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FRIDAY - AUGUST 22, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 325

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

The BloostonLaw Update contains a very important notice this week:


This includes Common Carrier Paging. Read the details, complete with a sample letter to the FCC, below.

CMAS is a nationwide Commercial Mobile Alert System being “quickly” established by the FCC as part of its implementation of the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act — a mere seven years after the 9/11/2001 attack on the United States by a foreign power. Some say that this was the beginning of World War III, but I will leave that topic for another day.

Frequent readers of this newsletter know that I have been strongly promoting “mass alerting” or “critical messaging” (thanks to Chris Jones) — especially since the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and of course, the second “Day of Infamy” in the USA — September 11, 2001. The attack on Pearl Harbor, being the first “Day of Infamy” — December 7, 1941.

Three general categories of alerts are presently included:

  • Presidential Alerts
  • Imminent Threat Alerts
  • Child Abduction Emergency/AMBER alerts.

I hope that as Paging Carriers decide whether or not to participate in the CMAS program, they will ask themselves, “what is the right thing to do?” and not just, “how much will this cost me?”

Now on to more news and views. . .

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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 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.

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Keynote Presentation Announced

“New Technologies, New Competitors and Now a New President … What Should I Know?”

Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, Principle of The Battle Group

On November 6, 2008, the first day of Enterprise Wireless 2008, there will be a newly elected President of the United States. What will this mean? How will the spectrum policies of a President McCain or a President Obama impact wireless communications? What changes can we expect to see at the FCC? Will these changes threaten your business or create new opportunities?

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, a principal of The Brattle Group and a telecommunications and economic policy advisor to leading wireless manufacturers, commercial operators, and government agencies, will address these questions. Specific topics Dr. Bazelon will address include:

  • How can you move from a focus on wireless technology in your business to one on strategy and why does that matter?
  • Why does the TV White Space initiative matter to your business?
  • How can your business, no matter the size, actually affect spectrum policy?
  • What can you learn from the macroeconomics of wireless communications to use in tactical planning for your business and to assist you in making wise supplier choices?

Dr. Bazelon is a leading expert on radio spectrum management reforms. While at the Congressional Budget Office, he estimated the budgetary and private sector impacts of spectrum-related legislative proposals, and advised on auction design. Currently, he is engaged in numerous wireless policy issues before the FCC and Congress. While Dr. Bazelon can describe the view from 30,000 feet on spectrum policy, he will also provide critical advice on how to deal with the upcoming changes of a new Administration, the impact that these changes will have on your business, and when you can expect these changes, whether you are a supplier, an enterprise wireless user, or a wireless sales and service provider.

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Zetron‘s IP Fire Station Alerting Improves Alerting Speed and Reliability for Illinois Fire District

Addison Fire Protection District (FPD) 1, in Addison, Illinois, recently installed Zetron‘s IP Fire Station Alerting system. Chosen in part for its cost effectiveness, the new system has greatly improved the speed and reliability of Addison FPD‘s fire station alerting.

Redmond, Washington, USA — May 14, 2008: Zetron, Inc., experts in mission-critical communications systems, recently worked with A Beep LLC, of Joliet, Illinois, to help implement Zetron‘s IP Fire Station Alerting (FSA) system for Addison Fire Protection District (FPD) 1 in Addison, Illinois. Addison FPD reports that the new system has greatly improved their alerting speed and reliability.

Zetron‘s IP FSA system uses a client-server architecture to receive commands and then directs them to the appropriate fire stations. Converting to IP between the central site and the fire station increases alerting speeds and broadens connectivity options.

“Because IP FSA uses the network as its backbone, it can eliminate the considerable cost of using leased lines,” says James Retych, Zetron Sales Support Manager. “So in a short time, the system can pay for itself.”

“IP FSA offered the cost-effectiveness, features, and functionality we were looking for,” says John Sullivan, a fire fighter and paramedic with Addison FPD. “It provides better alerting, notifications of system problems, indications of alert success or failure, and ramped tones. The new system also brings us into compliance with current NFPA [National Fire Protection Association] standards.”

The staging of Addison‘s IP FSA served as a successful demo for another of A Beep‘s customers. As a result, A Beep is currently installing another Zetron IP FSA system for a 25-station fire district.

About A Beep LLC
Based in Joliet, Illinois, A Beep LLC specializes in the sales, installation and servicing of communications systems and equipment. Illinois' largest operator of specialized mobile radio (SMR), A Beep also owns and operates LTR trunking systems from 18 tower sites that provide coverage throughout Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana.
For more information, visit:

About Zetron
Zetron is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions for public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and business. With offices in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.; Basingstoke, England, U.K.; Brisbane, Australia; and numerous field locations; Zetron supports a worldwide network of authorized resellers and distributors. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation. For more information, contact the Zetron Sales Department at (425) 820-6363. Or visit:

Source: Zetron

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Advertiser Index

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

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C. Lester Hogan, Physicist Who Fought Motorola, Dies at 88

Published: Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 4:25 a.m.

C. Lester Hogan, a pioneer in the electronics industry whose departure in 1968 from his job as a top executive at Motorola to one at Fairchild, taking along seven senior members of Motorola’s semiconductor team, led to a celebrated lawsuit, died on Tuesday in Atherton, Calif. He was 88.

The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, said Benjamin Bilbro, a funeral counselor at Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home in Palo Alto, Calif.

Mr. Hogan exemplified the generation of brilliant scientists who emerged after World War II and applied their imaginations to the discoveries that became the computer revolution. At Bell Labs and at Harvard’s physics department, he specialized in devices that amplify microwaves and in ferrites, the magnetic materials that made early computer memories work.

But his celebrity came from his success in leading Motorola’s drive to become the most profitable semiconductor producer. That, in turn, led the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Company, also a semiconductor powerhouse, to recruit Mr. Hogan to be its president. After turning the job down several times, he accepted.

His value to both companies lay in his combination of scientific intelligence with a fierce commitment to marketing, unusual in a theoretical physicist. His ability to make brisk decisions in the belief that even a bad decision was better than no decision proved helpful in a fluid, fast-moving business.

Motorola was outraged at his departure and that he took seven semiconductor experts with him. Even though computer experts often jumped from company to company, Motorola sued for damages resulting from the talent loss. It also charged that its trade secrets had been jeopardized.

The affair was heightened by the 10 percent drop in the price of Motorola’s stock immediately after the loss of Mr. Hogan, and the simultaneous 19 percent rise in Fairchild’s.

Mr. Hogan’s new compensation package, which included especially attractive stock options, led to a new phrase in the industry, “the Hogan.” (An example: “That guy can’t be worth more than half a Hogan.”)

Motorola lost its suit, but Fairchild lost the battle. In 1973, Judge William P. Copple, a federal judge in Arizona, ruled that Fairchild’s results were so unimpressive that it was impossible to assess damages “under any theory.” Mr. Hogan was dismissed as president the next year, but remained as vice chairman.

Clarence Lester Hogan was born in Great Falls, Mont., where his father worked for the railroad; he hunted rattlesnakes and earned straight A’s. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University.

He decided to join the Navy, even though he said he could have avoided service by doing military work for an engineering company. He ended up working with Bell Labs’ scientists developing an “acoustic torpedo” that found its target by following the sound of a ship. Though Bell Labs told him he could have a job whenever he wanted it, he chose to go to Lehigh University and complete a Ph.D. in 1950. He then rejoined Bell Labs, where he invented, during his first three months on the job, the microwave gyrator, a device that allowed electric devices to be made smaller. His salary was doubled.

Mr. Hogan in 1953 accepted the Gordon McKay professorship at Harvard, where he guided nine students to doctorates and got job offers at least once a month. In 1958, Motorola recruited him to be general manager of its semiconductor operation.

At the time, Motorola used most of its semiconductors in its own products. Mr. Hogan expanded sales so widely that by the late 1960s, the company was battling with Texas Instruments for industry leadership. He greatly reduced the number of factory rejects, helping his division post a $30 million profit. He expanded the number of employees around the world to 17,000, from 300.

Mr. Hogan insisted that the Motorola executives who accompanied him to Fairchild had all volunteered to come. Motorola refused to believe that he had not recruited them.

In an interview with the Silicon Genesis Project at Stanford, an effort to record pioneers of the semiconductor industries, Mr. Hogan mentioned personal qualities that had also proved critical in business. “If you want people to work for you and do a good job, you had to somehow make them like you,” he said.

Mr. Hogan is survived by his wife, the former Audrey Biery Peters, and his daughter, Cheryl Lea Hogan.

Mr. Hogan read widely to find ideas, and said in the oral history interview that he hit upon the idea that became his invention of the gyrator from a serendipitous revelation in a magazine article. In 1967, Scientific American placed a large ad in The New York Times celebrating this quality.

Source: New York Times Technology Feed via

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Michigan university includes texting in emergency alerts

Friday, August 22, 2008

Students and staff at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich., will now receive a text message and a voice mail under a new alert system that has gone into effect. The alerts are part of the school’s comprehensive emergency communications plan to notify students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible if an emergency situation occurs on campus.

“The text message system is designed to quickly alert community members who are not sitting in front of a computer or desk phone,” said Oakland University Police Chief Samuela Lucido.

To take advantage of the service, students and employees must provide contact information, including their ID information and e-mail address, via the school’s Emergency Preparedness Web site. Voice alerts are available for those without text messaging capability.

Source: CR80News

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Motorola's Jha Shuffles Management, Unveils Multimedia Phones

John Cipolla will replace Rob Shaddock, who had been named to head consumer products in April and who is now leaving the company.

By W. David Gardner
August 21, 2008 01:19 PM

Just two weeks after Sanjay Jha took over the helm at Motorola (NYSE: MOT)'s mobile phone division, he is making his presence felt.

The former Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) executive this week named longtime Motorola executive John Cipolla to lead the consumer products unit.

Cipolla replaces Rob Shaddock, who had been named to head consumer products in April and who is now leaving the company. The management changes were reported by Silicon Alley Insider.

Jha's former position as chief operating officer of Qualcomm put him in the driver's seat in cutting edge wireless mobile technology. He helped Qualcomm pioneer its CDMA infrastructures -- both for EV-DO and for W-CDMA. The EV-DO technology is used in the U.S. by both Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless and Sprint (NYSE: S) while W-CDMA is heavily used by GSM cell phone service providers including AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile in the U.S.

To help bolster the brand, Motorola has said it will launch 50 new phones this year. However, the two handsets it unveiled Wednesday in Singapore aren't likely to set the company's sales on fire. The W388 is a music-enabled handset that features a digital camera and will sell for less than $100.

With a nod to one-click mobile social networking, Motorola also revealed its VE538 handset. The phone will sell for less than $250, according to the Reuters news service. The 3G device also offers photo uploading and blogging capabilities. The VE538 will be offered in Asia-Pacific markets before it will be marketed globally.

Motorola has rapidly been losing market share to Nokia, which has captured 40% of worldwide handset sales, although the Chicago-based company has managed to hold onto its first place ranking in the U.S. Also once in the first place position in China, Motorola has seen its position slip from a 20% market share there in 2007 to 7.5% now, according to market research numbers.

Source: InformationWeek

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Foundation for California Community Colleges Partners with Waterfall Mobile to Offer the AlertU Platform for Statewide Emergency Notification Coverage

Partnership will enable nation's largest higher education system to enhance its emergency communications strategy

Last update: 1:10 p.m. EDT Aug. 22, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 22, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) announced today that it has awarded a statewide emergency alert notification contract to Waterfall Mobile, Inc. The contract establishes Waterfall Mobile's AlertU as an approved technology through the Foundation for the California Community Colleges, which is the official non-profit foundation for the California Community College (CCC) system office. Through this partnership, individual colleges may directly implement valuable emergency communication services, eliminating the lengthy technology evaluation and RFP processes. With 72 districts, 110 colleges and over 2.6 million students, the CCCs make up the largest system of higher education in the United States.

"A significant priority for all California Community Colleges is ensuring a safe learning environment for our students," said Dr. Paul Lanning, President of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. "Presenting the state's 110 community colleges with the opportunity to implement AlertU, Waterfall Mobile provides an easy and effective way for the colleges to communicate with students, faculty and staff in emergency situations, something that is of critical importance on each and every California community college campus."

AlertU provides participating California Community Colleges the ability to send critical text message alerts and emergency updates to the mobile devices of students, faculty and staff in real-time. CCC administrators can create detailed emergency text messages, send alerts to targeted audiences or broadcast school-wide emergency communications. AlertU has advanced reporting and analytics providing detailed real-time tracking and monitoring. These features, combined with a patent-pending two-way messaging system, enable colleges to obtain and respond to critical tactical information from first responders and students. AlertU is already deployed across 35 CCC campuses, comprising more than 500,000 students, faculty and staff.

"Representing the largest higher education system in the country, the Foundation for California Community Colleges underscores the system's commitment to leadership in new technology adoption by partnering with Waterfall Mobile to use AlertU to enhance campus safety and emergency communication," said Matthew Sechrest, CEO of Waterfall Mobile. "We are proud the FCCC has selected the AlertU enterprise-class platform and look forward to contributing to the safety of more than 2.6 million California community college students, faculty members and their families."

AlertU is an easy-to-use, web-based, emergency text alert notification platform architected by Waterfall Mobile for enterprises, municipalities, colleges and university communities. Built with integrated security, scalability and fault tolerance, AlertU offers a robust platform that requires no technical integration and is easy to deploy and administer. There are no fees to subscribers for enrolling in the service, however standard text message rates apply.

About the Foundation for California Community Colleges
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official foundation to the California Community Colleges' Board of Governors, Chancellor and System Office. The Foundation's mission is to benefit, support and enhance the missions of the California Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education while saving millions of dollars for colleges each year. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. For more information, visit

About the California Community College System
The California Community College System is the largest higher educational system in the nation comprised of 72 districts and 110 colleges with more than 2.6 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training and basic skills education, prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges system, please visit

About Waterfall Mobile
Waterfall Mobile, an innovative enterprise mobile technology company, empowers marketers and emergency administrators to easily manage mobile communications, distribute multimedia content and analyze real-time results. The company's patent-pending technology platform has been deployed by hundreds of enterprises nationwide to manage mobile initiatives. Waterfall Mobile has set the new standard for direct-to-consumer mobile with the first robust enterprise, cost-efficient, on-demand solution of its kind. The Waterfall Mobile platform powers two leading products, Msgme for mobile marketing and AlertU for emergency communications.

Waterfall Mobile was founded in 2005. Backed by Vista Equity Partners, a global technology investment fund with over $2 billion under management, the company has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
For more information on Waterfall Mobile, AlertU or Msgme, please visit, or

SOURCE: Waterfall Mobile
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Source: MarketWatch

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Report: Verizon close to mobile search deal with Google

August 22, 2008
By Lynnette Luna


According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Verizon Communications is close to securing a deal with Google that would make the search-engine giant the default search provider on Verizon devices and give the operator a share of the ad revenue as well as expand search services to other Verizon services such as Verizon's Web portal and FiOS TV.

Under the deal, Verizon and Google would split revenue from ads that come up as a result of keywords used in a search. The percentage split, however, is unclear. That issue has been the main reason why major mobile operators have opted for their own search services and apparently why Google hasn't been able to get a deal done with Verizon in the past.

While Verizon doesn't particularly have a rosy relationship with Google. For instance, the two butted heads over open-access provisions for the 700 MHz auction, and Verizon hasn't really expressed interest in Google's Android platform. But it's clear that Google is taking the lead in mobile Web search. A recent survey from comScore M:Metrics indicated that out of the 16.7 million who said they use mobile search, about 63 percent said they used Google, 34 percent said they used Yahoo, while 25 percent said they used carriers' services. According to consumer research provider Nielsen Mobile, Google dominated mobile web search in the first quarter of 2008, accounting for 61 percent of mobile searches during the quarter.

Source: FierceWireless

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Town of Oyster Bay Implements Emergency Notification System

Up To Three Other Numbers May Be Added

To insure reliable and timely communication with its residents during an emergency, the Town of Oyster Bay's Department of Public Safety has retained Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as its 24/7 Emergency Notification service provider.

"The SWIFT911 system can make thousands of calls a minute to our residents to convey vital emergency information," Supervisor John Venditto said. "These messages, which can be sent by telephone, email, text or pager, may include information on floods, fires, water emergencies, evacuation orders and weather emergencies."

Like the enhanced 911 service residents already have through local emergency services and the Nassau County Police Department, the town, through local telecommunications providers, has the primary land line phone numbers of all residents and businesses, both listed and unlisted.

Up to three alternate phone numbers and/or cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, text message or pager numbers that you provide to the Town either through the town website or by mail, can also be called in addition to your primary phone number. An emergency message can even reach TTY (teletypewriter) phones used by those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

To have additional family members receive their own emergency notifications, it is important to provide contact information to the Town by logging on to the town website ( and clicking on the "SWIFT911" link on the right of the homepage. For those who do not have access to a computer, call 677-5350 for a mail-in form to provide your information.

Accurate numbers in the database help to ensure that emergency information will be passed on to everyone in a timely manner. Residents who do not want to be called can also opt-out through the town website or by the mail-in form.

There will be a town-wide activation test of the Emergency Notification System on Thursday, Sept. 4, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you don't receive this test call, call the Oyster Bay Town Department of Public Safety at 677-5350.

"The SWIFT911 system will be an invaluable life-saving device for getting information out to our community when threats of severe weather or other dangerous conditions occur," Venditto said. "Everyone who lives and works in the Town of Oyster Bay can feel a little safer knowing that we have implemented this system. I encourage you to update your contact information for SWIFT911."

Source: Hicksville Illustrated News

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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.

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Phone: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031

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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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World Tech Update
A recap of the week’s technology news
by Nick Barber, Aug 21, 2008 4:35 pm

In this week’s show: court dissolves gag order against MIT students, Cuil is not so cool, a look at the technology behind the Olympics, WiFi takes to the skies, Google’s Android readies for its debut, Taiwan investigates Microsoft, and Intel introduces a new Classmate.

Source: Macworld

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Peek set to offer affordable e-mail-only device

Thursday, August 21st

peekphone New York-based Peek will launch a mobile device that will act as a sort of modern-day pager with the ability to send and receive emails exclusively. Peek will partner with T-Mobile to provide the data service to deliver and send emails via Gmail, Yahoo mail, AOL and other popular email services. The email device will sport a full QWERTY keyboard, but not bring with it any other features users have come to expect from cell and smart phones, such as a web browser, digital camera, text messaging or music support.

It is not known how much, or if any, memory will be on-hand, or if any card slots will allow users to expand it if so, but it stands to reason the dedicated device will need on-board storage for its digital content.

According to Peek CEO Amol Sarva, the device's appeal will be its ease of use and stylish looks compared to costlier smart phones that also feature email support.

The device, available in cherry, aqua and grey will hit Target store shelves on September 14, and be available to purchase online before then. No contracts will be available, with email plans costing nearly $20 per month from T-Mobile, and the device itself priced at $100. [via Silicon Alley Insider]

Source: Electronista

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Plus new ENS Conversion Service allows schools to upload data from previous ENS into e2Campus at no extra charge

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LEESBURG, Va., Aug 21, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Omnilert®, LLC, maker of e2Campus®, the leading emergency notification network for higher education, announced that Arizona State University, King's College, University of Toledo, and other institutions have made the switch to e2Campus for improved multimodal emergency communications. e2Campus also announced a new program called the ENS Conversion Service that allows schools to bulk upload data from their previous emergency notification system into e2Campus at no extra charge.

Paul Moran, Executive Director of IITS at King's College said, "We upgraded to e2Campus because it gives us a centralized interface to broadcast emergency alerts to our campus PA system, our web page, and as SMS text messages, voice calls, RSS feeds, and emails. It helps us cover all our bases because e2Campus automatically broadcasts to everyone's email address and the PA system whether people have opted-in or not. Their solid reputation and long history of reliability makes me feel confident we made the right choice with e2Campus."

Arizona State University also recently switched to e2Campus from another provider. Adrian Sannier, Vice President and University Technology Officer, stated, "e2Campus allows ASU to provide both emergency notifications to the ASU Community as well as other messages for a variety of campus services. This kind of flexibility becomes increasingly important as the population of college communities like ASU become progressively mobile."

Ara Bagdasarian, President of Omnilert, LLC, said, "We have received numerous calls from colleges and universities that want to upgrade to e2Campus. Because we require recipients to opt-in to receive alerts, these schools were concerned about going through the collection process again. With our new ENS Conversion Service, clients can now import data from their existing ENS into e2Campus free of charge."

The ENS Conversion Service allows schools to upload vetted data from their existing emergency notification system into e2Campus at no extra charge. Under the new program, e2Campus will waive the requirement for subscriber opt-in and waive the fee for an e2Campus technical engineer to manage the database uploads. For more information, visit:

About e2Campus
Endorsed by Security On Campus Inc. and used by more than 500 campuses around the country, e2Campus is the multimodal emergency notification network that enables school officials to self-administer and send time-sensitive messages for a fraction of the cost and complexity of existing notification solutions. There is no traditional software to install, no hardware to buy and no additional phone lines needed. A school can set up a secure notification network in minutes to send routine, urgent or emergency notifications to their entire campus community or smaller groups, such as branch campuses, residence halls, or staff-only. e2Campus instantly and simultaneously sends multimodal alerts to a subscriber's mobile phone (via SMS text message), landline phone (via voice message), e-mail accounts, and RSS reader, plus 3rd party campus infrastructure such as loudspeakers, fire/security systems, digital signage, alert beacons, and relevant Web pages. To learn more, visit

About Omnilert
Omnilert, LLC is leading the way in multimodal mass communications for sending time-sensitive information to large groups of people. The self-service, Web-based system enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device. It is ideal for announcing school closings, game cancellations, weather warnings, terrorist alerts, and marketing promotions. Omnilert's multimodal network sends content directly to a mobile phone (SMS), traditional phone (voice), e-mail address, Web page, RSS reader, digital sign, alert beacon, or loudspeaker. Omnilert solutions are sold under the names e2Campus, Amerilert, RainedOut and through resellers. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at online.

Source: MarketWatch

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Paging Is Down, But Not Dead

By Monica Alleven
WirelessWeek - August 21, 2008

Gone are the days when paging executives like Vincent Kelly, president and CEO of USA Mobility, feared the uptake of PCS and cellular devices would wipe out the paging industry.

The widespread adoption of mobile phones in the United States did pretty much what paging companies expected: It negated the need for pagers among many consumers. But segments still rely heavily on pagers, especially among emergency response personnel. USA Mobility’s biggest user segment is healthcare, followed by government and Fortune 1000 companies.

In an interview, Kelly pointed out that USA Mobility’s pagers worked even during disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the bridge collapse in Minnesota and more recently, the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Southern California. Its paging network doesn't rely on wireline connections and uses satellites, so it can keep working when cellular systems are taxed or produce the fast-busy signals that mean calls can’t get through.

Nowadays, Kelly is more likely to find himself trying to educate government officials about the benefits of paging. The National Public Safety Telecommunication Council (NPSTC) has advocated that the FCC allocate 2-way paging spectrum to government agencies so they can build out their own paging services, which he said is a waste of taxpayer money. Government agencies can and do use paging networks to meet their needs.

In fact, Kelly has met with device manufacturers and would like to see them incorporate a paging Flex or ReFlex chip inside of mobile phones, but so far, carriers haven’t thrown their support behind that idea. It would be an inexpensive component to add into phones, and that way, people could fall back to the paging network when the cellular system gets overloaded in emergencies, he said.

Kelly acknowledged that USA Mobility is a public company and it’s his job to look out for shareholders, and getting more government users on his network would be beneficial. But it’s also good for first responders and the public to have access to the paging network, he said.

Motorola sold its paging business years ago, so now USA Mobility’s pagers are primarily made by Asian manufacturers that license the intellectual property.

Kelly’s company is the largest paging operator left standing, reporting more than 3.17 million units in service at the end of June. USA Mobility formed with the merger of Arch Wireless and Metrocall in 2004.

Source: WirelessWeek

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Making sense of 3G speeds

by Glenn Fleishman,
Aug 19, 2008 2:57 pm

Reports abound that the iPhone 3G isn’t living up to its family name: it may be an iPhone, but ordinary owners, reporters, and pundits are saying that in regular usage its actual speed is far below the potential 700 Kbps to 1.7 Mbps claimed by AT&T for its currently deployed HSPA (high speed packet access) third-generation cellular data network.

I have a slight problem with this as someone who has obsessively followed first the evolution of Wi-Fi into something as nearly available as oxygen, and then cellular data networks as they moved from slow 2G into modest 3G rates.

Neither Apple nor AT&T has ever promised those rates to its iPhone subscribers. At the iPhone 3G’s introduction in June, Steve Jobs didn’t state the speed of the 2.5G EDGE standard that’s the fastest supported in the original iPhone—as fast as 200 Kbps with AT&T’s version—and then say that the iPhone 3G would be 3.5 to nearly 8 times faster. Instead, he showed a couple of examples, and talked about ranges of 2 to 3 times faster.

If you visit Apple’s Web site, you'll note that there’s no mention of speed per se: the only mention right now is of a “2.4x” speed improvement (20 seconds instead of 48 seconds) for loading That may be disappointing, but it’s clear that Apple is underselling the speed.

AT&T is a bit broader, stating on its iPhone page that “iPhone 3G harnesses the power of AT&T’s broad and powerful 3G mobile broadband network, which offers 3G mobile phones download speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps,” with a footnote that doesn't qualify the statement at all, noting a comparison that doesn't exist with the original iPhone model. “Up to” are weasel words, but you'll note that AT&T separately promises its LaptopConnect customers a typical performance range, with 700 Kbps at the low end. (You'll see lower downstream rates on some AT&T mobile broadband pages than the 700 Kbps to 1.7 Mbps rate, but AT&T apparently doesn't update its Web sites very consistently even after they make major press announcements on speed boosts.)

The iPhone is bound by a processor that has to fit its confines, not use too much power, and handle the dozens to hundreds of simultaneous tasks needed for a portable computer that’s also constantly connected to a cellular and/or Wi-Fi network. The iPhone 3G is just as limited by its CPU as its predecessor.

I don’t own an iPhone 3G, but in several weeks of testing of a loaner unit, I didn’t find much difference between using the iPhone on a 3G network and on a 3 Mbps-backed Wi-Fi network. The Safari browser can only load and render pages so fast.

PC World colleague Melissa J. Perenson wrote an excellent rundown of her experience in gauging the iPhone 3G speed last week, but she overlooks a few points.

First, AT&T and Apple don’t promise the rates for the iPhone that she cites for their 3G network, as I note above.

Second, the only way to tell whether AT&T’s 3G network is congested or at fault is to test an iPhone 3G side by side with a laptop using an AT&T LaptopConnect network card with the latest HSPA standards built in. Running speed tests on both the iPhone 3G and a laptop in the same place would reveal whether chips or networks are at fault.

Third, performing a laptop and iPhone test on a high-speed Internet network where the devices are connected by Wi-Fi would further show whether the iPhone 3G’s processor was limiting the page rendering speed more than a lack of downstream throughput. (When Steve Jobs said 3G is faster than Wi-Fi at the Worldwide Developer Conference, I had to laugh. Wi-Fi using 802.11g can provide more than 20 Mbps of throughput; it’s the backhaul to the Internet, the connection of the Wi-Fi network to the rest of the world, that’s the limit. 3G tops out at a peak rate of 1.7 Mbps on AT&T’s network, and backhaul problems from cellular towers—which might need to carry 10 Mbps or more back to the Net—are one of the most expensive and serious problems facing 3G network expansion and future 4G network build out.)

Fourth, AT&T only covers a percentage of the U.S. with its 3G service. It’s somewhere close to or north of 300 of the top 350 metropolitan markets. And AT&T’s coverage tends to be metro area—on the edges, in suburbs or even certain neighborhoods, you’re going to drop down to 2.5G for data and 2G for voice. This makes it hard to know whether those complaining about speed, even if they’re consulting a coverage map of their area, are in a marginal zone or not. In the heart of a city, you shouldn't have trouble, except for the dirty little secret that concrete canyons can reflect and absorb and block signals, too. (There are similar complaints about the iPhone 3G elsewhere, too, of course, and those other carriers, too, only cover a percentage of their country with 3G.)

My biggest problem with the complaints about the iPhone 3G isn’t the disappointment people have. I’m not telling them (or you) to suck it up. People expect 3G to be much, much faster than 2.5G because of all the hype that’s been layered onto 3G. 3G networks in my testing over the last couple years work remarkably well, and I’ve been able to see every cell carriers’ top speeds (and their middling speeds, too) wherever I’ve tested. That surprised me. I used to be quite bearish on 3G, but seeing (and testing is believing).

No, rather, the problem is that we—the Mac and telecom media—have no way to know whether this problem is widespread or limiting to people unhappy enough to post on Apple, Macworld, and other forums. Unless this fine publication were to commission a study to get 1,000 iPhone 3G users selected at random to report their satisfaction with 3G speeds, and, more difficult, to provide statistics of their usage, I don’t see how anyone knows how widespread or severe iPhone 3G throughput issues really are. They could be terrible. They could be mostly terrific.

Wired is making an attempt to gather data, but it’s self-reported. Self-reported data is entirely unreliable unless you have another loop that lets you calibrate self-reporting information against a random sampling. (If you could get very precise information from 1,000 people and 100,000 others self-report, you might be able to correlate the two bodies of information to correct for self-reporting bias. Or not.)

In the end, how can we tell whether the iPhone 3G is performing as expected—or as people expect it to (which are two different notions)? Word of mouth. Message boards and reporting represent a subset of people willing to talk about or write about a given problem, and both suffer from the squeaky-wheel syndrome. But if the iPhone 3G sales fall below expectations, that might reveal that the word of mouth among actual users to their friends and colleagues drops interest.

After spending weeks with a loaner iPhone 3G, I don’t bad mouth it: the faster speed is quite nice, especially with audio streaming iPhone applications, and the GPS has worked extremely well wherever I’ve used it. But I’m not shedding my 2.5 iPhone in favor of an iPhone 3G, cost aside. There may or may not be a problem in the 3G phone’s innards, but I don’t find the speed bump a big enough one to get rid of my plain old EDGE iPhone.

[Macworld contributor Glenn Fleishman writes daily about wireless networking at his site Wi-Fi Networking News.]

Source: Macworld

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

   Special Notice — Very Important August 21, 2008   


*** Immediate Attention Required***

spacer On or before September 8, 2008, all providers of commercial mobile service (CMS) must file a notification with the Federal Communications Commission electing whether they intend to participate in the nationwide Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). All CMS providers must file regardless of whether they intend to participate or not to participate. A suggested format for the notification is attached. The notification must be filed electronically in the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

spacer The filing requirement applies to all providers of commercial mobile service, including licensees in the following services: Cellular, Broadband PCS, Narrowband PCS, WCS, 700 MHz Guard Band and 700 MHz Commercial, AWS and Common Carrier Paging. While the requirement appears to apply only to licensees actually providing mobile service, prudence suggests that licensees intending to utilize their licensed spectrum to provide commercial mobile service should file the notification even if they have not yet commenced providing service.

spacer The CMAS has been established by the FCC as part of its implementation of the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act. The WARN Act was adopted in 2006 as a way of ensuring that all Americans have the capability to receive timely and accurate alerts, warnings and critical information regarding disasters and other emergencies irrespective of what communications technologies they use. Three general categories of alerts are presently included: Presidential Alerts, Imminent Threat Alerts and Child Abduction Emergency/AMBER alerts.

spacer While participation in the CMAS is entirely voluntary, the decision to participate triggers certain obligations, as discussed below. However, the initial election is not binding, i.e., a service provider may elect now to opt in and decide later to opt out, and vice versa, and no regulatory penalty or forfeiture will accrue if the election is later changed, one way or the other. However, following are the factors that should be considered before making a decision as to the initial election.

Should My Company Elect to Participate?

spacer Clearly, there are benefits to participating in the CMAS, both humanitarian and commercial. The value to your subscribers of being able to receive critical emergency alerts on their mobile devices is unquestionable. And, not participating in the CMAS when other service providers in the area have elected to do so may put your company at a competitive disadvantage. Indeed, once the CMAS begins operations in your area, you must notify your subscribers in a conspicuous manner at the point of sale if you decide not to participate (no notification to subscribers is required if you have decided to participate). While participation requires commitment and some costs, including equipment and periodic testing, many carriers may conclude that the benefits outweigh the obligations.

spacer However, insofar as the initial election is concerned, there is some down side to opting in and later deciding to opt out, for whatever the reason. If you elect to participate in the CMAS and later withdraw your election, while there is no regulatory penalty in doing so, you must notify all affected subscribers and the FCC at least 60 days prior to the withdrawal of the election. But, more compelling, if you withdraw your initial election to participate in the CMAS, you must notify each affected subscriber individually in clear and conspicuous language of the subscriber’s right to terminate service without an early termination fee or a penalty of any kind. For this reason alone, we recommend opting out in the initial election, unless and until you have had the full opportunity to examine the costs and other obligations associated with participation.

spacer As indicated above, the initial election is not binding and may later be changed without regulatory penalty or forfeiture. So, if you elect to state your intention not to participate in the initial filing, you can later decide to participate once the CMAS is implemented in your area of operations.

spacer The attachment provides the suggested format depending upon whether you now elect to participate or not and should be reproduced on your company’s letterhead. Please note that if you now decide to opt in, the notification to the FCC requires the additional language in the third paragraph.

spacer The notification must be filed electronically with the FCC in the ECFS under PS Docket No. 08-146 by Monday, September 8, 2008. If you would like us to file your notification and supply you with the FCC’s confirmation of the filing, please e-mail your notification to or fax it to (202) 828-5568 by Tuesday, September 2.

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Re: Initial Election Regarding Participation in the CMAS PS Docket No. 08-146

Dear Ms. Dortch:

spacer This notification is filed pursuant to the Third Report and Order in PS Docket No. 07-287, released August 7, 2008, and the corresponding Public Notice, DA 08-1866, released the same date.

spacer [Name of Commercial Mobile Service Provider] hereby notifies the Commission of its intent [to] [not to] (CHOOSE ONLY ONE) participate in the Commercial Mobile Alert System.

spacer (ADD ONLY IF ELECTING TO PARTICIPATE) We attest that we agree to transmit CMAS alerts in a manner consistent with the technical standards, protocols, procedures and other technical requirements implemented by the Commission; and we commit to support the development and deployment of technology for the following: the “C” interface, the CMS provider Gateway, the CMS provider infrastructure, and mobile devices with CMAS functionality and support of the CMS provider selected technology.

spacer We reserve the right to change our election at a later date, in accordance with Commission regulations.


Very truly yours,

[Commercial Mobile Service Provider]

     [Name], [Title]

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm.

Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
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12:30 Lunch
14:00 Session 8
• The Globalization Project

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Registration Fee:
The attendance fee is as follows:

EMMA Members, whose membership is paid for 2008:
Euro 150 per delegate.

Euro 495 per delegate or 990 per company (several delegates from the same company may attend).

The attendance fee includes access to all sessions, soft drinks during the sessions, coffee breaks, plus: Organized visits mentioned in the program and Gala Dinner; lunch on Days 2 and 3; and copies of the presentations in electronic format distributed after the conference.

Registration Form:
Please fill the attached registration form and e-mail it to the EMMA Secretariat, as soon as possible to enable us run logistics smoothly.

Hotel Reservations:
You will receive information about hotel accommodation together with the confirmation of your registration to the Conference. The EMMA special rate for this event in Deluxe rooms at the Marriott Warsaw Hotel is PLN 400 (€ 119) for Single occupancy (PLN 440 for double occupancy), inclusive of breakfast, exclusive of service and VAT. Hotel Reservation Form.

Cancellation Policy
In case of impediment to attend after registration, you may be replaced by another member of your company without penalty.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat up to September 7 will result in a charge of Euro 25 per person.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat on or after September 8 , and no-show, will give no right to refund, as EMMA is liable to the hotel for the number of delegates confirmed three weeks before the event.


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

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Zetron’s VoIP 9-1-1 Call-Taking Offers High Availability and More Options at a Lower Cost

The new Zetron Series 3300 VoIP Call-Taking System recently installed for Washington County 9-1-1 is providing them with a system that includes more options than other systems they considered, at a fraction of the cost. Designed for high availability, the system can also adapt easily as public safety technologies and standards evolve.

Redmond, Washington, U.S.A. August 8, 2008: The 9-1-1 center in Washington County, Pennsylvania, recently completed its installation of Zetron’s Series 3300 VoIP Call-Taking System. The project was a collaborative effort that included representatives from Washington County, Zetron, and Zetron reseller, Interstate Communications and Electronics. The new system is providing Washington County with the highly available, easy-to-use system that includes more options than other systems they considered, at a fraction of the cost. And it can adapt easily as public-safety technologies and standards evolve.

Like Zetron’s Series 3200, the Series 3300 uses the Integrator Suite Windows applications. But it can cut costs by broadening IP connectivity to remote sites or an interconnected network of PSAPs. It also includes several highly redundant features that help support 9-1-1 call taking even if IP connections are interrupted.

Zetron technical support engineer, John Scott, explains: “If power is lost to one power supply, the redundant supplies will fully power the system,” he says. “The hardware phones at each position provide redundancy to the CTI in case of a PC failure. The system is designed so that even if the IP connections go down, the center will be able to answer 9-1-1 calls.”

“The system is fantastic,” says Washington County 9-1-1 Operations Manager, Greg Clark. “It’s user friendly and easy to navigate. And because it’s modular, updates are as easy as ‘plug-and-play’; it can grow along with us at no extra cost. Compared to other systems, the Series 3300 is more tailored to our needs, offers more options, and is still less expensive.

About Interstate Communications and Electronics
Based in Beaver, Pennsylvania, Interstate Communications and Electronics sells, services, and installs two-way communications systems, industrial CCTV systems, and SCADA and electronic control systems. Their clients include public safety and municipal agencies, as well as health care, educational, and manufacturing companies. For more information, call (724) 728-8440. Or visit:

About Zetron
Zetron is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions for public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and business. With offices in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.; Basingstoke, England, U.K.; Brisbane, Australia; and numerous field locations; Zetron supports a worldwide network of authorized resellers and distributors. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation. For more information, contact the Zetron Sales
Department at (425) 820-6363. Or visit:

Source: Zetron

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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.

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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.

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From: Rex Lee
Subject: FW: Rex/Houdinisoft Making Industry News-RCR and other wirers-Green Application
Date: August 18, 2008 9:43:07 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye


Check it out, we made RCR, Houdinisoft is doing great- this has been a lot of fun. We are going to do over 75,000 flashes this month and are trending to average over 100,000 flashes a month the rest of the year. It is great being recognized as a Green application at the same time. As an old surfer and conservationist this means a lot that I can blend some values into my work:

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And recycling is good business. Houdinisoft Inc. allows customers to keep their phones and bring them to a new carrier, helping to recycle devices directly back into the marketplace. Houdinisoft drives MetroPCS Communications Inc.’s new MetroFlash application, which allows customers to bring in a handset from a different carrier and activate it on MetroPCS’ network at the point of sale. Rex Lee, VP of business development and general manager, said this service is about as green as you can get.

“With recycling phones, people thrown them in bins and they get sifted through and thrown away,” Lee said. “These are recycled back into the marketplace immediately; they’re not going through multiple channels.”

Take Care Brad and have a great week,

Rex M. Lee
GM/VP Business Development
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San Antonio, TX 78232
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Anyone interested in the topic of software-defined radio (SDR) should read this excellent article:

SDR Transforms Amateur Radio

Software is changing the way hams operate, catapulting a classic hobby into the 21st century.

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Newsletter Editor


Brad Dye, Editor
The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
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Springfield, IL 62791 USA

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