Don’t let conventional wisdom get you down. The PalmPilot can indeed receive pages, send faxes, make printouts, and transmit information wirelessly.
Your paging options are a PageMart card (which replaces the memory card door on a Pilot, PalmPilot, or original WorkPad model), which can receive pages; or a OneTouch cable/software kit that lets your PalmPilot plug into your existing beeper. Need your PalmPilot to vibrate instead of beep? Get a TaleVibes doodad that plugs into your PalmPilot’s HotSync jack.
You can print from the PalmPilot. You may have better luck, however, by getting into the habit of faxing yourself whenever you need a hardcopy—fax software for the PalmPilot is sure-fire and cable-free (although it requires a modem).
If you do much beaming, consider changing the Prefs/Buttons application so that a penstroke up the face of the PalmPilot begins a beam (instead of, for example, summoning the Graffiti cheat sheet).