@marksmith you are absolutely correct. I'm looking for something economical because I really don't have the ability to put out $450 on a scanner right now. My question was really a result of my lack of knowledge on P25 Phase 2 technology and the roll out schedule for my area. I really like the BCD396XT and it looks like I can probably pick one up online for about $280. I'm just a little concerned not knowing my County's plans, if any, to upgrade.
Phase 2 scanners are going at a premium right now because a lot of areas are introducing the technology.
The more Urban the area, the greater the likelihood that someone is looking st phase 2 for additional channels with no additional bandwidth compared to p25 phase 1.
Having said that, many areas not near or in cities have not yet gone to p25 digital phase 1 yet, and it might be a while before it can be justified.
The 396xt is a great radio. It is discontinued now by Uniden, as they have added phase 2 capability and remade the radio as the 325p2.
You will need to make your own judgement based on where you are and what the area you will monitor is doing.
That is a question best answered in the forum that concentrates on your specific area.