Say Goodbye to Analog Cell Phones

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It’s finally happening: the Washington Post reports that at midnight on February 18th, wireless networks across the country will start shutting down the old analog networks that launched the cellphone business 25 years ago.

Currently, there are over 250 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. But only about 1 million of them still use analog networks. As early as seven years ago, cell phone carriers began offering deep discounts to anyone who traded in their old analog-compatible cell phones for digital versions, whose networks are much cheaper to support and maintain and allow for more data based services.

But anyone who hasn’t upgraded their phones in several years could be affected. Not only that, but cars with older versions of OnStar could also be affected, according to the report.

Fading Out [WP]