Friday, 19 Apr 2019

Abandoned by its customer, the service for pager will be stopped in 2019


IllustrationIllustration - Japanese telecom operator, Tokyo Telemassage finally decided to stop their service for pager. The plan is reported will be realized in September 2019. In fact, Tokyo Telemassage is the only company that still provides pager services amid the increasingly sophisticated trend of smart phones.

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CNN reported, the reason behind the decision it was due to a dramatic drop in users to below 1,500. On the other hand, the company has not produced any new pager devices since 20 years ago.

In its golden era, pagers were popular in Japan and throughout the world in the 90s. A decade ago when cellphones were not as widely available as they are today, Tokyo Telemesage had pocketed a customer base of up to 1.2 million in its heyday in 1996.

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While at this time, Z generation has never touched a pager which is actually a personal radio device to receive messages sent via a switchboard. When the pager sounds or buzzes, the owner needs to find a telephone to contact the operator and reply to the message.

Although up to now it is not clear who is still using this device, but the Japan Times report notes pagers are still popular among people who work in hospitals. That is because pagers do not emit electromagnetic waves when colliding with medical devices.


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