My First Communication Device – Motorola Talkabout T-900 2-Way Pager


In summer of 2000, I bought this little device for around $200.00
At the time, cellphones were still expensive, not to mention the air time that came with them. So I decided to go the route a few of my friends went back then and opted for a 2-Way pager. Today you don’t see these devices anymore, at least I don’t. Because smartphones have replaced devices like these and are a million times better. However back in 2000, devices like this were all the rage.

The T-900 is a clamshell device with an LCD screen that worked as a pager with its own phone and voice mail. But you could also send and receive text messages. This was before texting became popular. On top of that, you could email friends and family which I did a lot on this thing. It was my favorite way to stay in touch with people.

I would use service back then like Yahoo Mobile, MSN Mobile, And AOL Mobile to receive news headlines, stock quotes, sports scores, and alerts on different things. It had a little digital address book that keep all of my contacts addresses, emails, and numbers in the device. And the device could only read text. No HTMLs or Java Script. And certainly no colored photos.

In some ways, the two way pager was ahead of its time back then because most of the world wasn’t mobile yet.

In the fall of 2002, I eventually bought my first cell phone and left the 2-way pager behind. But I still remember it fondly as my first real device that gave me my first lessons on technology and communications. May it never be forgotten.

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