The idea of pagers began as early as 1921 but they become commercially viable much later. There were police stations and the first organization that used the pager-like devices, ordinary citizens did not have access to the devices.
The first pager was patented in 1949 and it was invented by Al Gross, however, it was not until 1958 that pagers were commercial available to the masses. This is after the FCC approved his patent, and they continued to be adopted especially among doctors, police officers, fire fighters and so on.
The name itself “pager” was initially used in 1959 by the Motorola Company when they created a radio communication device of the same name. However the success of the company’s pagers was would be felt in 1974 by when they created the Pageboy 1. Early pagers did not have displays but only notified the users that a message had been received.
The early commercial pagers were not very efficient since a person had to dial a number and then type in a numeric message, the receiver would then get a notification through a beep which directed them to make a call in order to receive the message.
The early paging devices were not very large in size, including those designed in the formative days of the pagers. The one-way pager can be defined as a small short range wireless receiver that only receives a message and a notifying beep. The word “only” describe the functions of the one way pagers and the word beep is responsible for their other name which is beeper.
In their simplest from the pager displayed return call telephone numbers of the user who sent a message. There was also another way whereby there is a code displayed indicating the people who need a return phone call, although there were advanced one way pagers that actually display text messages.
One of the reasons the one way pagers were designed to only receive message was because of the advent of mobile phones. Secondly because of the size of the pager, it raised some serious issues on how to develop two-way communication capabilities and fit the technology into such as small space.