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Nationwide paging down to one carrier

Metrocall Holdings Inc. and Arch Wireless Inc.-the nation's two remaining independent paging and messaging carriers-announced a major plan to merge operations in an effort to forestall massive revenue declines as well as safeguard against the rapidly growing threat from the mobile-phone industry.If approved, the...

Metrocall 4Q reflects WebLink acquisition

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-Wireless data carrier Metrocall Holdings Inc. reported its fourth-quarter results following its acquisition of Weblink Wireless Inc., showing revenues of $87.1 million and net income of $2 million."Our fourth-quarter and fiscal-year results reflect our continued focus on business and enterprise based accounts as...

Paging consolidates as Metrocall buys WebLink

The long, blustery relationship between paging and messaging carriers Metrocall Holdings Inc. and WebLink Wireless Inc. appears to have come to a close, with Metrocall announcing it will acquire WebLink in a $21 million deal. The move creates a combined paging carrier covering 90...

Paging industry consolidates with Metrocall buying WebLink

The long, blustery relationship between paging and messaging carriers Metrocall Holdings Inc. and WebLink Wireless Inc. appears to have come to a close, with Metrocall announcing it will acquire WebLink. The move creates a combined paging carrier covering 90 percent of the U.S. population...

Paging splits as carriers find niche or try to expand beyond core

The U.S. paging and messaging industry is still declining. Nationwide carriers are still losing thousands of customers every month-both one- and two-way subscribers-and there is no indication the tide will turn anytime soon.However, industry players continue to offer hopeful outlooks on the future. Some...

Arch Wireless decreases 4Q loss to $8.3M

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.-Paging and messaging carrier Arch Wireless Inc. reported a net loss for its fourth quarter of $8.3 million, down from its net loss of $191 million in the same quarter last year.Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter totaled $182 million, a decline from...

WebLink emerges from bankruptcy

DALLAS-Paging and messaging carrier WebLink Wireless Inc. announced it has officially emerged from bankruptcy, and that the company's president and chief executive officer, N. Ross Buckenham, will also now serve as the company's Chairman of the Board."I would like to thank all WebLink Wireless...

Metrocall reaches Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan with creditors

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Paging and messaging carrier Metrocall Inc. announced it reached a pre-negotiated plan of reorganization in Chapter 11 bankruptcy with its creditors, and will file the plan with the bankruptcy court early next month.The move comes as no surprise. Metrocall has for the past...

Motorola, Multitone deal falls apart; paging industry uncertainty increases

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.—A potentially important deal between Motorola Inc. and Multitone Electronics has fallen through, Motorola confirmed, which leaves the paging and messaging landscape still more uncertain.Last year Motorola announced it would exit the paging and messaging industry altogether, and would stop making its...

Arch to emerge from bankruptcy

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—News from the nation's paging and messaging companies continues to fly, as one announced its plan of reorganization was approved by its bankruptcy court and another said it will withhold filing its quarterly 10-Q report due to "certain activities in process that, upon...

WebLink outlines new bankruptcy plan

WebLink Wireless Inc. found its white knight.The paging and messaging carrier said late Thursday it scored a deal with Sun Capital Acquisition Corp., which buys out cash-strapped companies and then funds them back to health. WebLink said the move will help it emerge from...

Arch to file for bankruptcy

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—Arch Wireless Inc. said it will file for file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by Jan. 15 in order to restructure its long-term debt. The company owes about $2 billion.The move comes as little surprise as Arch has made numerous hints at bankruptcy in...

Notify now on Talkabouts and Timeports

SAN JOSE, Calif.—In a move to redirect Motorola Inc.'s two-way pager devices toward the business market and against Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry device, Notify Technology Corp. said it will offer its NotifyLink Enterprise Exchange Edition through Motorola's Talkabout T900 and Timeport P935.Motorola's two-way...

WebLink announces restructuring moves including job cuts

DALLAS—In its ongoing effort to pull itself out of bankruptcy, WebLink Wireless Inc. announced several reconstruction-and-reduction moves it plans to make.The company will shut down its San Antonio, Texas, call center within the next 60 days, transferring that call load to Amarillo and Dallas...

WebLink expands two-way service to Mexico

DALLAS, Texas, United States—WebLink Wireless said it reached a deal with Mexican wireless carrier Digitel to offer two-way messaging services in Mexico."Expanding our two-way services into Mexico is something we are very excited about and have been looking forward to providing to our customers,"...

Telecom M&A $ activity drops dramatically

NEW YORK-Telecommunications reflected the dramatic drop in the number and size of mergers and acquisitions involving U.S. companies last quarter, Los Angeles-based Mergerstat reported.Across industry sectors, these transactions numbered 1,954, down from 2,539 during the year-ago quarter. Communications companies announced 86 combinations this spring,...

`Two-way me’

"Yo, Dog, two-way me."It's quickly becoming the hip new thing in hip-hop, and it's also quickly becoming a major market segment in two-way messaging sales for WebLink Wireless Inc. Eighteen-to-24 year-old black men-what WebLink calls the "urban" crowd-make up the majority of consumer sales...

Difficult paging market catches up with PNI

The difficulties of the paging industry caught up with wholesale paging carrier PNI Technologies Inc., forcing the company into filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.PNI said it had hoped to restructure its...

Correction

In the story "'Real World' equipped with Metrocall service," on page 33 of this issue of RCR Wireless News, the wireless carrier partnering with MTV is WebLink Wireless Inc.

Study of paging history may show future wireless do’s and don’ts

Paging lit up the wireless industry like a white-hot star.It showed that fistfuls of money could be made using wireless technology. It showed that wireless companies could grow by leaps and bounds virtually overnight. Paging showed the industry that millions and millions of people...

Network Services ready to take on challenges of today’s paging industry

Brad Scott does not think one-way paging is dead."We do believe there is still opportunity in paging, in one-way paging," he said. "It is a challenging business. It's certainly not a business that is in a growth mode right now, but it is a...

The bleak and the bright: The future of one-way and two-way paging

"Advanced messaging services."It's the catch phrase for the wireless messaging industry today, with most major companies betting everything that services like wireless e-mail access, Internet information and two-way paging will catch on with both consumers and businesses-and will compensate for the radical decrease in...

Regional carriers respond to declining paging market

As the nation's largest messaging carriers suffer through a potentially disastrous economic decline, smaller carriers-those that only cover a few states-are also feeling the effects of the flagging industry. However, while many are losing their businesses to bankruptcy and consolidation, others seem to be...

Glenayre quits paging

Glenayre Technologies Inc. announced a massive restructuring plan last week that includes cutting 55 percent of its work force-a full 700 positions-and completely dismantling its wireless messaging infrastructure division. Glenayre officials said the company would refocus its energies on its unified messaging products and...

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