Why are millions of pagers in the USA still in use?
We've seen the articles declaring the death of the pager since 1999 and we hear it all day long..
"Do they still make those things"? "Pagers are dinosaurs". "Pagers are old school", "Pagers went the way of Pong" and last but not least..."Why would anyone use a pager when they can have a cellphone"?
With over 2 million pagers in use today (as of 2013), Let us be the first to tell you that Pagers are not only alive and well, but are THE backup communication source relied upon by people who absolutely have to be accessible. Not everyone needs a pager these days, but specific applications as well as industries find pagers irreplaceable as an alternative form of wireless communication.
Four words sum up the reason why pagers are still in use: Reliability, Privacy, Urgency and Economy
Pagers are reliable and inexpensive. While we would never say a pager is a substitute for a cellphone, just as a motorcycle is not a substitute for a car....Pagers have their place as a dependable wireless communication tool and when used in conjunction with a cellphone, you will not only have a backup communication tool, but you will also have piece of mind.
As simple as pagers are, they rarely suffer from congestion as cellphone networks, recent events have shown that pagers work even in times of natural disasters as opposed to cellphones that ring busy, dead air or all circuits are busy, and pagers have a unique facility in Group Calling where large numbers of pagers can be paged simultaneously.
Pagers provide a way of getting in touch without the intrusiveness of a cellphone. Many of our paging customers prefer to shut off their cell phones at night and leave their pager turned on just in case of an urgent matter. The same is true while executives are in important meetings, professionals are meeting with clients, doctors with patients. By having their own separate phone number, pagers can provide a "barrier" to strangers calling and having "too much" access.
Pagers stand out above the crowd of ring tones, text message alerts and phone calls to alert of an urgent matter.
Let's face it, money is tight these days. The cost of cellphone plans is a small fortune. If you have 50 employees and you just need to be able to get a hold of them. A pager on their belt can be the difference between spending thousands of dollars or hundreds of dollars each month. Two real life examples are property maintenance companies and landscapers. One lost phone in a 2 year contract can cost hundreds of dollars to replace...a beeper? as low as $20.
Not everyone is so important that they need backup communication, but when your burglar alarm goes off or your patient needs you or your kids need a ride home and your cellphone is in a dead spot, keep in mind that for under $12/month...you too can have an alternative communication solution for the people who rely upon you as opposed to just not getting the call in time and missing out.