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Vodafone to close down VHF pager business after shock

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 1:15 pm
by JohnUK
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Vodafone to close down pager business after CMA shock

Vodafone has pulled the sale of its paging business to Capita and will shut it down after the competition watchdog threatened to investigate the deal.

Vodafone and Capita run the UK's last two paging businesses and agreed the sale in February.

But the Competition and Markets Authority said it was concerned customers may now face price rises.

Vodafone said was 'disappointed' by the CMA's decision and it made more economic sense to close the business.

FULL STORY AT http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39868449

This may help eliminate some of the big vhf interference we get such as the type spoke of here viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4042

Heres hoping they knock both the 163 and 153 mhz systems off the air :thumbup:

Re: Vodafone to close down VHF pager business after shock

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:19 am
by USAFE501
Hi Guys,
Damn !!! Just got use to using a pager......better go buy one of those new mobile phone thingys everyone seems to talk about :laughs: :laughs: :laughs:

Seriously, be interesting if/when those booming paging signals disappear to see if the frequencies are allocated to pmr/dmr users or something else ?

I didn't realise paging like this was used anymore, I remember back in early 1990's decoding the paging messages and seeing everything from Train times, Jobs for the 24hr plumber to the nasty medical ailments of Mrs Jenkins down the road who had problems with her piles and needed the on-call Doctor to visit !!!!!! :shocker:

Thanks
Kev :smiles:

Re: Vodafone to close down VHF pager business after shock

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:01 am
by G4RMT
Still loads of firms provide pagers - simple, cheap and often get around the staff rules on mobiles. Hospitals still love them and run their own systems. Talking back isn't important for many people, and the group/individual/all message features are easier to run than doing multi dials on phones via text messages - as they get mixed in with everything else.

Re: Vodafone to close down VHF pager business after shock

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:43 am
by USAFE501
Hi G4RMT,
You're right regarding hospitals...totally forgot a 454mhz allocation heard here in North Herts (I think its one of the Hospitals in the Cambs area) that still uses a paging system and I feel embarrassed to say that Fire Services rely on Retained Fire-Fighters responding to a tone pager on 147.800mhz (embarrassed to say I forgot about this and I've been in the Fire Service for over 20 years !!!!) and I guess Lifeboat crews also.

Few years back I had a filter that covered the paging freqs (Garex I think) but in some locations the paging signal on 153mhz was booming...any ideas on power output from a paging transmitter ?

Thanks in advance,
Kev :thumbup: