(Kyodo News International via NewsEdge) NTT DoCoMo will terminate its pager services by next week due to a plunge in the number of beeper users, a company spokesman said.
The number of the firm's pager service subscription contracts was only 136,000 as of February 28, although the corresponding number was 6.49 million at the service's peak in 1996, spokesman Takushi Koinumaru said.
'Although our company provided pager services for nearly four decades, subscribers have shifted to mobile phone services,' he said.
Although hospitals, fire departments as well as many central and local government agencies have long been frequent users of pager services, most of them have defected to mobile phones in light of the phones' various functions, including one allowing emailing of multiple users simultaneously, he said.
DoCoMo's imminent pullout from the pager market will make Yozan and its subsidiary Okinawa Tele Message the two remaining beeper service providers. The two firms have a combined 135,000 pager subscription contracts, according to Yozan.
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