How Alpha Numeric Pagers Can Benefit You

By: Anna Woodward

Pagers have come a long way in recent years. With those old-school versions, all you could do was receive numbers. You would get a page, and it would just give you a series of numbers to call back.

Like everything else in our high-tech world, these tools are improving every year. Now, you can get news headlines, text messages and tons of features like voice mail with a simple, inexpensive model.

Why Alpha-Numeric Pagers Are Different

"Alpha-numeric" means that you get the alphabet along with your numbers. Now you have the entire alphabet soup to work with. It's a standard feature these days that most pagers can do text messaging.

So, how long of a message do you want to write? You'll want to think about this when you are shopping around. There are 1-way and 2-way styles. With a two way, you can send as well as receive messages.

Different services offer different word limits. For example, the simplest plans start at 240 characters. This means letters, not words. It's not a whole lot, but it's enough to say "meet me at such-and-such a place at such-and-such a time."

You can't get one big enough to write the Great American Novel on, but you can get those that allow you more characters if you need them. Still, there are some that allow you to write up to 500 characters or more in a message.

Most of these sophisticated two way models have a small keyboard attached. You won't be able to touch-type on it unless you have tiny fingers, but it'll get the job done. Manufacturers are always working on new ways to make entering text easier.

Who Can Use An Alpha-Numeric Pager?

An alpha-numeric pager can come in handy for anyone. Lots of people find them more convenient to use (and cheaper!) than a cell phone. Numeric versions just give you the phone number, and then you have to go and call the person. But, with their text options, they allow you to communicate immediately and directly.

These advanced tools are a great way for businesspeople to communicate with clients when they are away from the desk. If you absolutely need to be reachable at all times, an alpha numeric pager can be essential.

What Services Are Available?

The latest models come with lots of features; it's just a matter of what you want to do with them. You can go as simple or as complex as you want to.

Storage - All alpha numeric pagers have storage options. You can get expanded memory, where you can save all your messages, as well as phone numbers and other contact information. You can use it as your tiny pocket rolodex.

Range - Most services will allow you to choose how far you would like your range to extend. For example, you can choose nationwide paging and keep in touch anywhere in the country. Unlike cell-phone roaming charges, nationwide service is usually not much more than local service.

Internet - The latest models have Internet capabilities. Right now, these services are fairly limited, but new models with expanded features are coming out every year. With some new styles, you can access your e-mail anywhere with your own tiny pocket computer.

Alpha numeric pagers can be useful for anyone, from family members who want to keep in touch, to small business owners who find the communication tool indispensable. And, there is always something new coming out every year!

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