BT Message Master series 1200 pager, 1980-2000

Made:
1980-2000 in Japan
maker:
British Telecom
BT Message Master series 1200 pager, model 31D, Japan.  Black plastic pager with rectangular screen and two silver BT Message Master series 1200 pager, model 31D, Japan.  Black plastic pager with rectangular screen and two silver

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BT Message Master series 1200 pager, model 31D, Japan. Black plastic pager with rectangular screen and two silver
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BT Message Master series 1200 pager, model 31D, Japan. Black plastic pager with rectangular screen and two silver
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

BT Message Master series 1200 pager, model 31D, made by British Telecom, Japan, 1980-2000. Black plastic pager with rectangular screen and two silver buttons plus clip, serial number 1212023. Phone number on the back: 930705007/7

BT Message Master series 1200 pager, model 31D, made by British Telecom, Japan, 1980-2000.

A pager is a wireless device used for receiving and sometimes sending short messages. From the mid-1970s the radio pager offered a way for busy professionals to keep in touch with their office while on the move. Brief messages could be sent to the pager, though with early pagers a conventional telephone had to be used to return the calls. The heyday of the pager was the 1980s, but in the following decade the arrival of the mobile phone made them obsolete. The commercial pager network in the UK was shut down in 2001. Pagers continued to be used by medical staff and the emergency services, as in times of emergency, pager networks do not become overloaded in ways that mobile phone networks were susceptible to.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2004-153
type:
radio receiver
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by BT Heritage and Archives