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03/08/2017 AT&T 2G

On 1/1/2017, AT&T terminated 2G service. If you have a 2G cellular device such as a cellular modem, those devices will no longer function and you must upgrade to a 3G or 4G device.

As far as replacements go, while there are many different makes and models of cellular modem available, our clients have had the best experience with cellular modem hardware made by a company called Multitech () and good examples of their hardware are the MTC-H5 and the rCell 100.


03/07/2017 Did You Know that NotePager Pro Has Calendar Based Scheduling?

You can schedule a single message or a series of messages and you can configure them to repeat at an interval of your choosing.

Did You Know that NotePager Pro Has Calendar Based Scheduling?


03/05/2017 FireTextResponse

A supplemental emergency alert notification and response system that is fully autonomous.

FireTextResponse


02/03/2017 SMS vs MMS

In a world where half of customers prefer texting for service and support, short message service (SMS) and multimedia message service (MMS) have become vital for engagement and retention. A 2014 study, for instance, found that nearly one-third of customers believe it is important for companies to make texting an available support option; meanwhile, 47 percent believe that texting would improve their overall satisfaction.

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03/01/2017 Transfer SMS Messages From Android To iPhone

You may want only to transfer SMS messages from an Android device to iPhone. The reason: you might be switching over to an iPhone (nothing wrong with that!) or for some reason you may require the SMS conversations present on your Android device to also be on your iPhone. We will show two of the easiest ways by which you can transfer SMS messages from Android to iPhone.

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02/27/2017 Samsung Galaxy smartphones can be crashed with a single SMS

Security researchers from Context IS have uncovered serious vulnerabilities in a number of premium Samsung Galaxy phones which allow attackers to crash devices using a single SMS message and initiate ransomware attacks.

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02/13/2017 Happy Valentines Day 2017 Wishes: Best Valentines Day SMS, Quotes, WhatsApp and Facebook Messages to send your Valentine!

Valentines Day is much more than just whispering sweet nothings to each other. Even those who are away from each other in terms of distance, try and spend time with each other on this day. It’s true, the Day of Love has something for everyone who understands and values true love.

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02/24/2017 Text Messages Reduce Problem Drinking in Adults Feinstein Institute Study ShowsX

Researchers at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health have found that text messaging is an effective tool to reduce heavy drinking in adults seeking help on the internet. The results of the first-of-its-kind study, published today in PLOS ONE, show that when drinkers received adaptive tailored texts, their drinking reduction was similar to many in-person moderation treatments.  

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02/22/2017 Text Messages Improve Birth Control Compliance, Says Study

Study after study points to the power of text messaging to connect health care providers to their patients, improving patient compliance with medications and appointments and giving medical professionals better data. A 2015 Johns Hopkins University study on birth control compliance in young women is no exception, demonstrating the potential texting holds to impact the often underserved area of women's health.

The study, published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health in May, recruited about 100 participants living in Baltimore. The participants, all young women between the ages of 13 and 21, were using the contraceptive injection.

Text Messages Improve Birth Control Compliance, Says Study


02/20/2017 Juror Notifications Via Text Message Streamlining Jury Duty

No one likes getting their jury duty summons, and scheduling around jury duty can be an even greater nuisance. Thankfully, some states and counties are beginning to find ways to reduce this problem, with text messaging taking a central role.

Juror Notifications Via Text Message Streamlining Jury Duty


02/18/2017 How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging

Texting has become a major mode of communication and coordination for many workplaces, allowing colleagues to exchange information rapidly and effectively. While SMS is of great aid to office environments, firms with more widely distributed work sites could benefit even more from the extensive and efficient communication network that texting affords. Construction firms are no exception, where text messaging is put to task as an effective way of keeping employees up to date and safe.

Using text messaging to perform basic employee coordination is especially important for construction firms, which may mobilize multiple teams of workers to a range of sites in one day.

How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging


02/16/2017 2017 Predictions: A2P text messaging set to impact enterprise, IoT space

Application-to-person messaging is going be a major player in the telecoms space this year, with new partnerships forming between instant messaging apps and large enterprises. The A2P text messaging business-as-a-service model, already gaining significant traction in 2016, will advance even faster as operators ally with mobile messaging specialists to handle A2P text messaging traffic.

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02/14/2017 How Text Messaging Tap And Encourage Students To Apply for College

With the hundreds of thousands of high school students who graduate every year, many of them make unwisdecisions about where to go to college or whether they should be going to college. A lot of them make the wrong choices about the institutions they enroll to, and a lot more even decide to never enroll at all.

In order to close this gap, a new approach in the form of text messaging was put in place to reach students during summer and encourage and remind them of the deadlines and the requirements of the college or university they intend to apply for. This is in fact a smart move because young people love to text and this form of communication has already somehow replaced phone calls.

In a study, 72 percent of low income students who got the text message decided to enroll in college, according to NY Times, compared to the 66.4 percent who were not able to get the information.

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02/12/2017 Text Your Way to College

Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors make bad choices about where — or whether — to go to college. Some who would excel at top-ranked institutions opt for second-tier institutions. And more than 200,000 students who have been accepted by colleges never enroll.

The good news is that, for students in both groups, a dollop of information or a helpful nudge can change their decisions.

Many high achievers from poor families don’t even consider elite schools. Scared off by the sticker price, they enroll at community colleges and less selective institutions instead. That is one reason 72 percent of students at the most competitive universities come from families in the top quarter of the income bracket, while students from families in the bottom quarter make up only 3 percent.

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02/10/2017 6 Ways To Use SMS To Engage Your Customers

More than half of all American adults (68%) own smartphones.

And do you know what the most popular smartphone feature is? Texting. A staggering 97% of smartphone owners use their phone to text versus 75% who check social networks and 47% who play games.

Many businesses have experienced commercial success by employing SMS in their marketing plan. Thats because text messaging is a popular and powerful tool for businesses to reach out to their clients.

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02/08/2017 Digital Services Send Messages to Your Loved Ones After You Die

If you could use technology to receive messages from a loved one who has died, would you?

Thanks to a growing industry dedicated to managing death in a digital age, it's no longer a hypothetical question. Smartphone apps and services like SafeBeyond have made it possible for users to upload video, audio, photo or text messages that will be sent electronically to a chosen heir at the date, event, or even location of their choosing.

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02/06/2017 6 Things That Do Not Translate Well Over Text Messages

Texting has become a gateway of covering real, raw emotions of what we actually mean vs. what we think it means. Yes, I blame texting for this because there is always a misinterpretation of what someone sends you.

There are some emotions, sentiments, and words that we should try to keep alive and well in the dying art of a face to face conversation. Some words just do not feel the same when Iȗm seeing it light up on my phone than hearing it. When I hear your voice and see your face a whole new connection is being made.

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02/04/2017 Here is How The New Wave Of Messaging Has Transformed Customer Service

If your customers will not even call Mom on the phone anymore (they are texting her instead), why are you forcing them to call your business on the phone any time they need customer service or support?

In their personal lives, your customers spend five times longer messaging (texting) every day than they do on voice calls, and this is true across all  demographics: Millennials exchange an average of 67 text messages each day with friends and family, and the use of texting by older customers follows close behind.

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02/02/2017 Text message saves life of woman trapped in car trunk

The woman called 911 to say a man had kidnapped her and thrown her into the trunk of his car; but they were on the move, and her phone signal dropped out.

That is when the dispatcher got the idea to text her. And it worked.

They stayed in communication, and with help from Verizon, they were able to track the moving car and arrest the driver.

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01/30/2017 For Diabetics, Texting Program Improves Health

When living with diabetes, diligent self-care is essential, and at times overwhelming. The demands of self-awareness and self-care can be exhausting, or simply easy to forget about at times, but a lapse can be dangerous for diabetics. In an effort to make keeping on top of the daily responsibilities of diabetes easier, researchers have begun to explore how texting might be used to lighten this load and improve the health of diabetics.

For Diabetics Text Messaging Improves Health


01/27/2017 Top Carrier Settings for Sending Messages

Large collection of  Top Carrier Settings for Sending Messages


01/25/2017 Integration Methods for Public Safety

There are many different ways to integrate PageGate with other programs and hardware and these forms of integration are invaluable to Public Safety and Emergency Management Systems because it allows you to send pages to pagers, SMS to cell phones, Email to email addresses or any combination of the three.

Integration Methods for Public Safety


01/23/2017 SMS Learning Center

SMS Learning Center


01/20/2017 Latest News from NotePage

Welcome to NotePage news. If preferred this newsletter can also be viewed online at: http://www.notepage.net/newsletter-12-06-2016.htm

Verizon Changes
Many of NotePage's customer's use Verizon's public gateway to send messages and have experienced problems lately.  Verizon has updated their receiving SMTP infrastructure and now has a limit on the number of messages you can send to their public SMTP gateway (phonenumber@vtext.com) per day. Customers are reporting receiving a 554 response when attempting to send messages. Learn how you can resolve this issue: http://www.notepage.net/verizon-changes-to-public-smtp-gateway.htm

New Integration Profiles
We are very pleased to announced four new integration partner profiles. All of these partners use PageGate to enhance their existing solutions.

DaPro Systems - CAD System
http://www.notepage.net/dapro-systems/dapro-systems.htm

FireText Response - Emergency Alerts
http://www.notepage.net/firetextresponse/firetextresponse.htm

QED - Medical Dispatch Software
http://www.notepage.net/qed/medical-dispatch.htm

Turn-Key Lone Worker - Personal Duress Alarm System
http://www.notepage.net/lone-worker/lone-worker.htm

Did You Know that NotePager Pro Has Calendar Based Scheduling?
You can schedule a single message or a series of messages and you can configure them to repeat at an interval of your choosing.
http://www.notepage.net/did-you-know-notepager-pro-has-calendar-based-scheduling.htm

Texting Toward Degrees
Texting and schooling: they don't quite seem to work together. But, schools are showing us more each day, they do. We often tend to think of texting as a plague to education, and maybe it has been, distracting leagues of students studying at home and even students who find their focus wavering in the classroom. But schools are turning the tables, embracing the medium in a number of ways to improve the students' experience at school. Could texting become a boon, not a bane, to education?
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/texting-toward-degrees.htm

How Texting is Helping Victims of Violence
One of the first things many of us do in an emergency situation is text our loved ones, but what if we can't? Often, in instances of attacks, abduction, and other violent acts, the impulse to reach for our phones subsides to the impulse to defend ourselves, and scarcely in such situations are victims even able to access their phones. Thankfully, numerous developers and organizations have found ways to put texting to use to help victims of violence, whether or not they are able to reach for their phones.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/how-texting-is-helping-victims-of-violence.htm

Can SMS Improve Medication Compliance
It can be all too easy to miss doses of medication by simply forgetting to take them, and many who are prescribed medication choose not to take it, feeling uncertain about its risks or that they may not need it. In short, medication compliance can be dangerously low; almost one third of patients prescribed medication prescribed to control blood pressure and lipids, medicine that can be critical to a patient's health, are not compliant with their medication.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/can-sms-improve-medication-compliance.htm

How Text Messaging is Changing the Hospitality Industry
While waiting at the airport for your rental car, you get a notification on your cell phone. It's a text from your hotel, asking if you would like a drink or food from room service upon your arrival. It may sound like a futuristic luxury, but the fact of the matter is that scenarios like this are not that far off. Text messaging offers a myriad of ways to boost the hospitality industry, and hotels are bound to take note sooner rather than later.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/how-can-text-messaging-change-hospitality.htm

How Your Bank is Using Text Messaging?
The introduction of online banking marked an important step for banks into the 21st century; being able to access account information rapidly and remotely is a boon to the modern person. But more and more, online access isn't cutting it; web pages are often less accessible on the go, or less user-friendly on smart phones. Many banks have made these services more accessible by developing banking apps, but what about when Internet or data access falter?
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/how-your-bank-is-using-text-messaging.htm


01/18/2017 3 Brutally Honest Reasons Why People Do Return Your Text Messages

OK, I exaggerated a bit: Some people return messages — quickly and informatively. But most do not.

This issue was crystallized for me in a recent offhand comment by a business colleague. We were discussing an issue of mutual interest, and she said — in reference to a third person involved in our transaction — He’s a Millennial, so he’s probably not going to return my call, but I’m going to leave him a message anyway.

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01/16/2017 World SMS Birthday: 6 ways texting has evolved since it was introduced

On Dec. 3, text messaging celebrated its 24th birthday. Since the first short message service — or as we call it, SMS — text was sent in 1992, texting has evolved from a rarely used gimmick to one of the most dominant forms of communication. To commemorate the world SMS birthday, here are six ways texting has evolved since it was introduced.

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01/13/2017 FAA Ready to Roll Out SMS

In 2016, the FAA published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) proposing an SMS requirement of certain certificated airports. Under the proposal, these airports would develop and implement processes and procedures to proactively identify hazards and mitigate unacceptable risk. In addition to safety risk assessment and management, the proposal would require these airports to also deploy confidential hazard reporting systems, provide training and orientation programs, and offer enhanced safety communications. Together, these elements form the building blocks to support an organizational culture that values safe practices.

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01/11/2017 Chemical Messages

It is probably not going to catch on with teens anytime soon, but scientists have found a new way to send text messages: with chemicals.

Researchers at Stanford University have built a device that encodes messages in the same 1s and 0s that our phones and other devices do. But instead of sending them with electrical or radio signals, theirs uses vinegar and glass cleaner.

On one end of the system, a computer translates the message into a series of bits, 1s and 0s. Then it sends pulses of vinegar or glass cleaner down a series of tubes. Vinegar is an acid, while glass cleaner is a base. At the other end, a detector records the changing pH and a second computer decodes the message.

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01/11/2017 Text Message Notification for Web Surveys

Sending texts to survey panel members shortens response time.

Text messaging has grown in popularity in recent years, leading survey researchers to explore ways texts might be used as tools in the public opinion research process. In the U.S., at least, researchers must obtain consent from respondents before they are permitted to send an automated text. This means that text messaging can not be used in standard one-off surveys of the public – surveys where pollsters reach out to a randomly sampled list of telephone numbers. Texting also presents measurement challenges in terms of offering only limited space for writing questions and requiring respondents to type rather than click. While these factors limit the utility of texting for interviewing itself, texting has been explored as a means of alerting people to complete a survey, such as by sending them a link to a web survey.

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01/09/2017 EPA Employees Not ‘Intentionally’ Breaking Law By Deleting Official Texts

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials only archived 86 text messages out of 3.1 million agency employees sent and received in 2015, according to a federal watchdog’s report made public Wednesday by House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith.

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01/06/2017 The use of secure text orders is not permitted at this time.

iOS 10 has brought its own share of problems since Apple pushed it out, but now there’s a text message that can crash any iPhone running on it. Those who are unlucky enough to receive the text will find that it makes their iPhone crash, and it could bring a sense of déjà vu with it.

In the past, other bugs have caused iPhones to crash via a text message. For example, last year there was a text that crashed the iPhones of those who received it and then triggered a never-ending reboot loop. Then this year, iOS devices were hit by a malicious link on Safari that also caused them to crash. Then last month, another malicious link—a video this time—began circulating. This link was able to crash all iPhones and iPads running on all iOS versions.

iOS 10 patched all of these bugs, but it didn’t take long for a new text messaging bug to appear on the scene.

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01/05/2017 Joint Commission Clarifies Text Messaging Rules for Doctors

All healthcare organizations should have policies prohibiting the use of unsecured text messaging - that is, short message service (SMS) text messaging from a personal mobile device - for communicating protected health information.

The Joint Commission and CMS agree that computerized provider order entry (CPOE) should be the preferred method for submitting orders as it allows providers to directly enter orders into the electronic health record (EHR).
I
n the event that a CPOE or written order cannot be submitted, a verbal order is acceptable.

The use of secure text orders is not permitted at this time.

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11/14/2016 Integration Partner Directory

NotePage's Integration Partners are software developers that have complimentary product lines, that have a need or an option of integrating text messaging into their applications. NotePage has worked with the following software companies to develop tutorials detailing how NotePage's software can be used in conjunction with their solutions.

Integration Partner Directory


11/10/2016 PageGate SMS and Text Messaging Knowledgebase

Questions and answers about text messaging and SMS

PageGate SMS and Text Messaging Knowledgebase


11/08/2016 PageGate Interface Introductions Video Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll be going over a brief introduction to the different interfaces for PageGate and their functions.

The full list of interfaces that PageGate supports is as follows:
GUI Client
GetASCII
GetMail
GetSerial
GetTAP
GetWeb
GetSNPP
GetTouchTone

PageGate Interface Introductions Video Tutorial


11/06/2016 Direct Database Integration with PageGate

Follow these steps for direct database integration with PageGate Direct Database Integration with PageGate


11/04/2016 How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging

Texting has become a major mode of communication and coordination for many workplaces, allowing colleagues to exchange information rapidly and effectively. While SMS is of great aid to office environments, firms with more widely distributed work sites could benefit even more from the extensive and efficient communication network that texting affords. Construction firms are no exception, where text messaging is put to task as an effective way of keeping employees up to date and safe.

Using text messaging to perform basic employee coordination is especially important for construction firms, which may mobilize multiple teams of workers to a range of sites in one day.

How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging


11/02/2016 Is Texting Keeping Teens Up at Night?

It is hardly news that teenagers are not getting enough sleep--90% of teens get fewer than the eight to ten hours of sleep per night recommended for healthy development and function. A growing public health concern, sleep deprivation is particularly dangerous for youths, who rely on sleep for healthy mental and physical development. With teen sleep loss growing in public attention, and technology in a sense dominating the lives of young people, we must wonder if and how our devices play into this phenomenon.

Is Texting Keeping Teens Up at Night?


10/31/2016 Tracking Animals with SMS

Oftentimes, we think of the conservation of the old as incongruous with the use of newer technology like mobile devices. This is far from the case; in fact, GPS technology is being combined with text messaging to track both wildlife and livestock, a useful tool to keep an eye on both the farm animals we depend on and the increasing number of endangered or threatened species.

One device conservationalists are using to keep tabs on wildlife is cellular GPS collars. Cellular collars are affixed to animals, which then use GPS to calculate the animal's coordinates.

Tracking Animals with SMS


10/29/2016 Condoms on call: An SMS can save you from having that baby

If you are still shy of buying a condom or if you just remembered that you needed lube, here is help at hand. Here are two initiatives helping people avoid being embarrassed and practising safety in their intimate moments.

Now you do not need to think twice before buying a condom or a contraceptive, thanks to the young entrepreneur Sirhaan Seth. The eighteen-year-old has started an SMS Contraceptive venture where one can order condoms, emergency contraceptives pills, lubes and pregnancy tests through Snapchats, WhatsApp or text message.

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10/27/2016 NIH funds innovative study to examine use of text messaging in improving diabetes care

Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute has received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund an innovative clinical trial that will use mHealth technology and text messaging to improve type 2 diabetes management among high-risk Hispanic patients in San Diego County.

Known as Dulce Digital-Me, this is the third research effort by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute to win funding from the federal agency in the past 13 months. In August 2015, the Scripps institute received $2.1 million to study the use of specially trained medical assistants as diabetes health coaches. A month later, the institute received $2.4 million to study a nurse and volunteer team approach to reduce hospitalizations among Hispanic patients with multiple chronic conditions.

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10/25/2016 Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text Messaging

Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

Controllers and pilots will still use their radios for quick exchanges like clearance for takeoff and in emergencies and situations where time is critical. But the nations air traffic system is gradually shifting to text messages for a majority of flying instructions.

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10/23/2016 A Virtual Text Messaging Counselor

Struggling to meet the rising demand for mental health services on campuses, colleges turn to online platforms and text messaging services. Experts are divided on the effectiveness of these approaches.

The platform is one of several digital tools -- from online portals to text messaging services and smartphone apps -- that colleges are using to provide wider access to mental health services as campus health centers struggle to meet the rising counseling demands of students. Use of what’s called telepsychology for mental health services is increasing, according a survey released earlier this year by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. In the 2013-14 academic year, 6.6 percent of counseling centers reporting using telepsychology in some form. The following year, the figure was up to 9.1 percent.

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10/23/2016 How businesses benefit from text messaging

Text messaging also has the advantage of being a native phone function. Itȗs a universal platform that is more prevalent than the many messaging apps where chatbots tend to reside. Texting is something most people use in the course of regular communications. In fact, around 97 percent of Americans text at least once a day on their cell phones.

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10/19/2016 Why Campus Security Needs Texting

With instances of gun violence and other emergency situations on college campuses making the news all too often, security systems at colleges and universities remain of the utmost importance. Campus security not only needs to be strong, but current to ensure the safety of students. Following the model of many of our world's functions today, many colleges and universities are looking to text messaging to keep campus safety as modern and powerful as possible.

Why Campus Security Needs Texting


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