@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

Those pagers were tough. You could throw one scrips the room and it wouldn't break.

@cypnk I didn鈥檛 know people still had pagers in 2014 馃槷

@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鈥檙e 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 馃槀

@alan You can decode pager messages with an SDR radio. They鈥檙e not encrypted, and the signal is quite strong. I can pickup transmissions from our local hospital and from the factories on the dock.

AFAIK there is only one company that manages the UK network now.


@jamie I鈥檓 surprised factories use pagers; you鈥檇 think walkie talkies would be more efficient 馃摕

@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鈥檛 pagers use some of the old GSMR frequencies? I didn鈥檛 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 拢6.6 million. More than one in 10 of the world鈥檚 pagers are used by the NHS."

@jamie I鈥檇 guess that pagers aren鈥檛 very cost-efficient!!

@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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