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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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RADIO PAGING SERVICE

Motorola Corporation first introduced tone-only pagers in 1956. Tone-only pagers send a tone to a person's pager. People who are paged call a paging operator or an answering service to find out the telephone number and possibly why a person was trying to reach them. Physicians, plumbers and people who needed to be reached in emergencies were early users of tone-only pagers.

Pager sale boomed from the time they were introduced in 1956 until 1998, when growth slowed. When cellular telephone service was introduced in the late 1980s, many industry experts thought that this would be the death knell for paging because cellular is a two-way service. However, paging sales continued to grow strongly until competition in the cellular ...

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