GTE and Socket are first to offer one-stop shopping for data paging
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IRVING, Texas -- GTE today introduced a new, low-cost way to
deliver up-to-the-minute information to mobile workers or
travelers who carry portable computers. GTE's offering combines
Socket Communications' PageCard with GTE's national paging
network to give customers the traditional advantages of paging plus
the ability to download time-critical data such as sales leads, new real
estate listings, stock quotes, service dispatches or priority e-mail
directly to their Windows notebooks, Newton MessagePads or Apple
The PageCard performs double duty - it works as a traditional
standalone pager and as a data pager. Data is transmitted to the slim
2.2 ounce PageCard pager over GTE's paging network. Customers
have the option to be notified automatically by the pager when a data
message is received and ready to be downloaded into their portable
computer. In contrast to traditional text pagers that can store up to 16
short messages, the PageCard can store more than 300 multiple-page
"GTE has taken the lead in merging wireless communications and
mobile computing by being the first paging carrier in the U.S. to offer
a package that combines traditional paging with data paging," says C.
C. Stephens, general manager, GTE Public Communications. "The
PageCard provides a solution for millions of mobile workers who
travel or work outside of a traditional office and want easy access to
"There are more than 30 million pager users in the U.S. and at
least 20 million mobile computers with PC Card slots," said Socket's
CEO Martin Levetin. "By combining the PC Card and the pager,
Socket meets the mobile worker's need to receive critical
information while on the road."
Options for GTE's advanced messaging services for text pagers
include an operator-assisted 800 number for translating voice
messages to text, voice mail and fax store-and-forward services with
automatic pager notification. GTE offers local, state, regional or
nationwide paging that covers 90 percent of the U.S. population.
The paging range is extended worldwide with the ability to page
customers via the Internet or the World Wide Web.
Customers who purchase or lease the PageCard pager from GTE
will receive Socket's PageSoft software for sending out messages
through a modem and for downloading data from the PageCard to a
mobile computer. GTE offers a leasing plan that provides the
PageCard pager, software, wireless service and support for a single
monthly fee that starts at less than $30. The PageCard, software and
service are available directly from a GTE account representative or by
calling 1-888-GTE-2100. Later this year, it will be available at the GTE
Socket Communications, Inc. develops and sells data
communications solutions for the mobile computer market. Socket
products include PC Card hardware and software for wireless
messaging and the PageCard, PC Card alphanumeric pager. The
PageSoft, messaging library includes development tools and
middleware, send and receive applications, plus rules-based e-mail
forwarding agents. Other Socket products include Serial PC Cards,
wired Ethernet PC Cards and a Global Positioning System PC Card.
With revenues of $20 billion in 1995, GTE is one of the largest
publicly-held telecommunications companies in the world. GTE is
also the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and a leading