Verizon Completes Acquisition of Rural Cellular
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Rural Cellular, which offers GSM service under the Unicel brand. Verizon gains 625,000 customers and licenses covering 4.7 million people. Customers and stores will be transitioned to the Verizon Wireless brand and CDMA service market-by-market as network and billing conversions are completed, beginning early in 2009 and continuing through mid-year. GSM networks will remain in place to offer roaming for other GSM carriers' customers. Rural Cellular operations in Vermont, New York, western Kansas, southern Minnesota and parts of Washington are either required to be divested as part of this transaction, or are expected to be divested as a requirement of Verizon's planned acquisition of Alltel. Those markets will continue offering GSM service under the Unicel brand until they can be sold.
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.
Verizon Finalizes Purchase of Golden State Cellular
Verizon Wireless today said it has completed its purchase of Golden State Cellular. The sale includes spectrum licenses and operating assets covering about 160,000 POPs across 6,000 square miles in Yosemite National Park, as well as Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Mariposa counties.
Sprint Signs 15 More Rural Carriers to LTE Initiative
Sprint today announced it has forged LTE 4G roaming agreements with 15 more rural network operators. Today's additions boost the number of carriers participating in Sprint's Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program to 27.
AT&T's Cricket Brand to Cut Off Lifeline Service
AT&T recently indicated via its support web site that it will eventually discontinue offering Lifelife service through its Cricket prepaid brand. Lifeline allows qualified Americans to receive free or heavily discounted wireless service through Cricket.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
Southern Minnesota still not lucky
In addition, it is expected that Rural Cellularâ€™s markets in southern Minnesota and western Kansas will be divested as a result of the regulatory approval process for Verizon Wirelessâ€™ proposed purchase of Alltel Corporation. Consequently, those markets also will continue to be served under the Unicel brand, and will not be integrated into Verizon Wireless. Wireless service for Unicel customers in the markets named above â€“ Vermont, New York, Kansas, and parts of Washington and Minnesota â€“ will remain unchanged and customers in these markets do not need to take any action at this time.
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People of Unicel, welcome to the Empire!