WASHINGTON D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  December 6, 2001

                               Arch Wireless, Inc.
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

           Delaware                 000-23232/001-14248           31-1358569
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 (State or Other Jurisdiction          (Commission            (I.R.S. Employer
     of Incorporation)                 File Numbers)         Identification No.)

             1800 West Park Drive, Suite 250
                      Westborough, MA                              01581
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        (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                  (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (508) 870-6700


     On November 9, 2001, certain holders of 12-3/4% Senior Notes due 2007 of
Arch Wireless Communications, Inc. ("AWCI"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arch
Wireless, Inc. (the "Registrant"), filed an involuntary petition against AWCI
under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (the "Bankruptcy Code") in United
States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts (the "Bankruptcy

     On November 26, 2001, the Registrant and certain of its subsidiaries
entered into an agreement (the "Voting Agreement") with holders of a majority of
the Registrant's secured debt (the "Consenting Holders") for a consensual joint
plan of reorganization (the "Plan") pursuant to chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy
Code. On December 6, 2001, AWCI filed an answer consenting to the involuntary
petition and the Bankruptcy Court entered an order for relief with respect to
AWCI under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Also on December 6, 2001, the
Registrant and 19 of the Registrant's other wholly-owned, domestic subsidiaries
filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code
with the Bankruptcy Court. These cases will be jointly administered under the
docket for Arch Wireless, Inc., et al., Case No. 01-47330-HJB. The Registrant
and its domestic subsidiaries are operating their businesses and managing their
property as debtors in possession under the Bankruptcy Code.

     The Registrant expects to file the Plan with the Bankruptcy Court by
January 15, 2002. Under the Voting Agreement, the Consenting Holders agreed to
vote in favor of the Plan so long as the Plan is consistent in all material
respects with the term sheet for the Plan attached as an exhibit to the Voting
Agreement and subject to the Consenting Holders receipt of a court approved
disclosure statement that contains information that is consistent with the
information the Registrant has previously provided to the Consenting Holders.
The term sheet sets forth, among other things, the issuance of equity securities
by the Registrant and the issuance by Arch Wireless Holdings, Inc., the
wholly-owned operating subsidiary of the Registrant, of $200 million principal
amount of 10% Senior Secured Notes due 2007 and $100 million principal amount of
12% Senior Subordinated Secured PIK Notes due 2009 in exchange for all existing
debt and equity securities. Specifically, the Voting Agreement provides that, so
long as no Termination Event (as defined in the Voting Agreement) occurs, the
Consenting Holders will:

     o    vote to accept the Plan;

     o    neither object to, delay, or take any other action to interfere with
          the acceptance or implementation of the Plan, nor encourage any other
          person to do any of those things; and

     o    not propose, encourage or vote for any restructuring or plan of
          reorganization other than the Plan.

     The obligations of the Consenting Holders under the Voting Agreement may
terminate upon a "Termination Event," which includes the occurrence of,
among other things, any of following:

     o    the Registrant does not file the Plan by January 15, 2002;

     o    an order approving a disclosure statement relating to the Plan is not
          entered on or before March 15, 2002;

     o    an order confirming the Plan is not entered on or before May 15, 2002;

     o    an event occurs which has a material adverse effect on the business,
          assets, prospects or operations of the Registrant, excluding effects
          that customarily occur as a result of events leading up to and
          following the commencement of a case under chapter 11 of the
          Bankruptcy Code;

     o    the Bankruptcy Court does not enter an order within twenty days
          following the commencement of the chapter 11 proceeding authorizing
          the assumption of the Registrant's agreements with Motorola Inc., or
          Motorola Inc. ceases to perform under its agreements with the

     o    the Registrant breaches any of its obligations under the Voting
          Agreement or determines to pursue, or announces its intention to
          pursue, a chapter 11 plan on terms and conditions that are not
          consistent with the terms and conditions of the Plan;

     o    the Bankruptcy Court enters an order, the practical effect of which is
          to render it highly unlikely that the Plan can be consummated;

     o    an entity makes an offer to purchase substantially all of the assets
          of the Registrant, proposes a merger with Arch or propose to make a
          significant cash or equity investment in Arch on terms satisfactory to
          Toronto Dominion (Texas), Inc., as administrative agent;

     o    the chapter 11 case of the Registrant or any of its subsidiaries is
          converted to a case under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code; or

     o    the termination of, or the expiration of a 20 day period following
          certain events of default under, the Registrant's cash collateral
          stipulation or debtor-in-possession financing agreement.

     The foregoing is a summary of the terms of the Voting Agreement, and is
qualified in its entirety by reference to the Voting Agreement, which is filed
as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K. This Current Report on Form
8-K is not to be construed as an offer to sell any security or any solicitation
of an offer to purchase a security.

     The Registrant has prepared consolidated projected operating and financial
results for filing with the Bankruptcy Court in connection with the chapter 11
proceeding. Those financial projections were disclosed to the Consenting Holders
in connection with the preparation and execution of the Voting Agreement, and
were filed with the Bankruptcy Court on December 6, 2001. A copy of the
financial projections filed with the Bankruptcy Court is filed as Exhibit 99.1
to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

     Statements contained in or incorporated by reference into this Current
Report on Form 8-K, including without limitation the projections attached as
Exhibit 99.1 hereto, which are not historical fact are forward-looking
statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements
involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Registrant's actual results
to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, the outcome
of various Bankruptcy Court proceedings, risks associated with the potential

adverse affects of the Bankruptcy Court proceeding on the Registrant's business,
customers, vendors, employees and prospects, declining demand for traditional
paging products and services, merger and integration challenges, future capital
needs, unforeseen delays or difficulties in launching the Registrant's
additional two-way messaging products and services, competitive pricing
pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless
communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third party
providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described
from time to time in the Registrant's periodic reports and registration
statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The assumption's
underlying the forward-looking statements are inherently subject to significant
business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of
which are beyond the control of the Registrant. Some assumptions underlying the
forward-looking statements inevitably will not materialize, and events and
circumstances occurring subsequent to the date on which such forward-looking
statements are made may be different from those assumed or may be unanticipated,
and therefore may effect financial results in a material and possibly adverse
manner. Although the Registrant believes the expectations reflected in the
forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no
assurance that its expectations will be attained. The Registrant disclaims any
intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

     A copy of the press release issued by the Registrant on November 6, 2001
relating to the Chapter 11 filings is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2.


(c)  Exhibits.

          Exhibit No.    Description
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            10.1         Form of Voting Agreement, among Arch Wireless, Inc.,
                         certain of its subsidiaries and the Holders listed

            99.1         Financial projections filed with the United States
                         Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.

            99.2         Press release, dated December 6, 2001, announcing
                         restructuring plan and filing of voluntary chapter 11


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:  December 11, 2001               ARCH WIRELESS, INC.

                                       By:   /s/ J. Roy Pottle
                                       Name: J. Roy Pottle
                                       Title:   Executive Vice President and
                                                Chief Financial Officer

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

         Exhibit No.    Description
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            10.1         Form of Voting Agreement, among Arch Wireless, Inc.,
                         certain of its subsidiaries and the Holders listed

            99.1         Financial projections filed with the United States
                         Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.

            99.2         Press release, dated December 6, 2001, announcing
                         restructuring plan and filing of voluntary chapter 11