03-16-18 12:09 PM
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  1. gsm_dealer08's Avatar
    This misterios device was the company's first attempt at wireless paging. Very little information is found about it and is almost impossible to find one nowadays. I know they have one on display at the Blackberry Experience Centre in Toronto and here is a photo of it:

    1996 RIM Inter@ctive Pager 900-img_20170120_104543.png
    I don't know why it has 1998 above it since all the sources on the Internet say it was released in 1996. It was more as a prototype. Very few were made and that is why it is so hard to find one nowadays. Here is a photo of Jim Balsillie holding one in the early days of RIM.
    1996 RIM Inter@ctive Pager 900-d53399d54e56b21780ce085f74e1_gallery.jpg
    Only a couple of photos are available online and those are of very bad quality.
    There was one of these for sale about 4 years ago on ebay and I was silly enough not to buy it straight away, it got sold in a couple of hours for $250. Ever since then I had search guards ON non stop on ebay in hope to find another one but no luck at all.
    Does anyone own this device? If yes, would you care to share some photos with us? I am a Blackberry collector and this one is like the holy grail. Any info at all on it would be helpful so please share it with us.

    Posted from BlackBerry Passport SE.
    chern likes this.
    01-20-17 04:53 AM
  2. BoldWorld's Avatar
    Cool and good luck finding one
    01-20-17 05:09 AM
  3. MrEvets's Avatar
    I am the same way, please share any photos you have of this device please!! By the way those photos in your post are not showing up!!
    01-20-17 09:12 AM
  4. Uzi's Avatar
    I am the same way, please share any photos you have of this device please!! By the way those photos in your post are not showing up!!
    Showing up for me on cb10 app

    Posted via CB10
    01-20-17 09:20 AM
  5. MrEvets's Avatar
    Not sure why but looks like this to me on multiple devices1996 RIM Inter@ctive Pager 900-capture.png
    01-20-17 09:27 AM
  6. MrEvets's Avatar
    Also I can confirm that 1996 was when this device was released

    http://bbinfo.ca/sources/900/1996.09...ss_Release.png link to the original press release.. also my page has some photos of the device https://bbinfo.ca/900
    Last edited by MrEvets; 05-24-19 at 09:24 AM.
    01-20-17 09:32 AM
  7. gsm_dealer08's Avatar
    Also i can confirm that 1996 was when this device was released

    http://bbref.ca/sources/900/1996.09....ss_Release.png like to the original press release.. also my page has some photos of the device https://bbref.ca/900
    Thank you for your input! I visit your website quite often and I find it very helpful for my research. Shame that user guide link on the Wiki page is dead. That is alot of useful technical data you have found there. I did not know it had a NiCad internal battery. That would probably be dead after 21 years (hopefully not leaked). It is strange that so very few photos of the device survived. It seems it had a proper release and got the attention of the public. No one kept it a a drawer somewhere? Come on people!
    01-20-17 10:49 AM
  8. scottdecoste's Avatar
    I have one of the relic's, check it out
    Attached Thumbnails 1996 RIM Inter@ctive Pager 900-20171120_205600.jpg  
    11-20-17 08:18 PM
  9. gsm_dealer08's Avatar
    I have one of the relic's, check it out
    That's awesome! Are you gonna sell it?
    11-21-17 01:44 AM
  10. scottdecoste's Avatar
    That's awesome! Are you gonna sell it?
    I would consider it for the right price, let me know if you are interested and if you would like to make an offer.
    Attached Thumbnails 1996 RIM Inter@ctive Pager 900-20171120_201414.jpg  
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    11-21-17 04:32 AM
  11. gsm_dealer08's Avatar
    I would consider it for the right price, let me know if you are interested and if you would like to make an offer.
    I am very interested, it depends on the price. PM me on how much you are aiming to get for it and we can discuss more.
    11-21-17 04:35 AM
  12. scottdecoste's Avatar
    Another photo of the bottom of the 900.
    Attached Thumbnails 1996 RIM Inter@ctive Pager 900-20171120_201430.jpg  
    gsm_dealer08 likes this.
    11-21-17 05:23 AM
  13. MrEvets's Avatar
    Noooo GSM Dealer I've been searching for one forever LOL you way before me . Let me know if you get it would love to see it in a video!
    11-21-17 09:38 AM
  14. scottdecoste's Avatar
    It's ok, we can't land on a price that works for both of us dio I will hold onto it for now. How would you like me to share a video of the pager with you?
    11-21-17 09:42 AM
  15. MrEvets's Avatar
    Sent you a PM.. Just a quick video would be awesome just showing it working.. I have been looking for one for my collection for a long time
    11-21-17 09:43 AM
  16. gsm_dealer08's Avatar
    Oh a video would be fantastic, I am very curious about the OS and user interface!
    11-21-17 10:06 AM
  17. scottdecoste's Avatar
    Here is the device that started it all.

    11-21-17 10:23 AM
  18. MrEvets's Avatar
    Thanks for posting Scott. Looks like it needs an OS reinstall
    scottdecoste likes this.
    11-21-17 10:32 AM
  19. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    Thanks for posting Scott. Looks like it needs an OS reinstall
    10.3.4
    11-21-17 10:34 AM
  20. MrEvets's Avatar
    what is 10.3.4 ?? is that the OS it takes?
    11-21-17 10:37 AM
  21. scottdecoste's Avatar
    If you or anyone else knows how to get this pager running I would be very interested. I do NOT have a cable.
    11-21-17 10:56 AM
  22. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    what is 10.3.4 ?? is that the OS it takes?
    I'm sorry, that's me being a smarta$$. OS 10.3.4 is the last rumored update for the very last BB10 OS phones that's never been seen.
    scottdecoste and zephyr613 like this.
    11-21-17 11:10 AM
  23. Carjackd's Avatar
    If you or anyone else knows how to get this pager running I would be very interested. I do NOT have a cable.
    Scott we talked over email a while back. If you are ever interested in selling it , set a price , working or not. . I'm interested. If you look over to the thread collectors corner I have a fairly large collection. Its one of the few items that I don't have in my collections.

    You can find the collectors corner here . /general-blackberry-news-discussion-rumors-f2/honorary-carjackd-blackberry-crackberry-collectors-corner-1100980/
    03-16-18 12:16 AM
  24. gsm_dealer08's Avatar
    Scott we talked over email a while back. If you are ever interested in selling it , set a price , working or not. . I'm interested. If you look over to the thread collectors corner I have a fairly large collection. Its one of the few items that I don't have in my collections.

    You can find the collectors corner here . /general-blackberry-news-discussion-rumors-f2/honorary-carjackd-blackberry-crackberry-collectors-corner-1100980/
    I'm pretty sure I know how one can get it working. It is a battery fault very common with the 950 too. Basically the internal battery does not have enough juice to boot up when the disposable battery is inserted so the device is stuck in an infinite loop. The disposable battery is supposed to recharge the internal when inserted but the device trying to boot up is draining it faster than it can be recharged. Also if the battery voltage drops below 2.5v it won't take charge at all. The solution to that, open up the device, disconnect the internal battery, check it's voltage with a multimeter. If the indication is 0V then that battery is useless now and needs to be replaced. If you get some voltage reading, you will need a 3v DC power output and connect the + and - to the appropriate pins of the battery. Leave for ~30 seconds and check the voltage again. If the showed value increased, repeat till you reach 3.5V. If the value stays low, you can try 4.5V DC on the battery to see if it keeps the power. The battery only needs a tiny amount of power at 3.5V to boot up, after that the disposable will continue the recharge.
    Carjackd and zephyr613 like this.
    03-16-18 02:25 AM
  25. scottdecoste's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure I know how one can get it working. It is a battery fault very common with the 950 too. Basically the internal battery does not have enough juice to boot up when the disposable battery is inserted so the device is stuck in an infinite loop. The disposable battery is supposed to recharge the internal when inserted but the device trying to boot up is draining it faster than it can be recharged. Also if the battery voltage drops below 2.5v it won't take charge at all. The solution to that, open up the device, disconnect the internal battery, check it's voltage with a multimeter. If the indication is 0V then that battery is useless now and needs to be replaced. If you get some voltage reading, you will need a 3v DC power output and connect the + and - to the appropriate pins of the battery. Leave for ~30 seconds and check the voltage again. If the showed value increased, repeat till you reach 3.5V. If the value stays low, you can try 4.5V DC on the battery to see if it keeps the power. The battery only needs a tiny amount of power at 3.5V to boot up, after that the disposable will continue the recharge.
    03-16-18 12:07 PM
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