 13283
Springfield, IL 62791 USA

mensa member animated gif
Skype: braddye
Telephone: 217-787-2346
Wireless Consulting page
Paging Information Home Page
Marketing and Engineering Papers
pagerman WIRELESS
wireless logo medium



  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don't hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don't take things that aren't yours.
  • Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.


Anyone wanting to help support The Wireless Messaging Newsletter can do so by clicking on the PayPal DONATE button to the left.

iland internet sulutions This newsletter is brought to you by the generous support of our advertisers and the courtesy of iland Internet Solutions Corporation. For more information about the web-hosting services available from iland Internet Solutions Corporation, please click on their logo to the left.


Home Page | Directory | Consulting | Newsletters
Products | Reference | Glossary | Send e-mail