Most all of the new cell phones bought are digital phones, however many people still use analog phones as they get better reception.
According to the Associated Press, Based on current timelines set up by the FCC, wireless companies can phase out analog service by 2008. By the end of this year, the agency also is requiring that 95 percent of each wireless company’s customers have digital phones containing chips that allow emergency operators to pinpoint a person’s location when a call is placed to 911.
However this same article reads In rural areas where cellular towers are far apart, analog phones often work when digital models can’t get a signal.
If having analog service is important to you petition the FCC and your local (state and federal) elected official.