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Did You Have a Beeper?

I saw a childhood friend at a birthday dinner a few weeks ago, and we got on the topic of how much communication and gadgets have changed since we were teenagers. On top of making us feel old, it evoked memories of our hoary pre-cell phone days. He actually reminded me that, for a brief (but oh so awesome!) time, I carried a beeper (commonly referred to as a "pager" by unhip people and doctors). I can't explain why, except that one day my parents presented it to me as a way to "keep in touch" when I was out with my friends.

I can't imagine having a pager without a cell phone would benefit anyone aside from Stone Age doctors at this point, given payphones are considered vintage artifacts. News to Liz Lemon's pager salesman ex on 30 Rock: Pages are just text messages created without the genius of the QWERTY keypad. I've got nothing to say but 143, I promise.

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miss-jaxx miss-jaxx 9 years
Yes! I was one of the first people to have one, I was in like 9th grade! My dad gave me a translucent baby blue one... so cute! Then I had a smaller, clear red one. Loved it!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I never had one. They weren't allowed in my school, and any other reason I would need one was moot because I had a car phone. See, back then, cell phones were only for the very elite and wealthy. Normal folks had "car phones". My friends in HS had one so their parents could keep tabs on them. My parents always knew where I was and when I'd be home. :)
haydee haydee 9 years
I had a blue motorola one, that was so cool back then
Performita Performita 9 years
Why do I get eMails every time someone posts a comment on this? I usually don't get them???
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Ugh...I remember though...I got suckered into this two year deal...and I think I only used it (for its intended purpose) for like a year before my bf at the time got me a rockin new cell phone. What a waste! But it does a great job waking me up...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I still have mine....use it as my portable alarm clock! :)
liz26111 liz26111 9 years
God I cannot type. Too young.
liz26111 liz26111 9 years
I was to young at the time to be apart of the pager era.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ha lord no.
jennacyde jennacyde 9 years
I was about 9 then soooo..... I only used it for pimping my hoes.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
Not sure why, but I still loved getting the random: 07734...the old HELLO, LMAO
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I totally had a was aqua and cool, might I add!!!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
lilpea- I wore mine the same way!! I know I had a few, but I distinctly remember a purple one and a turquoise one. I remember a friend had a bright orange one that she used electrical tape to make black stripes on the clip and it looked like tiger stripes- I was so envious! :rotfl:
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
yep, I had a beeper, but they weren't around when I was a teenager. I had one when I was in my early 20's before I could afford to get a cell phone. It did come in handy!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
"Well I was kinda too young for a beeper back then, but I remember my dad having one." - Nikki Wow. Now I feel really old. Yep, I had one. And my mom would page me every freaking 10 minutes if I didn't call her back right away.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I remember my friends and I used to send each other really long messages, and each message would arrive in several beeps because they wouldn't fit in just one. We would ask the operators to repeat what we said, so that we could *ehem* make sure that they got our messages right. They would diligently repeat everything, including our hahahahas and other silly words and phrases lol. Poor operators.
kezza kezza 9 years
Where I grew up it was the doctors and unhip adults who said "beeper." The drug dealers and cool kids said "pager." I didn't have a pager until after college, in a brief couple years before getting a modern cell phone (I did, however, have a Motorola car phone). The pager I had was one of the nifty qwerty 2-way deals, though when I was in high school several friends of mine had the traditional pagers. "0414" was my code, I would page people with that and then they would call me on the pay phones in my dorm at boarding school (no room phones, no cell phones). When I first started my job I had a really vintage crappy pager, they've since moved us up to ones that display full-text messages (though no 2-way, sadly).
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
i was too young for one..
rcon rcon 9 years
I had a transparent teal green one. It was great for after your parents had gone to bed and someone was trying to reach you. We would send a warning page then know someone was about to call so you could pick it up on the first ring and hope it didn't wake your parents.
eruntale eruntale 9 years
My dad used to have a corporate one, then his company gave him a "brick" cellphone. He used it from 1993 to 1998. I still remember how we called to the central and told the operator what message we wanted to send. It was funny!
krissycake krissycake 9 years
yeah! i had one that looked like a pen/highlighter my dad gave me.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
:ROTFL: Yes! Totally! It was so pointless and useless but I had to have one.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
OMG - yes i did have a pager - and i used it religiously. i remember being in high school and they outlawed them in the building unless you had an excuse and i don't remember what mine was but i had it with me all the time. i think that my job even paged me from time to time. in college, i always looked for the coolest ones, and i had this super tiny one that everyone was jealous of. OH THE MEMORIES!
witchbaby witchbaby 9 years
my best friend had one and we had made our own set of codes like I had a certain number than I would add on the code for something like .... need to talk parents are crazy or whatever. Her parents were really strict so her beeper always helped when she couldn't use the phone and I need to tell her something. since my parents weren't strict I could use the phone whenever I wanted.
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
I was the only person who had one in my middle school. It was bright green too. BUT, the really cool kids already had cell phones (keep in mind, this would be in 1996-1997, so those were some crazy cell phones).
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