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Alltel still exists??

Vincent513

Apr 7, 2011, 8:11 AM
I thought verizon acquired alltel... ??
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Admiral_Ackbar

Apr 7, 2011, 8:26 AM
"In early 2009, Verizon Wireless acquired Alltel, although the Alltel brand will remain until it is gradually phased out through the middle of 2009. "

Well, it is now almost the middle of 2011... *scratching my head*..


So yeah, I'm as confused as you are.
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Azeron

Apr 7, 2011, 9:30 AM
There were markets that Verizon could not acquire and were unable to sell so they still have to operate as separate entity until they find someone to buy the leftover bits of Alltel's carcass.
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Ghosthendrikson

Apr 7, 2011, 9:42 AM
Yeah but I thought those divested markets were purchased by AT&T. Which seems to be the case up here in Montana.
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PaulAlcohol

Apr 7, 2011, 10:05 AM
Ghosthendrikson said:
Yeah but I thought those divested markets were purchased by AT&T. Which seems to be the case up here in Montana.


That was my understanding as well. I know AT&T grabbed areas of Florida too. I haven't seen Chad on TV in a while here in NC ... soooo ... wow. I guess there's markets Verizon and AT&T couldn't aquire?

I'm going to have to wiki this.
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PaulAlcohol

Apr 7, 2011, 10:17 AM
Ok, so after some quick Google-Wiki action I've come up with the obvious. Alltel still exists in various markets ... none of which I bothered to find. They are few and far between, obviously, until they will be non existant and the two year merger is finally complete.

This makes me wonder about AT&T and T-Mobile. Obviously, if the FCC approves that transaction, there are going to be markets where T-mobile will still exist or they might go to Verizon. On any note, I get the feeling the FCC and AT&T will be going back and forth on this for quite a while ... and if/when it gets approved that will add a larger length of time with many legalities in the midst of such a merger. I won't even attempt to understand how long this could take, no...
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Azeron

Apr 7, 2011, 2:45 PM
Hooray for "Winey little runts" then. May they remain a pain in Verizon and AT&T's rears for many years to come. I'm hoping the FTC, and DoJ give AT&T double deuce middle fingers and nix this thing then T-Mobile emerges three BILLION dollars richer and with a SWEET roaming agreement with AT&T in its back pocket. Competitive balance would be restored and everyone would be happy.
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T Bone

Apr 7, 2011, 4:00 PM
Actually it really wouldn't because such an outcome would not fix the core problem, which is that T-Mobile operates on an unsustainable business model.

There's a reason why at&t and Verizon are the biggies...you know what it is?

Bundling. More than a century of experience has shown that selling telephone service ALONE is something that it is difficult to make money from. The reason at&t and Verizon rake in the dollars is becuase they offer more, DSL, FIOS/U-Verse and so forth.....the real money in telcom is in the bundles, and the only companies that are in good shape right now are those that can offer it....

This is true not just of the biggies like at&t and Verizon but also smaller companies like Qwest. You want to make mone...
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iDont Care

Apr 7, 2011, 4:01 PM
Azeron said:
Hooray for "Winey little runts" then. May they remain a pain in Verizon and AT&T's rears for many years to come. I'm hoping the FTC, and DoJ give AT&T double deuce middle fingers and nix this thing then T-Mobile emerges three BILLION dollars richer and with a SWEET roaming agreement with AT&T in its back pocket. Competitive balance would be restored and everyone would be happy.


They'll be modifications and markets divested, sure but the deal is going through. Get over it.
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misschris

Apr 9, 2011, 6:21 PM
Ditto. Let's hear it for the runts! 😁

(although shouldn't it be whiney little runts? Unless Sprint is soaked in wine, in which case it makes more sense...)
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iDont Care

Apr 7, 2011, 3:59 PM
PaulAlcohol said:
Winey little runts.

😲 😁 😎


So true and they blame everyone else for their shortcomings. Sprint needs to mind their own business. Maybe they should try improving their crappy 2.5ghz WiMAX network. Verizon's LTE blows it away. Beautiful high speeds and low latency and.... IT WORKS INDOORS!
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Azeron

Apr 7, 2011, 2:39 PM
AT&T would not have been allowed to buy every divested market. They had no presence in many of the markets out West true but in others allowing them to obtain those markets would have been as bad for competition as allowing VZW to keep them.
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T Bone

Apr 7, 2011, 1:47 PM
Verizon purchased Alltel, to win government approval, they offered to divest 104 markets. 79 of these markets went to at&t and the other 26 went to Atlantic Tel-Network. Altantic then purchased the rights to the 'Alltel' brand name and now operates under the name of 'Alltel' in those 26 markets.

So, in short 'no the old Alltel doesn't exist anymore, but the Alltel name is still in use by a different company in several old Alltel markets'.
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Azeron

Apr 7, 2011, 2:52 PM
Okay. So Verizon is out of the Alltel business. Thanks for clearing that up.
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Hitur Petar

Apr 7, 2011, 5:40 PM
Verizon "offered" to divest markets. Oh, how nice of them. Too bad that they were going to have to anyway to get approval, so how nice of them to volunteer a good dead like that lol.

An old classmate of mine just "offered" to serve 90 days in a plea deal. You know, as a nice gesture.
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christophergood172

Apr 7, 2011, 8:14 PM
Actually, VZW didn't offer squat. To have the deal approved they were ordered to divest 105 markets. In fact there were markets in northeastern Ohio that had GTE divested to Alltel in the formation of VZW that VZW had to scramble to keep. The FCC wanted to keep that area in trust until the ten year moratorium passed. VZW did something (paid someone off in the DOJ most likely) to be able to retain those markets.
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