Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pager Service to Save Messages

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pager Service to Save Messages

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Remember the great beeper blackout of '98?

Of course you do. It only happened in May.

That's when a communications satellite spun out of control,

cutting off pager service for many of the nation's 45 million

pager customers.

While service was restored within a couple of days, a lot of

messages were missed.

Now PageMart Wireless Inc. is citing that incident in marketing

its new "narrowband PCS" pager service, launched last week in

the Jacksonville area.

Customers who use this service won't have to worry about missed

calls, even if another satellite goes haywire -- or, more

likely, if they forget to turn their pager on or travel out of

their coverage area, PageMart promises.

Under the narrowband PCS system, if the customer's pager

doesn't confirm a page was received, the message will be stored

on PageMart's computers and re-transmitted when the device is

turned back on or the customer re-enters the coverage area -- or

when the satellite goes back on line.

To get the service, customers will have to buy or lease the

$185 AccessMate advanced messaging device from Glenayre.

Dallas-based PageMart is building out its narrowband PCS system

and plans on introducing new services, such as pager-to-pager

communication. PageMart's coverage area includes 22 counties in

Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS

Software602, a Czech company with U.S. headquarters in

Jacksonville, is marketing a "lite" version of its 602Pro

Internet Server program to Internet providers, who can offer

their customers multiple connections through one dialup or

dedicated line.

The product is geared to customers with computer networks who

don't want to pay for separate Internet accounts for each

computer. 602Pro Internet Server Lite allows all users on the

network to share Internet access through one line, while giving

system managers greater control over Internet content and

providing firewall security, spokeswoman Marla Whittemore said. …

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