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Old December 16 2008, 07:49 AM   #1
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Do people still use pagers? Can you still buy them?
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Old December 16 2008, 07:53 AM   #2
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You can still buy them (from Liz Lemon's ex-boyfriend if no one else), but I doubt too many people use them anymore.

Maybe some professions where you just need to be summoned to come or call in and don't require or desire a voice message, but you can do that with a text message on a cellphone as well.
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Old December 16 2008, 07:54 AM   #3
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Staff in hospitals still use pagers. I believe it's because they are passive receiving devices and thus don't interfere with any equipment.
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Old December 16 2008, 07:57 AM   #4
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Ah, that makes sense. Maybe air crew on airlines then as well.
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Old December 16 2008, 08:08 AM   #5
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They are also used by people dealing with emergency or disaster situations because in those situations mobile phone networks tend to get overloaded whereas pagers do not suffer from this problem.
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Old December 16 2008, 08:42 AM   #6
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Yes. Doctors still use them a lot. But your average teenager? That tech fad came and went faster than you can say "chicken pot pie."
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Old December 16 2008, 10:40 AM   #7
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For emergency calls I have a pager, and a blackberry, and a 2-way radio. Yes, it's redundant, but what ya gonna do?
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Old December 16 2008, 10:46 AM   #8
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I carried a pager for 14 years when I worked at BMC. 24/7. There was no escape....

Actually, there was. I work at home now and no pager!
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Old December 16 2008, 02:29 PM   #9
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I used to work in a "closed area" where you couldn't bring in anything that transmits. When I went to get a pager (a receive-only pager, mind you, which are even more rare), I swear the guy behind the counter gave me the stupidest "WTF?" look. I don't have that restriction now, but if I went back to another closed area, I'm not even sure I could find such a thing anymore.
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Old December 16 2008, 03:00 PM   #10
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RJDrummerBoy wrote: View Post
I carried a pager for 14 years when I worked at BMC. 24/7. There was no escape....

Actually, there was. I work at home now and no pager!
Yeah, but now people can just call and bug you.
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Old December 16 2008, 03:12 PM   #11
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For emergency calls I have a pager, and a blackberry, and a 2-way radio. Yes, it's redundant, but what ya gonna do?

*cough*NERD!!!*cough*
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Old December 16 2008, 03:51 PM   #12
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Staff in hospitals still use pagers. I believe it's because they are passive receiving devices and thus don't interfere with any equipment.
My dad (surgeon) still carries around a pager.
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Old December 16 2008, 04:25 PM   #13
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Old December 16 2008, 09:42 PM   #14
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I'm so glad I don't have a carry a pager any more. Bloody thing was the bane of my life first year after qualifying. I even dreamed it was going off and so woke up.
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Old December 16 2008, 11:27 PM   #15
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I carried a pager for 14 years when I worked at BMC. 24/7. There was no escape....

Actually, there was. I work at home now and no pager!
Yeah, but now people can just call and bug you.
Online conferencing, actually... but no nights or weekends!
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