12/22/2007

Gadgets affected by analog shutdown

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:08 am

Carriers will start shutting down the countrys oldest cellular network, for analog devices, in February. How to know if you will be affected:

- Cell phones. If your phone is less than five years old, or has features like texting, Internet access or a built-in camera, its not analog. An unknown number of analog handsets are still in use. Carriers say its less than 1 percent of all U.S. cell phones. But with 250 million cell phones in use, that could still mean a million phones.

In particular, check phones that are kept around as 911-only phones. Such phones, which dont have a phone number and arent initialized with a carrier, were given out by some donation programs that collected old phones.

The main carriers with analog service are AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and Alltel. Carriers have been telling analog customers about the shutdown and offering them new digital service plans and phones. Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA have no analog networks.

 

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