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joelhamill
joelhamill

Remember pagers?

pimoore
pimoore

@joelhamill Yep, never had one but I wanted one for a long time in lieu of a cell phone.

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odd
odd

@joelhamill Had one for a short while before GSM mobile phones. Had to carry change for the telephone kiosks, also a dying breed.

JMaxB
JMaxB

@pimoore You can still get one! and supposedly coverage is better so they're preferred by emergency services.
But if you get paged, usually you have to call someone, so...

pimoore
pimoore

@JMaxB Yeah, good luck finding a pay phone. Well, at this point would you even want to use one?

lmika
lmika

@joelhamill I do remember them being sold (i.e. ads on TV), but I don’t know of anyone who had them. I get the feeling they were not very common here.

joelhamill
joelhamill

@lmika I knew multiple people who had them. Crazy little things. A mobile message receiver before cell phones.

acfusco
acfusco

@joelhamill I remember how people used them for rudimentary texting though they only displayed a line of numbers. "07734" upside-down spells "hELLO."

JMaxB
JMaxB

@lmika My wife worked in mental health, and basically every doctor or "on-call" professional wore one. They were good for getting out of meetings. Look concerned, pat your beltline a couple of times, and walk out. Everyone assumes you've been paged.