How Does a Pager Work?

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How Does a Pager Work?
Motorola Numeric Pager

A pager, also known as a "beeper," is a small, electronic device. It "beeps" to alert the user when there's an incoming message. Once a person purchases a pager, he must subscribe to a paging service to receive his own unique phone number and/or e-mail address.

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Numeric Pagers

A one-way numeric pager can only receive numeric messages. The pager displays the numeric message through an LCD screen. A numeric message can consist of a few digits or an entire telephone number. If a numeric message consists of a telephone number, the recipient of the message is expected to call the telephone number back.

Motorola Numeric Pager
Motorola Numeric Pager

Alphanumeric Pagers

Unlike numeric pagers, alphanumeric pagers can receive numeric messages, e-mail and SMS messages. As a modified version of the numeric pager, the alphanumeric pager's display screen is larger to accommodate text messages.

Motorola Alphanumeric Pager
Motorola Alphanumeric Pager

Paging Someone You Know

A person with a touch-tone phone, cell phone or Internet access can send a message to a person with a pager. The page can consist of a numeric message or an alphanumeric message, depending on the type of pager the recipient owns.

If the person who owns the pager has an alphanumeric pager, they can receive e-mails and text messages. To send an e-mail to an alphanumeric pager, simply log into your e-mail account. Address your e-mail to the email address that corresponds with the pager. Type your message and click "Send." To send a text message, use a cell phone or two-way pager.

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