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FRIDAY - OCTOBER 17, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 333

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Nostalgia: Inspired by the 25th anniversary of the commercial launch of the cellular telephone in the United States.

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World War II

“Walkie Talkie” & “Handie Talkie”

A walkie-talkie (more formally known as a handheld transceiver) is a hand-held, portable, two-way radio transceiver. Originally developed for the Canadian government during the Second World War by Canadian Donald L. Hings, similar designs were created for other armed forces, and after the war, walkie-talkies spread to public safety and eventually commercial and jobsite work. Major characteristics include a half-duplex channel (only one radio transmits at a time, though any number can listen) and a push-to-talk switch that starts transmission. Typical walkie-talkies resemble a telephone handset, possibly slightly larger but still a single unit, with an antenna sticking out of the top. Where a phone's earpiece is only loud enough to be heard by the user, a walkie-talkie's built-in speaker can be heard by the user and those in his immediate vicinity. Hand-held transceivers may be used to communicate between each other, or to vehicle-mounted or base stations.

SCR-300-A "walkie talkie"
walkie talkie The first radio receiver/transmitter to be nick-named "Walkie-Talkie" was the backpacked Motorola SCR-300, created by an engineering team in 1940 at the Galvin Manufacturing Company (fore-runner of Motorola). The team consisted of Dan Noble, who conceived of the design using frequency modulation, Henryk Magnuski who was the principal RF engineer, Marion Bond, Lloyd Morris, and Bill Vogel.

SCR-536 "handie talkie"
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Motorola also produced the hand-held AM SCR-536 radio during World War II, and it was called the "Handie-Talkie" (HT). The terms are often confused today, but the original walkie talkie referred to the back mounted model, while the handie talkie was the device which could be held entirely in the hand (but had vastly reduced performance). Both devices ran on vacuum tubes and used high voltage dry cell batteries. (Handie-Talkie became a trademark of Motorola, Inc. on May 22, 1951. The application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,and the trademark registration number is 71560123. )

The abbreviation HT, derived from Motorola's "Handie Talkie" trademark, is commonly used to refer to portable handheld ham radios, with "walkie-talkie" often used as a layman's term or specifically to refer to a toy. Public safety or commercial users generally refer to their handhelds simply as "radios". Surplus Motorola Handie Talkies found their way into the hands of ham radio operators immediately following World War II. Motorola's public safety radios of the 1950s and 1960s, were loaned or donated to ham groups as part of the Civil Defense program. To avoid trademark infringement, other manufacturers use designations such as "Handheld Transceiver" or "Handie Transceiver" for their products.

Al Gross also worked on the early technology behind the walkie-talkie between 1934 and 1941, and is sometimes said to actually have invented it.

Donald Hings was formally decorated for the invention of the walkie-talkie and its significance to the war effort. Hing's model C-58 "Handy-Talkie" was in military service by 1942, following a secret R&D effort that began in 1940. The C-58 was in turn based on a civilian model originally developed by him in 1937.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Then Came The Cellular Telephone

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John Mitchell (left) and Marty Cooper with the winning prototype, on which the working version was based.
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Marty Cooper

Yes, it was on April 3, 1973 when the first cell phone call was placed by Martin Cooper, from the streets of NY. He called his competitors at Bell to tell them he did it. That he started a new era that would very much change our lives forever.

The device was a prototype Motorola DynaTAC (for DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) and it was 9 inches tall, 2 ½ pounds, with 30 circuit boards. You could talk for 35 minutes, and it took 10 hours to recharge.

[Editor's note: The commercial launch was ten years later.]

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Motorola Bag Phone (I had one of these.)
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The Motorola Razr Phone (this is what I use now.)
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Typical size of a present-day cell phone.

Pagers, Wireless Messaging devices, and cellphones all share a common heritage with other portable and hand-held radios. It was my privilege to attend “Cellular 25” in Chicago this week — Celebrating the launch of the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) and Honoring the 25th anniversary of the commercial launch of Cellular Service in Chicago on October 13, 1983. A report with photos follows. Paging was well represented by several luminaries, not the least being Bruce Deer, Scott Forsythe, and Ken Hardman — great guys all — and the guiding lights of the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC).

I remember making the first cellular telephone call in Puerto Rico circa 1981. I was a Motorola sales manager trying to sell the telephone companies in Puerto Rico on the idea of cellphones. Motorola had given me two of the very early “brick" cellphone prototypes and a cellular base station mounted in a Samsonite suitcase. I plugged the base station into the AC power in my apartment (I was living there at the time), then plugged in a small magnetic-mount antenna, and finally a telephone wire into a wall jack. I called Caesar Silva, a salesman working for me, with the brick and we had the first real cellular telephone conversation on “la isla del encanto” — “the island of enchantment.” OK—it was only one cell, but it was cellular.

Now on to more news and views. . .

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  • Wi-Fi
  • WiMAX
  • Location-Based Services
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 aapc logo AAPC Bulletin • 866-301-2272
The Voice of US Paging Carriers

Are you a USA Mobility paging reseller faced with huge price increases? AAPC can help!

As a result of USA Mobility's recent price increases, AAPC and its members have been deluged with calls from USA Mobility's Resellers concerned about their viability and looking for an alternative service. If you are one of the many paging Resellers affected by USA Mobility's price increases, AAPC can help. In most instances, AAPC's members provide local or regional coverage, service and support equivalent to or better than USA Mobility's local or regional service.

AAPC has set up a special "Reseller Help" (Find A Reseller) button on its website to direct you to a carrier in your area that can help. Go to the AAPC website and begin moving your customers today.


Thanks to our Gold Vendor member!

PRISM Paging

Thanks to our Silver Vendor Members!
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ISC Technologies, Inc.
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Recurrent Software Solutions, Inc.
Unication USA

Thanks to our Bronze Member Vendors!

AAPC Executive Director
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Tel: 866-301-2272
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Fax: 202-315-3587

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“Cellular 25” Reception & Dinner
Oct. 13 in Chicago, Illinois

At the Drake Hotel

Celebrating the launch of the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) and Honoring the 25th anniversary of the commercial launch of Cellular Service in the United States at Soldier Field, Chicago, October 13, 1983.

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Bruce Deer
Former President of AAPC
and SkyTel
Scott Forsythe
President of AAPC

SelectPath, Inc.
d/b/a Contact Wireless
Ken Hardman, Esq.
Attorney for AAPC
and former General Counsel,
Telocator (now PCIA)
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The Dinner
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The Reception
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Jack Brennan
Retired, former CEO, Metro Mobile
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Jim Caile
Chairman, Telecommunications Industry Association's Wireless Communications Division and former Corporate Vice President, Motorola
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Philip Leavitt
President, Leavitt Communications
(A long-time supporter of this newsletter.)

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Photo from the Wireless History Foundation Website

Jai Bhagat
Vice Chairman Axesstel, founded AIR2LAN
co-founder of SkyTel
Brad Dye
Never amounted to much of anything, and is still trying to decide what he wants to be when he grows up.

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Photo from the Wireless History Foundation Website
Bob Galvin

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Ken HardmanspacerBruce Deer

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Arlene Harris —“The First Lady of Wireless”

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Arlene Harris

Founder and Chairman of Great Call, Inc., Creator of Jitterbug, President, Wireless History Foundation.

Arlene Harris has over 35 years as an entrepreneur starting and building and helping as board member and investor in a number of successful companies in wireless related businesses.

Arlene founded GreatCall and launched Jitterbug in 2006 in partnership with Samsung with the mission of providing simplicity in the cellular phone experience. Earlier she founded SOS Wireless Communication to commercialize low usage safety focused cellular phone service. Test marketing proved the need but supply side difficulties halted the growth of the company. 4000+ SOS customers are now customers of GreatCall.

In 1986, she started Subscriber Computing (SCI), a California based billing/customer services software company. SCI built the first cellular switch provisioning and mediation systems that lead to the first communications prepaid system in history. SCI was sold to Corsair in 1997; then became part of Lightbridge (LTBG). In the interim, she invented a cellular pay phone system - the world's first program controlled cellular end to end system management systems were built by SCI. This was the first niche cellular reseller (aka MVNO) in history - the business opportunity was licensed to GTE, now Verizon in 1988.

In 1983, she joined cellular technology pioneer Marty Cooper to found Cellular Business Systems, Inc which became the largest independent billing company in the emerging cellular industry. CBSI was sold to Cincinnati Bell (NKA Convergys) in 1986.

Ms. Harris was first exposed to wireless when she helped operators connect telephone calls on a mobile telephone switchboard at the age of 5 at ICS (aka Metrocall), her family's business in LA. With her guidance, primarily in systems, ICS became the largest paging company in a single area in the world and was sold to Metromedia in 1983.

Besides service on several boards and as advisor to many companies over the years, Ms. Harris holds several issued and has several current patent filings relating to wireless communications. She has served on several committees of the FCC and TIA, and PCIA. She received the PCIA Foundation's Year 2000 distinguished Chairman's award and is a Fellow in the Radio Club of America. [source]

Marty Cooper — “The Father of the Cellphone”

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Dr. Martin Cooper (center)
Marty is widely recognized as a pioneer and inventor in the personal and wireless telecommunications industry. He introduced the first portable cellular radiotelephone in 1973 - a device that billions of people use globally today.

While a co-founder and Chairman of GreatCall, he continues to work full-time as Executive Chairman of ArrayComm, the world leader in Smart Antenna technology, which he founded in 1992.

Prior to Arraycomm, he co-founded Cellular Business Systems, Inc. and led it to dominate the cellular billing industry before selling it to Cincinnati Bell (now Convergys).

During a 29 year career at Motorola he did his most prominent work. He was a Division Manager and Corporate Director of Research and Development where he created a number of major businesses including cellular systems and devices, high-capacity paging, trunked mobile radio systems (known as SMRS - the technology used by Nextel), quartz crystals, liquid crystal displays, and various mobile and portable two-way radio product lines. Portable cell phones alone have had cumulative sales for Motorola of billions of dollars. In addition to his leadership in technology, he helped guide the strategic and regulatory policy at Motorola that disrupted AT&T's plans to monopolize the emerging cellular industry.

Marty holds nine patents in the communications field. He has received numerous awards and now serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee, which advises the Executive Branch and the President on Radio Spectrum Policy. [source]

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Dr. Martin Cooper is considered the “Father” of the Mobile phone. Dr. Cooper is founder of ArrayComm, a company that works on researching smart antenna technology and improving wireless networks, and was the corporate director of Research and Development for Motorola. He received his degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950, received his master's degree from the same institution in 1957 and an honorary doctorate in 2004.

Dr. Cooper is the inventor named on US patent 3906166 "Radio telephone system" filed on October 17, 1973. He is considered the inventor of the first portable handset and the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone on April 3, 1973, to the bewilderment of passers-by in a New York City street. That first call, placed to his rival Joel Engel, Bell Labs' head of research, caused a fundamental technology and communications market shift toward the person and away from the place. It was the incarnation of his vision for personal wireless communications, distinct from cellular car phones. Dr. Cooper later revealed that watching Captain Kirk talking in his communicator on the tv show Star Trek inspired him to research the mobile phone. [source]

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Paging Guys

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Photo from the Wireless History Foundation Website

Brad Dye, Editor
The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
Bruce Deer
Former President of AAPC
and SkyTel
Ken Hardman, Esq.
Attorney for AAPC
and former General Counsel,
Telocator (now PCIA)

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Gerald McGowan, Board Member, Boston Communications Group, Inc., and former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal got away before I could take his photo, but we had a nice chat and remembered our mutual friend, the late Robert (Bob) Edwards, one of paging's pioneers and a wonderful human being.

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intro whf

The Wireless History Foundation is the first and only initiative focused solely on preserving the story of wireless in the United States. Incorporated in 2008, the WHF will establish governance and launch operations as soon as sufficient funding is in place. The breadth of our constituency includes all providers to and operators of addressable4 wireless communications including government, public safety, and commercial private radio, mobile telephone, paging, cellular, satellite, and new-generation offerings.

The first priority of the Foundation is to develop a robust and comprehensive Web site to objectively chronicle the evolution of wireless markets, regulation, and technology. The site will be designed to encourage professional community among, and contributions from, members of the wireless industry. It will also serve corporate and academic researchers by documenting the economic and social impacts of wireless in the public and private sectors. Since the wireless industry is making history every day, the Foundation also will create engaging ways to inspire and educate future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs.

In addition to launching a Web site, the Wireless History Foundation will actively promote and manage the Wireless Hall of Fame award program to recognize outstanding achievements from across all disciplines in the wireless industry.

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wireless hall of fame

Launched in 2000, the RCR Wireless News Wireless Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts of those people who have made significant contributions to the advancement of wireless telecommunications. With gracious assistance from RCR Wireless News, the Wireless History Foundation assumed management of this prestigious program this year. Establishing the framework and engaging industry veterans to honor the accomplishments of individuals, companies, and institutions is a high priority of the Foundation.


Martin Cooper
Robert Galvin
Dr. Irwin Jacobs
Fred M. Link*
Craig McCaw
William McGowan*
Andrew J. Viterbi
Jai Bhagat
John Palmer
John Stupka
Richard E. Wiley
Wayne Schelle
Edwin Armstrong*
Morgan O'Brien
Thomas Carter*
Jim Dwyer
Mal Gurian
Dale Hatfield
Tom Wheeler
Brian Fontes


John Stanton
Dennis Stigl
Arlene Harris
Jay Kitchen

* Deceased

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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CRS—Critical Response Systems Preferred Wireless
CVC Paging Prism Paging
Daviscomms USA Raven Systems
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Ron Mercer
Hark Systems Sun Telecom
HMCE, Inc. Swissphone
InfoRad, Inc.    TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services
Ira Wiesenfeld UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc. Unication USA
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Northeast Paging WiPath Communications
NOTIFYall Zetron Inc.  

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10 Selectable Alerting Tones
3 Alerting Duration Settings
No Physical Connections
Powered by 3 - AA or AC Adapter

Unication USA 817-303-9320

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Microsoft eyeing RIM takeover amidst economic meltdown?

Posted by Will on Friday, October 10th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

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Microsoft eyeing RIM for takeover?

There’s no denying that the current economic trade winds on Wall Street are blowing towards greater and greater losses as investors scramble for cash in this credit-strapped market. But, the meltdown in trading markets around the globe isn’t all bad news. For some (companies with the cash reserves to take action), the precipitous drop is stock prices has resulted in some bargain-basement deal.

Case in point, Microsoft is believed to be eyeing BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) for a possible takeover bid. With RIM’s stock price down to the mid-$50 range, Microsoft may just be waiting to leverage its huge pile of cash in move to takeover RIM. Microsoft is facing increasing pressure from Internet Search giant Google, and with the unveiling of the first-ever smartphone to be powered by Google’s Android mobile OS, Microsoft might be mulling a jump into handset manufacturing-game.

RIM has seen its stock values plummet from a high of $148 on the Nasdaq just four months ago to its current sub-$60 valuation. The drop in stock price represents an incredible bargain for Microsoft. “RIM is a massive strategic fit” for Microsoft, said Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek. “I’m fairly certain they have a standing offer to buy them at $50 (a share).”

Should RIM see their stock price continue to slide (down to the $40 level), Microsoft could be well positioned to make a takeover bid at a premium offering of $50. With RIM’s experience in handset manufacturing and software development, Microsoft could make a serious push to capture a significant chunk of the global smartphone market. Windows Mobile-powered BlackBerry handsets in the near future? We'll see…



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ST800, Sun Telecom's Best Selling Numeric Pager. Built for today's life style, the ST800 is rugged yet stylish and blends well with all day-to-day activities.

Michelle Choi
Director of Sales & Operations
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Telephone: 678-541-0441
Fax: 678-541-0442

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Verizon Denies Text Fee Hike

By Evan Koblentz
WirelessWeek - October 13, 2008

Verizon Wireless said today that contrary to reports last week, it has not decided to increase per-message text fees for content aggregators from 1 cent per message to 3 cents.

The prospect of an increase is just one proposal and Verizon could not act unilaterally to implement it, a company spokesman explained this morning.

Initial reports last week cited a letter from Verizon to aggregators in which the wireless operator said the increase is effective Nov. 1.

That was a misstatement, the nation’s second-largest wireless operator said today. Verizon would be the largest carrier if its proposed $5.9 billion acquisition of Alltel is approved by the government.

The company declined to say if other proposals are being considered, if there’s a timeframe for reaching a decision about any change, or how the miscommunication happened.

Concern throughout the industry is that if fees are increased, then many small companies would be adversely affected and that charges could be passed on to consumers.

Source: WirelessWeek

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Official Announcement of Motorola Q11 Windows Mobile Smartphone

motorola q11Monday October 13, 2008 2:53 PM CDT
By: Michael Kwan

We've seen all sorts of spy shots and leaked photos, but now Motorola has finally gone on the record to officially announced the Motorola Q11 smartphone. Naturally following the footsteps of the original MOTO Q and Motorola Q9h that preceded it, the Motorola Q11 doesn't really bring much in terms of "new" to the picture.

The Motorola Q11 smartphone is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 and it gets its data via the GPRS/EDGE connection. What's that? No 3G? It's almost a step back from the Q9, but at least Moto decided to include Wi-Fi for this QWERTY-packing mobile. Rounding out the specs are a 3 megapixel camera with LED flash, microSD memory card slot, 64MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, integrated GPS, and a QVGA display.

You can expect Motorola to start shipping the Q11 in December.

Source: Mobile Magazine

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Zetron’s Model 2700:
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  • Supports over 1,000,000 subscribers.
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$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

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Motorola, Verizon Deliver ZN4 Touch-Screen: Krave

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:04 AM PT Posted by Scott Nichols

verizon krave With the increasing popularity of touch-screen smart phones, it was only a matter of time before more affordable options started popping up. Verizon announced today a new entry into the touch-screen phone market with the Motorola Krave ZN4. With it Verizon hopes to appeal to the mass market with this sleek touch-screen price at a low $150 (with a two-year contract).

Specs on the Krave include 3G (EVDO) support for Verizon's wireless network. It does not, however, feature any WiFi capabilities. It also has a number of features that have become standard including GPS, Bluetooth v2.0, a 2 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack (unlike other phones that don't support standard headphone inputs). The Krave also features a full QWERTY keyboard on the touch screen, complete with tactile feedback.

Quasi Flip-Phone

One thing that differentiates the Krave from the rest of the touch phone crowd is the fact that it is actually a flip phone - kind of.

The Krave features a clear plastic covering that flips over the touch screen to close the phone and protect the 2.8 inch screen. But this cover isn't just for protection, because the cover has its own built-in touch functions. When the clear cover is closed it too acts as a touch sensitive overlay for the screen, giving you quick access to features such as music, V Cast Mobile TV, photos, and the VZ Navigator. The tactile feedback is even used when touching icons with the cover closed, giving you a satisfying shake when you press a button.

The Krave may not have all of the features of the iPhone or G1, but then again, it's not trying to be either of those. With the less obtrusive price of $150 and the conventional flip phone design, the Krave looks to be a solid choice for the average Joe that just wants a regular phone and is drawn to the appeal of a touch screen.

Source: PCWorld

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Press Release

MetroPCS Launches Wireless Caller Name Service

Wireless Carrier Will Be First to Offer CallerID Name Services for Its Customers

DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)— MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), the nation's leading provider of unlimited, flat-rate wireless communications service, launches Screen-it, a service that displays the calling party's name on a subscriber's wireless phone. Screen-it allows consumers to more successfully manage incoming calls to their phone by seeing the caller's name before answering the call. Call screening is drastically improved when unknown caller names are shown that are not already stored in the phone's personal contact list.

Consumers and businesses rely on a name and number to identify the caller. Automatically matching a name to the incoming telephone number and displaying it on a callerID device or on the phone has been a common feature of landline telephones since 1984. This feature has never been available on wireless phones in the United States. With Screen-it, for the first time wireless consumers will see the name of who is calling them before they answer the call, even if it's an unknown caller.

"The new Screen-it service is a core part of MetroPCS' landline replacement strategy as it offers our customers the same standard features that they enjoy on the landline telephone," said Tom Keys, chief operating officer for MetroPCS. "Being the first to introduce this service demonstrates MetroPCS' commitment to providing the best wireless service to its customers."

MetroPCS has selected TARGUSinfo, the leading provider of callerID name services for telephone and cable companies, as the provider of caller name services for Screen-it. According to a 2007 study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of TARGUSinfo, nearly 79% of those surveyed said they would use the caller name identification service for wireless handsets.

MetroPCS plans to offer the new Screen-it feature to its customers in October 2008. Screen-it will be included with select wireless packages and will be an enhanced option available to add a la carte for other packages. With approximately 4.8 million subscribers nationwide as of September 30, 2008, Screen-it will enhance consumer demand for MetroPCS' affordable, unlimited, no signed contract, flat-rate wireless service.

MetroPCS' plans range from $30 to $50 per month and allow subscribers to talk all they want, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. Unlike most carriers, MetroPCS does not require a signed contract, which means that consumers can activate service without going through a credit check or paying a deposit.

Consumers can visit any of MetroPCS' authorized dealer locations and company-owned retail locations or visit MetroPCS' web site at to sign up for service plans and choose from a lineup of wireless phones from the top handset manufacturers.

About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no signed contract. MetroPCS owns or has access to licenses covering a population of approximately 149 million people in 14 of the top 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Boston, Miami, Tampa, and Sacramento. MetroPCS ranked "Highest In Customer Satisfaction With Wireless Prepaid Service" in the J.D. Power and Associates third annual Prepaid Customer Satisfaction Study in July of 2008. As of September 30, 2008, MetroPCS had over 4.8 million subscribers and currently offers service in the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sarasota and Tampa metropolitan areas. For more information please visit

About TARGUSinfo
TARGUSinfo is the leading provider of On-Demand Information services. TARGUSinfo delivers insight through unique identification, verification and location solutions that enable retailers, call-center operators, Web-based marketers, communication service providers and others to dramatically increase the quality of their services and the effectiveness of their marketing. A privately held company, TARGUSinfo is headquartered in Vienna, Va. For more information, visit

Source: MetroPCS Communications, Inc.

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Nokia (NOK): Trouble For Motorola (MOT)

October 16, 2008

By some estimates the handset business that Motorola (MOT) plans to spin-out to shareholders next year has no value at all. If the parent company puts some cash in the handset firm's bank account as it goes out the door that capital may be all it has to justify a positive market cap.

Concerns about Motorola's weakest unit got more acute today. Its largest rival, Nokia (NOK), turned in some tough figures for the third quarter. The world's largest handset company had a 30% drop in earnings on a 5% drop in revenue.

For the period, Nokia sold 118 million units, down from 122 million in Q2. Since the Finnish company has 38% of the global market, its latest numbers are telling.

Tech research firm Gartner recently cut its estimates for worldwide handset sales growth this year from over 10% to 8%. According to Reuters, "Mobile phone sales will grow slower this year than previously estimated as economic turmoil hits demand in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions."

In the June quarter, Motorola made on $5 million on $8.1 billion in sales. Revenue in its mobile device business fell 22% to $3.33 billion. The division lost $346 million. The firm only shipped 28.1 million handsets in the period down from 35.5 million in the same quarter the year before.

Based on Nokia's figures, it is entirely possible that Motorola's numbers in Q3 were awful. With its earnings coming up, Wall St. will know for certain.

Motorola has a market cap of under $12 billion which is only .35x annual sales. It has two successful businesses in telecom enterprise solutions and home networking. Both make money.

Does Motorola have anything of value to hand shareholders when it gives them the handset operation?

Probably not.

Douglas A. McIntyre

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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October 15, 2008

Platforms Wireless International Corporation has announced that it will be exhibiting its new SKYTOWER-911 Transportable Tower Emergency Communications System at a Symposium. Along with this, the company is also exhibiting its principal emergency communications systems: RECOM-911 Rapid Response Emergency Communications System, and ROSETTA-911 Interoperable Radio/Cellular Communications System.

With Mil-spec aircraft-quality cables, stainless steel hardware, and solid state circuitry, the SKYTOWER-911 System features a lattice steel, self-supporting telescopic structure on a heavy-duty trailer. It has a trailer-mounted 15 kilowatt power plant and a 40 gallon fuel tank for 40 hours of autonomous operations. Without guy wire supports, the system deploys its antennae at an elevation of 106 feet and has a wind survivability of 70 mph without guy wires and 120 mph with guy wires.

Designed to transport and deploy the RECOM-911 and ROSETTA-911 Rapid Response Emergency Communications Systems, the SKYTOWER-911 Transportable Tall Tower System is a rugged, field-proven, autonomous system-delivery platform. Now, the RECOM-911 and the ROSETTA-911 can propagate cellular and radio RF signals to a 10 to 12-mile radius (20- to 24-mile diameter—depending on clear line-of-sight) with the SKYTOWER-911 higher-altitude antennae systems and amplifiers.

This capacity will allow them to offer a mobile network (“communications canopy”) of cellular and interoperable radio communications services. Multiple system payloads and facilities can be delivered and deployed to an incident scene with the help of the SKYTOWER-911 Transportable Tall Tower System. This includes the RECOM-911 Rapid Response Communications System; the ROSETTA-911 Interoperable Radio Communications System; Video Surveillance/Thermal Imaging systems; Radar systems; Intrusion Alarm Systems; and lighting, spotlights and loud-speaker systems.

RECOM-911 the "Rapid Response Emergency Communications System,” can be deployed to critical emergencies and natural or man-made disasters, even when the communications infrastructure has been compromised or completely destroyed. By linking up to ten system units positioned 10 to 12 miles apart from each other, RECOM-911 can automatically create a private, autonomous, voice, data, video, and sensor communications network.

ROSETTA-911 is the “Radio Open System Electronic Translation and Transmission Architecture” System. It offers advanced radio communications interoperability between VHF, UHF, 700 / 800 MHz radios, which includes cellular and land line telephones, as well as Internet/VoIP communications connectivity. The RECOM-911 and ROSETTA-911 Systems are currently being marketed to the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and all branches of the military.

Platforms Wireless President, Keith White, commented, “It is important to note that this is the first exhibition at which Platforms will showcase all three systems together, and it marks the public unveiling of the integration of our emergency communications systems with our customized Transportable Tower delivery system.”

Platforms Wireless will exhibit these systems at the National Homeland Defense Symposium to be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 28 – 30, 2008.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet.

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Motorola should take the hint: Cancel spinoff

Greg Burns
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2008

Hard times in the global economy have battered the cell phone business, giving a certain company in Schaumburg the convenient excuse it needs.

No way should Motorola spin off its handset division next year, as planned. And given all the financial and economic woes in the world, it probably couldn't pull it off—at least not for a good long while.

The spinoff idea came about to appease activist shareholder Carl Icahn, whose $2.3 billion investment is looking worse by the day. Motorola bowed to Icahn in March, agreeing to offload its storied cell phone unit to shareholders after no one would buy it.

Maybe, the thinking went, the company would be better off without a business that had become a money-losing millstone. Maybe the market would value its parts more highly than the whole. And maybe Motorola's steadier business lines, such as two-way radios and set-top boxes, would enjoy financing advantages when detached from the volatile mobile-device unit.

That was a lot of maybes, and maybe that's why the prospects look dicier than ever.

Wall Street has no illusions about the alleged wisdom of this spin, which is vaguely planned for sometime around the third quarter of 2009. "In terms of the long-term viability of the company, I don't see it as helpful," said Matt Thornton, telecommunications analyst at Avian Securities. "There's several things working against them."

For starters, the outlook for mobile phones has gotten dark indeed, as reflected Thursday in lower earnings at rival Nokia. The holiday selling season will be notable for the millions of strapped consumers who decide to hang on to their older phones instead of buying new ones. Similar belt-tightening among governments and municipalities will hurt sales of two-way radios, an under-appreciated cash cow.

When Motorola reports its financial results on Oct. 30, don't be surprised if Halloween comes a day early, despite weak year-ago comparisons.

Second, spinoffs cost money. To make its handset unit viable on a stand-alone basis, Motorola will need to write off a fortune in obsolete inventory. It also needs to recruit fresh talent to compensate for a years-long brain drain and jack up spending on research and development. Chances are the main company will need to guarantee billions in debt for its spun-off offspring. Financing the deal will be no easy task, given the credit crunch.

To top it off, separating mobile devices from the rest of Motorola means divvying up shared suppliers, facilities and intellectual property.

And who gets the brand? The cell phone division absolutely must have it. But the same goes for two-way radios. What cop or fireman wants to rely on a "Moto" radio, or some other perversion of the name?

Why bother?

Motorola stock closed Thursday at $5.61 a share—a market capitalization of less than $13 billion and barely one-fourth of its value a year ago. Sure, practically every stock is down. But not too long ago, this was the most admired company in Chicago. Even after planning to do the spinoff, the stock has fallen. The plan is not clicking.

Yet, Motorola has backed itself into a corner. Over the summer, it recruited a star executive from Qualcomm, Sanjay Jha, forcing Chief Executive Greg Brown to share his title with the promise that Jha would lead the spinoff.

No spinoff, no Jha, at least not for long.

Motorola has stood by the spinoff as the best option for shareholders, but Brown hinted last month that he might slow down the deal. "Given the current financial disposition in mobile devices, we wouldn't separate that business," Brown said. "It has got to get stronger."

Analyst Thornton sees a way to gracefully shelve the deal: "The macro environment does give them an excuse."

So go ahead, Motorola. Take it.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Startup claims Gbit version of Wi-Fi

Quantenna taps 4x4 MIMO, beam forming and mesh

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(10/14/2008 12:01 AM EDT)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Quantenna Communications Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) officially joins the ranks of companies crafting high-end variations of 802.11n silicon today (Oct. 14).

The startup is using 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) antennas along with beam forming and mesh technologies to deliver an aggregate throughput of up to a Gbit/second. The company uses two chips, one each for 2.4 and 5 GHz links.

Two other startups recently announced 5 GHz chips that aim to offer new levels of Wi-Fi performance based on variations of the .11n standard.

Celano said its switched MIMO approach uses up to eight antennas and beam forming to carry up to four high definition video streams across 50 meters and penetrate multiple walls. Amimon uses a novel encoding technique and a 4x5 MIMO configuration to hit up to 1.5 Gbits/s, and has gathered an ad hoc group of consumer electronics giants to refine its specification.

All three companies compete with an expanding set of wireless options for the digital home including some using 60 GHz frequencies or ultra-wideband approaches.

For its part, Quantenna claims it delivers twice the 300 Mbits/s physical layer throughput of existing Wi-Fi chips from established vendors including Atheros and Broadcom. Founder and chief executive Behrooz Rezvani said one of those companies may move to 4x4 MIMO by the end of next year, but they may not also adopt the beam forming approach.

"In addition, we are a factor of 4-5 times smaller than anything in the market," said Rezvani. He noted his two-chip module reference design measures about 2.5 x 2 inches to enable plug-in devices such as the Apple Airport Express.

The chips use a version of mesh networking, based on concepts under discussion in the 802.11s group, where each node can act as an access or relay point. Rezvani said a mesh of wall plugs is the best way to assure whole house coverage across the broad range of homes.

"They are a bit ahead of my projection for when 4x4 MIMO would emerge, and it's a power hungry technology," said Craig Mathias, principal of consulting firm Farpoint Group (Ashland Mass.). "But I think 4x4 is eventually going to be an important opportunity, so they are staking out the high group and that's always a good thing for a startup to do," he added.

The Quantenna chips can be configured for 2x2 or 4x4 operation using only 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz or both. In this way, the startup aims to attack a broad range of designs from TVs and set-top boxes to computers and business and consumer gateways.

The chips integrate power amplifiers with 18 dBm maximum output along with the components typically used in radio front-end modules such as switches, baluns and diplexers. An on board DSP handles the beam forming work and an ARM 926 does switching and routing jobs.

The 2.4 and 5 GHz chips sample before the end of the year and consume less than 10W maximum when transmitting at up to a Gbit/s aggregate. They will cost less than $20 each in volume when in production early next year.

Rezvani was a founder of Ikanos Communications, a designer of chips for last-mile systems. He said the idea for Quantenna came from discussions with service providers such as AT&T and Verizon who said they wanted home network technologies that hit 100-200 Mbits/s and beyond.

"There was really no technology to solve this problem two and half years ago when we started, and it was not even clear then that 802.11n would succeed," Rezvani said.

The startup has taken on about $27 million in venture capital to date and plans another round early next year to help fund its manufacturing ramp. Rezvani would not discuss his road map, but he did say he did not see the need to drive Wi-Fi to 60 GHz to gain the next level of performance, despite current efforts in that direction.

Source: EE Times

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Researchers at Colby College are using the HOBO U30 Remote Monitoring System to monitor environmental conditions at Pattee Pond.

Researchers at Colby College in Maine are using the HOBO U30/GSM Remote Monitoring System as part of an ecology study of a local pond, where there have been problems with silt loading and storm runoff.

“We purchased the HOBO U30/GSM mainly because we wanted something to take long-term data sets without having to physically go out to the site to offload the data,” explained Sarah Gibbs, Ecology Teaching Assistant at Colby College. “We also wanted the data available right away.”

As part of the college’s environmental science courses, researchers are looking at one of the water systems in a surrounding town to do a full ecological report. Specifically, Gibbs and her team are conducting their research at Pattee Pond in Belgrade. “In general, we've been focusing on the Belgrade Lakes area since there is a lot of development going on there,” says Gibbs.

Gibbs and her team equipped the HOBO U30 with a number of sensors, including wind speed and direction, rain gauge, relative humidity, air temperature, and Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR). The HOBO U30 collects data 24/7 and the information is accessible via the web.

According to Gibbs, rainfall is the most important measurement. “There have been problems with silt loading and runoff in Pattee Pond, and we're looking into the water chemistry,” explains Gibbs. “Depending on how the phosphorous test turns out and how much fluctuation there is, we may need to tie in the rainfall data we're collecting with the chemistry data.”

“Another way we're using the HOBO U30 system is for site-specific wind information. The weather has been unpredictable, and we don't want to send students all the way out there to get on a boat if there are whitecaps,” concludes Gibbs. “The U30 is positioned right on the edge of the pond so we know in advance what's happening there.”

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From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: Upcoming PTC Meeting
Date: October 15, 2008 11:03:01 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye (et. al.)

*********** REMINDER ***********

Dear PTC Members:

The next PTC Face-to-Face Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 5th from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Our meeting coincides with the annual EWA/AAPC show. I strongly encourage everyone to attend if they can so we can have a great meeting.

Please let me know if you will be attending so I can make sure we have the correct size room.

Currently I have the following tentative agenda:

1) CMAS Requirements Discussion (Gateway and Device)
2) AAPC Permanent Committee
3) Presentation by Brian Gilmore
4) Chair and Vice-Chair Election
5) Next Meeting

If you have any additional items of interest for the agenda, please send them to me as soon as possible.

*********** IMPORTANT - SPONSOR NEEDED ***********

We are still looking for a sponsor for our meeting. If your company is interested in being the sponsor or sharing some of the sponsorship costs, please contact me or Linda Hoover ( as soon as possible.

Stephen M. Oshinsky
PTC Chair
(W) 601-292-8441
(M) 601-842-8056

stephen oshinsky

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