Last Call! Shure 700MHZ Wireless Rebate

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Are you trading in your old wireless units?

If not, why not?  I'm puzzled by the lack of overall response to Audio-Technica, Shure, and Sennheiser's offers to trade in old 700MHZ wireless microphones for newer units.  Deadlines have come and gone.  Actually Shure is still offering rebates through the end of the year - up to $1000 off on select systems. Many wireless microphone users have upgraded and are enjoy the benefits of more modern technology and more reliable performance, but many more users have decided to take a wait and see approach.

Earlier this year, the FCC granted permission for wireless telephone carriers and radio manufacturers for public safety radios (fire, police, etc.) to begin to use the 700MHZ range.  Technically, the range is 698-806MHZ.  Whatever the case, the wireless phone companies (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc.) paid billions of dollars for their part of the radio frequency spectrum and they're beginning to test the frequencies, even though the new technology hasn't made it to market yet. And their testing and eventual use will affect the wireless microphones operating in that range.

We've received reports from users in Columbus, OH, Huntington, WV, Dayton, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Fort Wayne, IN, and others who suddenly have interference one week when things were quiet the week before.  Places like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles have had similar problems with wireless use for a long time, too.  Here in Columbus, we began to get interference reports in the summer of 2008.

The FCC has not issued a cease and desist order yet, so it's still technically legal to use what you have.  The larger question is, is it smart?  Right now, you have one last chance to get significant discounts on new Shure wireless microphone equipment.  That window ends on December 31, 2009.  In 2010, there will be no resale value for your old wireless units and the discounts will have expired.  You may as well get "something" for your wireless units while you can, right?!

One of these days, your wireless microphones will not work reliably due to interference from new sources in the 700MHZ band.

About a month ago, one of our long-term clients called to say, "It happened." Several of his units began to take audible clicks and pops that rendered most of his wireless microphones useless.

Why not take this last chance from Shure to get a rebate that will not be available in 2010 when you need it?  That church did, and they're thrilled with better performance and the peace of mind knowing that "It" won't happen again.

There's nothing worse than a wireless microphone that doesn't work properly.  Please call if you have questions.