On Sat, 09 Oct 2010 12:31:21 -0500, The Daring Dufas
Just one question - you don't have portable numbers where you are?
Here, if I have a phone number for ANY type of phone service, I can
have it transfererred to a new service - so no problem transferring
that long-standing pager number to a new cell-phone on ANY carrier -
and forwarding that number to my home phone in non-working hours or
when I'm at home so there is no air-time charge for calls I recieve
when at my (or any other) land-line.
On 10/11/2010 7:11 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I don't own the pager number, I'm sure the company could yank it any
time they wished. Right now, two of the guys I work with are having
problems with dead and dying cellphones, roommate just went out the door
cursing the infernal contraption. My pager was having a little
problem so I changed the single AAA battery, problem solved. I must
have simple reliable communications, pager and POTS line win every
time. I suppose I could find another "Tough Phone" but I don't have
a ton of money to spend on anything right now so I'll keep the little
Nokia that has to be protected from gravity.
Sure but isn't a pager the definition of unreliable? Suppose someone
paged you when you had the battery out just now (or you were out of
range)? You would never know.
The cell system would simply save that message until it saw your handset
register itself with the system and deliver it to your handset. That was
one of the big problems with pagers especially if the call you just
missed might have meant putting money in your wallet.
The pager voice mails are saved on the companies' server. I call my
number, enter my access code and retrieve my messages. If I'm not
feeling well, I'll turn my pager off. When I wake up, I call and
check my messages.
I know what you mean about using a pager. I used one for years. I'd give
the number out to everyone as my home phone. They heard a ringing when
they called and thought it was a phone. Several people asked why I never
answered. lol. When it's a pager, you feel like no one has reached you, if
the pager is OFF. Since then, I have 2 prepaid cells. One is my junk
number and the other one is my home phone for "special" people. The junk
cell is off 99 % of the time.
I was an early adopter of MagicJack and when the unit quit working, I
kept the number. For $20 a year I have a phone number to give anyone
who will violate my privacy like hospitals, insurance companies, banks
and especially government agencies. The voice mails come in my Email as
a wav file along with time, date and number of the caller. I never hear
a ringer and if it's someone I need to call back, I can. It intercepts
all of the telemarketers and sales calls from those who got my number
from the mentioned notorious privacy ignorers. I love the threatening
calls from the collection agencies who will call numerous times a day.
"You must call immediately or you leave me no choice!" The same message
for a year then it slows to a trickle from the deluge it once was.
On 10/11/2010 7:05 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I haven't even setup the voicemail on the TracFone I have, I only turn
it on when I need to make a call. All I want is a cellphone that works
like those ancient cellphones, A PHONE THAT JUST FREAKING MAKES AND
RECEIVES CALLS! I don't want it to do anything else except be big enough
for my hand and have big enough buttons so I don't press three
at the same time. I think it's wonderful for people to have those lovely
supercalafragalistic modern Swiss army knife phones but I don't want or
Pagers are pretty much an historical artifact in many areas. There is
only one carrier left that serves my area and they have lots of issues
because they aren't making any money.
I don't get your logic. If you keep your cellphone turned off for some
reason why not just let folks leave a message on the cellphone voice mail?
Sure, lots of folks used to use pagers including me but when cellphone
coverage matured they migrated whomever had that number to something
else and put the pager in the drawer.
If you are that dependent on a pager you are going to be in a world of
hurt when the paging company disappears. There is only one paging
company left that serves my area and I think about 6 more adjoining
states and they can't pay their bills (no customers left). My buddy
works for a communications company and he bumps into the guy (yes guy,
they only have one tech left) from the pager company and he said just a
few months ago their system in our region was down for over a week
because they didn't have credit anymore and had to arrange to get and
pay cash for whatever part they needed.
The paging/communications company I use does more than just pagers. I
doubt it will be going under soon. I will be long gone before that
company perishes. The only thing I have to say about it is that my
"antiquated" communication system just works and that's all that's
important to me. I would never criticize you for your choice of
methods to communicate unless you were endangering me or someone
else. This idiocy of having to TELL people that texting while driving
is dangerous, is incomprehensible. If you have to tell someone to pay
attention to the road, that person should not be driving. It's not
just cellphones, it's the nut behind the wheel trying to talk, text,
shave, put on makeup or yell at the rugrats.
Well, <I> understood, for what it is worth. Those little stickers on
cold gray steel are an important source of business for you.
Anybody know if number portability rules apply to the numbers used by
pagers? Just for giggles, ask your cell provider if the pager number can
be ported to your cell number. At some point, your pager company WILL be
going away. They'll lose their frequency assignment, or some other
company will buy them to kill them. Or their head-end hardware will die,
and I'm pretty sure nobody is making new hardware any more.
I just had a customer from years ago call me this morning about a
problem with a backup generator. He would rather I look at it than
anyone else. It's not a major part of my business now but I can
take care of it. Pagers have gone back to the people they were
meant for, they were very popular with the kiddies for a while
before cellphones then brain implants or whatever the frack they're
using these days took over. As far as I know, the number for my
pager belongs to the pager company. When I took a job overseas more
than 20 years ago, my pager service lapsed and the number I had was
reassigned to someone else. When I got back to The States, I resumed
service and have had the same number ever since then.
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