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Can you hear me now? Analog cellular networks shutting down next week
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Friday, 15 February 2008 13:39

Can you hear me now? Analog cellular networks shutting down next week

By David Chartier | Published: February 15, 2008 - 12:33PM CT
ARS Technica

This weekend may finally be the perfect time to drag Grandma into your local mobile phone shop to update that brick she keeps in her purse along with the Circus Peanuts. Come Monday, the FCC is allowing cellular providers to shut down their analog networks, and most of the major players are planning to do just that. Owners of devices ranging from cell phones to home alarm systems and even in-car assistance services may be in for a rude surprise.

InfoWorld reports that both AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless, the only two major providers with nationwide AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) analog networks, will be shutting their networks down on Monday. Even most small, rural providers appear ready to pull the plug on the deprecated technology in favor of all-digital networks.

Both AT&T and Verizon both profess they have a "very, very small" number of customers still clinging to analog service. Verizon's estimate that "less than one percent" of its roughly 60 million subscribers are using analog phones means that there could still be almost 600,000 customers that will find themselves without service come next week.... ARS Technica   [Comments...]

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