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Re: Verizon to Discontinue Analog Cell Service

Stan (
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 00:52:56 -0500

In was written:

> Verizon announced it will discontinue cellular analog service next
> February 2008.

> Has any of the other cellular carriers made such an announcement?

I was notified by OnStar that I had "digital ready" analog equipment
in my 2003 Chevy Truck. It used Verizon Wireless' AMPS service to
connect to the OnStar call center in addition to being able to make
and receive cellular calls from a pre-paid bucket purchased from

My Chevy dealer upgraded the cellular portion of the OnStar hardware
(called a TCU for Telecommunications Control Unit) to CDMA
digital-only hardware in exchange for my committing to keep the
service for another year. This is basically similar to any cellular
carrier willing to give me a free phone in exchange for a one-year
service commitment.

If they hadn't done this upgrade, my OnStar service wouldn't have
worked past February 2008. The other plus is that this is now a CDMA
digital device on the Verizon Wireless network with its own phone
number, and I can add it to my existing VZW service for $9.95/month
and draw from the same bucket of minutes, with unlimited nights and
weekends, while using the hands-free device built into the truck.


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