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Adios, Verizon...you've been terrific, but...

sngwrtr525

May 31, 2007, 8:00 PM
I had to get a number local to Charlottesville, VA, where you don't have service. Funny, you're all around us, but you don't have towers for us...UVA Country! Well, I went ahead and got a national plan on Alltel, comparable to what I have had on your service. I think I'm going to be OK, and what would even be better is...IF YOU BUY ALLTEL OUT! I'm sure most of the readers know by now that Alltel was purchased a week ago this past Monday by two financial holding companies. I seriously doubt if Goldman Sachs is interested in selling cellular phones, so they will sell it off, probably after the auction for the 700 Mhz band sites early next year. So, what would really be cool is, if that happens...I'm back with Verizon again, with a number...
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cwcanty

May 31, 2007, 9:50 PM
thanks for the update 🙄 ...you'll be back on verizon in 18 months or so.. 😉
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sngwrtr525

Jun 2, 2007, 6:00 AM
From your lips to God's ears...

I had a chat with my boss at the Alltel store yesterday about this maneover of the holding companies buying out the company, then selling it to Verizon. What I was told was that when Alltel gets the licenses for the 700 Mhz frequencies, they are going to go into markets that they've never been in before...DC and NYC, among others. The phones will carry a chip to access that frequency band, apparently, along with the 800 and 100 Mhz capability. Apparently, the towers can be further apart at the lower frequencies, which means you don't have to have as many to have service. The converse is apparently true, also...they have to be closer together at the higher frequencies, meaning more towers, meaning more e...
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chocolateman85006

Jun 4, 2007, 8:34 PM
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rawmustard

Jun 1, 2007, 7:58 AM
Although these days with traditional landlines offering flat-rate long distance (of course, to keep in competition with the cell providers), methinks having a number local to a particular area has become a dying requisite. I even tried to convince my brother (a VZW customer, FWIW) to keep his 808 number he got when he first purchased his phone. (He got it during a port visit to Honolulu on his way back from his 2005 deployment.)
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kvazzz

Jun 1, 2007, 8:38 AM
Why is every single person who leaves VZ must write a good-bye letter???? 🙄
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sngwrtr525

Jun 2, 2007, 5:50 AM
I have been selling cellular for most of the last 15 years, and for the last 8, I have had a great service with Verizon. I really didn't want to leave. The reason for the letter was to servce notice to Verizon brass (who DO read this forum, by the way) to get off their fat butts and get local service in Charlottesville. It's long overdue, with C-ville being the 17th fastest growing area in the country right now (in 2004, they were #1). The other reason is...I felt like it. Sue me.
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chocolateman85006

Jun 1, 2007, 8:28 PM
don't go to at&t or Sprint!
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sngwrtr525

Jun 2, 2007, 5:46 AM
Not likely.

To the party who complained about my writing a goodbye letter...
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yogi_721

Jun 2, 2007, 8:03 AM
sngwrtr525,

Guess what, I was traveling along I-66 in Virginia going towards Winchester. To my amazement, I didn't had any signal with Verizon at all, my friends who happen to have other carries had full bars on their phone. They were joking around saying "its the network, can you hear me now".

Yes, I think that Verizon needs to do something about having signal in Virginia. I live in Maryland and I know some places where there is no signal at all. It's a shame to know that "the most reliable network" doesn't have signal there in C-ville or some parts here in MD.
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Bock

Jun 2, 2007, 12:44 PM
Do you know of, or have friends that have available land where we could put a tower?

This isn't intended to be snarky at all; I'm dead serious. If you can find us a couple of acres of land, VZW will lease it, provided that it will bring a worthwhile improvement to the area.

I have the information on who to contact about that here somewhere.
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sngwrtr525

Jun 3, 2007, 8:28 AM
Oh, there's a signal available, but you're in extended area 100% of the time, using either US Cellular or Alltel towers when you are there. You lose the ability of using the features afforded Verizon customers when they are on Verizon towers. I can talk, and the communication is clear. The problem, as I mentioned before, is that afte 30 months of residence here, I have the need to have a local number rather than one out of another market. Verizon couldn't do that for me, and I wish they could. Where in MD are you having a problem? I'm a Silver Spring boy myself, just outside of DC, but I've traveled all over the state and never had any problem with accessing a signal. I-66 going west towards I-81 in Virginia? I haven't had a problem ...
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