NotePage SMS, Paging and Wireless Blog
|12.31.03 - 01.01.04 Happy New Year
Happy New Year to you and yours wherever you might
be located. Here is to health and happiness in 2004.
|12.29.03-12.30.03 Privatization & Preventing
The French government Thursday put into force a law
that opens the way for it to give up its majority
stake in France's national telecommunications operator
Three years after a truck driver slammed an 18-wheeler
into California's state capitol building, lawmakers
are considering a plan to link trucks carrying hazardous
material to a satellite tracking system that would
halt them if they were used in a terror attack.
|12.27.03-12.28.03 PageGate v5.0 on the Horizon
NotePage's development team is hard at work on version
5.0 of PageGate, if you have feature enhancements
or suggestions please send us a note.
|12.25.03 - 12.26.03 Acquisitions & Mergers
Rumors abound that AT&T is talking with Verizon
about an acquisition, this coming at a time when speculation
is heard about a Nextel and Sprint relationship. The
other odd rumor involves Nokia acquiring Fido, makes
me wonder what is in store for 2004.
|12.24.03 Its Not to Late & Cingular Merger
If you are looking for a last minute technical gift,
consider purchasing software online. Most of the software
sold online can be delivered electronically (including
NotePage's software). The email keycodes can be sent
directly from the developer to the recipient of the
gift making the gift timely and unique!
Speculation exists that Cingular is considering a
merger, more on this soon.
|12.23.03 Terror Alert & Support
With the US Terror Alert being raised to level orange,
police and security departments both public and private
are using NotePage's software to notify staff of new
security plans. During this time we make an extra
effort to be responsive regarding technical questions
or issues. Please assist us by providing as much detail
as possible when calling, posting or sending a message.
|12.17.03 & 12.18.03 Vodafone & Tones -
Verizon & IM
Discovery Communications Inc. is moving into the
mobile game with a new deal to bring ringtones and
images spawned from its programming channels to Vodafone's
Vodafone live! customers.
Instant messaging is a growing business, and Verizon
Wireless wants to make sure it gets its share of the
pie. The carrier has unveiled a new service for Get
It Now customers that enables them to access MSN Messenger
or AOL IM from their wireless handset.
|12.16.03 SMS Marketing
In Europe there are a number of programs providing
free sms service / messages to individuals in exchange
for the ability to send them targeted advertisements
via sms throughout the day. This marketing method
has not been effective in the US, as many have just
tuned out the ads. It will be interesting to see how
this market evolves.
|12.15.03 Mobile Users and Games
Cell phones are becoming the new handheld. Users
are expanding their functionality. Not only are ringtones
cool, but consumers are now discovering various mobile
games for entertainment. The natural progression
makes sense as games become smaller and multi-functional.
|12.14.03 Email Notification on your Cell Phone
An option for people not wishing to receive the entire
text of an emai on a cell phone, is to receive a numeric
code indicating that new email has arrived. This is
a great feature for sales staff on the rode. If they
are waiting for the latest price list and they receive
notification that the list has been sent, they can
login to obtain their message without having to maintain
an extended connection wondering if the price list
has been sent.
|12.13.03 Banking & Paging
Years ago when banks ran a batch an operator would
be required to sit and watch to ensure there were
no system glitches. Now with a combination of batch
processing software from OSI and PageGate, financial
institutions are able to start a batch and leave.
If an error occurs during the running of the batch
an alert will be sent to an individuals pager or cell
phone notifying them of the problem. In the words
of customers "this has modernized the banking
industry for employees". Additional details on
how different banks and financial institutions use
software to alleviate issues can be found at:
Fingerlakes Credit Union
the above white papers detail real world problems
with real world solutions.
|12.11.03 & 12.12.03 Motient
Motient Corp. is shedding some of its assets. The
wireless data network operator has reached an asset
purchase agreement with Nextel Communications Inc.
to offload some of its radio spectrum.
Communication something that is nearly always lacking
whether in personal relationships or business dealings,
almost everyone has room to improve their communication
skills. There are some great articles about improving
|12.09.03 Cell Phones and Teens
Most parents initial reaction to purchasing a 13
year old a cell phone brings an astounding "No".
However, considering current events and today's society
it makes sense to consider a cell phone. Most parents
would prefer to have a child call and tell them they
are running late, than to race home. The situations
teenagers find themselves in may not always be places
we want them to be, having a cell phone provides them
a life line to adults and in some cases safety.
With the new pre-paid cellular plans it may not be
so far fetched to provide a responsible teenager with
a cellular phone and a limited service plan. Food
for thought.... for those contemplating gifts for
|12.08.03 NRIC Meeting & Solar Winds
Leaders from the telecommunications, ISP, satellite
and cable industries today held the final meeting
of a two-year initiative designed to enhance the reliability
and security of the nation's telecommunications networks
in times of emergencies.
The council was formed after Sept. 11, 2001 to determine
where communication improvements are needed.
NotePage is now working with SolarWinds Orion to
provide notification in there latest network monitoring
application. More and more developers are finding
that it is easier to use NotePage's software for notification
and alerting, allowing them to focus on optomizing
their products performance. Details on additional
benefits to integrating with NotePage can be found
in the integration section.
|12.05.03 RSS Feeds & Wireless Resource
Industry press releases and news is available in
the following RSS feed from
NotePage, Inc. Feel free to repost the feed information
on related websites.
Resource contains a wealth of industry related
information, including industry publications, a glossary
of telecom related terms and list of trade organizations.
Sprint has launched a new video mail program that
allows video to be captured and sent from mobile phones
to email. Whether the consumer public embraces this
new method of communicating is unclear, there have
been privacy and security concerns relating to small
cameras, as many don't know they are being filmed,
the fact that you could be videod (unknowingly) and
almost instantly appear on the internet can be disconcerting
|12.04.03 Messaging Forum & SBC Communications
|There is a new forum specifically for
messaging related questions. Feel free to post your
inquiries to messaging
It would appear that SBC and Yahoo have joined forces
to provide DSL services through a network of 2000
retail stores. The idea is that the distribution agreements
will help accelerate broadband adoption by making
it more convenient for consumers to shop for and purchase
SBC Yahoo! DSL. If their plan works SBC Communications
will likely begin expanding their service offerings
or providing bundles involving their telecom and paging
|12.03.03 Support Tips
When sending a request into support its helpful to
include the product name, version, operating system
and a detailed description of the problem.
In addition the support form at https://www.notepage.net/forum
is searchable and contains answers to commonly asked
When importing from a standard access database format,
fields can not be left blank or a null error will
be received. Be sure to assign blank fields a value.
|12.02.03 PSM Press Release
A press announcement detailing the latest features
Stock Monitor and the new integration with NotePage
has been posted.
A number of industries use NotePage's software in
a variety of ways to send alerts. As a convenience
a variety of white
papers detailing how various companies use PageGate
to address real world problems can be found in the
solutions directory. Trauma teams are assembled when
organs are located, newspapers are redelivered when
found missing, the list goes on and on.
|12.01.03 Personal Stock Monitor & Medical Reminders
Personal Stock Monitor v5.2 now supports integration
with NotePager Pro. Stock and mutual fund alerts can
now be sent to pagers and cell phones, if they raise
or decrease to a specified level. Details can be found
in the NotePage Personal
Stock Monitor integration section.
Many pharmacies have expanded their revenue streams
by offering a reminder service. They use PageGate
to send alerts to patients reminding them to take
their medicine or reminding them of scheduled medical
appointments they have. Details on one company that
provides such a service can be found in the whitepaper
at Medicine Made
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