>> Re: Need Plan info on handheld coverage in Business 
>> Band for 60 miles or so

It would be sad to learn that a good radio shop 
couldn't come up with the obvious answers to this 
request, sell the equipment and provide a very cost 
effective solution to the original coverage request. 

Figure Cingular units cost min $29 per month just 
to run the ptt feature.  20 units is an easy $580 
a month just as a regular ongoing cost.  This type 
system is where Land Mobile Radio (LMR) could provide 
a much more cost effective solution at a much reduced 
ongoing cost over Nextel and/or Cingular. Someone 
with their well thought out planning hat on would 
also make the system perform both in and around the 
store locations just to impress and expand the system
to the local area. 

> Cingular's push to talk feature might be a solution.

The problem with many of the older radio shops is the 
lack of vision... in the old railroad days we called 
this "sleeping at the switch". 

I'd be over to the customer location the next day 
asking to demo the equipment, showing system diagrams 
and showing off the portables that would work through 
the system... also showing how much the ongoing costs 
would be for both systems over the next 3 years. Most 
people can see that far ahead.  About 80% plus of the 
old time radio shops never seemed to wake up or warm up 
to the real world... many have gone poof. 


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