How to Call a Pager

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

A pager is great for emergencies if someone needs to get a hold of you. They are also much cheaper than cell phones. There are numeric and alphanumeric pagers available so that callers can alert you with either a numeric page or a text message. Pagers are very user friendly for both parties.

Numeric Pager

Step 1

Pick up your phone and dial the pager's telephone number.

Step 2

Punch in a telephone number on your phone's keypad, so that the person you're paging knows where to reach you. Wait for a beep or a voice mail recording before you enter your number.

Step 3

Hit the pound key to complete your page and hang up the phone.

AlphaNumeric Pager

Step 1

Log into your email account and compose a new message.

Step 2

Type the phone number, including the area code into the "To" line of the email header.

Step 3

Write your message in the body of the email window and hit "Send."

Tips & Warnings

  • Dial "1" before you enter the area code if the pager's phone number is long distance.
  • Call a toll free number and enter the PIN number assigned to the pager to have an operator transcribe a message to send to the recipient. This is a great way to relay a message when you aren't near a computer.
  • Check into SNPP if you send text messages regularly. This program downloads to your computer's desktop and allows you to send numeric and text pages through your Internet connection.
  • Don't write too long of a message. Most pagers can't hold more than 500 characters.