GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Jul. 29, 1957


Pocket Buzzer. Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania is testing a pocket buzzer to call people out of range of standard telephone bells to the phone. Operated by radio signal from the telephone company's office, the pocket buzzer emits a high-pitched hum whenever the subscriber is wanted, signaling him to head for the nearest phone. Service is being used by doctors, newspapermen, plumbers, salesmen and TV servicemen, in the Bethlehem-Allentown area. Cost: $10 a month for up to 80 calls, 5¢ extra for each additional call.

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