It is my intuition that MetroPCS and/or Cricket will be acquired by Alltel.
How did I arrive at this conclusion?
1. Alltel has a comprehensive nationwide roaming agreement with Sprint, which was a wireless industry first. Their agreement Allowed Alltel customers to roam on the Sprint network in major metro areas and Sprint customers to roam on Alltel in rural areas.
2. However, the next step in negotiations, an EVDO roaming agreement, never went anywhere, they stalled in 2005. Maybe things aren't all cheery between Sprint and Alltel.
3. Sprint is tanking, it's bleeding customers and racking up massive debt on it's ill-fated 4G "Xohm" network.
4. Alltel will want to retain it's access to major metro areas and even expand E... (continues)
read my response to your post in the other forum. Oh and one more to add it just doesn't allow sprint to roam in rural areas and alltel in metro areas. It allows them to roam anywhere the two has service and the other does not!
ok well Verizon has had 1X roaming with AllTel for some time now. but evdo no. that is still tbd since july 1 2006 i believe. thats when sprint and AllTel made the deal. but alltel had the deal even before that with Verizon. And between Sprint and Verizon they do use each others towers. Verizon calls it there "extended network." but they both run off the same towers.