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Offline SiliconWizard

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Re: "Ye Olde" 'Pagers' really dead now! ??
« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2019, 01:37:05 pm »
Until they are made completely illegal. Which I wouldn't be hugely surprised about one of these days.

Who needs that spectrum that desperately? It's only useful for low bandwidth and high range/penetration. New technology doesn't really change what we can use it for.

I don't know, but pager systems have actually used a broad range of frequencies depending on the network and on the country. And the overall spectrum is pretty crowded, so there's pretty much always a "good" reason to make extra room.

Government stupidity wise it could happen I guess, but I don't see big commercial interests driving them off.

Really?

First, yes, this can stem from a political decision. It may or may not be stupid, but as banning pagers altogether for all uses would probably be considered unconstitutional in many countries, banning, for most applications (maybe excepted a very few), the use of the usual frequency bands they were using would indirectly make pagers unusable, and could be justified with "technical" reasons that would bypass the "unconstitutional" factors. This is common political practice.

Now for the big commercial interests? I guess there are many. This is a very big potential market waiting to be taken over by telecom companies, promising a supposed better QoS AND (directed to politics) the possibility of general surveillance, whereas basic pager systems are usually hard to track (or even impossible for one-way pagers) on a large scale.
 

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Re: "Ye Olde" 'Pagers' really dead now! ??
« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2019, 04:09:24 pm »
How would a modern low power, long range wireless standard like Lora compare to the wireless standards pagers used back then?
Nah. We probably could get a 1-2 years of battery life with an AA Lithium primary battery (or even alkaline) and LTE CAT-M1 for a pager like device. Depends on the number of messages. Maybe even more battery life. None of these android, LCD and other rubbish of course.
Then it's just a UTP message and that's it.
 

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Re: "Ye Olde" 'Pagers' really dead now! ??
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2019, 12:48:19 am »
I'm glad there's still some of this stuff around because it's kinda fun to pick it up and decode it with my RTL stick. Not nearly as common as it used to be though, seems to be mostly doctors and other medical people.
 

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Re: "Ye Olde" 'Pagers' really dead now! ??
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2019, 01:33:52 am »
What I think would be interesting would be a smartwatch with an Eink display and some sort of low power, long range wireless capabilities. And make the firmware open source, of course.

Then again, when even a super skinny model smaller than 99% of the adult population wants a nice big smartwatch with built in video conferencing capabilities, something that appears primitive in comparison might be a hard sell...
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