Pager manufacturer Hutchison has announced all its pagers will be turned off from 30 June 2001.

Hutchison, owned in the UK by mobile phone giant Orange, said pagers have simply been superseded by mobile phones. “They are now just out of date,” said a spokesperson for Orange.

The existing 30,000 customers who own pagers will be offered a free Orange mobile phone or a selection of business, golfing or exciting gifts worth up to £50.

With only a relatively small proportion of people in the UK, about 2m, currently using pagers, compared to a massive 40m who use mobile phones, there seems little point in continuing the out-dated service.