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FRIDAY - MAY 30, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 312

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

In the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section, Ron Mercer responds to my piece about using other languages in the USA. It was primarily directed against those who are saying Spanish speakers should leave the country — since we have over 50 million Hispanics here representing about 15% of our population. (And I am glad we do.) Anyway, Ron makes some good points. He is a very talented, multilingual Canadian immigrant. I am not sure how many languages he can speak—he and I have traveled all over the world together. I know he is fluent in English, French, and Italian. I also know he speaks some Ojibway and Spanish—I think a few other European languages as well. So he is well qualified to opine on this subject.

My sister took issue with the article. She thought I was being too hard on people who only speak one language. Well, that part was a joke that I have heard frequently in my travels. It is just unfortunate that we don't put more emphasis on teaching our young people to actually speak other languages. Frequently they learn the academic side of conjugating verbs and memorizing lists of words—instead of actual conversation.

Also in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section Bill Tartaglia announces that he is leaving Sprint Nextel to work at Space Data. Wow what an exciting new job! Good luck Bill. Space Data is really doing some innovative and exciting things in radio communications.

My old alma mater, Motorola, is really getting blasted in the news lately. I am sorry to hear that. I was proud to be a Motorola employee for many years.

This is one of the things that made them a great company to work for — it was on a card that I carried in my wallet:

(Everyone's Overriding Responsibility)

Total Customer Satisfaction

KEY BELIEFS - how we will always act

  • Constant Respect for People
  • Uncompromising Integrity

KEY GOALS - what we must accomplish

  • Increased Global Market Share
  • Best in Class
    - People
    - Marketing
    - Technology
    - Product
    - Manufacturing
    - Service
  • Superior Financial Results

KEY INITIATIVE - how we will do it

  • Six Sigma Quality
  • Total Cycle Time Reduction
  • Product and Manufacturing Leadership
  • Profit Improvement
  • Participative Management Within, and Cooperation Between Organizations

I am afraid that they may have lost some of this focus.

There is a standing, open invitation here for articles on:

  • VoIP
  • Wi-Fi
  • Paging
  • WiMAX
  • Telemetry
  • Location Services
  • Wireless Messaging

I can't pay for them, but they are greatly appreciated by our readers. We have been very fortunate to have had several excellent articles by leading industry experts—really good stuff. There are many retired people reading this that could give some pointers to the next generation of wireless experts—think about it!

I used to say, "There are a lot of people out there more qualified than I am, who could write these articles." That is true — but they don't write anything! If we don't do it, it won't get done.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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This just in: “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will soon vote on a plan to auction spectrum, with the winner required to offer free wireless Internet services.” [source]

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This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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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Motorola still on the skids

MAY 28, 2008, 2:48 PM
By Scott Moritz

Motorola’s (MOT) tailspin is looking more like a nose dive as the mobile phone maker’s market share dips more than 50% below its 2006 level.

At this rate, Motorola is on track to fall to the back of the five-player pack this year as its first-quarter phone sales fell to 29.9 million units. The slip gives Motorola a 10.2% share of the total cell phone market, down from 18.4% a year ago, according to a Gartner research report Wednesday.

Motorola’s phone business has tumbled since the Razr phone fell out of fashion in 2006. The company plans to spin off the money-losing business to shareholders sometime next year. And it’s little wonder why. The former top phone maker has seen Nokia (NOK) and Samsung take the No.1 and No.2 spots in the industry. And Motorola’s time as No.3 seems limited — LG is hot on its heels with 8% of the market, up from 6.2% in the year-ago period.

So far, the new phones Motorola has introduced “were not competitive enough to maintain its place in the market,” says Garnter's Carolina Milanesi.

Smaller fish, tougher pond

Despite a big fourth quarter, Sony Ericsson also fell, to 5th place with 7.5% of the market in the first quarter, according to Gartner. Part of the drag on Sony Ericsson was a drop in demand for middle-to-higher priced phones in Europe. Gartner says first quarter sales for all phone makers fell 16% below year-ago levels in Europe. This is the first drop in sales Garnter has ever recorded in the past 7 years of tracking the mobile phone market.

Overall, Gartner says the industry is still on track for growth between 10% and 15% this year thanks to strong demand in developing markets. That demand doesn't completely offset declines in Europe, however, since it’s mostly for lower priced phones. So the higher volume growth will come at a lower total value, says Gartner.

“The value of the market will be lower than we stated in our forecast,” says Gartner’s Milanesi in a press release. “This is because the current economic slowdown and higher fuel costs will force consumers to defer phone purchases in mature markets, while higher food prices will lead to longer replacement cycles in emerging ones.”

So if Motorola had troubles before the spending crunch, imagine how the phone shop will fare now.

Source: CNN Money — FORTUNE — Techland

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AAPC’s Mission Statement Defines Purpose

  • Identifying issues of common concern to its members.
  • Providing an effective forum for the discussion and progression of issues relating to the industry.
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory and legal matters as a unified organization.
  • Providing research into and development of our industry and its current and prospective markets.
  • Providing education and resources to address the challenges and trends affecting our operating environments.
  • Encouraging and maintaining high standards of ethics and services.
  • Championing the industry and representing paging carriers with a positive voice.

Our industry must move forward together or we will perish individually. If you want to get involved, come and join us! The AAPC web site is a great source of information. The AAPC also hosts the Paging Technical Committee (PTC) web site. There is a lot of very valuable paging industry information there as well.

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Our Myrtle Beach conference is moving to Arizona in 2008 and we want you to join us!

November 5-7
Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona

AAPC will join with the Enterprise Wireless Alliance to host more than 400 wireless industry professionals, including carriers, suppliers, and network providers, for three days of information sharing, technical sessions, vendor exhibits, and networking opportunities.

Paging and wireless technologies are recognized as a “must have” component in all emergency situations, due to their affordability and reliability. Spend three days with your colleagues attending dedicated paging-related sessions, perusing cutting-edge technologies in the vendor hall, and networking with friends.

With more than 330 days of sunshine, 200 golf courses, an array of outdoor activities, and outstanding shopping and dining, Scottsdale is the premier destination for business and leisure travelers. The new venue, the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and is situated on 22 acres of towering palms, has majestic desert mountain views, is easily accessible from the Sky Harbor airport, and is located minutes from Old Town Scottsdale.

Call for presentations

We are currently soliciting speakers and presentation ideas for the fall conference. Please e-mail Linda Hoover at with presentation suggestions or speakers that you would like to hear.


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Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers NOTIFYall
CPR Technology, Inc.
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
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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Mobile Computing & Wireless Networking News

27 May 2008

Long-range Wi-Fi challenges WiMax
By Bryan Betts, Techworld

A Dutch company and its British partner have re-launched a long-range Wi-Fi technology that's claimed to do most of what WiMax promises, yet is here today and is a fraction of the cost.

The technology, called InspiAir, was developed in Israel but despite a number of early contract wins, it has not seen widespread success.

Now though, Dutch distributor KMC Systems has acquired the worldwide sales rights, renamed it Max-Fi, and is pitching it as a cost-effective alternative to WiMax.

The claims made for the technology - which is now in its second generation - are hard to credit, acknowledged John Duffin, the business development director at VPNet, Max-Fi's UK distributor.

"It's not bumping up the power - it's standard 802.11 and it works with your existing laptops, yet even at 2km range you can get 1 or 2Mbit/s," he said. Each Max-Fi AirEZ 4000 rugged access point has four 802.11a/b/g radios and can support up to 300 users, he added.

Critics have pointed out that most of InspiAir's successes were outdoor deployments, and that any Wi-Fi technology gives longer range in free air. However, Max-Fi boss Avreal Rabenau claimed that while its advantages are greater outdoors, Max-Fi beats standard Wi-Fi on range indoors too.

"Our competitors would have to put the power up to match us, which is illegal," he said.

He added: "It can do anything you can do with Wi-Fi, plus the signal goes 2km further. WiMax offers more bandwidth, but we can do 80 percent of what it offers, and we do it at lower power with today's equipment."

Max-Fi gear was recently chosen by the Port of Antwerp, which has covered 30 square kilometres with just 14 access points. The network, which is currently in test, will support CCTV cameras for harbour control, voice-over-IP for port operations, and Internet access for visiting ships.

According to Rabenau, the Max-Fi access points cost around 1,500 Euro per radio. "The whole Antwerp budget was half a million Euro, and only half of that was the equipment - in other telecom projects, the hardware side would be higher," he said.

Source: TechWorld

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EXCLUSIVE: Kyocera Looking At Motorola Phone Deal

By David Richards & BusinessWeek | Monday | 2008-05-26

Speculation is mounting in Japan tonight that Kyocera is in talks to either buy into or form a joint venture with struggling US communication Company Motorola. The speculation comes only months after the Japanese Phone Company said that it was not interested in Motorola.
Earlier this year Kyocera acquired Sanyo's global mobile phone business and during the past few weeks the Company is believed to have opened up discussions on the possibility of merging the Motorola phone business into the new Kyocera division.

Sources in Japan have told ChannelNews that Kyocera believe that their manufacturing skills coupled with Motorola's marketing skills will help them to create a "Powerful " phone division to take on the likes of Samsung and LG who during the past few months have taken significant market share away from Motorola in the highly competitive US market.

Late last year Motorola admitted that it was exploring options for its troubled handset division, yet despite their frank and public admissions that there was trouble ahead, no one came forward with an offer to bail out the troubled US Company.

According to BusinessWeek the lack of acceptable bids has added renewed urgency to Motorola's backup plan: an in-house revamp. Improved performance would help Motorola sell the division at a more attractive price later, spin off a higher-value asset, or even hang on to a revitalized handset maker.

According to Analysts, Motorola's problems stem from them not being able to come up with a successor to the blockbuster Razr phone.

"It is in real danger of being overtaken" by LG Electronics, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.

Unlike Nokia, the Koreans are even strong on Motorola's home turf. In the U.S., which accounts for 44% of its handset sales, Nokia has been losing ground, shedding its share by nearly two thirds in the last two years.

In contrast, Samsung and LG together sell about the same volume in the U.S. as Motorola. And while Motorola's presence is collapsing outside the U.S., the Korean electronics giants are gaining share in both developed countries and emerging markets, thanks to stylish phones featuring touch-screens and multimedia features.

Indeed, it is not just Motorola that should be worrying about the Koreans. Although there's no doubt Nokia, boasting 40.9% share, will rule the planet's cell phone market for the foreseeable future, Samsung is narrowing the gap with the Finnish company. LG, until a year ago seen as a second-tier vendor, has leapfrogged Sony Ericsson this year to become the world's fourth-largest handset maker. The Koreans are even well positioned to challenge Apple's iPhone. "If 2007 was the year of the Europeans," says a recent Strategy Analytics study, "then, due to LG and Samsung, 2008 is shaping up to be the year of the Koreans."

Source: Smart Office News

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Supreme Court Lets T-Mobile Class Action Suits Move Forward

By Teresa von Fuchs
WirelessWeek - May 28, 2008

The Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by T-Mobile USA in cases involving class action suits. The issue in several different cases is whether federal low preempts state laws regarding regulating class action suits.

Part of the contract T-Mobile consumers sign for wireless service is a portion that prohibits them from waging a class action suit against the carrier. Instead T-Mobile’s contract has a clause saying that any complaints must be resolved through arbitration. This is true in many contracts customers sign for all kinds of services. But some states have laws that limit a company’s ability to ban class action suits, and T-Mobile is facing several class action suits in states that say banning such suits is unfair to customers.

In its appeal to the Supreme Court, T-Mobile argued that federal law, which usually requires arbitration clauses be enforced, overrules state laws that limit the ability of companies to ban class actions.

Last fall, a federal appeals court ruled in one of T-Mobile’s cases that courts could refuse to honor class actions bans that are part of contracts. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of that decision, allowing the suits to continue. The court made no comment on the case.

Source: WirelessWeek

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Google boss has high hopes for the mobile Internet

28.05.2008 13:09

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has advised skeptics convinced of the limitations of search engine marketing that his company still has plenty ideas for improving the technology and targeting advertising more effectively. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung he predicted that the mobile internet would be the next major advertising platform. The iPhone was the first mobile device with a good web browser, said Schmidt, and more such devices will follow. Advertising will then become very personal, he continued. In a few years, mobile advertising will generate more revenue than advertising on the normal web.

Schmidt was less enthusiastic about the advertising possibilities of online video portal YouTube and DoubleClick. Indeed, he was not particularly happy with the advertising prospects of Web 2.0 at all. His company had invested $900 million in a deal to become the exclusive MySpace advertising and search provider. Although it was reaching many users, it was proving difficult to get the ad network established. He saw opportunities in video advertising and in graphic advertising. "Some things work, and others just don't – but the mobile internet always works."

Schmidt admitted to a great admiration for Android, the platform for mobile devices. "The applications that are now being developed are totally new to me. Things are being developed using GPS and maps that are quite astonishing." However, admitted Schmidt, it was not yet possible to say how well it will actually work because the programs have not yet been released. Cloud Computing was another trend the Google boss considered "very interesting." Google would also be going head to head with Microsoft and Yahoo in the management of large computer centres.

One issue not touched on during the interview was the assertion that Google is distributing unauthorized copyright-protected content on its YouTube video portal. A year ago, media group Viacom sued Google for $1 billion. Google claimed in its defense that the "safe harbour" provisions protected YouTube from liability. Viacom's position, said Google at the time, threatened the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, political and artistic expression. Google's lawyers repeated the claim in papers filed last week in New York at the court dealing with the Viacom lawsuit. (jk/c't)

Source: Heiase Online

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Brands Engage Shoppers on Their Mobile Phones with POP-to-MMS Messaging App Unveiled by

Shoppers Opt-In to Receive Multimedia Messages Including Coupons, Content and Product Reviews

May 29, 2008 09:56

BOSTON —(Business Wire)— May. 29, 2008 Skycore, LLC, developers of, has today launched their Point-Of-Purchase (POP) messaging application enabling brands and retailers to increase sales by engaging in-store shoppers with coupons, product information and fun content sent to their mobile phones.

This Cellyspace POP-to-MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) application enables marketers to expand the reach of traditional digital signage and POP/POS displays with informative and promotional MMS messages sent directly to the shopper's phone while on location. They can promote across all stores or at select specific retailers and regions.

In a typical implementation, marketers would tag a custom Cellyspace keyword and shortcode on a product, its packaging or corresponding POP/POS display. As shoppers consider purchasing that item, they opt-in to receive the brand's message by simply texting the keyword to the shortcode.

MMS is convenient for shoppers because messages are delivered to their phone's inbox in the same, familiar way as SMS (text) messages are and they don't need to download any software.

Marketers compose their messages using Cellyspace's online MMS Composer tool. Messages are delivered by Cellyspace to the shopper's mobile phone as slide shows consisting of up to eight (8) slides of images, audio, video and 4,000 characters of text (500 characters per slide).

Cellyspace's MMS application is a "Do-It-Yourself" platform for marketers and doesn't require contracts, minimums or registration fees. Instead, marketers currently pay 20 cents (US) per message sent in the USA. No infrastructure or technical knowledge is required to launch the service and message updates can be made in real-time on the web.

"What makes this technology unique is its broad reach - up to 75% of mobile phones are now MMS enabled - and the ability for marketers to cost-effectively inform and engage prospective customers on location at that critical point of sale," said Rich Eicher, president of Skycore, LLC.

For further information please visit or email

Skycore, LLC (Boston, MA): A global leader in MMS technology since 2003, Skycore offers online tools facilitating user/media/advertiser-generated composition tools for MMS messaging, mobile content and ringtones. Contact:

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Rich Eicher, 1-617-314-7688

Source: Virtual Press Office

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Stanley launches new Wi-Fi messaging system

PACE Wi-Fi Messenger to improve communication between hospital staff

Stanley Security Products

Updated: May 14th, 2008 09:43 AM PDT

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Stanley Security Product's new PACE Wi-Fi Messenger.

As Wi-Fi communication infrastructures are increasingly introduced into hospitals to speed up the transfer of patient information, Stanley Security Solutions has launched its first Wi-Fi based messaging system that offers healthcare staff improved communication and safety.

The PACE Wi-Fi Messenger, which is able to integrate into existing Wi-Fi infrastructure of the same standard, is the ideal messaging device for all hospital employees as well as a significant staff protection aid, particularly for lone workers and staff in high risk areas such as accident and emergency wards and psychiatric units.

With full two-way speech based on VoIP, built in speaker, microphone and hands-free functions, the PACE can be used as a mobile phone as well as send and receive speech, data and even streamed video messages, all in one compact device. Pre-defined messages can be set up for quick response such as call acknowledgement and the mobile can also be switched to the speaker function to send out group messages, ideal, for example, in voice evacuation situations.

As well as enabling much quicker and more efficient communication between staff across different parts of a hospital complex, the PACE device plays a major role in improved staff protection. It includes a top display with built-in alarm which can be activated with one push of the button and, with an integral location detection function; it can guide anyone responding to an alarm call to their location.

Another important security feature is a MEMS technology sensor which can detect periods of non-movement as well as acceleration in any direction, indicating, for example, that the device might have been thrown. There is also a facility to use a rip-cord alarm which will activate when the unit is removed from the belt. Manufactured in robust, high impact material, the device can largely withstand this type of mistreatment.

All of these features are designed to reassure staff that wherever they are located in a hospital they can maintain ongoing contact with a central control or other colleagues and can instantly raise an alarm call and have their current location transmitted for immediate response.

Stanley Security Solutions has a proven pedigree in communication and staff protection systems, not least within the healthcare market, and has introduced this latest device specifically in response to Wi-Fi developments within hospitals. Commercial Director Dan Thomas explained, "Wi-Fi technology is a relatively new concept in hospitals but is becoming increasingly used to quickly and efficiently transfer information. By developing a device that sits on this Wi-Fi infrastructure and includes a number of distinct security features, we are offering hospital workers state-of-the-art communication and staff protection, all through one compact, mobile unit."

Source: SecurityInfoWatch

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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.

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Why Apple will sell 10 million iPhones

by Jason Snell,
May 28, 2008 1:22 pm

Every now and then, I read something that makes me fall off my chair in shock. In this case, the text in question is in a New York Times article, “The Guessing Game Has Begun on the Next iPhone” (hat tip to John Gruber for the link).

The Times story is largely what you’d expect: an attempt to discuss the anticipation about the next-generation iPhone we’re all sure is coming next month, but about which there’s precious little actual information. But a brief detour to discuss Apple’s repeatedly stated goal of selling 10 million iPhones during calendar-year 2008 is desperately off course and veering into crazyland:

After almost a year of strong sales… the iPhone has settled down to a less-than-spectacular pace: roughly 600,000 units a month, according to the company. Apple… sold just 1.7 million phones in the first three months of this year, meaning it must sell more than 8 million phones to reach Mr. Jobs’s publicly stated goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008.

“They’re going to have a difficult time” hitting that number, said Edward Snyder, an analyst at Charter Equity Research. He said that Nokia, the world’s largest maker of cellphones, sells more phones every week than Apple has sold since the iPhone’s introduction.

Here’s the thing. I’ve stared at Apple’s iPhone sales figures repeatedly over the last few months, and I can’t see any reasonable way that the company can’t sell 10 million phones this year.

First, let’s take the idea that iPhone sales have “settled down.” Yes, in the first three months of the year Apple claims to have sold 1.7 million phones, an average of 568,000 a month. However, in the months of July, August, and September of 2007—the first full quarter of the iPhone’s availability—Apple sold 1.1 million iPhones. Which means, despite all of that iPhone launch hype and all the pent-up demand for the iPhone, sales between those two quarters grew by 52 percent.

In between those quarters was Apple’s financial first quarter of 2008, a quarter known for its wild holiday sales figures for iPods. And last winter the iPhone proved to be a part of the holiday bump as well: Apple sold 2.3 million iPhones during the holiday season.

So let’s run the numbers. Let’s assume that iPhone sales will be up slightly between April and June of this year. I'll estimate 2 million phones sold, up roughly 18 percent from the previous quarter. That puts Apple at 3.7 million of its estimated 10 million phones sold for the year. Mark my words, when Apple reports its sales figures, a chorus of people will claim the company is nowhere near the pace required to meet its goals.

But let’s move on. The third calendar quarter of 2008 will presumably see the release of a shiny new iPhone model as well as a boatload of new iPhone software, from Apple and from independent developers. It'll also presumably coincide with the rolling out of iPhones into numerous new international markets. As a result, I think it’s safe to conclude that sales of iPhones in July, August, and September of 2008 will be strong. I'll pencil in a 25 percent sales boost to 2.5 million. That means with three months to go, Apple will have sold 6.2 million iPhones, still nearly 40 percent short of its goal. Sakes alive! They’re not going to make it, are they?

Relax. Because next up is the first financial quarter of 2009, that massive holiday quarter Apple has each and every year. And I’m confident that the iPhone will once again benefit from a massive holiday sales spike, similar to the one the iPod receives each year. Last year, iPhone sales doubled in the holiday quarter. But let’s be conservative and estimate that Apple will sell four million phones in that quarter.

There we are. In my back-of-the-envelope exercise, Apple sells 10.2 million iPhones in calendar year 2008. And I stress, these are extremely conservative numbers. If I had to place a bet, I’d probably say that Apple will sell more like 2.2 million phones in the current quarter, more like 3 million in the following quarter, and five million in the holiday quarter. That guess adds up to almost 12 million iPhones in calendar year 2008.

Let’s not forget, Apple is not a company to make predictions lightly. And despite being bitten by one previous prediction regarding the speed of PowerPC chips — a failure that precipitated Apple's move away from IBM and to Intel processors — Apple still made this iPhone prediction. It made the prediction with full knowledge of its forthcoming iPhone models, international product roll-out, and traditional holiday-quarter sales surge.

Apple’s supremely confident about selling 10 million iPhones this year. And you know what? I’m confident that it'll do it, too.

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Survey Finds Majority of Families Do Not Have Emergency Communications Plan

EMBARQ and Home Safety Council Help Floridians Plan for Severe Weather

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Posted on Wed, May. 28, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., MAY 28 — While 58 percent of moms feel their families are prepared for a severe weather emergency, only 30 percent have created and discussed an emergency communications plan, according to a recent survey by the Home Safety Council.

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That is a cause for concern given that many experts say a detailed communications plan plays one of the biggest roles in helping families stay connected to each other and emergency contacts during a natural disaster, such as hurricanes and floods.

Florida residents recently received even more reasons to create and discuss emergency plans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a 65 percent chance of an above average storm season this year, predicting there will be 12 to 16 named storms originating in the Atlantic Ocean, including up to five major hurricanes.

"When an emergency occurs, the first thing people often reach for is a phone to call their loved ones," said Dan Alcazar, consumer marketing officer at EMBARQ. "As a communication company, we can help people prepare, especially when staying connected by phone may be an individual's lifeline."

To help families stay connected during severe weather, EMBARQ and the Home Safety Council created wallet-sized emergency communication cards that include space to list important phone numbers and medical information. The cards can be downloaded at

"Creating an emergency communication plan is simple," said Home Safety Council President Meri-K Appy. "First, families should discuss how they will communicate during an emergency and then record important plan information on their emergency communication cards. Making sure every family member has this information at his or her fingertips can be a lifesaver if you're in different places when disaster strikes."

Both Alcazar and Appy recommend having a corded landline phone in the home or workplace, which is a phone that has a handset connected to the base of the phone by a cord.

"Corded landline phones will continue to operate if the power goes out in your home," Appy said. "It is often the most reliable source of communication in the case of an emergency."

To help Floridians prepare further for severe weather, EMBARQ also will provide free corded landline phones at its participating retail stores while supplies last to customers who come into its stores and request one.

"In addition, as disasters occur in EMBARQ's service areas, our payphone services division will deploy and set up portable phone banks within 24 hours where residents can place calls," Alcazar said. "Each person will have up to 15 minutes of calling time and the phone banks will be stationed in the affected areas for up to 30 days."

Once a communications plan is created, Appy recommends these safety tips.

  • Compile a "Ready-to-Go Kit" in case your family needs to leave your home and a "Ready-to-Stay Kit" in case your family needs to stay inside your home for an extended time. Kits should contain water, canned food, can opener, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, change of clothes and first aid.
  • Designate a safe meeting place outside your home and out of harm's way.
  • Designate a safe place to stay in your home in case of severe weather.
  • Teach your children how to use the phone to call for help.
  • Update wireless phones with "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) contact information.

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D-Block comments begin rolling in

‘Just give it away,’ argues one exec

By Jeffrey Silva
Story posted: May 28, 2008 - 2:25 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission set a June 20 deadline for public comment on D-Block revisions, but already the agency has begun receiving suggestions from industry, public safety and academics. Most filings focus on how D-Block rules can be restructured to attract bidders capable of winning and operating for the long run a national wireless broadband network that could offer the kind of interoperable and broadband communications functionalities first responders continue to lack more than six years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Leading public-safety groups and some in Congress have urged the FCC to stick with the public-private partnership, the defining hybrid approach used when the D Block was left stranded in the 700 MHz auction as no bidder paid the minimum $1.3 billion for the license. The reserve price is among the rules likely to be altered in the new rulemaking. Regulatory clarity — especially regarding the relationship between the public-safety broadband licensee and the commercial D-Block winner (and their respective responsibilities) — also is apt to have a high priority in the FCC re-write.

In addition to voicing support for the public-private model, representatives from the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International and the National Emergency Number Association recently met FCC officials and underscored “the need for appropriate incentives to attract commercial bidders and the need to ensure that public safety’s needs remain a paramount consideration as new rules are considered.”

Indeed, the fundamental challenge facing telecom regulators this go-round is how to advance first responders’ interests without unduly undercutting the economic incentives and profit motive necessary to give the public-private experiment a chance of succeeding. Some would argue the FCC deferred too much to public safety in the 700 MHz guidelines now under review, pointing to the absence of a D-Block winner as evidence.

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Jon Peha challenges that notion. Peha, professor of electrical engineering and public policy and associate director of the Center for Wireless & Broadband Networking at Carnegie Mellon University, said failure would be the FCC not allocating spectrum in a manner that meets public-safety and homeland security needs. He said the lack of a D-Block winner in the 700 MHz auction merely represents a delay.

At the same time, Peha — highly regarded in policy circles — said the public-private partnership should be better detailed in order to avoid a repeat of the D Block’s last performance.

“[T]he FCC must go much further than it has so far to establish the technical and non-technical requirements that will be imposed on the winner of the next auction, or there will be no bidders,” Peha stated. “The requirements established must be sufficient to meet public-safety needs over the coming years. Moreover, there must be some institutional arrangement that will ensure that the needs of public safety are met in the future, even as needs and technology changes. This arrangement does not yet exist. One obvious step in defining such an arrangement is establishing an organization to represent public safety that is transparent to all, accountable (at least in part) to public-safety organizations, and lacks even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Beyond that, either this organization or the FCC or both need sufficient leverage to protect the evolving needs of public safety. At the same time, the long-term arrangement must provide adequate protection for the licensee. The arrangement is only sustainable if the licensee can expect profits.”

Currently, the Public Safety Spectrum Trust Corp. — a non-profit group comprised of a broad cross section of representatives — serves as the FCC’s public-safety broadband licensee that would partner with a commercial entity under existing D-Block rules. Cyren Call Communications Corp., a venture capital-backed entity led by wireless veteran Morgan O’Brien, is the official advisor agent to the PSST. In response to allegations of impropriety, the FCC investigated and cleared Cyren Call of any wrongdoing. Congress, however, continues to probe the relationship between the PSST and Cyren Call. Congress is also looking at the implosion shortly before the auction’s start of a company — Frontline Wireless L.L.C. — that seemed to have the right stuff to put the D Block to work for public safety while providing commercial broadband service to citizens.

Plenty of ideas

Stagg Newman, former chief technologist at Frontline and the FCC, suggested to the commission several business models for implementing an interoperable public-safety network in the 700 MHz band — each with its own unique challenges in delivering data, voice and video services.

“The commission’s plan needs to articulate how each of these capabilities will be met by whom and with what resources and funding resources,” Newman stated.

The New York City Police Department recommended the FCC re-auction D-Block spectrum in regional blocks rather than as a nationwide license, owing to the fact that city agencies will use the NYC wireless network rather the than the one contemplated by the FCC. The NYPD said first responders should have free access to D-Block spectrum.

Duke University economists have put forward an “exclusive buyer mechanism” for the D-Block re-auction, an approach they claim will “maximize a mixture of efficiency and seller surplus as appropriate given the FCC’s objectives.”

But while FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and other commissioners appear committed to making the public-private partnership work, the possibility remains of a re-auctioned D Block stripped of public-safety conditions. That would work well with the mobile-phone industry, which generally opposes auctions with strings attached. But even that scenario — which is unlikely — would trigger debate about other issues. Earlier this month, U.S. Cellular Corp. encouraged the FCC to create opportunities for smaller and regional operators to participate in the D-Block re-auction.

Art Earl, director of strategic development at the tech firm Hypres in Elmsford, N.Y., offered an outside-the-box idea in an FCC proceeding in which everything is on the table for discussion.

“My idea is for the government to deregulate the 700 MHz band and just give it away for a few years for small businesses to develop new revolutionary technologies and give the U.S. a technology booster shot without spending any money,” Earl said. “If you have to compromise on deregulation, then perhaps only devices blessed by the PSST and FCC could be used at this frequency range. This will help stimulate innovation in a significant and meaningful way and perhaps pave the way for the U.S. to re-emerge as a significant global power in broadband wireless. Look at how much the prior deregulation of 5 GHz and 2 GHz bands have stimulated the economy.”

More familiar stakeholders are expected to weigh in a couple weeks from now on the D Block. Reply comments are due July 7.

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As part of the British Antarctic Survey fleet, the RSS James Clark Ross spends up to 18 months at sea, much of the time in severe weather conditions. The ice-breaking vessel is fully equipped for advanced geophysical studies and is home to a crew of 28.

EMS Group's wireless pager system has been providing ship-wide security messaging for the crew of the research vessel RSS James Clark Ross for more than 10 years. The EMS wireless pager system is interfaced to the ships security system and in the event of an alarm or fault condition, transmits text messages to the onboard pagers carried by key members of the crew.

Only one 500mW radio transmitter was required to provide complete coverage of the entire vessel — an amazing feat considering the metal construction of the ship.

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Mobile Satellite Ventures Launches Satellite Priority Service for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Communications System

National Communications System Will Use MSV Service for National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications

Reston, Va., May 20, 2008 — Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security’s National Communications System (NCS) is partnering with MSV to provide Satellite Priority Service to the NCS priority service customers.

The NCS, part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber Security and Communications, coordinates the planning and provisioning of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications for Federal, state, and local governments under all emergency circumstances.

Under the provisions of the Satellite Priority Service, MSV now provides satellite push-to-talk and priority satellite telephony communications through its distribution alliance with Sprint’s (NYSE:S) Emergency Response Team (ERT). Under this alliance, Sprint ERT will be responsible for nationwide deployment of the Satellite Priority Service for NCS.

MSV services provide NCS member agencies and departments, as well as U.S. State and territorial emergency operations centers, an always-on, readily-available means for interoperable communications during emergencies and daily operations that are immune to terrestrial congestion and infrastructure damage.

One of the unique benefits of MSV service available to the NCS is the capability to utilize satellite mutual aid radio talk groups (SMART™). The SMART program enables NCS member agencies and departments to participate in nationwide two-way satellite radio talk groups, improving the ability of departments and agencies to communicate and coordinate quickly and effectively in times of urgent need, regardless of location and infrastructure.

“NCS’s priority communications services are used to maintain a state of readiness and to respond to and manage NS/EP events throughout the United States,” said Vernon Mosley, NCS Deputy Program Director and Chief Engineer for GETS and WPS. “Satellite communications, such as those provided by MSV, give us reliable, always-available means to communicate and coordinate multiple agency operations in the event of national and local emergencies.”

“Sprint ERT is excited to support MSV to deliver critical communications capabilities to the National Communications System,” said Darlene Braunschweig, vice president of Converged Network Solutions for Sprint. “The Satellite Priority Service developed by MSV is a great addition to Sprint ERT’s Rapid Deployment Solution offering.”

“MSV’s mobile satellite communications network arms national security leadership as well as Federal, state, and local emergency responders with an effective tool in coordinating multi-agency response to emergencies and crises throughout the nation,” said Larry D. Haughey, MSV group vice president for the Government Sector. “Equally important, NCS members will have the capability to form and manage their own satellite radio talk groups that will further improve the ability of government agencies to communicate and coordinate quickly and effectively in times of urgent need, regardless of location and infrastructure.”

MSV is Redefining Wireless Communications™ with the development of its hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications network, based on MSV’s patented ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) technology. The company expects its next-generation network will provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. MSV plans to launch two of the most powerful commercial satellites ever built that will enable this network to support communications in a variety of areas including public safety, homeland security, aviation, transportation and entertainment, by providing a platform for interoperable, user-friendly and feature-rich voice and high-speed data services.

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The mission of the NCS is to assist the President, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Management and Budget, in the coordination of the planning for and provisioning of national security and emergency preparedness communications for the Federal Government under all circumstances, including crisis or emergency, attack, recovery and reconstitution.

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MSV delivers mobile wireless voice and data services primarily for public safety, security, fleet management and asset tracking in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s next-generation hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications network is expected to provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. When completed, the network will support communications in a variety of areas including public safety, homeland security, aviation, transportation and entertainment, by providing a platform for interoperable, user-friendly and feature-rich voice and high-speed data services. Mobile Satellite Ventures is a joint venture between Mobile Satellite Ventures LP and Mobile Satellite Ventures (Canada) Inc. MSVLP is owned and controlled by SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:SKYT). For more information go to:

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update

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

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 11, No. 21 May 28, 2008   

Martin Schedules AWS-III Band Service Rules Item For June 12 Open Meeting

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has announced that the Commission’s June 12 open meeting will include an item on service rules for Advanced Wireless Services or AWS-III spectrum in the 2155-2180 MHz band. As Martin stated last April, he is now announcing 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. Our rural telco and small business clients will want to consider participating in comments advocating fair auction rules for rural communities, including (1) small licensing areas, and (2) reasonable build-out requirements for sparsely populated areas.

Specifically, the AWS item will include an Order on Reconsideration that would address Petitions for Reconsideration of a Commission Order that addressed Applications and Forbearance Petitions to One of the AWS Bands, and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that would Seek Further Comment Regarding Service Rules for the AWS Spectrum.

Adoption of the item would essentially set the stage for another AWS auction. According to RCR and other press reports, the FCC may require the winning bidder(s) to offer free broadband service under an aggressive build-out schedule.

During a press briefing, Martin told RCR that a licensee of the 2155-2180 MHz spectrum would have to provide a free service tier, and would have to reach 50% of the population in four years and 95% of the population by the end of the license term (a difficult burden for most rural areas). Martin also said the agency will initiate a separate rulemaking on what to do with other AWS frequencies in the 1.9-2.1 GHz band.

The FCC’s September 2007 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking sought comments on the 2155-2175 MHz band. In that NPRM, the FCC noted that the 2155-2175 MHz band is currently occupied by over 1,800 active, incumbent Fixed Service (FS) and Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licenses, which are subject to relocation by AWS entrants (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 26, 2007). This spectrum consists of a single, unpaired, 20-megahertz block, rather than two, separate paired blocks. Therefore, a symmetrical pairing approach – in which one block is used for base station transmissions and another, equal-sized block is used for mobile handset transmissions – cannot be adopted in the rules for this spectrum. Apparently, though, the Commission has added an extra 5 MHz in the order it plans to consider on June 12. In any event, this proposal will directly affect our clients holding BRS, formerly MMDS, and microwave spectrum licenses.

Although the AWS-III item is scheduled for the June 12 meeting, Martin acknowledged that the measure could be approved before that date. As RCR noted, it is unclear whether the FCC would hold the AWS III auction later this year, and if that auction will affect the agency’s plans to re-auction the 700 MHz D Block (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, May 21).

The free broadband service tier in the AWS-III item is not dissimilar to the free wireless broadband access proposal first advocated by M2Z Networks in its application for an exclusive, 15-year, nationwide license for this spectrum (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, March 14, 2007). M2Z had proposed that the spectrum be licensed to it free of charge, with a portion of its receipts from services being paid to the U.S. Treasury. The FCC dismissed M2Z’s application on the ground that it was not offering a “new” service or technology, and the company subsequently challenged the FCC’s ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, September 19, 2007). That case is pending.

In a related matter, U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Christopher Cannon (R-Utah), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are sponsoring Wireless Internet Nationwide for Families Act (H.R. 5846) to spur deployment of a national, family-friendly wireless broadband network with open access. Their bill envisions one auction of airwaves in the 2155- 2180 MHz band and another auction involving yet-to-be determined spectrum below 3 GHz.

Skype petition: Also scheduled for action at the June 12 meeting is the expected dismissal of Skype Communications S.A.R.L.’s petition to mandate an open access rule for all mobile-phone and other commercial wireless spectrum. More specifically, the Commission would consider an Order that would address Skype’s Petition to Confirm a Consumer’s Right to Use Internet Communications Software and Attach Devices to Wireless Networks (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, February 28, 2007). Skype had asked the FCC to create “an industry-led mechanism” to ensure the openness of wireless networks. In a February 2007 petition, Skype asked the Commission to subject the wireless industry to the Carterfone rules, which would allow consumers to use devices and software of their choice on mobile phone networks.

The Carterfone rules, which were enacted in 1968 during the old Bell System monopoly era, allow consumers to hook any device up to the landline phone network, so long as it does not harm the network. Prior to the Carterfone decision, AT&T provided all telephones and devices connected to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and it routinely sued companies that sold unauthorized products that could be attached to the network. The Carterfone itself was an acoustic coupler for land mobile radios. Invented by Tom Carter, it was used to allow radio-equipped oil field drill rigs to patch calls into the telephone network.

Arguably, the Carterfone decision helped spur new innovations, such as the fax machine and Internet modem. In more recent times, the Carterfone principle has been extended to other communication networks, such as cable modem and digital subscriber line (DSL).

But, as the Skype argument goes, the principle has not been applied to wireless networks. As a result, Skype said, that market has evolved into one that is heavily controlled by wireless carriers. They dictate which phones are used on their networks, what content users can access, and which applications can run on wireless phones. Some carriers have even included specific terms in their service contracts that prevent customers from downloading and using software from Skype on their networks.

Thus, Skype's motivations for filing the petition were clear. The company had created software that allows people to make free phone calls across the Internet. And so it wanted users who access the Internet via a mobile device to be able to use their software and services, too. As a result, Skype requested that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling that Carterfone applies to the wireless industry, launch a rulemaking proceeding, and enforce the Carterfone rules as they would apply to wireless.

But during his keynote address at last April’s CTIA-The Wireless Association show in Las Vegas, Martin observed that the wireless industry had begun to recognize the benefits of “open access” and more open platforms. Because of this, Martin said he would circulate an order dismissing the Skype petition (BloostonLaw Telecom Update, April 9). This appears to be that order.


Other agenda items that Martin has scheduled for the June 12 open meeting include the following:

DTV: An Order on Clarification with respect to Petitions for Reconsideration of Clarification of the Third Periodic Review of the Commission’s Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television;

National Do-Not-Call Registry: A Report and Order Addressing the Commission’s Rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Concerning the National Do-Not-Call Registry.

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Concerning the Provision of Speech-to-Speech, a form of TRS. A Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Concerning a Ten-Digit Numbering Plan for Internet-Based TRS.

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



AUGUST 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.

FCC Meetings and Deadlines

May 29 – Deadline for reply comments on AT&T’s request to review USAC audit finding regarding Form 497 (WC Docket No. 03-109).

May 30 – Deadline for reply comments on FNPRM proposing to eliminate “30 Market Rule” for BAS transition before 2 GHz MSS operations can begin (WT Docket No. 02-55).

May 30 – Effective date of revised DTV consumer education rules. May 30 – Deadline for comments on homeowner association antenna restrictions (CSR-7861-O, CSR-7862-O).

May 30 – Deadline for comments on assessment and collection of FY 2008 regulatory fees (MD Docket No. 08-65).

May 31 – FCC Form 395, Employment Report, is due.

June 2 – Deadline for reply comments on petitions for reconsideration of order denying HAC waiver requests (WT Docket No. 01-139).

June 2 – Deadline for upfront payments for closed Auction No. 77 (cellular service to two unserved areas).

June 2 – Deadline for reply comments on USF reform NPRMs—Joint Board, Identical Support Rule, and Reverse Auctions NPRMs (WC Docket No. 05-337). Extended from May 19.

June 4 – Deadline for comments on Progeny’s request for waiver of M-LMS construction rule (WT Docket No. 08-60).

June 6 – Deadline for reply comments on EEOC forms (FCC Forms 395-A and B) (MM Docket No. 98-204).

June 6 – Deadline for reply comments on assessment and collection of FY 2008 regulatory fees (MD Docket No. 08-65).

June 9 – Deadline for reply comments on VTel petition for declaratory ruling regarding interconnection rights for LECs, VoIP providers (WC Docket No. 08-56).

June 10 – Auction Seminar, Auction 78 (unsold AWS-1, broadband PCS licenses).

June 10 – Short-form application filing window opens for Auction 78 (unsold AWS-1, broadband PCS licenses).

June 11 – Deadline for reply comments on broadcast localism NPRM (MB Docket No. 04-2333).

June 12 – FCC open meeting.

June 16 – Deadline for ILECs filing annual access tariffs on 15 days’ notice (carriers proposing to increase any of their rates).

June 17 – Auction No. 77, closed auction of licenses to provide cellular service in two different unserved areas, is scheduled to begin.

June 19 – Deadline for reply comments on Progeny’s request for waiver of M-LMS construction rule (WT Docket No. 08-60).

June 19 – Short-form application filing deadline for Auction 78 (unsold AWS-1, broadband PCS licenses).

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

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP
For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or

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Motorola Good Technology Group Expands Worldwide Device Support for Good Mobile Messaging

28/05/2008 10:12

The FINANCIAL — Motorola, Inc.'s (NYSE: MOT) Good Technology Group on May 27 announced that it is expanding worldwide device support for Good’s mobile email, application access, and over-the-air security and management solution to more than 300 device/carrier combinations.

With more than 10,000 customers, Good is extending its role as a leading provider of enterprise mobile computing solutions for organizations that want a centralized solution that can be deployed across multiple devices, carriers and mobile operating systems worldwide.

“Good’s ability to run on multiple devices allows us to offer our users greater device choice than other systems. And from an IT perspective, the end-user and management experience is consistent across devices, which makes support much easier,” said Rob Mancini, program manager, Citywide Messaging Office of the Chief Technology Officer for the Government of the District of Columbia. “The fact that Good runs on any GSM or CDMA carrier also permits departments and agencies to select the carrier that best fits their needs.”

Increased Functionality for Simplified Device Support

With today’s device support update, Good has added functionality to help ensure that each supported device on an enterprise’s network receives a compatible version of Good’s client software. This simplifies the provisioning process for IT professionals and helps ensure that users have the best mobile experience possible by alerting them to incompatibilities between their device and a particular Good client software version. In addition Good has made available a device support portal and user forum for IT administrators to lookup supported devices.

Worldwide Device Support Program – from the Shop Floor to the Corner Office

With the expansion of the Good Worldwide Device Support program, Good now supports smartphones from multiple manufacturers across all carriers that offer these devices worldwide. Worldwide device support is now available for the MOTO Q smartphone family, the Motorola MC35 and MC70 enterprise digital assistant (EDA) line, as well as select handhelds from Palm, HTC, and Samsung. The Good Worldwide Device Support program is in addition to Good’s existing certified device support programs with carrier resellers such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Telstra, O2 and others.

“Enterprise mobility needs have greatly evolved over the years. It began with the need for mobile email capabilities in the executive suite. However, today, enterprises need an end-to-end mobile computing solution that provides all the functionality of the desktop experience across the entire spectrum of employees – wherever they reside in the world and on whatever device they may be using.” said Sue Forbes, senior director of marketing and product management, Motorola Good Technology Group. “Good’s Worldwide Device Support program provides a consistent user and IT management experience on handhelds all the way from the shop floor to the corner office.”

Source: Fin Channel

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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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From: Ron Mercer
Date: May 27, 2008 10:56:47 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Re: One man's opinion


As you know, I am personally committed to the idea that anyone who lives in the USA should learn to communicate in English! To that end, I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to learn to speak, read and write English; and to do so fairly fluently.

I am sharply opposed, however, to those well-intentioned individuals who call for English to be made the “official” language of the USA.

As I know you have done, I have traveled and worked in many countries where many different languages were spoken and where, in some cases, attempts were made to introduce an “official language.” In no case that I have witnessed have these attempts been even nearly successful. Consider the following:

In the late 1040’s, the Government of India decreed that Hindi was the “official language”, that all Indian children were to be taught in Hindi and that the use of English in the Indian Parliament was to cease within 15 years.

Today, nearly 50 years later, English is still used in the Indian Parliament and fewer than 50% of Indians can actually communicate in Hindi; many preferring to use the once forbidden “English!”

Consider Finland, that has had a legal requirement for all residents to learn Finnish (no east task) for generations and yet, thousands of Finnish born people of Swedish ancestry speak little or no Finnish, preferring Swedish or even English.

In Quebec, to which your article made reference, the language laws introduced 30 years ago to make French the dominate language has, to be clear, resulted in more non-francophone people speaking French. But the law created an exodus of talent, investment to create economic instability that set the whole society back and it resulted in things as far reaching as restaurants being forced to modify menus, new words being created (chien chaud for hot dog) and other silliness. Even more seriously, no legislation could satisfy the demands of the most extreme factions no matter how draconian it was and so the controversy continues.

Clearly, preservation of the French language is important for Quebec and Canadian society, and French speaking people there have a 400 year old right to be served in French when desired — which was often not the case in years past.

But the desired goals could have been achieved without the divisiveness, anger and fear that Bill 101 unleashed. (In truth, other parts of Canada have become much more bilingual without the negativism found in Quebec.)

And I believe the same to be true here. In attempting to relate to the American experience, I have a story:

Several months ago, while shopping a local market, I entered into conversation with a friend who works behind the counter there. As is our habit, and because I need the practice, we were speaking in Italian (his first language, my second). We were speaking only to one another with no reference to anyone else for he always speaks to customers in English.

That notwithstanding, a lady in the aisle behind me said to the lady accompanying her “This won’t happen after we get an official language law!”

I suppose not, and the more is the pity.

With regard to the “if they don’t like it they can go back where they came from” preachers in our midst, I can assure you that many would, if we could! But the obligations of family, job etc. prevent such a happy manifestation.

So, we just stay quiet (most of the time), keep working and trying to contribute while dreaming of a better day, somewhere, sometime.

Keep up the good work.

Ron Mercer
Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
217 First Street
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From: Bill Tartaglia
Date: May 29, 2008 8:31:22 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Sprint Nextel Departure Memo


I am writing to let you know that my last day at Sprint Nextel is today, Thursday, May 29th. Although I am departing as a colleague, I am still a Sprint customer and huge shareholder. Sprint is a great place to work with many benefits I will miss. The people are some of the best and brightest I have met and I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the team.

I will be working for Space Data out of Chandler, AZ helping to develop their wireless telemetry and telematics businesses in North America.

I can be reached at or 214-763-2881. You can count me in as part of your professional network. Please stay in touch. Thank you all for being an influential part of my life.

Wishing you the best,

Bill Tartaglia
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