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Dear Friends of Wireless,

In the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section this week, there is a message from Stephen Oshinsky, essentially saying "goodbye" to the paging community. As former Paging Technical Committee chairman, and holder of several key positions at SkyTel, I hope that his mailbox fills up with new job offers. He certainly has my recommendation.

Ron Mercer has written an interesting article on the controversial issue of Paging on Wi-Fi networks.

Things have been busy around here lately. With Thanksgiving over, I have put away the outside furniture for the winter, and cleaned off what was left of my garden. We have had a couple of light snows here in central Illinois already. The Christmas tree is up and decorated and UPS drops off boxes of presents for kids and grandkids just about every day—lots of wrapping to do. . .

I should have just about enough time, after sending the newsletter out this afternoon, to get ready for a concert tonight.

The Illinois Chamber Orchestra performs its annual candlelight concert featuring Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The orchestra also is scheduled to perform Anderson’s “Suite of Carols,” Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Vaughan Williams’ “Rosymedre” and Holst’s “Saint Paul Suite.” Soprano Saundra DeAthos, alto Kimberly LaDage and the Classical Chorale of Chicago will join the orchestra.

Late Breaking News:
SkyTel performed a RIF of about 80 people (mostly located in MS) on Tuesday.

Now on to more news and views.

brad dye
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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.

Editorial Policy: The opinions expressed here are my own and DO NOT reflect the opinions or policies of any of the advertisers, supporters, contributors, the AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers, or the EWA (Enterprise Wireless Alliance). As a general rule, I publish opposing opinions, even when I have to substitute "----" for some of the off-color words. This is a public forum for the topics covered, and all views are welcome (so far). Clips of news that I find on the Internet always include a link to the source and just because I report on a given topic or opinion doesn't mean that I agree with it.

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June 17 – 19, 2009

Montreal, Canada

Plan now to join the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC) and the European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA) for the first annual Global Paging Convention.

If your work involves paging then you cannot afford to miss this event. You will learn new marketing strategies (that work), new services that are selling, new vertical markets that have been successfully opened, and cost reductions that will improve your bottom line.

This premier event will draw an international crowd of paging industry representatives and make a significant contribution to the global success of the paging industry. Carriers, manufacturers, suppliers, and resellers from all over the world will be together for two days to display their products and services and learn from educational sessions and network with one another.

Montreal is a worldwide destination of choice with an international flavor. It is Quebec's largest city, located only hours away from New York, but dining on the busy French-influenced streets, listening to a mangle of Quebecois French, English, and other languages, you'll soon realize you've come as close to Europe as you can without taking a transatlantic flight.

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In Defense Of Paging Over Wi-Fi Networks
Ver 0.2 November 29, 2008

In early November, I delivered a presentation to the Paging Technical Committee outlining the current status of technology that would provide on-site paging service over existing Wi-Fi networks.

Subsequent to that presentation, I have received a number of comments regarding the pros and cons of paging over Wi-Fi networks rather than conventional paging channels, particularly in the hospital environment.

These commentators have raised important questions that can be summarized as follows:

  1. Potential interference to or from other Wi-Fi applications.
  2. The advantage of keeping hospital paging systems independent from other technologies (such as telephone PBX, data network, or even radio or microwave)
  3. The unique requirements of multi-facility hospital clusters that are spread over a 5 or 6 square mile area and, therefore, require very large radio coverage areas (for example, the Cleveland Clinic, NY Presbyterian Hospital)

Each of these concerns highlights a need for in-depth evaluation and, potentially, the introduction of particular design criterion for Wi-Fi paging. Even at this preliminary stage, however, several things, can be affirmed:

  1. Multiple applications are now operating on Wi-Fi networks in many medical institutions, apparently without undue inter-application interference. Furthermore, the IEEE has recently updated the standards that govern Wi-Fi systems to a standard known as 802.11n. This newer standard includes a “good neighbor” protocol that will further reduce the potential for interference. Notwithstanding these factors, the protocol designed for Wi-Fi paging must take the potential for interference into account.
  2. It is true that independence from other systems can sometimes be advantageous, but most paging systems today are already interfaced to PABX or LAN Networks in order to provide message input access. Many also use telephone cable facilities to link control terminals with base stations.
  3. While multi-location institutions with very large geographic coverage areas are almost certainly still better served by classical high-powered paging facilities, many more institutions require paging coverage in a single building, or even in only a portion of a building. For these, the advantage of wide-area coverage is less compelling.

Paradoxically, while paging has provided valued service into the Health Care community for more than 45 years, there are growing concerns within that community, as expressed by articles in medical publications including the New England Medical Journal, that paging is no longer fully adequate and that consideration should be given to allowing the use of cellular phones as a communication tool in hospitals.

Many hospitals currently use either private (on-site) one-way paging, or carrier provided one-way paging, and most of the concerns expressed were related to increased delay that is generally attributed to the lack of “message received acknowledgement” in one-way paging. Even when radio coverage in a hospital is excellent, which it often is in both private and carrier systems, delays can occur because of the lack of knowledge regarding the ability of a paged individual to respond to the page, even if there is a very high probability that the page was received. Most importantly, these delays are perceived by many health care professionals as constituting an increased risk to patients. Two-way systems, including cell phones and ReFLEX paging, afford confirmation, not only that messages have been received, but also that the paged individual is able to respond as required by the circumstances and are thus increasingly desirable.

Because they can be leased from cellular carriers with absolutely no infrastructure costs to the hospital, coupled with the fact that most medical professionals and staff already carry cell phones, cell phone are a very attractive solution to hospital communications challenges. For a number of years, however, fear that cell phone transmissions could interfere with medical equipment was cited as a primary reason for the widespread ban against cell phone use in patient care areas of hospitals. A secondary reason cited was the “patient annoyance factor” if members of the general public (patients, visitors etc.), in addition to medical staff, were allowed to use cell phones. (Consider the annoyance now so common in restaurants, trains and even churches and synagogues). Virtually no empirical evidence exists to support the fear of “interference” and, over the last several years, the ban on cell phones due to interference concerns has been reduced considerably. Accordingly, a number of hospitals have begun to allow cell phone use by medical staff and some even permit patients and visitors to use cell phones in specific areas of the hospital. The ban based on patient annoyance, however, continues to be a large deterrent to a large-scale move to cell phones in hospitals. A number of hospital administrators now ask: “If we allow the staff to use cell phones, how can we deny use by visitors and patients?”

From functionality and reliability points of view, ReFLEX two-way paging offers an almost ideal solution to the communications needs of the hospital community. Of particular interest, is the fact that quality ReFLEX pagers are today available from several manufacturers. The major impediments to a large scale migration to ReFLEX appears to revolve around two issues:

  1. Difficulty in obtaining RF spectrum allocations,
  2. The high cost of ReFLEX infrastructure equipment, particularly radio base station equipment.

Although doing so requires considerable effort and time, the spectrum issues can be resolved and spectrum allocations can be obtained.

The infrastructure cost issue, however, is much more challenging. Several recent system proposals have resulted in non-redundant infrastructure price quotations of greater than $100,000. While such a price tag may be considered reasonable for a very large institution requiring hundreds or even thousands of pagers, it becomes prohibitive for smaller hospitals, many of which require only several dozen pagers.

A European manufacturer (Swissphone) has recently introduced a pager that combines standard POCSAG outbound signaling (toward the pager) with a GSM cellular signaling in the return path to provide paging “message received” confirmation. This approach solves the major shortcoming of one-way paging, but it suffers several disadvantages:

  1. GSM coverage may not be available at many hospital in-building locations and the cost and complexity of adding cellular repeaters is considerable.
  2. Continuous cooperation would be between the paging provider and the GSM cellular service provider.

Many of the hospital administrators responsible for purchasing facilities such as paging today are IT specialists whose main experience is with data facilities including Wi-Fi networks with which they are very comfortable. Such administrators have difficulty justifying the purchase of a $100,000 network dedicated to paging when, in their view, the hospital already owns a Wi-Fi network covering the hospital areas that need paging coverage.

“Just give us a pager that runs on our existing 802.11 network” is a frequently heard refrain. And it’s a difficult request to ignore.

In addition to cost considerations, and in spite of the need to overcome technical obstacles, Wi-Fi networks do have an attractive potential for additional functionalities:

  1. The smaller coverage zones provided by multiple Wi-Fi Access Points permit pager location to be determined with reasonable resolution (± 200 feet in many cases). In emergency situations, it can be advantageous to quickly ascertain the approximate location of key personnel. This information can permit group messages to be location specific (e.g. all surgeons on 3rd floor, wing D).
  2. Location data could also permit pagers to be placed in a “receive only” mode, with transmitters turned off, in areas with increased concern regarding interference with medical equipment.
  3. Location data could also support staff initiated emergency assistance calls. (Man Down). Such capabilities are important in certain types of facilities and under certain conditions.
  4. The wide bandwidth available in Wi-Fi could permit a variety of medical information, such as patient records, to be sent directly to medical staffs’ pagers.
  5. The nature of 802.11 networks simplifies the addition of low cost coverage expansion or fill-in repeaters when required.
  6. Because they almost always use multiple, independent “Access Points” (repeaters) to cover a desired area, Wi-Fi networks generally exhibit some level of inherent redundancy.
  7. Location data could also support an Asset Tracking service that would allow administrators to determine the location of pieces of portable equipment at any moment in time.

For the stated reasons, demand for two-way wireless communications can be expected to grow within the hospital community over coming months. This demand can be met in several ways:

  1. Significant ReFLEX infrastructure cost reduction can be achieved to allow the paging industry, carriers and manufacturers, to continue to compete in their traditional hospital market Using ReFLEX two-way technology. Appropriate cost reduction, however, is most probably not within reach.
  2. The paging industry, manufacturers and carriers, can embrace the migration to Wi-Fi technology, in which case those carriers and manufacturers who make the shift can continue to compete in the hospital market.
  3. Manufacturers could develop a hybrid pager that combines Wi-Fi and traditional FLEX/POCSAG technology that would also allow both pager manufacturers and carriers to continue to enjoy the hospital market.
  4. Hospitals will more fully embrace cellular, in which case no part of the paging industry, carriers or manufacturers, will play any role whatsoever.

In this light, we would urge the paging industry, carriers and manufacturers, to approach this emerging technology in a creative spirit. Through cooperative ventures involving both carriers and manufacturers, the hospital market, truly the cradle of the paging industry, can be introduced to new levels of performance and functionality that benefit both the medical community, patients and the paging industry.

In this light, we would urge the paging industry, carriers and manufacturers, to approach this emerging technology in a creative spirit. Recent history has shown that the spontaneous rejection of competitive new technologies can be counterproductive. Keep in mind that when the cellular industry first introduced text messaging, many paging “experts” counseled that it would never work! Today, how many dollars does text messaging generate for the cellular operators? Similarly, when Research In Motion first introduced the Blackberry to support mobile e-mail, our industry declined to compete fearing excessive traffic and clogged channels! Who today would not like to be sharing in RIM’s success?

Rather than repeat past shortsightedness, we urge cooperation between carriers, hospital customers and manufacturers, so that the hospital market, truly the cradle of the paging industry, can be introduced to new levels of performance and functionality that benefit both the medical community, patients and the paging industry.


Ron Mercer

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1 Communication in Critical Care Environments: Mobile Telephones Improve Patient Care, Roy G. Soto, MD, Larry F. Chu, MD, MS, Julian M. Goldman, MD, J. Rampil, MD, and Keith J. Ruskin, MD, Anesthesia & Analgesia 2006;102:535-541 © 2006

2 Intensive care unit alarm repeater and ECG viewer on a Wi-Fi-enabled personal digital assistant, Maarek, V.; Lamberti, C.; de Bie, J.; Rangoni, F.; Pirini, G. Computers in Cardiology, 2004

3 Call for Re-evaluation of Mobile Phones in Hospitals, Simon Lam Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 49:632-633 (2002) Toronto, Ontario

Source: R.H. (Ron) Mercer, Consultant
Paging & Wireless Network planners LLC
217 First Street South
East Northport, NY 11731

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Advertiser Index

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

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White House Rejects FCC Proposal for Cell Backup Power

By Wireless Week Staff
WirelessWeek — December 02, 2008

Wireless carriers received a bit of a reprieve when the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rejected an FCC proposal to require all cell phone towers be equipped with backup power.

“CTIA is pleased the Office of Management and Budget recognized that the FCC failed to seek and evaluate public comment on these important rules at the inception of the rulemaking process, and failed to demonstrate the practical utility of the information collected,” said CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent in a statement. “While we have the same goal as the FCC — to keep our networks running during times of emergency — we believe that having the flexibility to adapt to unique emergency situations will better serve American wireless consumers.”

Carriers already have implemented business continuity/disaster recovery plans that address their backup power needs and enhance network reliability and resiliency, he added.

That hasn't been enough for the FCC, though. The issue is still tied up in court; this past summer, a federal appeals court sent the rule back to the FCC for clarification. This week, FCC officials told the Associated Press they are considering their options after the OMB decision.

Wireless carriers’ opinions are mixed. Verizon Wireless, soon to be the nation’s largest carrier, has a good reputation for backup power and does not oppose the FCC proposal. Others, such as Sprint Nextel, argue that the proposal would be too burdensome.

Source: Wireless Week

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Outgoing FCC chairman wants free Web access for all

by Jordan Golson, The Industry Standard

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from The Industry Standard.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin, who will be departing his post along with the Bush Administration, wants the Commission to act at its December meeting on a plan to offer free wireless Internet service nationwide, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

As part of a spectrum auction, Martin wants the winning bidder to set aside 25 percent of that spectrum for a free Internet service—which would filter out porn and other "material not suitable for children", though no word on what, exactly, that means. A higher-speed, unfiltered connection could then be offered for a price.

The WSJ notes that while some consumer advocates have objected to the proposed filter, the FCC will propose that adults could opt out and access all sites—though no word on how such an opt-out would be accomplished.

On top of that, T-Mobile is complaining that the spectrum to be auctioned sits adjacent to airwaves it paid $4 billion for—and the company is concerned about interference for customers using its 3G data network. T-Mobile has been having difficulties rolling out its 3G service on that spectrum, because the prior owner—the Federal Government—wrote in a filing with the FCC that "the commission should not require licensees to meet specific conditions, such as pricing plans, minimum data rates or content filtering." It is unclear, however, whether there would even be an interested party for the spectrum.

At a recent spectrum auction, the FCC was unable to find a bidder for the "D block" of licenses, which required the winning bidder to set some of that aside for "public safety use." The wireless industry generally opposes stipulations on spectrum auctions because of the immense costs in buying the spectrum itself and building out a network to support it.

Source: Macworld

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iPhone shows 327 percent market share gain in Q3

by Jim Dalrymple,
Dec 4, 2008 8:10 am

Apple’s iPhone showed a 327.5 percent market share gain in worldwide smartphone sales for the third-quarter as the overall industry slowed, according to new research from Gartner.

Apple’s market share rose from 3.4 percent in the third-quarter of 2007 to 12.9 percent in the third-quarter of 2008, putting the company in third place behind Nokia and Research In Motion.

Nokia retained its lead in the smartphone market, although its market share fell 3.1 percent to 42.4 percent. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry saw a big gain of 81.7 percent as it moved into second place worldwide with 15.9 percent in the third-quarter of 2008.

HTC and Sharp rounded out the top five smartphone manufactures with 4.5 percent market share and 3.4 percent market share, respectively.

In North America, Apple is in second place behind Research In Motion with 25.4 percent market share. Apple also captured second place in the European market behind Nokia with a 15.6 percent market share.

Overall, the worldwide economy has slowed smartphone growth in the third-quarter with an 11.5 percent increase. Gartner analyst Roberta Cozza said smartphone sales should continue to grow, but at a slower pace.

Cozza also noted that, for the first time, iPhone sales exceeded sales of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices worldwide and in North America.

Source: Macworld

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Blackberry maker RIM lowers outlook as iPhone turns up heat

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 6:10 AM PST
Modified: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 6:29 AM

Palm Inc.'s and Apple Inc.'s smartphone rival Research in Motion Ltd. lowered its outlook for its latest quarter in the face of declining demand and more competition.

The BlackBerry maker (NASDAQ:RIMM) said forecast earnings will be between 81 cents and 83 cents a share on revenue of $2.75 billion to $2.78 billion for the fiscal third quarter which ended Saturday. That compares with a September projection of between 89 cents and 97 cents profit on sales between $2.95 billion and $3.1 billion.

The company said that the number of new BlackBerry accounts was about 2.6 million. That is below its previous forecast of 2.9 million, but shows a 57 increase from last year.

Earlier this week, Sunnyvale-based Palm (NASDAQ:PALM) also said sales for its latest quarter would be below expectations.

Meanwhile, a report issued Tuesday by Needham & Co. said Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone accounted for nearly all of the growth in the smartphone market in an earlier three-month period ending in September.

The firm reported a 28.6 percent rise in worldwide smartphone shipments in the period. Writing in the report, analyst Charles Wolf said, "Apple’s iPhone 3G, introduced in July, is the only reason smartphone growth did not slow in September. Apple shipped almost 7 million iPhones in the quarter, accounting for all of the sequential shipment growth in the quarter and then some."

Source: BusinessJournal

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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.

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Desktop. Laptop. Pocket: The era of the personal Internet dawns with the Nokia N97

December 02, 2008

Tilting touch display, QWERTY keyboard and personalized home screen - a true mobile computer

Barcelona, Spain - Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world's most advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the Internet and to each other. Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5" touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an 'always open' window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations. Nokia's flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology - including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds - for people to create a personal Internet and share their 'social location.'

"From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence," said Jonas Geust, Vice President, heading Nokia Nseries. "Together with the Ovi services announced today, the Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most. With the Nokia N97, Nseries leads the charge in helping to transform the Internet into your Internet".

Sensing your 'So-Lo'
The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of 'social location'. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, the Nokia N97 mobile computer intuitively understands where it is. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their 'status' and share their 'social location' as well as related pictures or videos.

Widescreen - Internet and entertainment
The home screen of the Nokia N97 mobile computer features the people, content and media that matter the most. Friends, social networks and news are available by simply touching the home screen. The 16:9 widescreen display can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The Nokia N97 is also perfectly suited for browsing the web, streaming Flash videos or playing games. Both the physical QWERTY and virtual touch input ensure efficiency in blogging, chatting, posting, sending texts or emailing.

The Nokia N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by excellent music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The Nokia N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.

The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

For more information and materials on Nokia World 2008 event and announcements, please visit:

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Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business mobility and more. Developing and growing our offering of consumer Internet services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a key area of focus. We also provide equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.

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What's wrong with the BlackBerry Storm?

December 1, 2008 — 9:24pm ET | By Jason Ankeny

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Research In Motion debuted its much-anticipated BlackBerry Storm device on Nov. 21, and many Verizon Wireless retail stores sold out of the touchscreen phone immediately--as of Monday, the operator's website reports new Storm orders will ship by Dec. 15, seven days later than the company promised a week ago. What's behind the delay? Neither RIM nor Verizon has offered an official explanation, and given that analysts forecast sales of 100,000 to 120,000 units based on preliminary sales, it's possible the Storm is simply in short supply. But there's another theory, supported by New York Times tech columnist David Pogue's blistering review of the device: The Storm is buggy as hell. Calling the Storm "the BlackBerry Dud" and likening the notion of a BlackBerry device without a keyboard to "an iPod without a scroll wheel, a Prius with terrible mileage [or] Cracker Jack without a prize inside," Pogue writes of "freezes, abrupt reboots, non-responsive controls [and] cosmetic glitches," concluding that RIM has overextended itself by introducing too many new phones in too short a timeframe. "Web rumor has it that a bug-fix software update is in the works," Pogue says in summation.

Now The Boy Genius Report says it's running a leaked version of the updated BlackBerry Storm OS on its device, and the improvements over the previous incarnation are significant: Faster screen switching from portrait to landscape, longer battery life, a superior web browser and more efficient shuffling through personal media like music and photos. But BGR adds the operating system is far from perfect--the touchscreen keyboard sometimes disappears while typing, data connectivity remains slow and the camera application is "just all around chaos." There's no word on when or even if RIM will officially release version, let alone whether Verizon is test-driving the update, but either way it seems clear to expect a significant revamp of the Storm software in the imminent future. For now, this would-be "iPhone killer" poses more of a threat to RIM's reputation than Apple's smartphone dominance. —Jason

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Trying to Keep Cell Phones Out of Prison

By HILARY HYLTON / AUSTIN Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

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Prison authorities used to have almost complete control over an inmate's ability to communicate with the outside world. By checking their mail and parceling out telephone access — at scheduled times on easily and legally tapped landlines — communication for inmates was difficult and often expensive (their families had to pay for the hefty collect calls, usually the only kind allowed in jail). Today, however, as cell phones proliferate (with an estimated 3.5 billion and counting), they are reaching into every corner of the planet — including jail cells. Authorities in India recently confiscated more than 600 cell phones in a prison in the state of Gujarat. Not even high-security areas like Texas' death row are exempt.

Cell-phone access can mean chaos. Brazilian officials say cell phones are used to organize and plan widespread riots that are endemic to their crowded prisons; Canadian prosecutors said a notorious drug kingpin continued business behind bars using his cell phone; and a man awaiting trial on a homicide charge in Maryland has been accused of arranging via cell phone the murder of a key witness in the case. The examples go on and on, some bordering on the absurd. The mother of a prisoner in Texas even called authorities to complain about her son's bad cell-phone reception in jail. (See pictures of the cell phone through the ages.)

Most prison cell-phone incidents, however, raise serious security concerns. Texas death-row inmate Richard Tabler allegedly used a smuggled cell phone in recent weeks to make threatening calls to Texas state senator John Whitmire, chairman of a key criminal jurisprudence committee. The calls were among 2,800 made in just one month from cell phones used by Tabler and nine of his fellow death-row inmates. After Whitmire alerted state prison authorities to the calls, the high-security East Texas prison was locked down and searched. Authorities found Tabler's phone hidden in the ceiling above a shower. They also found 11 other phones in the sweep. Last week, another search led to the discovery of two SIMM cards in a Bible belonging to death-row inmate Hank Skinner. He denied having a phone, but an X-ray revealed one hidden in his rectum.

Even before Tabler's notorious calls, Texas prison authorities were investigating 19 cases of death-row cell-phone use and 700 cases throughout the entire state system. Tabler's mother and sister have been arrested on felony charges for buying cell-phone minutes and equipment for him. But it is not just family members who help smuggle the phones. Prison authorities say guards have been paid $2,000 — more than a month's wages — to bring in contraband cell phones. Small cell phones and postage-stamp-size SIMM cards are easy to smuggle into prisons in body cavities or simply by throwing them over a fence inside a ball, says Josh Gelinas, a spokesman for South Carolina's prison system, where more than 1,000 phones have been confiscated this year.

Some states, like Florida and New Jersey, have passed new tough laws making cell-phone-smuggling a felony. They are also using cell-phone-sniffing dogs to hunt down the contraband and assigning guards to do metal-detecting wand searches for hidden phones. But Gelinas said South Carolina's prison system is "short-funded" and cannot afford to divert manpower to searches. "It makes much more sense to use the cell-phone jamming technology that's available," Gelinas says. The problem for state and local prison administrators is that jamming cell-phone signals is illegal and available only to federal agencies under strictly controlled guidelines. Anyone violating the law, including state and local law enforcement, can be heavily fined by the Federal Government.

South Carolina is hoping to persuade federal authorities to allow cell-phone jamming. Last week prison officials invited CellAntenna Corp. to demonstrate such technology for state and federal lawmakers. The prison system also invited representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates jamming. The demonstration, however, drew opposition from the cell-phone industry's lobbying arm, CTIA — The Wireless Association, which sent a letter to the FCC urging the agency to block CellAntenna from "brazenly" violating federal law. The association's chief lobbyist, Steve Largent, a retired professional football player and former Congressman, said jamming could interfere with emergency phone calls and public safety communications. But the demonstration went forward. CellAntenna used a suitcase-size device to block cell-phone signals in a large auditorium, showing how a defined area could be jammed.

The debate over jamming by state and local governments has been presented to the FCC before. Both CellAntenna, a Miami-based company, and CTIA have introduced petitions seeking rule changes, and now the state of Texas has filed a request for clarification on the issue, given its recent problems with inmates. Howard Melamed, president of CellAntenna, has been waging battles in the courts and at the FCC against jamming for more than a decade. Melamed says he has no interest in lifting current laws to allow individuals or private enterprises like theaters and restaurants to install jamming devices, but he does believe that state and local law enforcement should have access to it. But CTIA spokesman Joe Farren disagrees. "You are talking about potentially blocking emergency communications within and potentially outside a large structure," he says. Farren insists that "this is a contraband issue" and, as such, prisons should utilize searches and other methods to find phones rather than "throwing out the baby with the bathwater."

Speaking to TIME from Panama, where he was on a sales trip to Latin American prisons, Melamed said CellAntenna is selling jamming technology worldwide, sometimes with the help of promotional trips arranged by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He calls it ironic that one branch of the Federal Government is promoting jamming while another is blocking it. Across the globe, more and more countries are buying jamming equipment. Britain has embarked on a major study to address the issue. Given a new U.S. Administration and anticipated changes at the top of the FCC, it is unlikely that the dueling petitions before the agency will move at anything approaching warp speed, despite mounting pressure from state prison authorities. Most observers expect this debate to land in the lap of Congress. Meanwhile, prison authorities will continue with their cavity searches.

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Georgia Tech Tests Mobile Alert System for Cell Phones

Atlanta (December 3, 2008) -In the first field trial of its kind, Georgia Tech's Wireless Emergency Communications project tested the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Commercial Mobil Alert System to see how well it met the needs of people with vision and hearing impairments. They found three areas where they will recommend changes to the FCC.

( — Atlanta ( December 3, 2008 ) — In the first field trial of its kind, Georgia Tech’s Wireless Emergency Communications project tested the Federal Communications Commission’s ( FCC ) Commercial Mobil Alert System to see how well it met the needs of people with vision and hearing impairments. They found three areas where they will recommend changes to the FCC.

• Although 90 percent of participants who are blind or have low vision found the alert attention signal to be loud enough and long enough to get their attention, only 70 percent of deaf and hard of hearing participants indicated the same regarding the vibrating cadence. Comments regarding the vibrating cadence suggested that it would only be effective if the individual were holding the phone in their hand, but easily missed if in a purse or even in one’s pocket.

• All hearing participants expressed concern that the early part of the message was missed because the tone went too quickly into the 90-character spoken alert, causing the first few words of the message to be missed. The required Commercial Mobile Alert System message format places the event type first ( i.e., tornado, flood, etc. ) so crucial information may not be heard by blind consumers using text-to-speech software on their mobile phones to access the alerts. Many suggested the need for a header such as “This is a ...” to allow for more clarity. Such a header is currently employed by the Emergency Alert System ( EAS ) messages broadcast on television, radio and cable systems.

• Deaf and hard of hearing participants commented that they would like to see enhancements such as strobe lights, screen flashes and stronger vibrating cadences. While these enhancements can be addressed by cell phone manufacturers, they aren't required to do so by the FCC.

The tests were conducted on November 12, 2008, with 30 subjects. The results will be presented to the FCC and others during the State of Technology conference in September.

The FCC established the Commercial Mobile Alert System in 2008 to provide a framework for commercial mobile service providers to voluntarily transmit emergency alerts to their subscribers. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies’ Wireless Emergency Communications project has been developing software and conducting field tests on how to make the emergency alert system accessible for people with sensory disabilities who use mobile devices.

Tech’s Wireless Emergency Communications project received additional federal funding to field test the provisions of Commercial Mobile Alert System that affect accessibility, such as the limitation of 90 characters, not permitting URLs, and volume limits including specific vibrating cadences and alert tones. By conducting this field test, they will provide the FCC and the wireless industry with concrete evidence from the perspective of end-users on how the Commercial Mobile Alert System would be better able to serve the specific needs of people with sensory disabilities. Most recommendations, however, would render the system more effective for all consumers. For example, participants suggested repeating the attention signal and vibrating cadences in intervals until they are shut off by the user to ensure the receipt of the alert by an individual who is away from their phone, asleep, driving or unable to hear or see.

The field test recruited participants from the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, Atlanta Public School System, the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Consumer Advisory Network and the Georgia Radio Reading Service ( GaRRS ). Subjects were as diverse in their sensory limitations as they were in their technical skill level, ranging from those who were fully deaf or fully blind to those with enhanced hearing ( hearing aid/cochlear implants ) or enhanced vision ( glasses/contacts ).

Though field test participant’s names are usually held in the strictest confidence, one participant agreed to go on the record.

“I applaud PBA and Georgia Tech for their effort in bringing this very important issue to the public,” said Georgia State Representative Bob Smith. “We must continue to make this a priority, to seek innovative and creative ways to notify people with disabilities and tirelessly work to improve and perfect the notification system. It is paramount that Georgians are aware that people with various disabilities, more than any time in our history, need to be informed of catastrophic events.”

This is the second field test hosted by project partner Public Broadcasting Atlanta. PBA recognized the importance of this community project and how it aligned with its vision of implementing a Local Education Network System ( LENS ) capable of convening individuals, organizations and communities. MetroCast Atlanta, a component of LENS, would serve as an emergency information network for schools, city officials and citizens in the event of natural or terrorist disaster.

The mobile devices and cellular service used in this field test were the result of a generous donation from WEC industry partner AT&T. For more information on WEC, go to Funding for the CMAS parameter field test was made possible by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, grant # H133E060061.

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motorola hint Today, the wraps came off the new Motorola Hint QA30 cell phone. The handset's boxy design looks a lot like the wide iPod nano and reminds me of the trendier LG Lotus and Samsung's Cleo flip phones, except this one is a vertical slider phone.

It seems Motorola is trying to appeal to the text messaging social butterflies "who are used to having several conversations at once" with threaded text and instant messaging. As you can see from the pictures, the fat little phone hides a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, which is a nice surprise considering the size of this device.

motorola hint The handset itself may not look like much, but it sports a 2.5 inch color widescreen display, Bluetooth, an MP3 Player, speakerphone, 2-megapixel camera with video recorder, microSD slot, and Wi-Fi. It will be available through Alltel starting November 28th for the low price of $100 with a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.

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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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December Edition of “Wonder of Wireless” Webcast Now Available

WASHINGTON, DC – Wireless safety applications that can help prevent drunk-driving over the holidays, a wireless globe-trotter, a quick-thinking deer hunter, and a wireless entrepreneur who is working to bridge the digital divide in rural America are featured segments in this month’s “Wonder of Wireless” (WOW) webcast, produced by CTIA-The Wireless Association®. The webcast is now available for viewing and includes several video segments that highlight a variety of wireless related topics involving the mobile enterprise, emergency rescues, significant public policy milestones, and much more.

The “Wireless at work” segment of the December WOW webcast features innovative wireless applications that are providing useful information on alcohol consumption and a convenient way to call for a safe ride home. Wireless technology is an important public safety tool, and it’s becoming increasingly helpful to consumers and law enforcement over the holidays. One of the applications is a service called #TAXI, which allows 160 million U.S. wireless subscribers to use abbreviated dialing to summon a taxi in their calling area. The other initiative is a website optimized for wireless devices called, sponsored by the Century Council, which lets mobile users access the internet, input some basic information, and learn about their estimated blood alcohol concentration level.

This month’s webcast also highlights a one-on-one “Insider Interview” with Stelera Wireless CEO, Ed Evans, on the subject of rural wireless broadband. While many debate on how to bring broadband to rural America, Evans is doing that today on his company’s wireless data networks. Using government loans to deliver wireless broadband to underserved areas, Evans talks about the value of that service he initiated in Floresville, Texas.

A second “Insider Interview” features former CBS Mobile executive, Cyriac Roeding, who recounts his recent global wireless tour. Wireless is having a profound social and economic impact around the world, as Roeding, who currently works for venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, saw for himself on his worldwide tour. Having traveled to numerous countries including India, Thailand, and the continent of Africa, Roeding shares about his adventures, observations, and fascinating images of how wireless technology is changing life on our planet.

The “Wireless Lifesaver” story recounts a heroic deer hunter from Ohio who used his cell phone to help rescue a fellow hunter who severely injured himself with a knife while dressing a deer. And, the WOW “Policy Point” provides an update on two important voluntary initiatives in the wireless industry—Wireless AMBER Alerts and Text 2HELP.

CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.

Source: Virtual Press Office

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From: "Ron ADVCOM" <>
Date: November 25, 2008 3:34:06 PM CST
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Subject: Cincinnati Bell said it's the first carrier in the nation to offer text messaging as a feature to customers' landlines.

Now it appears that WIRELINE will follow up with WIRELESS features.  The SMS messaging to a land line phone device is interesting and could be a testing of potential other capabilities on wire line customers devices, like WARNINGS!


Cincinnati Bell says it’s 1st to add wireless functions to landlines

By Mike Robuck - November 25, 2008

Cincinnati Bell said it’s the first carrier in the nation to offer text messaging as a feature to customers’ landlines.

Yesterday, the company introduced its Smart Home Phone, which allows customers to send and receive SMS text messages. The phone lets subscribers view a list of their voicemail entries, play or delete them in any order, and read text messages.

With the new phone, customers can also look up information on Yellow Pages, and can read news, weather and sports updates.

The Smart Home Phone uses a combination of Cincinnati Bell's ZoomTown high-speed Internet and home phone services. The Smart Home Phone handset is $29.99 for customers who have a ZoomTown and home phone bundle while regular retail price is $129.99.

Smart Home Phone customers receive three months of free text messaging and SpinVox service, with the option to purchase unlimited texting for $9.99 per month and unlimited SpinVox for $5.99 per month after the trial period.

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From: Ed Heffernan
Subject: From The Wireless Messaging Newsletter
Date: December 4, 2008 2:20:38 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Brad, you probably heard that Ted Rogers died on December 2. He is the founder of Rogers Communications with a network across Canada. Rogers Communications started with cable TV. I recall In 1966, when he visited our shop (Multitone Electronics) with an idea of creating the first Area Wide Paging system by feeding the paging signal into his Cable TV network and the tapping off the signal at numerous intersections. A very unique idea in those days of low power paging. It was this kind of foresight that led to the Empire that he eventually built.

Ed Heffernan
General Manager
Multitone Wireless (Canada)

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From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: November Meeting Minutes and attendance list
Date: December 2, 2008 10:57:22 AM CST

As part of my last duties as Chair of the PTC, I have finally gotten my act together re our last meeting and have the meeting minutes and attendance list along with a few attachments from the presentations. As many of you heard at the meeting, I will be leaving SkyTel at the end of the year and moving on to something. My planning hasn't gone far enough to know exactly what but after watching the TV show, I know I won’t be teaching 5th grade :)

It has been a long road (I’ve been with SkyTel 18 years) and I’ve made a lot of friends. I appreciate all the hard work and professionalism exhibited by members of the PTC and know that the group will be in good hands with Michael Lyons and Jim Nelson at the helm.

Thanks everyone

Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Product Management
o: 601-292-8441
c: 601-842-8056
stephen oshinsky

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Subject: Used Paging Equipment For Sale
Date: November 30, 2008 12:27:37 AM CST

Dear Brad,

We have used paging equipment for sale.

A list of the equipment available is attached and we would be grateful if you could let us know whether you could post the list on your newsletter with a view to promoting its sale. Interested parties are welcome to make their offers, fob Colombo.

The equipment was in use by Intercity Paging Services, Colombo Sri Lanka.

Please let me know your terms.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Bulner
22, Pinto Place
Colombo 6
Sri Lanka
Tel: 94-11-2503077 (Res)
94-777 899 799 (Mobile)
94-11-5322919 (Off)

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This Week's Science Lesson

SDRSoftware Defined Radio

From VK6VZ and VK6APH's most informative article in the December issue of Radcomm (the RSGB magazine) — "All the radio frequencies that amateurs use are covered in noise — some of which is atmospheric, some ionospheric and the rest is man/machine made. When noise pulses/spikes pass through a crystal filter, the phase response of the filter changes, depending on the noise frequency. However, when noise pulse/spikes pass through an ADC with a linear response, the phase response stays the same, because the ADC treats them in a linear matter" — and as they follow on to say — that is why the sound is so much more mellower to hear and has to be believed to be heard. [sic]
[I think they meant to say, "has to be heard to be believed."]

Source: SDR-IQ Yahoo discussion group (subscription required).

Comparison of DSP-Receivers and analog (conventional) receivers:

There are two reasons for the better audio- or signal-quality of the DSP-receivers: one is the properties of the bandpass-filters and the second is the properties of the demodulator or down-converter.

1. Bandpass filters

The bandpass-filters used in analog receivers are either crystal or mechanical filters. Both filters suffer from phase distortion, the more the steeper the skirts are. This means that the delay time of different frequencies in the passband is not the same. The time or phase relationship of the frequency components of a signal is lost or at least distorted. This can easily be observed with digital signals like fast CW or RTTY. The pulses are severely rounded or even can get pointy. Or this can be seen by receiving fax pictures. Due to the phase distortion the vertical lines get fuzzy of are doubled. This does happen with audio signals too, but the human ear cannot detect the phase error, but the sound and readability are affected. There are very expensive receivers, e.g. from Rhode & Schwarz, which have quite elaborate phase compensation networks to compensate the phase distortion, but these receivers are very rare.

The bandpass filters in the DSP-receivers are of the type FIR. These filters are strictly phase-linear, which means that the delay time for all frequencies in the passband is the same. Often the expression phase-linear is used, although many people do not know what it means. It means that the phase increases in a linear function with the frequency. If the factor is correct, the delay time is constant. That the phase-linearity of the filters is mathematically exact[ly] linear [and] is very important for the signal quality. I have always stressed this in my brochures and publications, but the reviewers do not pay attention or they do not know why this is so important. You can re-read the review from Radio Netherlands (there is a link in our homepage). They too write a lot about the special sound and do not know the reason. Some reviewers even write that the sound is somewhat artificial. The contrary is correct. The sound is more natural with a DSP-receiver than with an analog receiver, but they have never heard it before. The absence of phase distortion can again best be seen by receiving digital signals and looking at the signals on a scope or by looking at fax pictures. And the digital filters do not ring. You can receive fast CW or RTTY with a very narrow filter, which is not possible with analog filters. There is no analog counterpart for the FIR-filters. They can not be built in the analog technology. Thus these filters and their performance is really something new in the art of communication.

It is important too, that the filters in the front-end of the receiver or the first I.F. do not cause phase distortions. Therefore we are using a pretty wide crystal filter in the 1. I.F. of 15 kHz bandwidth.

2. Demodulators

All demodulators are mixers or multipliers. The frequency conversion is mathematically a multiplication. The simple diode demodulator for AM uses the non-linearity for mixing the carrier with the sidebands. This is the wanted signal. But the sideband frequencies multiply with each other too. Every frequency in one sideband generates a signal with all other frequencies which are present in the passband. This leads to an almost unlimited number of unwanted signals. These are smaller because the sideband frequencies are smaller than the carrier, but they are there. Therefore the diode demodulator has a distortion factor of 3 to 5%, or more. The situation is a bit better with sync detectors and product detectors (product = multiplication), because the added carrier is much stronger than the signal and so the spurious signals are relatively smaller. Basically there is no difference. It can not be prevented, that the signal components multiply with each other.

This is completely different with the digital multiplication. As said before, any frequency conversion is a multiplication of two frequencies. If two frequencies are multiplied in the digital representation, only this is performed and nothing else. A multiplication of the signal components does not happen. So when the signal is down-converted in the DSP, the resulting signal is as clean as it was. There are of course different algorithms for the demodulation of AN and SSB or other signals. But common for all is that they do not cause a distortion like the diode demodulator or product-detector. Basically the demodulator algorithms are free of distortion, except maybe the resolution. In a 16-bit system the resolution is 65,000 and in a 32-bit system it is 4.3 billion bits or steps. In the KWZ-30* we use double precision math, which is 32-bit. So the resolution error is not a big deal. It can be said that the digital down-conversion and the demodulation does not cause a detectable distortion.

The properties of both the filters and the down-converters/demodulators were unknown before and contribute to the special and exceptional signal quality of the DSP-receivers. A real DSP-receiver is something completely different than a conventional receiver with an added DSP filter.

Source: SDR-IQ Yahoo discussion group (subscription required).

* [The described model KWZ-30 is no longer available. K+D is working on the successor model KWZ-30-2.] (Kneisner + Doering Elektronik GmbH)

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Business Ethics
A father is explaining ethics to his son, who is about to go into business. "Suppose a woman comes in and orders a hundred dollars worth of material. You wrap it up, and you give it to her. She pays you with a $100 bill. But as she goes out the door you realize she’s given you two $100 bills. Now, here’s where the ethics come in: should you or should you not tell your partner?"

I know, it's a joke, but is this what they are teaching in business school? For most of my life I have been told that the key to improving our country is higher education. Our country is in the worst condition that it has been in my lifetime and the fault lies with our highly-educated leaders in industry and government. Maybe there should have been more university courses in business ethics? No . . . I don't think that is the answer—it might have helped—but learning right from wrong has to start at a very young age, and to have any real, and lasting meaning it must be based on sincere spiritual values.

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