My Pager Number Is 40x xx47

My Pager Number is 40x xx47 …. When I first said that in the late 80s, I felt so proud of being the owner of a pager. You don’t see people wearing a pager nowadays too (or maybe not too common);

The one on the left was my first pager in 1989 when I had my first sales job. At that time, it was still 7 digits without the 9 added to the pager number. At least, mine was considered new fashion if you compared it with those long and skinny type of pagers without any display. Those were probably the first generation of pagers I’ve come across – just a simple beep with no display; when you received a beep, you just returned a call to the company (usually it’s used by the company you worked for).

Take note of that old Telecom logo on the pager. Here are the receipts I still kept, my goodness – $260 for a pager!

25 Responses to “My Pager Number Is 40x xx47”

  1. 1 Victor Koo Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Alamak, why did you blank out the pager number? Still afraid someone will page for you ah? 🙂

    4047 will a hot 4D number this weekend, I can assure you.

    I was still using a pager less than 10 years ago.

  2. 2 JustCate Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I think the only people using pagers now might be the doctors. Even then, many doctors have switched to mobile phones.

  3. 3 pristan Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 1:45 am

    heh. memories…

    It used to be very cool to have a PAGER and I remembered my first pager cost quite a bit too…

  4. 4 Lam Chun See Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    LKK. On different subject, I have been tasked by my fellow Friends of Yesterday to persuade you to join us. Yesterday, we have a gathering at Bishan to meet the authors of the latest book. Please see Kenneth’s blog about this and see what you are missing.

  5. 5 profkingsfield2004 Monday, August 20, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Pager – No. Mobile Phone – Yes. I was fortunate or a sucker to be the first user. BIG bulky Motorola AMPS system – think it was $2,500 then in 1990 when mobil service started in Singapore. Then I switched to OKI – also bulk. Cost -$2,100.

    I have seen the DANCALL mobil phone model – handset like Motorola but battery like a car battery. Popular in Malaysia and Indonesia.

    I last upgraded my mobile phone which S$0/- and so portable that I didnt know it was inside my pocket. I checked with SingTEL when was my present number issued. She said 1994.

  6. 6 WaterLearner Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:54 am


    Reading about pagers gives me a feeling of nostalgia. Ten years ago, I had my first and only pager (a pink motorola one) that was a gift from my brother. It felt so cool and funky carrying a pager then.


  7. 7 laokokok Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Hi Victor, is that really a hot number hehe?

    Hi Chun See, thanks for the invitation and Victor had also spoken to me on that. But currently, I would still prefer to maintain my ‘Batman’ status.

  8. 8 Victor Koo Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:06 am

    I remember some FOYer labelling me as “publicity shy” not too long ago. Adoi, you seem to be worse. Aiyah, you still can continue to maintain your ‘Batman’ status on your blog what. (As you probably know, I am still maintaining my ‘tai chi’ status on my blog, hehe.) But with FOYers, you don’t have to be shy one. Can unmask anytime.

  9. 9 laokokok Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Haha Victor, I’m not shy… but just the timing is not right yet. I’ve to settle my personal issues first.

  10. 10 Lam Chun See Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:33 am

    “I would still prefer to maintain my ‘Batman’ status” … Watch out you baddies!

  11. 11 profkingsfield2004 Friday, August 24, 2007 at 9:03 am

    These days, doctors working in hospitals carry mobile, supplied by the hospital. THis was told to me by my son.

  12. 12 John Harper Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Back in the 1970s we had very simple pagers that just bleeped and flashed and only worked within the factory. To use them you had to phone the switchboard and ask the operator to “bleep” the person you wanted to contact and ask them to phone you. If our chief engineer was in playful mood he would watch for the packaging engineers supervisor going to the toilet and give him just enough time to get comfortably seated and then get the switchboard to bleep him. Fortunately the chap on the receiving end had a good sense of humour and took it good part.

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