Pagers Aren't Just For Paging Anymore

Messages, faxes, two-way service--all in all, an electronic Swiss Army knife

Dave Farber was in a jam. His plane had just pulled away from its gate in Denver when a mechanical problem caused a delay. In the meantime, a friend was getting ready to leave his office to pick Farber up in San Jose, Calif. How could Farber, a telecommunications professor at the University of Pennsylvania, keep his pal from showing up early? From the tarmac, Farber simply sent a message from his pager to his friend's E-mail address and got a reply back that his buddy would wait before heading out. Twenty minutes later, Farber sent another note that the plane was taking off. "It allowed me to interact even from the plane," Farber said.

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