|FRIDAY - JUNE 29, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 267|
Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,
The THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK usually appears at the end of the newsletter, but today I have put it here as well.
I have lost two friends recently and I want to mention them both here — briefly — and celebrate how their lives touched me. They were both involved in Paging, and both of them subscribed to this newsletter.
Ephraim “Froike” Biegun died on Wednesday June 13th, 2007 in Tel Aviv.
So Froike's idea was to distribute vibrating pagers on one common capcode to alert the deaf community. They needed more pagers — and in a hurry! He called me because of our long-standing friendship and because I was the International Market Manager for pagers at the Motorola factory in Boynton Beach, Florida.
I got dressed and went into work where I invoked a Motorola policy to do everything possible in a public-safety emergency when human life and property were at risk. We literally stopped the production lines, manufactured the pagers, and air-lifted them to Israel in the space of a couple of days. Here is Froike's recollection of that day, sent to me for the December 13, 2002 issue of the newsletter:
So who really was my friend Froike Biegun? First he was the founder of Beeper Israel — an important paging company that took a leadership role in modern paging technology, in that part of the world. He was a “ham radio” operator and an international “globe trotter.” He traveled extensively and showed up in many different places around the world. What did he do before founding Beeper Israel? Contacts in Israel will only say that he was a “government employee.”
He never told me anything about what he did, but others told me that he was involved in “security,” that his code name was “The Colonel” even though he apparently wasn't a real Colonel. I heard tales about him operating rooms full of teletype machines and other exotic electronic equipment here in the US. Maybe they were just that — tall tales, but I like to think of him as Paging's equivalent of James Bond. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He used to refer to me as “Brad the grate.” His spelling was a little off — but I always appreciated the compliment.
The last time I spoke to Froike — just a few months ago — he told me he had lung cancer and thanked me for being his friend. I will miss him.
Harold Eugene Eddy died on Thursday June 21st, 2007 in Florida.
Harold and his wife were active members of the well-known Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida, where Dr. James Kennedy is pastor. Harold's obituary follows. I will miss him too.
Now on to the news . . . most of it is about Apple's release today, of the exciting new iPhone. It will be very interesting to see if this new Wireless Telephone is as successful as many think it will be. If it is, this will certainly be a new Marketing Case Study, to be discussed for years in the future, about how a company from outside of the wireless industry, entered a highly competitive and mature market — and took it over by storm — took it away from the world's leading technology companies. Wow!
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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 reader's 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.
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Harold Eugene Eddy
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — Harold Eugene Eddy, 76, of Coconut Creek, Fla., passed away peacefully Thursday (June 21, 2007).
Mr. Eddy was born May 27, 1931, in Marietta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth J. And Doris Eddy of Marietta.
Mr. Eddy is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lois Eddy; brother, Gene M. Eddy of Marietta; and children, Michael Eddy (Karen), Sheryl Martin (Daniel), Camille Reeves (Bill), Susan Herrold, Kimberly Wade (Fred); and nine grandchildren.
He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. He retired from Motorola Inc. After 31 years as an area manager and then spent the next 17 years as a Motorola dealer with his company, Paging & Communications Inc.
The family will be receiving visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home (940-744-8422), Jacksonville, Fla. Funeral services will take place at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with interment to follow in Arlington Memorial Park.
Contributions in his memory would be appreciated to Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (954-771-8840), Ft. Lauderdale or Hospice-by-Sea (561-395-5031), Boca Raton, Fla.
Source: Thanks to Frank Hackett firstname.lastname@example.org for sending in this obituary.
Editor's note: Harold was a friend and a former manager of mine. He was also a subscriber to this newsletter.
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Jobs: iPhone supply may not meet demand
June 29, 2007 9:02 am ET
The number of iPhones manufactured by Apple may not be enough to meet customer demand when the smart phone goes on sale later Friday, CEO Steve Jobs said in an interview published the same day.
“We had to make our best guess as to what the demand was going to be and what supply we were going to put in place many, many months ago. We built factories to build these things and everything. We've taken our best guess but it wouldn't surprise me at all if it ain’t enough,” Jobs told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.
The iPhone, which combines the functions of an iPod with a smart phone, goes on sale in the U.S. at 6 p.m. and is one of the most anticipated gadgets in recent years. Two models will offered, the 4GB model costs $499 and the 8GB model is priced at $599. Users also have to sign a two-year contract with carrier AT&T Inc. The cost of those plans range from $59.99 per month to $99.99 per month.
Some prospective buyers have been camping outside stores in hope of being among the first to own one of the new smart phones. A surge in demand for the iPhones could mean the devices are hard to come by at first, depending on the number that Apple and AT&T have in stock.
A shortage of iPhones would not be unusual. Vendors often have a limited number of units to sell when a new product hits the market. In the case of products where demand is particularly high, such as for new game consoles, limited product availability — whether intentional or not — and long lines outside stores help build buzz and generate media coverage.
Jobs also downplayed concerns over the iPhone’s dependence on AT&T’s EDGE network, which is slower than 3G (third-generation) networks.
“You know every (AT&T) Blackberry gets its mail over EDGE. It turns out EDGE is great for mail, and it works well for maps and a whole bunch of other stuff. Where you wish you had faster speed is . . . on a Web browser. It’s good enough, but you wish it was a little faster. That’s where sandwiching EDGE with Wi-Fi really makes sense because Wi-Fi is much faster than any 3G network,” Jobs told the Wall Street Journal.
He said the iPhone had been designed to switch to Wi-Fi when such networks are detected.
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This is a landmark week for the brand. No, I am not talking about Paris Hilton being freed from jail to rain her expensive brand of terror on the free world. And I am not speaking of the newest relaunch of Sprint's marketing campaign surrounding its brand. I am speaking, of course, about the launch of the Apple brand that will likely sell millions of units. The iPhone is scheduled to be commercially released this Friday after 6 p.m. Not that I am counting the hours.
Last weekend, I attended a wine tasting at a friend's country villa. There I met a number of new and interesting business professionals. Usually, when I tell people that I write for a wireless publication, the pat reply is: "Wow, that must be interesting," or "Which carrier is the best?" But at this event, the replies took a decidedly different turn. Virtually everyone asked what I thought of the iPhone or if I had received one for review. I admitted that I had to get in line and shell out the big dollars like everyone else. As a follow-up, one woman immediately begged me to call her after I bought my iPhone so she would "help me figure out how to use it." To which I laughingly replied, "I am not that much older than you and am not completely without ability to navigate new technological devices." She admitted that she desperately wants to buy one, but can't decide whether to pull the trigger on the purchase. She hoped she could play with one before taking the financial plunge.
The fact that everyone mentioned the iPhone spoke volumes to me. First, I suspect that the iPhone is going to be a much bigger phenom than the skeptic in me would have allowed. For that, I expect there to be lines outside of the AT&T stores this weekend ... or at least heavy traffic. Second, I think the demographic will be skewed all over the place - young and old, male and female and consumer and business. For that, you really have to credit Apple for its brand and user interface appeal.
Years ago, I wrote about my MP3 player experience before the iPod launched. Flashing back, here's the Cliff Noted version. Being a music fan, I purchased several MP3 players based on price and storage, thinking they were all similar and adequate. In fact, several of them were impossible to figure out without exhaustive review of the manual. A couple wouldn't let me mix downloads from my PC library and new downloads. It was at best a frustrating and unfulfilling experience. (In fact, in hindsight, I wish I could have challenged that woman I mentioned earlier who thought of herself as a technology wizard.)
Nevertheless, I returned all of MP3 players and plunked down the requisite $300 for the iPod. It proved to be simple, straightforward and worked easily as advertised. And best of all, I had joined the elite Apple family. As a member, you could proudly wear your iPod at the gym rather than hide your cheap Brand X music player lest you reveal that you were a technology loser. That was then. Today, that paradigm could very well play out before our eyes with Apple's phone model. Which just goes to show the power of a great brand.
This weekend, I plan to visit some AT&T stores in my area to check out the on-site interest level, availability and sales effort behind the iPhone. I suspect that there will be many lines even in my Midwest market. I even anticipate some product shortages. And who knows, I may even get sucked into frenzy and actually purchase a device.
Source: Wireless Week
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By RACHEL KONRAD
Palm Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. reported starkly different earnings, but the two major smart phone makers both face intense scrutiny from Wall Street about whether they'll withstand competition from Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
Research In Motion said Thursday that its fiscal first-quarter earnings grew 73 percent thanks to increased sales and subscriber additions. The BlackBerry maker also announced a 3-for-1 stock split, and the shares surged more than 17 percent after hours.
RIM shares climbed $28.40 to $193.99 in high-volume trading. The shares had ended the regular session up $2.14 at $165.59 before the results were released.
By contrast, rival Palm reported a 43 percent plunge in fiscal fourth-quarter profit amid sharply rising costs. Its shares fell 44 cents, or 2.7 percent, in extended trading after gaining 31 cents to $16.56 in the regular session.
Both companies reported earnings a day before the launch of Apple Inc.'s heavily hyped iPhone, and analysts peppered Palm and RIM executives with questions about whether they'll withstand the competition.
Featuring a 3.5-inch touch-screen display, the combination cell phone, iPod media player and wireless Web browser starts at $499. But its lack of a physical keyboard and questions about compatibility with corporate e-mail systems lead many to believe RIM's BlackBerrys and Palm's Treos will remain the workhorses of the smart phone market.
RIM Co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie said the iPhone has raised awareness for many types of smart phones that offer Internet access, e-mail and other services.
"I think they did a great favor because they drove attention to the converged appliance space," Balsillie said. "IPhone is launching in one carrier in one country. We're in about 100 countries and have 300 carriers. To the extent that there's interest there, there is another 109 countries that are interested in these kinds of things."
The Waterloo, Ontario-based company's sales for the quarter ended June 2 totaled $1.08 billion, up 77 percent from $613.1 million last year. RIM said 76 percent of first-quarter revenue came from stronger-than-expected device sales.
Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer, said thousands of news articles and breathless hype in blogs and the mainstream media could be a double-edged sword for Apple. Reviewers are likely to seize on the iPhone's any perceived flaw.
"I've never seen the kind of feeding frenzy we've seen in the media," Colligan said. "We expect it to be a very successful product — but I don't know how it can possibly live up to the hype."
Sunnyvale-based Palm sold a record 750,000 Treos, which generated $344.2 million in its quarter that ended June 1. But the company, which laid off about 100 workers earlier this year and closed the quarter with about 1,100 employees, reported sharply rising costs.
"General and administrative" expenses — which range from consultants to outside legal fees — were $1.53 million last quarter, compared with $207,000 in the year-ago period. The company spent $2.1 million on research and development last quarter, compared to a negligible amount a year ago.
RIM earned $223.2 million, or $1.17 per share, up from $128.8 million, or 67 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted net income, which excludes a $5.3 million stock option expense, came to $228.5 million, or $1.20 per share.
The results easily topped analysts' expectations for earnings of $1.06 per share on sales of $1.05 billion, according to a survey by Thomson Financial.
Palm said it earned $15.4 million, or 15 cents per share in the quarter. Revenue was $401.3 million, down slightly from $403.1 million a year ago.
Excluding $5.4 million in stock-based compensation and other one-time charges, Palm said it earned $17.8 million, or 17 cents per share, compared with $30.6 million, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period. That beat analysts' expectations by 2 cents per share, according to Thomson Financial.
Although executives often refrain from publicly discussing rivals' offerings, analysts say Palm and RIM would be foolish to take their eyes off the iPhone anytime soon.
"Anyone who is being dismissive of Apple's entry into the cell phone market this week is probably not planning effectively," said Michael Gartenberg, an industry analyst with Jupiter Research.
Balsillie said he won't be nervously watching iPhone sales figures.
"We're really focused on our business and what we do," he said.
Associated Press Writer Rob Gillies in Toronto and AP Business Writer Michelle Roberts in San Antonio contributed to this report.
Source: Business Week
Motorola to Release Good Mobile Messaging 5
By Teresa von Fuchs
Motorola announced today the introduction of Good Mobile Messaging 5, the latest software to improve e-mail services for mobile users. Good Mobile 5 is expected to be available worldwide in September via cellular operators and directly through Motorola Good Technology Group.
Motorola completed its acquisition of Good Technology, a wireless handheld software provider, early this year and now with the release of Good Mobile Messaging 5, seems ready to stake a claim in the mobile e-mail realm.
"The holy grail of mobile e-mail lies somewhere between complete IT control and unencumbered usability; products that try to close that gap often compromise the mobile experience," said Rick Osterloh, senior director product management and marketing for Motorola Good Technology Group, in a company statement. "With Good 5, we've successfully bridged the divide by giving end users the usability and personalization they want, while arming IT with even more manageability and security."
Among the improvements, Good Mobile Messaging 5 allows users to sort e-mails by conversation thread and/or sender, edit and send documents using Good Mobile Intranet, dial without a password while still providing data security and personalize the application with specific user preferences. Good Mobile 5 also offers IT professionals greater control with all of the advanced device and data protection capabilities.
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New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill To Ban Driving While Texting
The New Jersey Assembly and Senate have approved legislation making talking on a cell phone while driving a primary offense, and making it illegal to send text messages while driving.
Violators of the cell phone ban would face a $250 fine. The fine for texting while driving would be $100.
The Assembly voted 68-12 to approve the bill. The Senate voted 34-1. A spokesman for Gov. Jon S. Corzine said the governor is reviewing the legislation. But the governor has a history of supporting such initiatives, according to several press reports.
In 2004, New Jersey made it illegal to talk on a handheld cell phone while driving, but police can ticket a driver only if stopped for another infraction.
The bill approved last week would allow police to ticket any motorist using a hand-held phone while driving. Only California, Connecticut and New York have such laws, as does Washington, D.C., according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Washington recently became the first state to ban texting while driving (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, May 16).
A recent survey by Nationwide Insurance estimated 73% of drivers use cell phones and 20% text while driving.
Court Rules That Landline Calls To Cell Phones Should Be Treated As Local Calls
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has affirmed a lower court decision that landline calls to cell phones within the same locale should be treated as local calls, even when such calls are routed through a long-distance provider. In Alma Communications et al. v. Missouri Public Service Commission, the 8th Circuit held that the local telephone company and the cell phone provider must share reciprocal compensation for such calls.
As a matter of background, when a landline customer calls a landline number outside of the local service area, there may be no direct connection between the local exchange carriers (LECs) involved. In that case, the call does not go directly from one LEC to the other, but is routed through an inter-exchange carrier (IXC). However, the IXC cannot complete the calls by itself. A LEC has to originate the call, and another LEC has to terminate it.
The IXC pays the LECs “access compensation” for connecting the call. The distinction between local calls (funded by “reciprocal compensation”) and long distance calls (funded by “access compensation”) becomes less clear when one of the parties is using a cell phone. In Alma v. Missouri PSC, the court noted that T-Mobile is a cell phone company which does not have a direct connection to Alma’s networks, having chosen instead to directly interconnect with Southwestern Bell. When a call is placed from T-Mobile’s cell phones to one of Alma’s landline customers, T-Mobile connects the call either through Southwestern Bell or an intermediary IXC. TMobile pays the transiting and intermediary carriers for carrying and terminating these calls.
The dispute concerns calls going in the other direction— from a landline to a cell phone. For what Alma calls “historical and regulatory reasons,” Alma does not send any of its calls to T-Mobile through a transiting carrier, but instead sends all traffic bound for T-Mobile through an IXC. Even calls to a T-Mobile phone that originate and terminate within Alma’s local service area are routed through an IXC, with the result that Alma’s customers have to dial “1+” to reach even a T-Mobile customer next door, according to the court.
The court noted that Alma and other rural LECs do not have commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) NPA/NXX codes identified in their tariffs and loaded into their switches. T-Mobile argued that it would be possible for Alma to route calls to T-Mobile without going through an IXC, and that it would be economically wasteful for each cell phone provider to connect directly to each rural exchange.
In short, the 8th Circuit said, Alma would like landline to cell phone calls to be treated as long distance calls so that Alma would not have to pay reciprocal compensation to T-Mobile, and so Alma can collect access compensation from the IXCs. T-Mobile, on the other hand, pays Alma reciprocal compensation for cell phone to landline calls and it wants to be paid symmetrical reciprocal compensation by Alma for its role in terminating intra-Major Trading Area (MTA) calls placed by Alma’s customers. T-Mobile would not benefit from such calls being called “long distance,” since it has not been able to get the IXCs to pay it access compensation, the court said.
Alma filed a petition for arbitration with the Missouri PSC. The arbitrator decided that Alma was required to compensate T-Mobile for costs incurred in transporting and terminating landline to cell phone calls within the same MTA, even if those calls were routed through an IXC. The Missouri PSC affirmed the arbitrator’s decision. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of TMobile. Alma appealed.
8th Circuit’s rationale: In affirming the lower court decision, the 8th Circuit said that it does not accept Alma’s argument that FCC rules governing reciprocal compensation do not include calls made from an IXC’s customer to a cell phone that are routed through an IXC. The court noted that the 10th Circuit (Denver) had ruled in Atlas Telephone v. Oklahoma Corp. Commission that the language in Communications Act Section 701 making the geographic MTA the determining factor in deciding whether a call would be local or long distance is “clear, unambiguous, and on its face admits of no exceptions.” Dismissing Alma’s claim that Atlas was “wrongly decided,” the 8th Circuit said it had its own precedents.
These include: (1) Iowa Network Services v. Qwest, in which the 8th Circuit held that an intermediary carrier was not required to pay access charges for cell phone to landline calls originating and terminating within an MTA; (2) Rural Iowa Independent Telephone Association v. Iowa Utilities Board, in which the 8th Circuit further reinforced the principle that cell phone calls made and received within the MTA are subject to reciprocal compensation, rather than access compensation; and (3) WWC License, LLC v. Boyle, in which the 8th Circuit reasoned that the duty of dialing parity was analogous to the duty of reciprocal compensation.
“Our reliance on Atlas and WWC License compels us to reject Alma’s argument that the involvement of an inter-exchange carrier at the originating end of the call means that the call cannot be subject to reciprocal compensation,” the court said.
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Before cell phones and BlackBerries, the wireless device for people who couldn't afford to be out of touch was the electronic pager. Its initial purpose was to keep you within reach of the boss, anytime and anywhere. But eventually some enterprising sports geeks found a higher use for it: In 1994, Motorola and Stats Inc. teamed up to provide continuous game updates via pagers.
Stats Inc. hired people all over the country to watch games on TV or at the stadium and send updates that were transmitted to subscribers via satellite. Nobody in their right mind would try to "watch" a sports event on a pager if they had access to a television, but it was an OK way to keep up with the Sox game while you were supposed to be working or attending mass or enjoying your daughter's ballet recital.
The National Basketball Association, though, considered it an unauthorized broadcast and sued, alleging unfair competition and copyright infringement. But an appeals court ruled that the service was reporting facts, not pirating creative property. Once a shot is sunk, a ball is struck or a quarterback is sacked, it's in the public domain. Anyone can report what happened.
Those same arguments would seem to apply to Brian Bennett, a Louisville Courier-Journal reporter who was kicked out of the press box for blogging during a Louisville-Oklahoma State baseball game. The National Collegiate Athletic Association says reporting on the game in progress violates the exclusive broadcasting rights it sold to ESPN and CBS SportsLine.com.
The NCAA says bloggers can write about the game before it starts or after it's over. In between, they can blog about "the atmosphere, crowd and other details," but not about the game itself. We had to pause to let that sink in. Does the NCAA really think anyone wants to read about the "atmosphere, crowd and other details" at a college baseball game? Hardly anyone cares about college baseball, period. You'd think the NCAA would want to reach out to the few die-hard fans desperate enough to follow the game on their laptops.
The NCAA is no doubt worried about bigger events — March Madness, for example — and ever-more-immediate technologies. But the battle against blogging is one it can't win. It may have the right to revoke a blogger's stadium credentials, but it can't stop him from filing live while watching the game on TV at the tavern across the street. And why bother? He's not stepping on ESPN's exclusive broadcast rights any more than the guy in the bleachers, text-messaging the play-by-play to his buddy's office cubicle.
Broadcasters pay a lot of money for the right to broadcast the game as it unfolds. In the modern world, that competitive advantage lasts only an instant. A split second after it happens, a play is history — and fair game for anyone who wants to report it.
Source: Chicago Tribune
|LETTERS TO THE EDITOR|
From: Jonathan E. Brickman firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: June 22, 2007 4:33:52 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye email@example.com
Subject: Killer app missed . . . one more opportunity
I think there is one more opportunity which the paging industry could take up as a 'killer app'. And it has to do with its own biggest lost opportunity.
I came late to wireless. Eventually my wife and I were doing enough things that wireless communication was obviously useful, and GMRS radios and antennas of reliable ten-mile radius were just too expensive to invest in. So I got her a Virgin Mobile phone for emergencies, and I got myself a two-way pager with e-mail, voice-message service, and e-mail-to-voice-phone, through the second-biggest of the then big-three services. By the descriptions given, I thought I would be quite happy for a long time, not in small part because I have a speech impediment which shows up most often on telephone; working e-mail-to-voice phone would be a blessing, and would improve overall productivity.
But the description was rather misleading.
E-mail was sad, even though I got myself the newest and greatest two-way pager out there. No subject lines. No HTML. Spam. Maximum message sizes. Messages cut off on reception even after breaking them into bits.
The voice-message service was worse than sad; it was disgusting. The operators, my friends and relatives informed me, were impolite, often non-speakers of English, and unwilling to take more than one or two words at a time.
E-mail-to-voice-phone usually didn't work at all. And we all know there are other companies doing this well right now, for bill-collectors and ad agencies and others.
I was also looking for a service which to this day does not exist: voice-phone-to-e-mail. Automatic voice recognition. Don't bother to think that the technology doesn't exist. It does. Try telephone information in Washington, D.C. You will speak to a machine, and it will understand your needs very accurately, far more than sufficient for voice-phone-to-e-mail so that my people can send me an e-mail by talking into their phones.
Low-bandwidth solutions work very well for all text-mode communications. Reliability at lower costs. If paging industry players would like a big and untapped market, they should deliver the above four services reliably and well. Many responsible people would rather receive email than voice calls most of the day, speech impediment or not; this is why Blackberries first became popular. The paging industry could most easily set itself up to serve these two slightly different markets who would be very hungry for these services, if they worked, if they were not the waste of time and money they were when I tried them.
Date: June 27, 2007
I enjoy your newsletter and web site [...] I am very much looking forward to your view on 2-way messaging's failures and future.
While there have been some impressive recent advancements in the 2-way product, it is too-little-too late. One example of this is SMS, which allows text messaging to or from a phone number rather than an email address. In my opinion, if this simple feature had been introduced years ago, 2-way pagers would be much more prevalent today than they are because it is the same way people text message with cell phones. I don't want to be pessimistic but I don't see 2-way surviving another two or three years.
[...] Name withheld at the writer's request.
Subject: RE: PageThru
Date: June 27, 2007 1:45:17 PM CDT
Once upon a time there was a company that was making a small inexpensive “Page-Thru” repeater for paging. Do you know if any such device or something that one of your advertisers may have?
OneTrac Wireless Messaging - Seattle, WA
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