Text paging allows you to receive a text message of 250 characters of
less on your alphanumeric pager. RSUG has developed its own Internet-aware,
text-paging system called beepage.
beepage provides two methods by which subscribers can be paged:
Sending the desired message via email to email@example.com. The user may set their
own page-alias through the x.500 system or the web-based
University Directory. For example, user "John Doe", uniqname
jdoe, can create a page-alias in the University Directory called jdoe-page, where the member field is
modified to contain John's paging address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using the beep command on most itd.umich.edu Unix machines.
Allows alphanumeric (text and numbers) pages up to 250 characters
in length. Facilitates better communication between sender and
receiver because pages are not limited to phone numbers and numerical codes.
Authenticated paging can be turned on or off: This allows subscribers
the choice to decide whether or not they want to receive unauthenticated
Text paging is only available to employees of the
University of Michigan Information Technology Division (ITD).
In order to successfully run the text paging service,
a subscriber must have an alphanumeric pager and paging service
provider that support the Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol (TAP).