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DOJ Approves Verizon's Alltel Acquisition

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Oct 30, 2008, 7:42 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Department of Justice has approved Verizon Wireless's purchase of Alltel as long as Verizon agrees to divest 100 markets in 22 different states. The divestitures cover North Dakota and South Dakota in their entirety, significant swaths of Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming, and smaller portions of Alabama, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The FCC still has to approve the acquisition, and is voting on the matter next week.

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Oct 31, 2008, 11:55 AM

Verizon Will Lose Customers

If i lived on the east coast i would love to have alltel service with my circle. If Verizon tosses the plan then I can only see many of the former alltel subscibers bailing(if other carriers service is decent).
Verizons on the verge of losing a whole lotta money with this unless they get a little more loyal to the customers. Now if the merger was the other way around then yea, they would have the offerings that appeal to customers.
That 80 million will drop to about 77-78 million and i see regional carriers and maybe tmobile added more to their belt. Maybe Sprint also(Maybe) ha
Depends on where you are in the country I suppose, but Verizon has the better brand/name recognition in most areas of the country.

I always considered the "my circle" deal a little too frustrating anyway. better to expand the circle to include far...

Nov 1, 2008, 11:11 AM

can we buy alltel phones and activate them on verizon now?

I would love to know because in my market verizon is king, but i dont like the phone selection as much as I like some of the alltel phones, please respond
Officially no, but there may be a way to do it. Open Network Initiative may actually never happen, its been alot of talk to get FCC to approve mergers.

Nov 2, 2008, 1:02 AM

Yay for monopolies.

The FCC IS doing its job by helping to create monopolies that are partly owned by foreign powers. Next up, the U.S. Constitution is being sold to Dubai. Yipeee FCC coughers.

Oct 30, 2008, 7:53 PM


great bring on the storm. I live in a part of Texas with no verizon. This will work great. One more hurdel to go
nooooooo oh well they still suck and their phones sucks all look the same the storm i know someone the got the phone work for verizon corporate and i play with it it SUCK BIG TIME YALL GOING TO BE SO SAD THE 15 I WILL WALK BY THE VERYZON STORED WITH M...
You will also get into other great phones that are fixing to roll out!

Oct 31, 2008, 3:09 PM

what exactly does it mean?

I think i know but id rather hear it from someone who really knows. What exactly does it mean to divest a market?
it means verizon will take area of service that will overlap, like an alltel tower and verizon tower next to each other, and sale it/ the area to another company.
markets are kinda like counties/parishes(louisiana) or towns/cities.

Oct 30, 2008, 9:52 PM

Good God, you can make a whole new carrier with those divestitures

It's starting to look like the parts of VA without VZW will still be without VZW 🤨
what verizon will do is put up there own towers, the ones being divied up will go to ones like Leap wireless which owns cricket wireless and/or Metro PCS or US Cellular.
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