Who remembers pagers?!

June 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Daily Life | 6 Comments
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I had one – and I’m pretty sure it was my most coveted Christmas present, ever.

I must have been about 14 or 15 and I recall clipping the transparent Motorola gadget to the waistband of my Naff Naff (or were they Benetton) jeans, exuberating pride. I think even it had a holster that you clipped into place and then deftly slid the device into.

From memory, I think you had to call an operator, dictate your message to the nice lady and hope that it came through at the other end without some Chinese whisper like errors converting ‘please be back for dinner at 5’ to ‘peas for dinner if you’re alive’. An operator – a real person – I wonder how much the call cost?!

I don’t think it was very long before I upgraded my pager to my first Nokia mobile phone but boy did I feel smug whilst I had it. Especially when it beeped – which was at least twice a week – once on a Saturday and once on a Sunday – because of course ‘I wouldn’t be needing it at school’. That spoiled the bragging potential a little.

I wish I’d kept it to see if you could still call the operator. Does anyone still have such a relic? Or did I imagine their existence completely? It seems so far fetched after all – a device which simply had a scrolling message bar and ran off an AA battery. No games, apps or wifi. No camera?! No scrabble?!

And apologies for the picture, that’s the best I could find of this old antiquated treasure.


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  1. PMSL #thatisall

  2. Lol! I never had one but I wanted one. I never knew you had to call an operator though! Wow!

    • I think I’m remembering rightly!

  3. Oh this takes me back. I had one too!! No-one ever contacted me on it though 😉

    • I do wonder how many messages I had!

  4. Lol, yep the operator the buzzing and beeping, madness, it brings back some memories,

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