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Support Using the phone as a Pager?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by EMSguy, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. EMSguy

    EMSguy Active Member
    Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2010
    Hey guys, so I'm not really a tech guy, so this may seem like a really stupid question to those of you that are. I work part time as an EMT, but unfortunately there's a pager shortage so mine often ends up being lent out. I would love it if there was a way to turn my Droid into a pager!
    BTW, if this helps, the pager that we normally work with is the Motorola Minitor.


  2. phaze3131

    phaze3131 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2009
    I think if they just press 5 it sends you the number the person puts in. Only difference is they have to wait for it to ring to go to voicemail and then press 5 and the number to call back.

    but if your work is doing the paging you can set it up to receive calls from that number and automatically forward to voicemail so they can just press 5 and bam it's done.
  3. Medic_in_SC

    Medic_in_SC Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    South Carolina
    What he's looking for is to get the fire/ems frequency so he can listen for calls, as if it were a radio or voice pager.

    The dispatch center sends out a series of tones that open and alert the pager, then it begins receiving the radio signal with the voice traffic.

    Since the phone is not set up to scan these frequencies, I don't think this could be done. However, if you could get the dispatch center to broadcast their traffic over a website as well, maybe you could leave it active in your browser, much like on firehouse.com.

    Good luck.
  4. Inphosys

    Inphosys Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2009
    I. T. Engineer
    Have them send an e-mail to <YourPhoneNumber>@vtext.com and it will show up on your Droid as a text message. So if your cell phone number is 843-555-1212 ... the folks at your dispatch center would send an e-mail to 8435551212@vtext.com

    160 character limit still applies.
  5. discohornet

    discohornet Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    if THAT is the case then this would be one sick app if a dev ever decided to embark upon it!
  6. johny7

    johny7 New Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Yes, have them send an e-mail to <YourPhoneNumber>@vtext.com and it will show up on your Droid as a text message. So if your cell phone number is 843-555-1212 ... the folks at your dispatch center would send an e-mail to 8435551212@vtext.com.

    However, this will only send a SMS/text message to your phone. What if you are away from phone sleeping? Ideally, you want a pager like functionality which beeps!

    Use this android app - SMS Alert (SMS Alert - Android Market) which will allow you to put in a text filter (for e.g. emergency, urgent, or anything else you want), and this will RING your phone when incoming SMS message has words like "emergency", "urgent" or anything you put in the keyword filter. If it finds "emergency" (the keyword filter you entered), it will actually RING your phone. Amazing, isn't it?
  7. RahPwr

    RahPwr New Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    There is an app called "Red Alert Navigation" that I have not gotten to work that sounds really slick if it did.

    It takes the text paging like the others here describe and looks it up on Google Maps. I wish it had some configuration or logic, my pages always preface the address with "LOC-"...if it knew how to look for that it'd be easy.

    If you simply want text paging you need to see if dispatch has email function. In our county whenever an event is created for a certain agency an email goes out. The only catch in our area is the dispatch doesn't want to manage emails so we setup gmail accounts and then use that to forward to phone numbers as text. Works great.

    Very unlikely an app can pull a VHF tone off the air. You'd almost have a better chance of combining in with a scanner app that features multiple fire frequency scans.
  8. billatq

    billatq New Member

    Mar 24, 2012

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