i have the old version of the Vodaphone Zap pager but its pretty similar. I had a pager at first because my dad was adamant on me not having a mobile phone! All of my friends had mobiles at the time so a pager was seen as the most boring thing that there was. not one of my friends would page me becuase it was 50p a page and to a student, this is rather pricey!!!!!! The only pages i recived was the lottery numbers! I did not like the pager at all becuase for the same price i could of had a mobile phone. You can't phone from it and in the end i bought a mobile. i think that their ok but a mobile is a lot more worth spending your money on! at least you can phone from it!
Brilliant pager - I have found that messages take less than 5 minutes to reach you. The input system is via a real person - which means that it is much easier to send messages [although the telephone number is rather expensive at 60p/min]. I receive unwanted adverts just once a month, but I have somehow managed to become subscribed to the football results pages despite requesting not to be! The pager itself is easy to use with just one select button and one action button - they do everything. The vibrate mode is brilliant since the tones are rather loud - although a word of warning: don't let it vibrate on a solid surface or you will in for a very loud rattling shock! I'm very happy with it - the battery life is over 2 months and it does the job well!
The Vodafone Voda-Zap! pager is one of the many available on the market and to be honest they're all much of muchness. Essentially you just pick one on price, service and the look. My Voda-Zap! (the exclamation mark is thier idea, not mine!) is small, light-weight, only takes one battery and comes with an array of belt clips and stretchy 'bull-dog' clip attachments. The service is, 99% of the time nothing but excellent. The operators answer the phone with "Hello, John Smith's pager" unless of course your name's not John Smith! And the message is despatched quickly. One night I had a pager 'conversation' with my brother, when we were arranging to meet at a pub, exchanging about 3 messages each in 10 minutes! That said, the service does sometimes let you down. I've had instances of lengthy delays or totally lost messages before, and when you miss the "Get some milk on the way home." page and have to go out again to get some, it can be annoying. Fortunately with Vodafone I can count the number of times this has happened on one hand, in 4 years of owning a pager. As with most pagers you get extra services offered free, everything from lottery results, to sports news to news headlines. Take your pick, or just switch them all off. The voda-zap! has an array of different tones and each can be attributed to a service, so you don't mistake the footy score for an urgent page and it has a vibrate facility too, ideal for at the cinema, especially as it has a back-light too. The battery life is good and though with text-message phones pagers are less popular, they have the advantage of NO line-rental, NO call costs (for you anyway) NO social faux pas, NO fear of frying your brain!