Pagers That Do More Than Beep

For people on the move who don't own a mobile phone, carrying a small electronic pager is a handy and economical way to stay in touch with your office, home, or broker. Clipped onto a belt or tucked in a pocket, the battery-powered device signals when someone wants you to call. And not only by going beep-beep anymore. Modern pagers have a "vibration" mode that lets you feel their signal. A tiny red light blinks on some models made by NEC Electronics, Motorola, and others. If you're too busy to answer immediately, electronic memories in sophisticated pagers, such as Motorola's Bravo, can accumulate a series of callers' numbers and display them in sequence at the press of a button.

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