AT&T to Acquire Alltel Assets for $780 Million
AT&T today announced that it has agreed to purchase Atlantic Tele-Network's Alltel assets for a total of $780 million. The agreement includes wireless spectrum licenses in the 700, 850, and 1900MHz bands, network assets, retail stores, and 585,000 subscribers. Alltel Wireless was purchased by Verizon Wireless in 2008. As part of the acquisition, Verizon was required by the Federal Communications Commission to divest some assets. AT&T picked up some of those assets and Atlantic Tele-Network picked up the rest. Atlantic Tele-Network continued to run those assets under the Alltel brand across portions of six states, covering some 4.6 million POPs. AT&T is now hoping the FCC will allow it to purchase those assets from Atlantic Tele-Network. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close during the second half of the year.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
AT&T Replacing Alltel Brand with Its Own Across Georgia
AT&T today said beginning Dec. 10 all Alltel stores and services across Georgia will be rebranded under the AT&T name.
AT&T Finalizes Iusacell Acquisition
AT&T today said it has finalized its purchase of Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest wireless network operator. Mexico's regulatory bodies approved the deal in December.
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