Fw: Digital to Analog Transition for Wireless Phone Service

Mike O'Dell mo at ccr.org
Fri Oct 5 06:08:37 CDT 2007

Paul Rinaldo wrote:
> -----Forwarded Message-----
>> From: FCC-ConsumerNews <FCC-ConsumerNews at fcc.gov>
>> Sent: Oct 4, 2007 10:01 PM
>> To: 
>> Subject: Digital to Analog Transition for Wireless Phone Service
>> As of midnight on February 18, 2008, cellular telephone companies will not be required to provide analog service. While most wireless telephone users will not be affected by this transition (often called the "analog cellular sunset"), some users may be affected. In addition, the transition could affect some alarm systems and some users of OnStar in-vehicle communications service. For more information, read our factsheet at:
>> http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/analogcellphone.html

yeah, digital cellphones in boats don't work nearly as well
as the analog phones. with digital phones, it tends to
be binary - it works completely or it works not at all.
there's no notion of "noisy but readable" that adds
multiple miles to analog coverage out into the ocean.

oh well - file this under "declared progress"


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