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There was a bit of Alltel left over after the Verizon Wireless acquisition back in 2009, and now AT&T is gobbling up the rest. AT&T announced that it will purchase Alltel and its licenses, network assets, retail outlets, and subscribers (such as they are, at 585,000 people) for $780 million. Alltel operates in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina, covering mostly rural areas on the 700MHz, 850MHz, and 1900MHz bands. For AT&T, this means expanded coverage for its users in areas with a total of 4.6 million potential customers. Alltel HQ The deal, of course,... Read more...
Wow, Alltel! Haven't heard that name in a long, long time. Verizon Wireless swallowed Alltel Wireless last year, but in a few markets, Alltel stores still exist. Hard to say why they're still hanging around, but we're sure it's due to some strange loophole in the closing process. At any rate, those still living in an Alltel service area now have one more smartphone to consider, the Samsung Gem. The Gem ships with Android 2.1, a 3.2MP camera, full touch panel, Swype virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi, 3G, Buetooth, and support for Alltel's still-existing "My Circle" calling plan. What's crazy is that this... Read more...
Alltel may be a bit of a lesser player in the wireless market now that it is selling a large part of its assets off to Verizon Wireless, but the carrier is still competing and continuing to offer new phones. In fact, Samsung and Alltel recently partnered to offer the new Samsung Freeform (SCH-r351) to Alltel customers. This sleek bar phone has a 2.2-inch QCIF color display and a four row QWERTY keyboard. The phone offers multiple messaging options and features threaded text entries. The Freeform also lets users play music files using stereo Bluetooth wireless technology and an expandable memory... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Sprint have already announced plans to ship RIM's newest BlackBerry (that'd be the Tour), and now Alltel Wireless is jumping in to yell "me too!" Of course, it's sort of odd for Alltel to waste the marketing dollars here considering that VZW is already showing ads informing the general public that Alltel and Verizon are about to nail down a merge, but we digress.The same CDMA-ready 3G Tour that can be purchased on America's biggest two CDMA operators is also making a beeline for Alltel shelves (while they're still blue, anyway). As with the other carriers, Alltel's Tour also... Read more...
Alltel introduced a new phone from LG that somewhat resembles the form factor of the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream. This phone features a 3-inch touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, a full QWERTY keyboard, EVDO Rev A, and GPS via Alltel Navigation. To take full advantage of the 3G speeds supported by the phone, the phone also has a full Internet browser. This phone will be available for $99.99 after $100 mail-in rebate for new and existing eligible customers who sign-up for a qualifying one-year Smart-Choice Pack service agreement. Additional details about the phone can be found in the press release below.... Read more...
Verizon Wireless may have completed its purchase of Alltel, but that doesn’t mean the two companies are completely operating as one yet. In fact, as you’ll recall, Verizon had to agree to sell assets in 91 overlapping markets in order to gain federal approval for its acquisition. Customers in these 91 areas will continue to receive Alltel branded service until another carrier buys the assets. In the meantime, the Alltel brand is alive and kicking in 22 states. In fact, Alltel is continuing to compete against Verizon in the 91 overlapping markets. To this end, Alltel announced an upgrade to its... Read more...
After Verizon Wireless formally completed its purchase of Alltel last month, many users were wondering what would happen to Alltel’s beloved My Circle calling plans in the long term. Today, Verizon Wireless announced its own version of My Circle, called Friends & Family. Starting Sunday, February 15th, Verizon Wireless customers will be allowed to choose five or 10 numbers that will become their Friends & Family calling group. Like My Circle, minutes used when placing or receiving calls from the numbers in your Friends & Family calling group will not count against your allotted number... Read more...
It’s finally official: Verizon Wireless is now the largest carrier in the U.S., with more than 83.7 million total customers. As expected from the terms of the transaction, Verizon Wireless paid approximately $5.9 billion for the equity of Alltel and took on approximately $22.2 billion of debt. Before approving the deal, the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission required that Verizon divest overlapping properties in 105 markets across 24 states to preserve competition. A full listing of the areas that will be sold is available here. The licenses and assets for... Read more...
The Department of Justice approved Verizon Wireless’ $28 billion purchase of Alltel, but the deal is subject to a few stipulations. More specifically, Verizon Wireless will be required to divest wireless assets in 100 markets encompassing 22 states. The sale of assets doesn’t mean Verizon Wireless will lose service in the areas affected by the order. Instead, it means Verizon Wireless will sell licenses where the merger with Alltel would give the company duplicate licenses. The entire states of North Dakota and South Dakota; major portions of Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, South Carolina,... Read more...
Arkansas based Alltel Wireless is offering a service that converts your voicemail messages to plain text. Great for multitasking, you can now view your messages even when it's not convenient to listen to them, and forward them as e-mail. It's based on technology developed by Great Britain's Spinvox. “Our customers will appreciate the fact that they no longer have to wait for the opportune time to listen to a voice mail,” says Craig Kirkland, Alltel's director of messaging and voice services. “With Voice2TXT, our customers have an easier way to manage their voice mails via text messages when they... Read more...