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Feb 15 2016

Beeper and Pager Wi-Fi TechnologyPosted By Thomas Chee - 02/15/16

Steve Jobs founded Apple computers. New engineers should remember that the inventors of the past are that which we know, which is why history is so valuable. For recall, the iPhone is a new invention. As new as the iPad, tablet and Wi-Fi Internet, these ideas were toyed with only a few years ago. Does anyone remember owning a pager? Can anyone recall having a telecommunication device nicknamed a beeper attached to their belt at the waist? The wireless beeper was mind blowing at the time it was released to the market for investors. Numbers could be sent long distances. Numbers could be received from one carrier to another receiver. A boy in his college class could receive a number from his girlfriend instructing him to call her after his class was finished. A nurse could electronically send a phone number to a doctor miles away insisting that he call her for an emergency operation. Lives were saved. Investors were able to connect. Financial transactions were finalized. Not all the news was just. Criminals with narcotics would alert buyers that their drugs had arrived, but soon police caught up with the technology. Law enforcement was able to track numbers between criminals, buyers, sellers and find sources to use in a court of law to prosecute offenders. Beside this information was the technology. The technology was wireless communications was new. Police, bankers, doctors, nurses, the general public did not know how to operate or control the technology. Marty Mizrahi did. Mizrahi learned to put the electric pieces together for telephone use, pager use, and take the connectivity to the level of investment. Marty Mizrahi provided a service, which was pager connectivity. He also provided a product, the beeping pager itself. Hospitals started to use low powered transmitters so that nurses could find doctors within a large building. Restaurants started to use low powered pagers so that the hostess could call guests to their table when their table was ready to dine. The advancement continued to pagers providing letters in the alphabet to send messages. This was mind blowing technology at the time of its conception. Millions were sold. Marty Mizrahi became a millionaire before he turned 17 years old. More innovators talked about linking people together. The late Steve Jobs admitted, “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people - as remarkable as the telephone.”

Steve Jobs admission reflects what people said about pagers in the Eighties. Pagers were considered advanced technology. Marty Mizrahi started pager businesses in high volume cities throughout Southern California starting with Los Angeles. He proceeded to sell the store before a new technology replaced the pager. The wireless telecommunications device became a status symbol. Hollywood studio executives in Los Angeles bragged about the dozens of pagers they collected, “One is for my wife. One is for my daughter. One is for the Hollywood production house. One for the Malibu recording studio. And I have one for each A list actor that contacts me on a daily basis.” Celebrities, musicians, performers, each carried a handful of pagers to feel important.

Marty Mizrahi knew the scientists were developing better inventions that numeric message codes across the pagers. He saw the light bend as technology evolved way before the Internet. Mizrahi began selling computers out of his store Eastman in 1990 before starting a company centered around pager communications named MetroNet Paging and Cellular. Notice the use the word Net in the early nineties. He was using Net as a way to name his businesses before most companies began investing in personal computers as a way to increase business revenues.

The World Wide Web was created in 1989. Through the network Marty Mizrahi developed selling computers in 1990 after having worked in a computer repair shop as a young teenager on Melrose Avenue, one of the most popular streets in Hollywood, California. Mizrahi prepared to pioneer a way to take advantage of telecommunication opportunities before the World Wide Web went public in 1991.  Owning a pager company reinforced the idea that if pagers could send signals, responses, and messages via modems, then mobile devices would soon require the technology. There were a lot of brilliant customers shopping in Mizrahi’s computer store working on important projects throughout Downtown Los Angeles. Store owners from throughout Southern California heard of a boy that could teach them how to capitalize on their computers. Owners started to drive to Mizrahi’s business from San Diego to Santa Barbara. He eventually bought his own forklift so that he could learn to wholesale his own systems, systems he imported from China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Mizrahi was investing his time learning about advancements in radio technology, hard drive improvements, stronger backup systems, as well as fiber optics, remote hard drives using wireless technology and servers for web hosting. Mizrahi was profiting off these computer systems while engineers were wrestling with new ways to create heavy lap top computers that would allow people to work remotely via fiber devices. Wireless systems were still a science fiction fantasy to the public. Children imagined the technology after watching Star Trek. Filmmakers earned billions creating the fantasy in movies like Star Wars. Connecting people was a mystery.