Q. Should I choose digital or analog service?

A. Digital service is clearer and more secure than analog but coverage can be spotty.

Analog networks have greater coverage, especially in rural areas. If you want digital service, make sure your cellular company has a ”roaming” agreement that lets your phone work on an analog system when you are outside digital range. But beware roaming can be expensive, and it requires a ”dual mode” phone.

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Aug. 25, 2005.