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Question for the VZW people


Nov 14, 2003, 6:49 PM
Okay, this might be a stupid question, but its one thing changing about the phones and Verizon's system that I have yet to grasp the advantage of. With the new phones coming out being all digital and the system becoming all (or mostly) digital and PCS, I don't understand why that would keep Verizon at a competitive advantage. When people ask me what sets Verizon apart from the competition, I say its our network and the fact that your phone has three different ways it can get a signal, instead of just one or two. I feel like taking away the analog in certain situations is not a good thing. I realize that analog drains batteries faster, and that the crackly, poppy sound is annoying when in that mode, but at least you're getting a signal. S...

Nov 14, 2003, 9:47 PM
well verizon's analog netowork is going bye-bye. they are going to replace all analog towers with digital cdma. they do this everyday, that is why you've noticed there has been three different spectrum maps sent to retail stores in just two seasons.

Nov 17, 2003, 9:53 PM
Analog better not be going bye-bye! It's not the best quality I'll admit, but here in the Hudson Valley if we didn't have analog too the service would be totally unacceptable. Not that I don't appreciate digital - I much prefer it. But VZW's coverage in this area is sort of like swiss cheese. That's in NY state, for those of you who aren't familiar. Until they massively improve the digital coverage, they can't take away the analog, unless of course they give everyone using the service in this area a 50% rate reduction for the problems we routinely have to put up with. Personally I'd rather have improved coverage.

Nov 18, 2003, 2:00 AM
Coverage in the some of the more rural, hilly areas of East Tn depends on analog also--I was suprised that you have trouble in ny state, but if the towers aren't there, the coverage is not as good, regardless of where, I suppose.

Nov 18, 2003, 10:18 PM
Yup! The NIMBY's are so busy saying "no towers here", and then out of the other side of their mouth "but there's no signal". If I had the property, I would offer to site a tower myself.

Nov 15, 2003, 11:52 PM
Quite simply, if you dont live on the western half of the US, then analog is not something you truely need. What sets VZW apart from other carriers is technology. CDMA is utilized by both Sprint and VZW. However, Sprint can only offer 1900Mhz PCS whereas VZW still offers, even in digital only phones, both 800Mhz and 1900Mhz digital. therby providing a still larger coverage area. Just so you know, CDMA is the predominant technology here in the USA. In 5 years from now, there will no longer be any analog. Taking out the analog chipset from these phones allows for smaller and lighter handsets.

Nov 18, 2003, 1:32 PM
The reason analog is being removed from the phones is that the government is taking back those frequencies by the end of 2004. VZW is trying to get everyone ready for it now.

Nov 18, 2003, 3:05 PM
Do you know the actual reference and where is that stated?

Nov 18, 2003, 7:34 PM
Why is the FCC taking them back?

Nov 19, 2003, 11:27 AM
bmatt72 said:
The reason analog is being removed from the phones is that the government is taking back those frequencies by the end of 2004. VZW is trying to get everyone ready for it now.

No they aren't...the FCC laxed the rules on the Cell carriers to have analog and the carriers are taking advantage of the new found capacity. The frequencies are theirs and the FCC is not taking them away.


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