Device Status Report and Directory
several years we have tried to drop the term pager and replace
it with messaging receiver or messaging device in the
case of two-way, but for most people the simpler word pager still
works the best. I am pleased to report that several new ReFLEX pagers
are coming out in the next six to seven months. All the new products
are supposed to be compliant with the newest ReFLEX specification
2.7.x and are compatible with the existing ReFLEX 2.6 networks.
16, 2003 6:38:08 PM
PalmSource today announced that PerComm, a leading manufacturer
of ReFLEX messaging devices, has licensed the Palm OS platform.
Through the agreement, PerComm plans to integrate Palm OS 5 to
create new smart mobile devices that operate on wireless networks
including ReFLEX, GSM and CDMA. [Full press
release follows below.]
of them is already here, as reported a
couple of weeks ago. It is the new Percomm
e80 ReFLEX 2.7 pager. The design of this device started at
Glenayre Electronics and was then acquired by Percomm where it
was completed. Industry sources indicate that the "big three" ReFLEX
network operators have all certified (or are about to) this device
for use on their systems. Percomm is located in Woburn, Massachusetts.
They call it a "2-Way Pager."
website also shows this OMNIDATA-branded OEM ReFLEX telemetry
module. I am not sure about the current status of this product
products from HuneTec are
expected. The president, CEO, and founder of HuneTec is the highly
respected Mr. Young-Han Youn who was also the cofounder of Standard
Telecom — the parent corporation of Nixxo, in South Korea.
One will be a ReFLEX-enabled wireless PDA (personal digital assistant)
running the popular Palm OS® Platform, and the other, a proprietary
design without the licensed Palm OS. I have seen these and they
look very good. They call it the "Two-way Personal Communicator."
hot new products are expected from Sun Telecom International
with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. They have two Wireless
Messaging Devices on their web
site, the S-935 shown here, which is based on the Linux OS.
They call it a "2-Way Messaging Device."
the S-900 shown here.
player, the off-again-on-again-gone-again Hoseo
Telnet (pronounced HO-SAW) also in South Korea, may very
well finally bring a product to market some time next year. Their
former rep, John Park in New York, mysteriously quit answering
everyone's phone calls several months ago, but the development
of their products has continued. I guess they call it the "e-mailer" since
that is what it says on the screen.
believe they have continued work on their OEM telemetry module
as well. I saw prototypes of these products over two years ago.
For telemetry and messaging applications where power saving
and size are essential. Supported by all ReFLEX networks. (According
to the manufacturer.) This is a mature product and has been
available for a while.
ReFLEX Radio Module for normal, general-purpose telemetry applications.
This is a mature product and has been available for a while.
Advantra KEPLER incorporates
a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) module with one of their
ReFLEX modules to provide an OEM product that will allow developers
to build a complete tracking device. This is evidently named
after Johannes Kepler, the German astronomer, mathematician,
and scientist who was the first to correctly explain planetary
motion, thereby, becoming founder of celestial mechanics. Modern
satellite tracking is based on Kepler's formulas.
is an Advantra ReFLEX product with only the designation of "EP7312" given
on their web
site. They call it a "2-way messaging device." I
suspect this is something new.
is the Advantra "Palmnet System Eyepalm" from their web
site. Another "2-way messaging device." I suspect
this is something new.
in an early-model Advantra ReFLEX
pager that did not include all the two-way functions. There were
several of these excellent one-and-a-half-way pagers on the market
before the "full-two-way" models came out with complete
keyboards. Its current production status is unknown.
The CreataLink 2XT data transceiver is being utilized in the United
States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. The original product
was developed by Motorola Inc. SmartSynch acquired
the CreataLink 2XT from Motorola in 2001.
This is the product that started the ReFLEX telemetry business.
The "naysayers" who
think paging is dead, will surely find all this new product development
activity very interesting. Please
note that these new devices will have significantly lower prices
than the comparable Motorola two-way products had, they have more
memory, more features, and all have rechargeable batteries. Even
non-OS devices have the ability to pre-load, backup, and restore
address books—a big advantage for enterprise customers. The
lower device and airtime prices compared to other wireless technologies,
such as cell phones, mean that ReFLEX has a broad appeal to businesses.
This is all very good news for the two-way paging industry.
someone with an aggressively negative attitude.]