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A pager is a personal radio device that allows the user to

receive messages. A pager is a dedicated RF or radio frequency

device that allows the pager user to receive messages broadcast on

a specific frequency over a special network of radio base stations.

Al Gross In 1921, the first pager-like system was in use by the

Detroit Police Department. However, it was not until 1949 that the

very first telephone pager was patented. The inventor's name was Al

Gross and his pagers were first used in New York City's Jewish

Hospital. Al Gross' pager was not a consumer device available to

everyone. The FCC did not approve the pager for public use until

1958. Motorola Pagers The name pager was first used in 1959 when

Motorola made a personal radio communications product they called a

pager. The Motorola pager was a small receiver that delivered a

radio message individually to those carrying the device. The first

successful consumer pager was Motorola's Pageboy I first introduced

in 1974. It had no display and could not store messages, however,

it was portable and notified the wearer that a message had been

sent. By 1980, there were 3.2 million pager users worldwide. At

that time pagers had a limited range and were used mostly in

on-site situations for example when medical workers communicate

with each other within a hospital. By 1990, wide-area paging had

been invented and over 22 million pagers were in use. By 1994,

there were over 61 million pagers in use and pagers became popular

for personal use. Are Pagers Heading for Extinction However, with

today's cell phones pagers are becoming an endangered species.

Pagers sales are down and few companies still make pagers. Older

one-way pagers are being replaced by more sophisticated messaging

tools, such as two-way pagers. How Do Pagers Work Pagers or beepers

are portable communication and messengering devices. One person

sends a text message using a touch-tone telephone or even an email

that gets forwarded to the pager of the person they want to talk

to. Then the person carrying the pager either gets an audible beep

or vibration that lets them know that a message is incoming. An

incoming phone number or text message is displayed on the pagers'

LCD screen. Motorola History The company was founded in 1928 by

Paul V. Galvin and began as the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation of

Chicago, Illinois.


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