The Other Analog Shutoff
Next February’s digital-TV signal shutoff is just under a year away, but another kind of analog signal met its end yesterday. But this shutoff affected a significantly smaller slice of the population.
Analog cell phones were largely phased out several years ago, but until Monday, cellular telephones were nevertheless required to provide analog service. As of midnight, they no longer were. According to the FCC Web site set up to deal with the analog cellular sunset, customers receiving service from Sprint/Nextel and T-Mobile are unaffected, as are those who use any digital handset.
More likely to be affected, the FCC said, are users of GM’s OnStar services, as well as some alarm system users.