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@Tay0 I also loved the boxy aesthetic of these. Kinda reminds me of the cars of the day, before they all took on the melted blob vibe of the mid 90s
@alan Oh, I think this specific example was from someone selling it on eBay at the time. I don't think it was actually on a network
@alan I'm sure there's some distant corner where someone is still using a pager. Or at least I like to think so
@cypnk I think they’re only used on small, business networks these days.
I used have one but they were so expensive to call, no one ever contacted me on it 😂
@alan I'm not sure if they actually use pagers in the factories. The messages I was decoding were things like pressure measurements, so I think they just used the same frequency / protocol.
I think the reason they are used in hospitals is that can still get a signal deep in the bowels of a building, where mobiles struggle.
@jamie Don’t pagers use some of the old GSMR frequencies? I didn’t think they were that great at penetrating structures.
@alan Yeah, I think so. My understanding is that the signal is delivered with more power, so penetrates better - but I don't know much about this stuff.
Apparently they are getting phased out by the NHS, but GOV.uk says:
"The NHS uses around 130,000 pagers at an annual cost of £6.6 million. More than one in 10 of the world’s pagers are used by the NHS."
@cypnk fun fact, hospitals still use these extensively. Another fun fact? You can pluck all the page messages out of the air with a $20 sdr and decode them in real time.
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