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Verizon Outlines Alltel Integration Plan

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Jan 12, 2009, 2:46 PM   by Rich Brome

Verizon recently announced its timeline for integrating recently-acquired Alltel into its network and business. Although the business deal was completed on Friday, re-branding won't begin until the second quarter of 2009, and will continue in phases through the third quarter, as billing system changes are completed. These billing system changes, when complete, will enable mobile-to-mobile calling minutes among both Verizon and former Alltel customers. Current Alltel customers can retain their current plans, including MyCircle, during the transition, and will receive a letter in the coming weeks explaining options for transitioning to Verizon. The "vast majority" of Alltel customers will be able to keep their current phones after the transition.

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Jan 12, 2009, 4:13 PM

What exactly was the point of this merger?

This seems like a lose-lose to Alltel customers if you ask me. At least they get to keep their phone (here's hoping it doesn't require Verizon's horrible software to be installed) , but the whole point of signing up with Alltel was their rate plans- specifically the fact MyCircle is a lot better for many than Verizon's lousy plans.
Increased market share, bigger customer base, potential to be largest carrier in the US (based on no. of subscribers), increased coverage areas to provide service, more profits (important for them).

One thing (or two) that will bug some alltel cust...
The point of this merger was to aquire a large number of wireless subscribers. The market is saturated at this point, Gross Adds have dropped off year over year for all the big Wireless companies. And since Verizon's Human Cloning project has yet to b...
The point of the merger had nothing to do with pleasing Alltel customers. It was about the value it would bring to Verizon as a company, and the (cash) value it would bring to Alltel's investors.
I think a lot of people fail to recognize it may not be the fact that Verizon Wireless was watching Alltel and waiting for just the right moment to acquire it, but the fact that the owners wanted to sell it.

Goldman Sachs and TPG Capital jointly ow...
Don't forget that Verizon pays over a billion dollars a year in Alltel to roaming fees, this buyout was perfect for Verizon. With the "largest network" from Alltel in terms of square mileage and now the "largest network" for customers as well this bo...
The POINT is that the aqusition went through! Verizon now owns Alltel! So quit complaining about it! Its not going to help!! If you dont like it then go to another carrier! Im sure Sprint or AT&T would love to see your face! 👿

Jan 12, 2009, 3:02 PM


i bet if Alltell knew about motorola selling verizons towers off, they would have waited this out!!.. verizon needed alltells towers or they were heading down the toilet, fast!!
see how motorola waited it out for verizon..

alltell you were sooo close
We really need IQ requirements for some people to post in the forums. 😳
Verizon bought Alltel, including their towers. Rest assured that Verizon will use and upgrade those towers, using them to expand and enhance the Verizon Wireless network. That's half the point of the entire deal.

What on earth is this Motorola/Veri...
I just laughed so hard I almost peed myself. You, sir, are retarded.

Jan 13, 2009, 12:51 PM


Has anyone else noticed in the Alltel commercials the verizon guy is now just in the background, not saying anything. I think it's cute.
sunshinegirl said:
Has anyone else noticed in the Alltel commercials the verizon guy is now just in the background, not saying anything. I think it's cute.

Yeah. Why is that I wonder? The Dude has got to be up to no...
Just saw an internal video today with chad and testman in it. Whether or not they ever make any ads is up for grabs.
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