Any form of electronic device with the wondrous property of jerking us back by the neck when we wander too far from the nest. Usually worn by IT professionals in case of emergency, the original electronic tether was the common numeric pager. The now fossilized numeric pager, with no features other than delete all messages and beep or vibrate, is still in use by companies too cheap to buy their system administrators nextels. After the numeric pager, came the clunky analog cell phone, and then alpha numeric pagers (later with email paging capabilities).

Finally, the electronic tether evolution came to its glorious conclusion in the Nextel phone by Verizon Wireless. The Nextel features alpha-numeric email paging, walkie-talkie function and digital wireless telephone access. No matter where you are, you will never be out of reach of trouble with the Nextel Digital Cell Phone.

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