Why So Many Are Going Beep!

Pocket pagers and mobile phones could become ubiquitous

When Claire Grenewald, a Summit, N.J., high school sophomore, made a habit of staying out late with her steady boyfriend, her parents bought her a beeper. Whenever she is 15 minutes past her 11:30 p.m. curfew, her parents dial a telephone number that causes a tiny electronic device stashed in her purse to beep, reminding her that it is time to go home. The elder Grenewalds also take the beeper along on their frequent trips to New York City. Says Susan Grenewald: "The kids can just...

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