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Remembering old technology (Pagers, brick phones, etc)

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by carmendiva, May 17, 2010.

  1. carmendiva

    carmendiva Well-Known Member
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    lol i'll get there myself...eventually lol
     

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  2. djdisturbed

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    Yeah same here..................
     
  3. sag7392

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    Yeah, I remember going to grab a clear case for my "sky pager", lol. Instead of send me a text, it was send me a page, hahaha!

    Stop blowing up my pager :)
     
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    ... all i remember is my old at&t brick phone... about the size of a police radio... that or my old car phone system
     
  5. clickclack

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    I remember giving a girl a pager for her b-day with a year of pre-paid service...LOL, how cool was I?

    She lost it like a week later and said that she never used it...I mean how awesome is the concept of a pager...someone pages you with their number and you go find a phone to call them back.

    Anyhow, I was out like $150 EDIT: and pissed!
     
  6. drexappeal

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    (For those that are too young, this is pager writing. Translation: "Hell Yes. Pager Text")

    HAHAHAHA...wow, flashback.
     
  7. drksilenc

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    ... wow drex just wow... luckily i never had to use a pager
     
  8. sag7392

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    I remember that! We are old!
     
  9. chum1600

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    I must be too young for all of the pager talk. I remember my dad though at dinner would get a page and would have to call people back. It made my mom so mad that people couldn't leave him alone during dinner but I thought it was funny. Every time he got one it was like a little kid in a candy store "OMG who paged me?".
     
  10. drexappeal

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    Hey, I'm happy and proud to be part of Generation X. We got to see the advancement of technology at the right age where we had to learn everything from the basics on up and we made due with the technology that was available to us.

    Pager texting was a fad before they came out with pagers that you could actually receive visual messages with (unless, you wanted to pay for a phone call to check voicemail). Cell phone bills were NOTHING compared to what they are now. I remember (while in college) getting into DEEP crap because I used the cell phone in too many "emergency" situations that ended in a $500 bill. That was for going over the 50 minute maximum in a month (This is why you don't hear me whining/complaining about the $10 additional fee for unlimited 3G/4G).
     
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  11. drexappeal

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  12. sag7392

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    I know! You've got me wanting to dig around and find my last pager...which I still have somewhere. Being part of Generation X, makes us able to appreciate how far we've come in the mobile world.
     
  13. drexappeal

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    I think I still have my last pager. Clear case and as small as an eraser! Just wish cell phones were as cheap monthly as pagers got to be (I think I was paying $10 a month back in 98, before I finally got a cell phone with Sprint).
     
  14. wjrandon

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    I'm taking the 4th off and making up hours over the weekend, knowing damn well I wont be productive because I'll be too busy playing with my Evo!
     
  15. carmendiva

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    do they still make pagers?
     
  16. drexappeal

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    That's a good question...LOL...I really don't know. Once two-ways came out, I think pagers got phased out. Not positive though. Only place I could see them still existing is in the hospital.
     
  17. clambert1273

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    actually they do.. think hospital ;)
     
  18. carmendiva

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    I am sorry but i never understood the concept of pagers.
    I mean yeah they were like cellphones minus the phone part

    But if i got a page, i'd have to find a payphone(omg...i just saw my first pay phone today while i got off my plane here in California) to call the person back.

    Sounds like a lot of work.

    But i guess at the same time, this was very advanced back in the 90s
     
  19. drexappeal

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    Hahaha...you're actually right on the money, but there were also many more pay phones available at that time. If it was an emergency, people would just put 911, so you'd know to pull off the road and find the first phone you could, to call the person back. There were also calling cards, so you wouldn't have to worry about not having change to use at the payphone.

    And yeah, it was a lot of work compared to nowadays. And it wasn't so much "advanced," technologically, but an quicker form of communication.
     
  20. carmendiva

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    i just googled some pagers...i found a cute one that was blue

    but i didn't know you could put 911 in the the pager message.

    Did pagers have phone numbers?
    like an actual 10 digit number like landlines and cells?

    lol i feel like im learning something new. I learned a crack pot the other day

    oh god not a crackpot i mean a crockpot

    lol oh dear
     
  21. drexappeal

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    LOL...Yup. You'd just dial the pager number, you hear a personalized answering machine from the person you're paging, then it'll beep (just like an answering machine). You punch in your number or you leave a voice message.

    In order to get spaces between numbers, just press *. # would be to end the page early.
     
  22. carmendiva

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    Very intriguing.....
     
  23. jeffdlb

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    You young whippersnappers had pagers?!? Heck, when I was a teen the cool new mobile communications technology was CB Radio! And the song "Convoy" by C.W. McCall was on the radio. Now get off my lawn!



    [*] Actually, CB wasn't new, but just newly popular, much to the consternation of the professional truckers.
     
  24. chasers

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    wow beepers were real big when i was middle school/freshman year in high school. which means we're about the same age and i aint old drex lol
     
  25. SoFLO

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    I vaguely remember my mom having a pager but that's about it lol.
     

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