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What I'd love to see is all cell phones containing a phone and a pager so that companies (like the one I work for) find it affordable and useful to buy (or lease or whatever) such devices for their employees so that when said employees receive a page, they can call back at their discretion.

When I was in the US (up until September) I had a cell phone that was also a pager. We used Nextel (which sucked coveragewise) but I believe I could have got the same service with Sprint PCS and other operators. FWIW the nextel rental for a group of people worked out to be about as cheap as the monthly pager rental.

You can absolutely get the same service here in Europe - its called SMS and is there by default with GSM phones. Again the problem is getting the operator to support the service at an affordable price and I haven't found out if my current provider (Itineris i.e. France Telecom) does this.

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