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. Further, AT&T says more than 100,000 former Alltel wireless customers in Georgia will begin using new devices that work on AT&T's network early next year. AT&T completed its acquisition of Alltel in late 2013. Alltel ran a CDMA network, but AT&T has been transitioning Alltel customers to its own GSM-based network. In order to gain FCC approval of the Alltel acquisition last year, AT&T agreed to launch LTE to Alltel customers within 15 months of completing the sale. It also agreed to run Alltel's CDMA network through June 15, 2015. AT&T didn't say how many Georgia customers are still using the old CDMA network. AT&T is encouraging any remaining Alltel customers to visit the new AT&T stores and switch to AT&T's handsets and services.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
T-Mobile Talks Up Coverage Improvements, iPhone Deals
T-Mobile said it has doubled the number of square miles covered by its LTE network over the last year, according to a blog post written by CEO John Legere. T-Mobile is on track to blanket another 600,000 square miles of area with LTE by the end of the year.
Cricket's CDMA Network Goes Dark September 15
Cricket Wireless says the vast majority of customers have transitioned away from its legacy CDMA network ahead of tomorrow's planned shutdown. AT&T has been moving Cricket customers from the older CDMA network to its own GSM-based network since it acquired the carrier several years ago.
T-Mobile Completes Acquisition of Layer3 TV, Preps TV Service
T-Mobile today said it has completed its acquisition of Layer3 TV, a deal originally announced late last year. T-Mobile will use Layer3 TV's technology to create and launch a new TV service that will be delivered over T-Mobile's LTE network.