How to Select a Pager Service

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A wide assortment of pager services is available. Be careful not to pay for features you don't want.

Things You'll Need

  • Pagers
  • Decide where and when you want your pager to work. Pager services now offer plans that can cover you nationwide or even worldwide, within a multistate region, in specific areas or on a temporary basis.

  • Determine whether you want the capability to send messages from your pager.

  • Decide if you want callers to be able to leave a voice message or just a phone number. Voice mail can prove convenient if you are out of range of the pager or you have turned the pager off when a call comes in.

  • Consider whether you want sports, news and financial information paged to you.

  • Contact the major pager service providers. Most of them, such as SkyTel and PageNet, have Web sites.

  • Find out if the pager service offers customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Investigate whether it offers 800-number access and a live operator who can take messages.

  • Determine if each plan the service offers is flexible. Make certain that there is a means for you to get undelivered or stored messages when your pager is within the service area.

  • Find out if the pager service offers hardware'that is, a pager unit'that enables you to access all of the features in your chosen plan.

Tips & Warnings

  • Yearly plans are usually less expensive than month-to-month plans.
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