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Alltel users will switch to AT&T

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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 12:00 am

PIERRE — Months after being purchased by Verizon Wireless, cell phone networks formerly belonging to Alltel Corp. are being sold again — this time to AT&T. The transfer will require Alltel customers to get new handsets by late 2010, but open up AT&T-only phones such as Apple’s iPhone and the Blackberry Bold to South Dakota customers.

In a $2.35 billion transaction, AT&T bought wireless properties in 79 markets from Verizon Wireless, a sale Verizon had to make to satisfy anti-trust regulations. But unlike Verizon’s purchase of Alltel, AT&T’s network uses different technology than Alltel’s. This will mean cell phones running on Alltel’s network will not work on AT&T’s, and former Alltel customers will have to buy new phones or switch networks.

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2 comments:

  • posted at 10:55 am on Wed, Jun 10, 2009.

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    I am pumped for the switch!

     
  • posted at 9:08 am on Wed, May 13, 2009.

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    It's not all or nothing....Alltel's towers are set up to run both CDMA and GSM technology at the same time. So it is false that customers would be FORCED to get a new handset. I love how everyone thinks they know all the facts when in FACT they don't

     

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