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Replying to:  Digital vs Tri-mode phones? by caddyman   Aug 1, 2004, 9:10 PM

Re: Digital vs Tri-mode phones?

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Aug 3, 2004, 8:07 PM

Tri-mode phones include an analog mode.

Analog mode sounds worse, uses more battery life, emits more radiation, and doesn't support any advanced features like text messaging, data, etc.

For those reasons, your phone will always use digital mode whenever it can. And in most reasonably populated areas, digital will provide you with adequate coverage, so there will be no difference.

But as you get more rural, there are still areas where there are analog-only towers and no digital coverage. That's when a tri-mode phone will switch to analog mode, whereas an all-digital phone would not get signal at all.

It really depends on the areas you use your phone. If you need coverage in the middle of nowhere, you'll want the tri-mode phone. If you stick to more populated areas, you should be fine with either type of phone.

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