Technology Pager services to end Tuesday in Japan after 50 years

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    Japan's sole pager provider will end its services Tuesday, with the device, first introduced in the country half a century ago, made redundant by mobile phones.

    Tokyo Telemessage Inc will shut down radio signals for its services from around midnight Monday through Tuesday.

    In recent years, the device had been favored mainly by those working in hospitals, where cell phone use was once discouraged because of concerns over the effect of electromagnetic waves on medical devices and where cell phone reception can sometimes be poor.

    Beeper services in Japan began in 1968 with the predecessor of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. Users would call a specific number via a landline, causing the device to emit a beeping sound.

    Read more here (Japan Today)
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