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FRIDAY - JULY 25, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 321

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I continue to be sorry about all the negative news concerning Motorola's slipping position in worldwide cellphone sales. There has been a lot of bad press about their public safety radio systems this week as well.


Tongue-in-cheek is a term used to refer to humour in which a statement, or an entire fictional work, is not meant to be taken seriously, but its lack of seriousness is subtle. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "Ironic, slyly humorous; not meant to be taken seriously." [source]

Fourteen Reasons Why Motorola Should Hire Me To Manage Their Mobile Phone Business:

  • I would not be an "outsider."
  • I would be the only senior manager who didn't already have all the answers.
  • I would listen to the advice of the long-term Motorola veterans who made the company successful.
  • I already live in Illinois.
  • I would work for a little less than the 10 to 15 million dollars per year that they pay their other CEOs.
  • They wouldn't have to pay my country club dues, since I don't play golf.
  • They wouldn't have to pay for my trips to the Harvard class reunions, because . . . well you know.
  • A chauffeur-driven limousine wouldn't be necessary; I can drive my own pickup truck.
  • There are two types of consultants, those who don't know and those who know they don't know. I am one of the latter.
  • I have an Apple iPod and I love it.
  • I think the Apple iPhone is greatest thing since . . . well, the electric light bulb.
  • I am smarter than ex-CEO Ed Zander who said: "Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs? People are going to want devices that do more than just play music, something that can be seen in many other countries with more advanced mobile phone networks and savvy users." [source] (FYI, the new Apple iPhone 3G sold more than one million units in its first three days on the market—and that was over a weekend!) [source]
  • I don't know much about the financial management side of the business, but to quote a former mentor of mine: "You can borrow brains, but you cannot borrow character" so I would get lots of good advice.
  • I would make sure that the whole company returned to following the principles of the founder; as outlined in "Total Customer Satisfaction. and to the Six Sigma Quality System."

Motorola has made such major contributions to the world of wireless communication over the last 75 years, that it is difficult to even describe them. Motorola has always stood firmly for the most important business principles: honesty, respect for people, total customer satisfaction, and integrity without compromise. I wholeheartedly supported their policies when I was an employee and continue to do so today.

Further reading: "Motorola's Seven Deadly Sins." (A Wall Street Journal article from 2001.)

Please check out Sun Telecom's new ad about their ReFLEX Telemetry Module, and then call them and say you saw their ad in The Wireless Messaging Newsletter. By the way, several advertisers have told me that they are very pleased at the customer response they get from their ads. I have heard several interesting stories about "deals" that were put together through this newsletter.

WiPath Communications has updated and renewed their ad for another six months. Companies like these make this newsletter possible — through their continued support.

Check out the GTES GL3000 Product Bulletin in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section.

Hector Ruiz is in the news again this week. He was my boss's boss when I worked in Motorola's Paging Group. His is another wonderful story of what can be accomplished by just about anyone with the determination and ability in the United States. It makes me proud to be an American. Even so, he made some bad decisions while running Motorola Paging (in my opinion).

Dr. Héctor de Jesús Ruiz (born December 25, 1945) is the executive chairman and former CEO of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). Ruiz was born in the border town of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. As a teenager, he walked across the United States-Mexico border every day to attend a high school in nearby Eagle Pass, Texas, from which he graduated as valedictorian just three years after beginning to learn English. Ruiz earned a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and 1970 respectively and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1973. He worked at Texas Instruments for six years and Motorola for 22 years, rising to become president of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector before being recruited in 2000 by AMD founder Jerry Sanders to serve as AMD's president and chief operating officer, and to become heir apparent to lead the company upon Sanders' retirement. Ruiz succeeded Sanders in the CEO's seat in 2002, and was named chairman of the board in 2004. At the 2004 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ruiz announced AMD's 50x15, intended to bring affordable computing and Internet access to 50 percent of the world's population by the year 2015. Ruiz currently is on the Eastman Kodak Company Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Ruiz oversaw some of AMD's best financial quarters, but also endorsed the decision to buy ATI, which led to a period of financial reverses. Ruiz survived rumors of his ouster in late 2007. However, he resigned as CEO on July 18, 2008, after AMD reported its seventh consecutive quarterly loss.
Source: Wikipedia

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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South Korean prosecutors appeal verdict against Samsung ex-chief

The Associated Press
Published: July 18, 2008

SEOUL, South Korea: South Korean prosecutors said Friday they have appealed a court's decision to acquit ex-Samsung boss Lee Kun-hee on breach of trust charges and spare him from prison for a tax evasion conviction.

Lee, one of the country's richest men and a prominent corporate figure, was convicted earlier this week for not paying about 47 billion won (US$46 million) in taxes and ordered to pay a fine of 110 billion won (US$109 million).

However, the Seoul Central District Court declined to sentence him to prison — keeping with recent leniency by judges in high-profile cases against business leaders — saying his crimes were not serious enough to warrant putting Lee behind bars.

The court also said there was not enough evidence to convict Lee for breach of trust charges, which stemmed from allegations of dubious financial transactions to transfer corporate control to his son.

The office of special prosecutor Cho Joon-woong said it had filed the appeal Thursday.

The court will forward the appeal to a higher court as early as this month, said spokesman Ma Yong-ju.

Lee also has the right to appeal but has not yet done so.

The 66-year-old who led Samsung as it grew to one of South Korea's most prominent global brands stepped down in April after his indictment, ending two decades at the company's helm.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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Nighthawk Systems, Inc. WiPath Communications
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After Mixed Signals, $10 Billion Motorola Trade Secrets Dispute Settled

Alana Roberts and Catherine Wilson
Daily Business Review

July 23, 2008

After a false start, a settlement was reached Tuesday in the $10 billion trade secrets dispute in Florida between Motorola and a defunct Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company.

The confidential agreement was reached hours after an earlier hearing to discuss a settlement was canceled because both sides hadn't come to terms, despite telling the judge they had.

Prominent litigator Willie Gary, representing the plaintiff, SPS Technologies, told the judge, "It's settled as far as we're concerned."

But Motorola wasn't as firm.

"We're still working out the written details," said company attorney Faith Gay. "We're not done yet."

Broward Circuit Judge Jeffery Streitfeld wasn't happy with the equivocation.

"This is not appropriate," the judge pronounced before abruptly declaring a recess.

Streitfeld convened a second hearing about 2 1/2 hours later after being told by both sides again that they had reached agreement.

Asked by the bailiff if everyone was ready to return to court, SPS attorney Manny Socias told him, "We've signed everything, and it was their document."

The attorneys refused comment on the contents.

Gay, a Quinn Emanuel partner in New York, would not say if a Securities and Exchange Commission filing is needed to notify shareholders of the settlement. SEC filings are required when publicly traded companies make significant financial decisions.

Motorola spokeswoman Paula Thornton Greear said the $37 billion company based in Schaumburg, Ill., "is pleased that the case has been settled" and offered no details.

Streitfeld had a jury pool of 50 ready to show up Tuesday for a retrial that was set to begin next Monday.

The judge offered his congratulations and borrowed a phrase from the movie "Evan Almighty" to call the agreement an "act of random kindness."

Gary's partner, C.K. Hoffler of Gary Williams Finney Lewis Watson & Sperando in Stuart, Fla., made the formal settlement announcement to the judge.

SPS alleged Motorola stole its idea for a satellite vehicle tracking device. The 2002 lawsuit has been a costly one in court for Motorola, which has been sanctioned twice for improper conduct.

A two-month trial ended in a deadlocked jury in 2006. Motorola was sanctioned for $23 million last year for willfully violating a court order following the trial and appealed the sanctions to Florida's 4th District Court of Appeal.

Streitfeld ruled in June that Motorola's repeated attempts to stay proceedings in the case pending appeal were "frivolous and filed in bad faith." No dollar amount was set.

Gary, who is normally talkative about his cases, said he couldn't talk about the settlement because "it's so confidential."

Asked if he would be having champagne in the evening, he said with a grin, "Yup. That I can tell you."


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Update: Willie Gary case against Motorola

by Walter Olson
July 24th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Per AmLaw Daily, his trade secrets case against Motorola, on behalf of a now-defunct client named SPS Technologies, has settled for a sum far short of the $10 billion he sought. The case made headlines when a judge granted the Florida-based plaintiff’s potentate $23 million in sanctions against his opposite number, the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, though Gary had asked for $200 million in all. Reports AmLaw Daily:

The rising cost of fuel also has forced Gary to lease out his private jet — an aircraft appropriately named the “Wings of Justice II,” which includes an 18-karat gold sink and $1.2 million sound system — for $150,000 a month.

In late July, Gary told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that fuel for the 32-passenger Boeing 737 costs $250,000 a month. A routine roundtrip flight to a city like Atlanta can run $35,000.

Source: OverLawyered

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U.S. Bank Offers Customers Mobile Access to Bank Accounts

Last update: 10:52 a.m. EDT July 17, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Millions of U.S. Bank consumer and small business customers who access their bank accounts via the Internet will have even greater flexibility as U.S. Bank now offers Mobile Banking to all U.S. Bank Internet Banking users.

Banking via a mobile device, customers will be able to check balances, obtain transaction history, transfer money and find a U.S. Bank branch or ATM near them. The new features complement existing email and paging options that alert customers to low balance thresholds and deposits or withdrawals above key dollar amounts that are set by the user. Future enhancements to these core functions will include the ability to pay bills via U.S. Bank Internet Bill Pay and the introduction of text message based alerts and services.

"U.S. Bank is committed to finding new ways to make our customers lives more convenient, so we are pleased to offer mobile banking to all Internet Banking customers with no additional enrollment required. By offering a web-based solution built on open standards, we hope to bring this new level of convenience to as many customers as possible," said Mac McCullough, executive vice president and head of U.S. Bancorp's Enterprise Revenue Office.

Approximately 220 million Americans currently subscribe to wireless services, and the vast majority of current mobile devices have web browser and text message capabilities making the target market vast and deep. Teens, university students, recent graduates and frequent business travelers place significant value on the convenience and overall customer experience provided by mobile devices.

U.S. Bank Mobile Banking is available with any major mobile phone carrier, as long as the customer has access to the Internet. The custom U.S. Bank mobile banking page at makes it very easy for customers to navigate through core banking functions or quickly contact U.S. Bank's 24 hour banking center by phone or email.

U.S. Bancorp, with $247 billion in assets, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 6th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 2,542 banking offices and 4,895 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at

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AMD's Ruiz replaced as CEO after poor quarter


By Pete Carey
Mercury News
Article Launched: 07/18/2008 01:31:48 AM PDT

hector ruiz After posting a quarterly loss of $1.19 billion, Advanced Micro Devices switched chief executives Thursday, pushing CEO Hector Ruiz into the boardroom and replacing him with second-in-command Dirk Meyer.

The company cast the move as the product of a two-year succession plan. Its shares closed up 4.7 percent at $5.30, but were down 7 percent in after-hours trading. AMD's shares are down from $16.19 a share a year ago.

AMD noted in a news release that Meyer, 46, a 12-year veteran of the company, is associated with the development of the company's highly successful series of Athlon chips.

Those microprocessors gave the industry leader, Intel, a run for its money. But lately AMD has been stumbling, with technical glitches delaying the introduction of a new quad-core chip as it bleeds money from an acquisition gone wrong and stiff competition in the server chip arena.

Its problems continued Thursday, as the company also reported earnings. The second-quarter net loss expanded to $1.19 billion, or $1.96 a share, from $600 million, or $1.09 a share, a year earlier, the Sunnyvale company said. Sales climbed 3.1 percent to $1.35 billion, missing analysts' estimates.

AMD has reported seven consecutive net losses.

Ruiz, who joined AMD in 2000 from Motorola, took the blame for AMD's troubles. When the Opteron was delayed last year, Ruiz told financial analysts that "we blew it" and promised it wouldn't happen again. The Opteron platform is now shipping in "all major areas," AMD said Thursday.

AMD paid $5.6 billion to acquire ATI Technologies, a graphics-chip maker, in 2006. AMD says the acquisition is now worth half that amount.

The 62-year-old Ruiz has been named executive chairman of AMD. He is already chairman of the company, and will retain that post, the company said.

Taking over as chief executive will be Meyer, moving up from his current posts of president and chief operating officer.

From 2001 to 2006, Meyer led the company's microprocessor business.

Ruiz joined AMD as president and chief operating officer and later became chief executive and chairman.

Before joining AMD, Ruiz was president of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector. He was born on Christmas Day 1945 in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Naturalized in 1977, Ruiz is recognized as one of the leading Latinos in high technology.

Meyer started as an engineer and made a mark with AMD's first Athlon processor, the first such processor to achieve a speed of 1GHz. He was appointed president and COO in 2006 and elected to AMD's board of directors last year.

"I am placing the company in excellent hands," Ruiz said.


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Nokia-Qualcomm Truce: Bad News For Motorola

Om Malik, Friday, July 25, 2008 at 1:00 AM PT

Nokia and Qualcomm buried the hatchet this week, deciding to settle matters out of court and become friends. While the details of the settlement aren't clear, The Wall Street Journal reports that as a result of this settlement, Nokia will pay less to Qualcomm. The deal ensures that Qualcomm continues to get money in the 4G era regardless of WiMAX and LTE technologies.

The deal also paves the way for Nokia to aggressively chase the U.S. CDMA opportunities. The company has been desperately trying to get a toehold in the U.S., but has failed to get carriers to cozy up to its handsets. AT&T will introduce five Nokia phones this year, but it is with the CDMA that Nokia can have an impact.

In order to get going, Nokia has been willing to make concessions to meet the needs of carriers. Verizon recently launched Nokia 6205. Thanks to the truce, it is not impossible to imagine Nokia phones with Qualcomm’s Brew OS.

Nokia, according to some of my sources, feels that a feeble Motorola is ready to be knocked over from its strong position with two CDMA carriers, Sprint and Verizon. Analysts estimate that Motorola sales are going to suffer mostly because the company doesn't have the handsets to match the onslaught from Apple, RIM, Samsung, LG and even Nokia. And the fact that Motorola is spinning out its handset business . . . even carriers are starting to wonder if they can count on the beleaguered mobile phone maker. Nokia wants to step into the breach and become a bigger player in the U.S. Nokia’s current share of the U.S. mobile market is about 6 percent.

Source: Gigaom

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OSU moves ahead with emergency alert system

Thursday, July 17, 2008 11:38 PM PDT

By Kyle Odegard, Gazette-Times reporter

The Oregon University System announced Thursday that it has selected a communications system to quickly phone, e-mail and text message students and employees at Oregon State University and other campuses in the case of an emergency.

The move is a response to campus shootings, most notably the April 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech.

Eastern Oregon University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University and Portland Community College have partnered in the system.

OSU plans to launch the system and collect information in September, said Jon Dolan, OSU assistant director of network services.

Students and faculty will be automatically entered via their university e-mail, and will have the option to add up to six cell phone numbers and two e-mail addresses through that account. The information will be provided to students at orientations.

“We really think this is going to provide us the ability to provide timely information through multiple avenues to our whole student body,” Dolan said. “In an emergency, you can’t rely on one means of communicating with students. You need to have everything at your disposal.”

“We’ve gone with an established company that has an established track record and can deliver on what they are promising,” said Todd Simmons, OSU assistant vice president for advancement.

The participating universities will pay Blackboard Inc. $70,000 a year for its Connect-ED communication system. OSU’s portion of that is nearly $44,300 annually.

“That whole process is something that emanated from OSU,” Simmons said. “We recognized early on this is a need we all share.”

Simmons said the school had been looking for ways to improve emergency communications even before the Virginia Tech shootings.

“The main focus is to provide as much safety and security for students on campus as possible,” said Di Saunders, director of communications for the Oregon University System.

“Proactive and real-time communications are critical before, during and after an emergency situation,” said OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner.

Any Oregon institution of higher learning can join the contract, and several community colleges are interested, said George Marlton, director of purchasing and contract services for the OUS. Corbin College and George Fox University also have expressed interest.

The contract also leaves opportunities for K-12 districts and municipalities to join. “This really provided a unique opportunity that we could procure something that could be used consistently throughout Oregon,” Marlton said.

Western Oregon University and Portland State University have chosen a different provider for emergency communications, and the University of Oregon is seeking to partner with the city of Eugene on such a system, he said.

Source: Gazette-Times

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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.

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Motorola closes Waseca facility

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:02 pm

Staff Writer
Waseca County News

WASECA — It’s not known exactly how many, but a significant number of employees at Waseca’s Motorola manufacturing plant were let go earlier this month.

Motorola released a statement Wednesday confirming that “approximately 57 employees” in Waseca and Burnsville were let go as part of a “$500 million cost-reduction initiative.”

Paula Thornton Greear, a spokesperson for Motorola, said that she could not confirm exactly how many of the affected employees worked at the Waseca facility.

Mark Leiferman, Waseca’s Community Development Director, said that he had heard that a number of employees had been let go around the 4th of July weekend. He added the facility, located in the E.F. Johnson Building, employed around 45 people.

According to Motorola’s statement, the company plans to discontinue new hardware and software feature development for its proprietary Expedience product line. Expedience products include access points or cell sites equipment, customer premises equipment and data cards that plug into laptop computers.

“Motorola very much appreciates the contributions of the affected employees to Motorola’s past successes and regrets the need to take such actions,” the statement reads.

Thornton Greear said Motorola will continue to provide software and hardware support for the Expedience product line into the foreseeable future.

Calls to Waseca’s Motorola facility were automatically transferred to a Burnsville office Wednesday. Requests for comment left at the Burnsville office were not immediately returned.

Source: Waseca County News

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Sprint Nextel sells cell towers to reduce debt

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Sprint Nextel is selling more than 3,000 cell phone towers in a deal that will bring in $670 million in cash for the beleaguered wireless operator.

Sprint Nextel announced Wednesday that it plans to sell most of its cell phone towers to TowerCo. Sprint will then lease access to the towers to run its cellular phone network as well as build the new 4G WiMax network it's working on as part of the new Clearwire venture.

Sprint didn't disclose the specific number of towers it will sell and the final purchase price won't be determined until the deal closes in about 90 days.

The cash Sprint gets from the sale of these towers will likely go toward paying down the company's $24 billion debt. But even at a price tag of $670 million, this is still a drop in the bucket. The sale does signify, however, Sprint's willingness to shed non-strategic assets in an effort to get back on its feet, said Chris King, a principal analyst with Stifel Nicolaus.

King said the sale of the cell phone towers is not unusual. Over the past five years, most of the big wireless operators, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless, have sold their cell phone towers to companies, such as American Tower, Crown Castle International, and TowerCo., which specialize in cell phone tower management. These companies typically allow different carriers to lease access to the same tower, especially in densely populated areas where it's difficult to build new towers.

"This is a pretty standard industry-wide practice," he said. "From a service provider standpoint, it doesn't make sense for wireless operators to own these assets. It's really more of a real estate holding."

Sprint, the third largest cell phone operator in the U.S., has been losing customers at an alarming rate over the past several quarters. Under the leadership of its new CEO Dan Hesse, the company has focused on improving its core cellular business. Earlier this year it sold off its WiMax business unit to Clearwire, and it launched an aggressive marketing campaign to help reshape its public image. The company has also introduced new devices, such as the Samsung Instinct, in an effort to win new subscribers.

While these efforts are all positive steps, it will take a long time to see any tangible benefits. That said, King said he expects Sprint to report fewer subscriber losses for the second quarter than it did for the first quarter.

In the meantime, Sprint is getting its house in order. Some experts have speculated that the company is looking to sell its Nextel business unit, which was acquired in 2005. The Nextel network, which uses a different technology than what is used on Sprint's original wireless network, has been the source of much of the company's troubles over the past several quarters.

But King emphasized that the sale of the cell phone towers is likely not a precursor to selling off Nextel .

"I don' think the sale of the cell towers really changes the dynamic of a potential Nextel spin-off," he said. "It's likely the radios used for Sprint's CDMA network and Nextel's iDEN network are collocated on the same towers, so it just means that whoever might buy the Nextel business would have to negotiate with TowerCo., rather than with Sprint."

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Michael Barkoviak - July 20, 2008 2:52 PM

Research in Motion recently outlined its plans on how to better launch BlackBerry smartphones on the international market

Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry, plans to develop new phone models and software so it can be more competitive in the global marketplace.

"We're not short of opportunity," said RIM CEO Jim Balsillie. "We're in a prime, prime position that I think we've navigated ourselves to and earned."

While RIM dominates the corporate workplace, it has transitioned to add a digital camera, video recorder, and other more consumer centric features into some of its latest handsets. Its stronger emphasis has led to 40 percent of customers now either regular consumers or small and medium businesses, RIM said.

Already available in 140 nations, RIM plans to put a stronger emphasis on Russia, China, Latin America and Southeast Asia, but did not mention how it will do this.

Even though RIM has successfully expanded across North America and the rest of the world, financial analysts are worried RIM will not be able to sustain the growth, especially due to the weakening economy in the United States. RIM recently posted a profit outlook that was good for most companies, but did not meet analyst expectations.

It marked the first time in several quarters RIM did not meet analyst expectations, and now analysts have downgraded their forecast for RIM in the next quarter. Gartner estimates RIM has 42 percent control of the U.S. smartphone market, with Apple trailing with 20 percent, and other makers combining to take up the remaining 38 percent of the market.

Although RIM and Apple are locked in an intense battle as the companies pit their BlackBerry Bold 9000 and iPhone 3G against one another. In the future, RIM will continue to launch and promote its BlackBerry Bold as a possible iPhone killer.

It wasn't long ago that third-party companies making programs for cell phones steered clear of RIM's BlackBerry lines dude to their place as a corporate workhorse, but as more end users begin to use phones such as the Curve 8330, companies have stepped in to help add third-party applications. For example, Zumboi had a partnership with Microsoft to offer its widget application for the Windows Mobile platform only, but has recently branched out and started service for BlackBerry Pearl and Curve owners.

Also, there are more third-party BlackBerry applications available for owners to purchase online, when just a few years ago users had to search hard for similar programs for their phones.

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Posted on Thu, Jul. 24, 2008


The "system we have and what happened is unacceptable," Everett Gillison (center) said yesterday.

It was always a matter of when, not if.

The city's $62 million Motorola radio system had the kind of spectacular crash on Tuesday night that critics have warned about for years.

The main system and three backup systems went down for almost an hour when dozens of cops tried to get on the air at the same time and respond to an assist call from Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who was at the scene of a wild North Philly brawl.

Yesterday, Ramsey and other city officials uttered the words opponents of the 800-megahertz digital system have longed to hear.

"Two minutes of down time is not acceptable. Motorola's got to fix it, period," Ramsey said at a news conference. "There's no point in having a backup if the backup doesn't work. We're just very fortunate we didn't have anything bad happen."

Everett Gillison, the city's deputy mayor for public safety, said the incident proved the need for a new emergency communications system.

"What is painfully obvious is that the system we have and what happened is unacceptable. It is something we intend not to happen again," Gillison said. "Motorola has a very short period of time to make it right."

The trouble started at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday, when Ramsey radioed for an assist after he and his driver came upon two drunks fighting outside a bar on Cumberland and Cleveland streets.

Dozens of cops tried to get on the air and respond to the call, causing a computerized controller and an electronic card to fritz out at a communications tower on Domino Lane in Roxborough, said Chief Inspector Michael Feeney.

The same tower was struck by lightning on Monday, causing a brief crash.

"It just took the whole system down. That's the first time the backup systems have gone down, too," said Feeney, who heads the police department's Information Technology and Communication Services Bureau.

The 9-1-1 system was unaffected, so people were still able to call in with emergencies.

But cops on the streets had to pair up in patrol cars and rely on a fourth backup system that allowed them to communicate on just three of the 25 police frequencies that are normally available, Ramsey said.

Officers will continue to ride around two-to-a-car throughout their shifts until further notice, Ramsey said.

"The system is stable now," Feeney said. "But nobody from Motorola is leaving here until we get some straight answers."

The tough talk from Ramsey, Feeney and Gillison yesterday signified a remarkable shift in the city's attitude toward Motorola's system, which has been plagued with reliability problems since the city began using it in 2002.

The city stood by Motorola when firefighter Leon Phipps was trapped in a West Philly rowhouse blaze in April 2004 and couldn't get help because the emergency button on his radio didn't work.

Phipps, who suffered career-ending injuries in the fire, later received a settlement from Motorola.

The city continued to stick with Motorola even when Fire Capt. John Taylor and firefighter Rey Rubio died in a Port Richmond fire in August 2004, after Taylor's radio malfunctioned when he tried to get help. Taylor and Rubio's families have filed suit against Motorola.

In April, the Daily News detailed 14 malfunctions and crashes the radio system had experienced since 2005, the same year the city claimed to have worked out most of the system's bugs.

But Frank Punzo, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Property, told the Daily News at the time that the city didn't have enough money to buy a new radio system from a different company.

Instead, the city was looking at giving Motorola a $13 million contract to upgrade the current system. Officials said yesterday the upgrade would now cost an estimated $30 million.

"We would be better off going to a department store and buying our guys little walkie-talkies," said FOP president John McNesby.

Councilman Frank Rizzo, who co-sponsored hearings on the system in 2004, said he will call for more hearings in September.

"The Daily News stories have been very helpful in detailing some of the issues we have with a radio system that can walk, but can't run," Rizzo said.

"What good is a public-safety system if it fails when you push it to the max?"

Source: Philadelphia Daily News

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July 17, 2008
Fire, EMS voice pagers to replace current technology

By Jennifer Larsen
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spacer The push is on for fire departments and emergency services in eastern Adams County to switch to a voice paging system after the 17-year-old system was deemed too costly on July 3.

spacer According to Under-sheriff John Hunt, agencies have had issues with the system for some time, with intermittent service becoming more prominent.

spacer The last incident started on June 30 when the system went down and a part was ordered. The defunct part was 16 years old, but original life expectancy was only 10 years.

spacer The part arrived on July 3. After working on the system for more than seven hours and not being any closer to getting it operational, the decision was made to forego the process. By that time, more money was being spent on the repair than what the part cost.

spacer Hunt said the fire departments were given the option to pay for Day Wireless to continue the repairs. The districts agreed the system was beyond repair and have started to order voice pagers.

spacer In order to replace the system, which was run from a 386/486 computer, it would cost almost $200,000. Instead, the sheriff’s office hired Day Wireless to reprogram the console in dispatch to make it compatible with voice pagers for about $2,000.

spacer The sheriff’s office is recommending a pager that has two frequencies – one for paging only and the other for communications.

spacer “We decided to tighten our belts and order pagers,” Hunt said. The pagers run about $400 each, he added. He expects delivery within a week.

spacer Hunt explained that dispatch is sending dual pages for the fire department and ambulance crews, explaining that voice pages can be heard on portable scanners.

spacer For now, Washtucna EMTs are using spare voice pagers on loan from East Adams Rural Hospital. Dispatch will continue to voice page and call the Washtucna fire chief’s cell phone for fire.

spacer Lind EMTs are carrying voice pagers, according to Jason Sanger of the Lind EMTs Association.

spacer As of press time, dispatch was calling the Town of Lind fire chief or ACFPD No. 2 fire chief via cell phone when crews were needed.

spacer “We knew this was coming. We had a meeting about a year ago. We knew something was going to have to happen,” said ACFPD No. 2 Chief Don Klemmer.

spacer Ritzville ambulance crews are using voice pagers but continue to carry the previous pagers. The Ritzville Volunteer Fire Department/Adams County Fire Protection District No. 1 crew has started to carry voice pagers. Dispatch is voice paging for fire as well as hitting the button for the fire alarm.

spacer Hunt said that sometimes a page would take upward of minutes (instead of seconds) from the time dispatch sent the call and emergency crews received the page because of how the system functioned.

spacer He explained that when a page was sent, it would go through all the tower sites/repeaters, no matter where the page was going.

spacer The new voice pagers allow for real-time use. When a call is received, dispatch chooses what repeater to transmit the emergency, which cuts seconds off of call time.

spacer For emergency responders, the voice pagers have a playback feature. Unlike the old pagers that only have the ability of short text messages, voice pagers record a short message of type of emergency, location, directions, etc.

spacer Last year, the sheriff’s office informed emergency responders that upgrading the system was necessary.

Source: RitzvilleJournal

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July 21, 2008

While many innovative LBS (Location Based Services) applications such as friend finders and location-based search will be launched by carriers in the next few years, personal navigation will remain the most important LBS category providing high value and clear benefits to end users.

But according to ABI Research principal analyst Dominique Bonte, "Enterprise LBS applications for asset and vehicle tracking and work force management will become an important revenue generator for carriers in the future as companies will increasingly deploy mobile solutions to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve customer service. As the reliability and performance of mobile enterprise solutions improves and the concerns about maintenance costs, data protection and integrity are addressed, corporations will increasingly adopt mobile solutions and LBS applications in their daily activities."

An important opportunity exists for providers of location-based platforms such as Mobile Location Centers (MLCs). Ericsson, Telecommunications Systems (TCS) and Nokia Siemens Networks will be able to grow their LBS infrastructure business lines as carriers globally deploy LBS solutions.

The US has been the leading region for LBS deployments by carriers due to the E911 emergency calling regulation which has resulted in the ubiquitous availability of GPS-based CDMA handsets, but it is expected that Europe and Asia-Pacific will catch up as GSM handsets with built-in GPS receivers become widely available.

Carriers may not be the only players to benefit from this trend, as independent application and software providers are starting to offer carrier-independent LBS solutions, potentially relegating carriers to a role as mere bandwidth providers. Carriers will need to offer cross-network interoperability and open up their networks, says Bonte, in order to address this threat.

ABI Research's recently updated Location Aware Services Market Data product provides detailed forecasts for LBS subscribers, LBS revenues and MLC licensing revenues as well as listings of publicly announced commercial LBS deployments by wireless carriers, as well as MLC deployments by platform vendors.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

   Vol. 11, No. 29 July 23, 2008   

Martin Announces Tentative Agenda For August 1 Open Meeting

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has circulated the following items for consideration by his fellow FCC Commissioners as part of the tentative agenda for next month’s open meeting scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2008.

Last April, Martin announced that he would designate topics for open meetings three weeks in advance, but such announcements do not affect the one-week “Sunshine period” or lobbying prohibition prior to the meeting. The topics Martin has announced for the August 1 meeting are:

  • Comcast: A Memorandum Opinion & Order that addresses Comcast’s network management practices.
  • Regulatory Fees: A Report & Order concerning regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2008 and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on regulatory fee issues.
  • Verizon Wireless/RCC: A Memorandum Opinion & Order and Declaratory Ruling considering the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations from Rural Cellular Corporation to Verizon Wireless.

The formal Sunshine Agenda is expected to be released Friday, July 25.

On July 30, the FCC will hold a public En Banc hearing in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Public Safety Interoperable Communications and the 700 MHz D- Block Proceeding.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

Telecom Carriers Must Develop “Red Flags Rules” Program By November 1

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the federal bank regulatory agencies, and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) have issued regulations (known as the “Red Flags Rules”) requiring financial institutions and creditors, including telecommunications companies, to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs, as part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act of 2003. The programs must be in place by November 1, 2008, and must provide for the identification, detection, and response to patterns, practices, or specific activities – known as “red flags” – that could indicate identity theft.

The Red Flags Rules apply to “financial institutions” and “creditors” with “covered accounts.” Under the Rules, creditors include utility and telecommunications companies. Covered accounts include utility and cell phone accounts, among other things.

Under the Red Flags Rules, financial institutions and creditors must develop a written program (i.e., manual) that identifies and detects the relevant warning signs – or “red flags” – of identity theft. These may include, for example, unusual account activity, fraud alerts on a consumer report, or attempted use of suspicious account application documents. The program must also describe appropriate responses that would prevent and mitigate the crime and detail a plan to update the program. The program must be managed by the Board of Directors or senior employees of the financial institution or creditor, include appropriate staff training, and provide for oversight of any service providers.

The Red Flags Rules provide all financial institutions and creditors the opportunity to design and implement a program that is appropriate to their size and complexity, as well as the nature of their operations. Guidelines issued by the FTC, the federal banking agencies, and the NCUA should be helpful in assisting covered entities in designing their programs.

A supplement to the Guidelines identifies 26 possible red flags. These red flags are not a checklist, but rather, are examples that financial institutions and creditors may want to use as a starting point.

They fall into five categories:

  • alerts, notifications, or warnings from a consumer reporting agency;
  • suspicious documents;
  • suspicious personally identifying information, such as a suspicious address;
  • unusual use of – or suspicious activity relating to — a covered account; and
  • notices from customers, victims of identity theft, law enforcement authorities, or other businesses about possible identity theft in connection with covered accounts.

More detailed compliance guidance on the Red Flags Rules will be forthcoming. Clients with any questions about the red flag rules or the manual requirements should contact the firm.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, John Prendergast, and Mary Sisak.


FCC ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT TO PARTICPATE IN DOD’s OPERATION WARFIGHTER PROGRAM: The FCC has announced its commitment to participate in the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) Operation Warfighter Program, a temporary assignment/internship program for Armed Service members who are undergoing rehabilitation therapy at military treatment facilities in the United States. Through the program, military service men and women will be working between 15 and 30 hours per week for two to three months at the FCC. DOD developed Operation Warfighter to assist wounded soldiers with their rehabilitation. The goal of the program is to place the wounded warriors in supportive work settings outside of the hospital/treatment center that positively impacts their recuperation process. The program provides participants with meaningful activity outside of the hospital environment that assists in their wellness and offers a formal means of transition back to the military or civilian workforce. Since 2006, 235 successful placements have been made through the 80 participating federal agencies. The soldiers receive compensation from DOD.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.

3rd CIRCUIT REPEALS CBS’ JANET JACKSON WARDROBE MALFUNCTION FINE: The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia vacated the FCC’s $550,000 indecency fine against CBS for the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show highlighted by pop singer Janet Jackson’s breast-baring “wardrobe malfunction.” The Court found that the FCC orders imposing monetary penalties on CBS for broadcasting indecent material during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 had to be vacated because: 1) the FCC's application of a new policy concerning penalties for fleeting broadcasts of indecent material, which went into effect one month after the broadcast, would raise due-process concerns; 2) the FCC acted arbitrarily and capriciously when, without notice, it changed its policy on the types of "fleeting or isolated" broadcast material that could result in the imposition of monetary sanctions to distinguish between fleeting words and fleeting images; and 3) respondent superior liability did not apply because the halftime show performers, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, were independent contractors and not employees of CBS; as well as several other technical points. Interestingly, the Court found that the FCC deviated from its nearly 30-year practice of fining indecent broadcast programming only when it was so "pervasive as to amount to 'shock treatment' for the audience." The court went on to state that “the FCC may change its policies without judicial second-guessing, but it cannot change a well-established course of action without supplying notice of and a reasoned explanation for its policy departure." Further, the 3rd Circuit said the agency’s actions will be set aside as “arbitrary and capricious” if the agency failed to provide a “reasoned explanation” for its decision to change course. It then cited several cases, including Nat'l Cable & Telecomms.Ass’n v. Brand X Internet Servs., 545 U.S. 967, 981 (2005) (“unexplained inconsistency” in agency practice is a reason for holding a policy reversal “arbitrary and capricious” under the APA, unless “the agency adequately explains the reasons for a reversal of policy”). We note it is unusual to see Brand X (which grants extraordinary deference to the FCC) used in this context. [Editorial comment: In finding that flashing the audience during a Super Bowl watched by millions of children is not “shock treatment”, it looks like the court is the boob now.]

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and John Prendergast.


AUGUST 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that was due April 1.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

NOVEMBER 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its recent decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual form (Form 499-A) that was due April 1.

BloostonLaw contacts: Ben Dickens, Gerry Duffy, and Mary Sisak.

NOVEMBER 1: FCC FORM 502, NUMBER UTILIZATION REPORT. Any wireless or wireline carrier that has been assigned an NXX code (10,000 numbers) or one or more 1,000 number blocks; and any wireless or wireline carrier that has received from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) or from another carrier one or more 1,000 number blocks must file Form 502. Such carriers should apply for an Operating Company Number (OCN) from NANPA if they do not already have one. Make sure you send your data to Gerry Duffy at BloostonLaw.

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

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Kyle Berry of Cooper Notification describes how a mass notification system receives information from the WAVES computer program through the transceiver tower from 300 ft. away on the athletic field at the University of Illinois at Chicago in a demonstration on Tuesday. Berry says, the information is received wirelessly then translated in a computer at the base of the tower so the appropriate alert booms through the system's speakers at the click of a mouse.

Mass notification system used by military adapted for campus use

JUL 22, 2008

Contech MSI Co., based in Chicago, unveiled a new wireless system Tuesday, including high-powered speakers that can boom out an emergency alert the distance of more than four football fields away.

The demonstration, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, showcased a locally powered wireless radio transmission system developed by Contech and its partner Cooper Notification, that transmits voice messages, tones and sirens through an independent, outdoor, high-power, speaker array that puts out 120 decibels at 100ft.

Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines require 126 decibels or less to prevent hearing damage.

“We’re pushing it,” said Chris Weaver, a system sales manager for Cooper Notification.

In addition to the audio capabilities of the Mass Notification System (MNS) a representative for Contech spoke of programmable options that allow the person using a so-called Waves Integrated Base Station to issue commands to speakers, cell phones, or computers to reach emergency responders and anyone within the campus area.

“It’s pretty much a one-shot system for mass notification,” said Bryan Nordlund, branch manager of Contech. “Outdoor paging, indoor paging, text messaging. You can pop up messages on the computers of everyone in a building in an emergency and a message will pop up and say ‘There’s a tornado warning!’ or ‘Take cover!’”

The capability of the MNS to reach multiple alert sources simultaneously is appealing to schools like University of Illinois at Chicago, which hosted the event—especially after mass shootings last year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and this year at Northern Illinois University, according to Nordlund.

“If you have scrolling LED signs we can display a message over that. We can monitor fire alarm systems, chemical or biological detection, close gates. It’s virtually limitless what we can program WAVES to do,” said Kyle Berry, a technical demonstrator with Cooper Notification.

The system only consists of the WAVES station and the base trailer, but Berry calls it “very advanced in a very little package.” The tower with the speaker array is mounted on a 7ft. wide by 12 ft. long mobile trailer. The entire field station stands 32 ft. when fully erect from the base of the trailer to the tip of tower. It is only powered by four batteries recharged by solar panels and a back-up generator if necessary.

The real power comes from the wireless frequency on which the MSN operates. The system uses a 2.4 GHz digital spread-spectrum frequency licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, sending out any message from the Waves station over four channels. With the signals alternating between different frequencies every 11 milliseconds, it is virtually impossible to jam, Berry said.

“If you’re on a fixed frequency $50 and 10 minutes on the Internet—go down to Radio Shack—and you can jam a fixed frequency very easily, but when you’re doing 90 hops per second, it’s very hard to nail,” he added.

The nearly indestructible system that cannot be jammed has proven itself to the U.S. military. The paging towers and technology used by the MNS has been used exclusively by the U.S. Department of Defense for about 10 years, according to Nordlund.

“The military uses it a lot on their current communication systems. They’re very familiar with it and it’s the most secure means of wireless radio transmission out there today,” Weaver said.

But now the technology is being adapted in a digestible package for mass communication specifically for campuses and small cities, Nordlund said. According to Berry, the MNS is even being used for festivals like in Arlington County, Va.

Contech MSI Co. provides fire alarm design, installation, service, and testing. Cooper Notification produces mass security systems.

Source: MedILL

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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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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.



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GTES GL3000 Bulletin 2008-01

From: John de Boer
Subject: New GTES GL3000 Bulletin
Date: July 21, 2008 5:45:38 PM CDT
To: Brad Dye


I hope that I can use your newsletter to get the word out on a new GTES GL3000 bulletin.

GTES has identified a problem that has been found in a number of Glenayre GL3000 network cards in the field. A GL3000 network card uses a time-clock battery chip to store its MAC address. Due to age-related failure of the battery in the chip, the card can lose its MAC address. Details on this potential problem and how it can be corrected are described in a new GTES bulletin. This bulletin can be found on the home page of the website.

I encourage any GL3000 operators in your readership to review the bulletin and contact GTES if they have any questions.


John de Boer
General Manager - GTES

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From: "Ron ADVCOM" <>
Date: July 21, 2008 9:47:57 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: From the Paging Information Web Site

Hey Brad,

Nice Idea about the Paging service provider directory. I was thinking that the AAPC would have something like that.

This directory may be more useful to those of us in the industry if we included our Paging Frequencies and coverage area available for those systems. Been a long time since a directory was done. Heck I’m even trying to find one we’ve had on the shelf from Telocator years and years ago. The reason for frequencies would be more of a potential to sell or buy equipment, coordinate services, and such.

Anyway, Keep up the good newsletter !!!

Ron Mayes
Advantage Communications & Paging
P.O. Box 964
Andover, KS 67211
462.7500 Mhz Paging Greater Wichita – Kansas City, Kansas.

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Date: July 17, 2008 8:10:33 AM CDT
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Everyone thinks he has the greatest cell phone on the planet. But my new one is the best on the market and you should give it some consideration.

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From: Tracy Horton
Subject: From the Paging Information Web Site
Date: July 21, 2008 7:50:17 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye

Thank you so much. Your website offered a variety of information before . . . and now the new format and resource is Awesome!

Tracy J. Horton
Voice Services Technology Manager
St. Luke's Hospital
222 So. Woods Mill Rd, Ste 690 North
Chesterfield MO 63017
Phone: 314-205-6070
Fax 314-205-6528

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