Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsLand Phones · 3 months ago

Were cell phones digital or analog in 1992 and 1993?

This was around when 2G came out, which is digital. 

6 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago

    Digital was available but some people kept analogue mobiles up until the late 90's because they worked better in the country. It was about 1998 when digital started having 99% coverage so there was no need for analogue anymore.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    they were analog......

  • 3 months ago

    A mix of the two.

    The original "1G" phones prior to GSM [2G and onward] were analog, using a continuous duplex radio link to a cell tower for calls.

    2G / GSM and all later versions are digital and use a digital multiplex system with compressed and encrypted digital links to the cell tower.

    When 2G first came out, a lot of people still have the analog type and they were still in use for a few years, with both systems operating side by side as people gradually changed over.

    The early mobile phone prices make today's top models look cheap... Often around £1500 - 2000, 30 years ago. That's £3000 or more in todays values.

    People did not usually change phones without good reason.

  • Expat
    Lv 6
    3 months ago

    There’s no such thing as an analog cell phone. Come on! 

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    If I remember correctly, most cellphones then were still analog. They were great for having signals even with sparse cell site coverage.

  • Rick
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    they are still analog from the cell to the tower and digital from tower to tower ........

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