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In the days when mobiles where still rather expensive, well it was 1999 actually, I was in my first year of college, and having spent numerous months ringing everywhere to find out what time I was coming home my mother decided I needed something she could contact me on. I begged for a mobile, but me old budge said it would be too expensive, hence the birth of a pager into the family!Just in case you are unclear, a pager looks a bit like a tiny tiny calculator (without the numbers), it’s cordless and it can be used to receive digitised messages sent by radio... if you’re still unclear – watch Casualty next week, all the docs have them slapped on their belts (because they don’t interfere with hospital equipment in the ways that mobile phones do), and conveniently make a loud beeping noise whenever there’s a sticky situation.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with text messaging? Well, paging is the original text messaging! It works on the basis that you send someone a message (either texting them from your phone or ringing their pager number (similar to a mobile number but it takes you through to a call centre where an operator will take your message and then send it to the pager). The message is sent by a “digitised radio signal” and received by the pager, which is a “digitised radio receiver” (ooh original!) The pager then beeps or vibrates (according to choice) to tell the owner (or some nosy bugger who’s standing close-by) that they have a message. The message text will then scroll across the screen and the sender can read it and choose whether to save it or delete it. Unfortunately to reply you have to go find a phone... all I ever used to get was my sending me, “Where are you, what time are you home” so I’d have to tramp off and find a friend of BT to call my irate mother.Well, anyway, that’s the concept of the pager cleared up, all I have to add is that it’s kind of cheap for the owner as they pay a one off fee to buy the pager, then there is nothing more to pay, no service charge, no line rental, only the cost of a battery every now and again. It’s not quite so cheap for the sender though... a matter I shall address further on in the review.
So what’s is good about this little pager? Well, I bought it because it looked really cool! Its shell is a sort of clear (but not completely see through) aqua colour, which as I 16 year old I thought was rather groovy (and have to admit that this is still one of the sexier pagers about!). It’s got a comparatively large and clear screen, which allows you to see one line of text up to 20 characters at a time, and three decent sized red buttons to turn it on/off and scroll backwards and forwards through messages and options. It’s not the smallest of the pagers on the market – 5.5cm in length, 3cm in width and 1cm in height – but it’s certainly one of the more functional! You don’t have to squint to read the text or use a pencil tip to press the buttons.Function wise, as well as being able to receive messages – you can store up to 18 messages or messages with a combined total of no more than 720 characters – you can receive messages known as “mail-drop”.
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