Japan's last pager provider has announced it will end its service in September 2019 -- bringing a national end to telecommunication beepers.
Around 1,500 users remain subscribed to Tokyo Telemessage, which has not made the devices in 20 years.
The once-popular devices are able to receive and show wireless messages. Users would then find a phone to call the sender back.
Developed in the 1950s and 1960s, they grew in popularity in the 1980s.
By 1996, Tokyo Telemessage had 1.2 million subscribers.
However, the rise of mobile phones rendered the pager obsolete, and few remain worldwide.
Emergency services, however, continue to use the reliable technology -- including in the UK.