my phone likes to die at the most inconvenient times and leaves me out of touch with people.
I don't see how this can possibly be a problem for a functioning adult human. Your phone has a more accurate fuel gauge than your car, and is infinitely easier to refuel when low:
- There are very inexpensive and highly portable USB phone chargers powered by AA batteries, built-in high capacity rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, PV solar panels, hand-cranks, etc, etc.
- Slightly less portable are pocket-sized "travel" chargers that plug into 100v-240v, 50/60Hz utility power. These are convenient if (instead of hunting wild game through the forest) you sit down to eat in a building (that may or may not be called a restaurant) roughly 3 times per day, like most of the rest of people who live in the 1st world. IMPORTANT NOTE: These chargers will work even while you're not eating, such as while you are at home, in a hotel suite, visiting friends, or working in an office.
- And finally closing out the list are 12-24V automotive USB phone chargers, which will quickly replenish your phone's battery while it, and you, are spending time in an automobile, even if you don't happen to own the automobile in question...
Note that all of these options will replenish your phone's battery, and extend its run-time, even while you are using your phone and would otherwise be draining the battery.
With the business I'm starting requiring clients to be able to get ahold me quickly
I'm guessing they don't just enjoy your quick and witty replies... Being able to send them a short e-mail from your pager probably won't keep them happy for long. In most cases, being paged is just a precursor to an important telephone call, which is not going to be possible if your cellphone battery is dead. It may also require a follow-up where you look-up some important notes from your records, or otherwise load some data from the internet. All things your pager won't help you to do, but a fully-charged cellphone likely will.
Actually, I'm finding it hard to believe your quick response is all that important to anyone, if you lack even the rudimentary ability to keep a cellphone charged and operational through the day. This sounds more like a question about a parent keeping track of an irresponsible child.
It's much easier swap out a AA battery once a month
It's much easier to let a horse graze on the side of the road
This is a false-dichotomy, anyhow, as it's clear you want to continue to use your phone. So the pager will be extra work and cost on top of that... absolutely NOT eliminating any effort for you, at all.
do you have a pager? Do you still find it useful?
No. Nobody has a pager, and nobody finds them useful.
"the number of such devices in use has been plummeting each year"
"We are turning down the service because very few people still use it," says Telus spokesman Chris Garretson. "This is thirty-year-old technology — the infrastructure is aging and replacement parts are difficult to get."