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    pager service still available in United States?

    Evening,

    Just curious I wanted to know is there any pager providers in the United States (N.C or Virginia) that still provide pager services? I know they are outdated and hard to find now but I just wanted to know.

    BTW I posted this in "Lounge" board because I wasn't sure where it would fit in. If this wasn't the right place please let me know where I may be allowed to post this in.

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    I think that paging, in the traditional manner has gone the way of Beta and VHS tapes. Virtually any phone can send/receive text messages (even non-smartphones) with predictive text or simply pressing the keys corresponding with each letter on the screen/keypad. I suspect they are few and far in between.

    Just for giggles, I just did a random Google search and found more than a couple of companies advertising pager service but no companies that I recognized.
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    pager service still available in United States?

    Yes. The names have changed.

    Skytel became American Messaging
    USA Mobility became spok

    The coverage hasn’t kept up with general urban/suburban expansion. Seems to be pretty much on life support.

    I miss using a pager for work when compared to a cell phone. First, work unambiguously paid for it. Second, I just had to replace the battery monthly. It was a much simpler device. No software upgrades, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mch View Post
    Yes. The names have changed.

    Skytel became American Messaging
    USA Mobility became spok

    The coverage hasn’t kept up with general urban/suburban expansion. Seems to be pretty much on life support.

    I miss using a pager for work when compared to a cell phone. First, work unambiguously paid for it. Second, I just had to replace the battery monthly. It was a much simpler device. No software upgrades, etc.
    Pagers and Paging Services were an interesting idea a great many years ago, but I do not feel the lack of anything to not have the use any longer of a pager. Look at a user's experience. Somebody pages you. Then you need to find a telephone to call the number which the pager shows you. You go to a landline when you have the opportunity; or you pull out your mobile phone, and make the return call to ask what the caller wants. Current day, even a basic cellular telephone with ability to accept a text message is better than the old time pager. Caller could give a brief message so you know something more about the call than just, 'person from a shown number paged me'.

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    pager service still available in United States?

    My use of pagers was being oncall with text paging giving me details of the alert. I hardly ever really had people paging me directly.

    Yeah, a cell phone will do it, but a lot of employers refuse to pay for one, and even if they do, it means carrying two cell phones.

    Yeah, the paging industry died for a reason. I think it’s mostly medical applications now.

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