Please note:
We currently do not have new units available for purchase. If your pager is faulty, damaged or lost and you need a replacement please call the admin team on 01603 457016 who will be able to help you.

If your pager doesn't need replacing and you simply want to upgrade please
email us and we will inform you as soon as new stock arrives.

 

Why upgrade to the X3 pager?

Our new X3 pager has been designed specially for RBA to put you in complete control of the news you receive, and how it alerts you. It boasts a wealth of great new features and its rugged and durable design make it perfect for birding. With pagers still offering the best coverage in the field, take advantage of this great upgrade offer and ensure you get the best out of the RBA service. Keep your old pager until your new X3 arrives and then simply return your old one to us to complete the upgrade.

Do I have to upgrade?

NO, we will continue to send messages to all pagers and if you do not upgrade your service will be unaffected.  However by upgrading now you will benefit from the new flexible birdnews service as well as the great new features of the new X3 pager whilst continuing to pay your old rates!

Key Features of the new X3 Pager

Flexibility
Top of the X3ís standout features is the flexibility it allows you to alternate the local areas that you get news from, whenever you wish, as often as you like. No matter where you happen to be birding, you can now have all the news for just that area. Next time you head out to a different county, simply scroll through the folders and select the area that you are heading to. Ideal for holiday use, weekend birding trips or when you are twitching.


Alert Priorities
Another big improvement is the alerting system on the X3. You can now set different alerting priorities depending on the news. In practical terms this means you can set your Mega alert to top priority, your local news to be next, followed by the rest of the news. This sets the order in which you will get alerted to messages as they arrive on the pager, and also allows you to set some (or all) of the news to silently store.

 

Improved Mega alert
The X3 Mega alert is greatly improved. When a Mega breaks, you get all the details instantly in your Breaking Megas folder, with no waiting for the full message to appear in your 'National' folder. You can also set whatever alert tone you like for Mega alert, and also set it to alert as top priority whenever you want.

 
Other features of the X3 pager:
  • Set different alerts for each folder
    Enables you to easily distinguish news of breaking megas, breaking rarities, or your local news.
  • Set alert volume and alert duration
    More choices to suit every situation
  • Bigger memory
    The X3 stores 250 messages
  • More rugged and durable
    Designed for use in harsh operating environments, the X3 has splash and dustproof protection and a toughened front plate, making it perfect for birding.
  • Three sizes of text
    Use the X3 menu to make reading the news even easier. Choose from 3 fonts sizes, each in 'bold' or 'not bold'.
  • Brighter backlight
    The X3 boasts a bright orange backlit LCD screen
Pager comparison

Below you will find a table comparing the features of the new X3 to the 21a. 

 
Features   X3   21a  
Changeable birdnews folders        
Full instant mega alert        
Individual folder alerts        
Folder priority alerts        
Keyword Alerts        
Variable text sizes        
Variable alert duration        
Holster lock        
Preview mode      
Personal paging      
Clock      
Alarm Clock      
Alert tone choices   20   11  
Message memory   250   125  

How do the new X3 services work?

You choose a Subscription egg. Platinum, Gold, SilverPlus or Silver which determines what kind of and how many 'Birdnews Folders' you can subscribe to at a time.

Then, when you receive your pager, you select which birdnews folders you want, and you start receiving news immediately.

Whenever you want to change the birdnews folders on your pager, use the pager's menu to do so at any time, and as often as you like. You will be limited to the maximum number of folders that your subscription allows.

Birdnews folders

Birdnews folders are the pagerís mailboxes into which the news drops. There are three different categories, described below. Your RBA subscription level determines how many folders from each category you can access at any one time. 

You can easily select any of the folders in your category using the pagerís menu. So, if you go away for the weekend, simply switch one of your Local folders to any of the other 20 to suit the area that you are visiting.

2 National folders cover news for the whole of the UK and Ireland

  • National - for all first reports and all updates on all scarce, rare and mega birds
  • Earlybird - for very early morning updates on megas.
3 Rarity folders cover news for the whole of the UK and Ireland
  • Breaking Megas - for first reports of megas.
  • Breaking Rarities - for first reports of all rarities and megas.
  • Rarities - for first reports and all updates on rarities and megas.  
21 Local folders cover the news for a couple of counties each.
  • Switch easily between any of these local areas whenever you want
    See a map of the areas covered by each local folder HERE
Species covered by each folder
For a list of the all species covered by each birdnews folder see HERE

Upgrading costs and subscriptions

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ BEFORE UPGRADING:
Prices: if you choose to upgrade now you will continue to pay your old rates whilst receiving all the benefits of the new and improved subscriptions.* So, whilst the X3 pager subscription rates for new customers are generally higher than for long standing customers, you can lock-in to your current rates simply by upgrading to the X3 now.

Premier Paging Subscribers
 

If you have the National folder on your pager currently you are likely to be a premier pager subscriber.

Upgrading your pager will mean you move onto the new X3 Platinum Paging Service

If you own your pager:  you can part-exchange your old pager for the new X3 at the special price of £149.00.

If you rent your pager:  you can upgrade to the new X3 for a one off special price of £149.00

Local Pager Subscribers
 

If you do not have the National folder on your pager currently you are likely to be a local pager subscriber.

When you upgrade you will then move to the appropriate X3 service i.e.. if you currently have 2 local areas you will move to the new Silver Service or 3 locals to the Silver Plus Service. If you have a local service plus a rarity folder you will move to the Gold Service.

If you own your pager:  you can part-exchange your old pager for the new X3 at the special price of £149.00.

If you rent your pager:  you can upgrade to the new X3 for a one off special price of £149.00.

* If you currently have a local pager service with just one local area and would like a new X3 service it is a minimum requirement that you upgrade to the new X3 Silver Service.  This service is priced differently so please call the office on 01603 457016 for further details.

 
 
Pager Type: X3 Pager
 
Birdnews included: 2 National folders, 3 Rarity folders, 4 Local folders
 
Also included:
Free Mega Alert text messages to your mobile
Subscription to our website - RBA Online
Subscription to FirstAlert - our SMS service - plus 35 free messages
Pager Type: X3 Pager
 
Birdnews included: 1 Rarity folder, 4 Local folders
 
Also included:
Subscription to our website - RBA Online
Pager Type: X3 Pager
 
Birdnews included: 3 Local folders
 
Also included:
Subscription to our website - RBA Online
Pager Type: X3 Pager
 
Birdnews included: 2 Local folders
 
Also included:
Subscription to our website - RBA Online

How do I upgrade?

Upgrading is easy

Follow the upgrade link below and complete the upgrade form.

You can pay online by card or send a cheque if you prefer

If you are unsure which service you currently subscribe to or if you own or rent your pager don't worry.  Simply choose option 3 on the order form, make the minimum payment of £149.00 and we will be in touch to sort out your upgrade.

You keep your old pager until the new X3 arrives and then simply return your old one to us to complete the upgrade.