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How to Communicate with Pager Code

Updated on December 16, 2012
This is my pager that I used back in 1990s. It’s a pocket-size electronic device that can only receive numeric message and the respective telephone number that sent out the message.
This is my pager that I used back in 1990s. It’s a pocket-size electronic device that can only receive numeric message and the respective telephone number that sent out the message.


If you do not recognize the number above, I’m pretty sure you have not used a pager/beeper. Although pagers are outdated and replaced by mobile phones, we should take some time to appreciate the creativity we once had for such pioneer technology with limited functions.

Back then, pagers are our short message service (SMS). The only difference is that pager is only able to display numbers ranging 0 – 9, neither letters nor smiley. Humans aren’t computers, how can we decode numbers into text?

Hello, have you figured it out?
Hello, have you figured it out?

Creativity becomes more apparent with such constrains.

Take a look at the first code we encounter – 07734. If we rotate it by 180 degree, it appears to be like this.

Basically there's 3 Main Methods to understand pager codes

1st Method - Reading it upside down
As seen from above, reading 07734 upside down will give you HELLO.
87 - Late (L8)

2nd Method - Each number represents the number of letters in each word
Taking 143 as an example.
It means I (1 letter) LOVE (4 letters) YOU (3 letters).
This phrase is also commonly numbered as 831 - 8 Letters, 3 Words, 1 Meaning.
823 - Thinking of you
45 - Good Night
47 - Good Morning

3rd method - Follow this table of numbers that resemble the letter itself.

A = 8
B = 8
C = 6
D = 0
E = 3
F = 4
G = 6
H = 4
I = 1
J = 7
K = 15
L = 7
M = 177
N = 17
O = 0
P = 9
Q = 0
R = 12
S = 5
T = 7
U = 11
V =11
W = 111
X = 25
Y = 4
Z = 2

Knowledge without Action is futile.
Start to inculcate pager codes into your everyday conversation and share your interesting encounter with us (:

How will you use pager code in your everyday life?

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