Verizon to offer new wireless service to areas of Minnesota and South Dakota

January 21, 2009 at 14:57 Leave a comment

Verizon Wireless, a provider of a voice and data network and a joint venture of Verizon Communications  and Vodafone announced that the company will launch network operations in northern Minnesota and north-eastern South Dakota, in the US on 25 January 2009.

The company said that it will be offering US nationwide service plans as well as the latest products and services to consumers in these markets.

Verizon had acquired these new market areas and the cell sites in August 2008 as part its purchase of Rural Cellular Corporation, which was doing business as Unicel.

The company has since transitioned the acquired cell sites to its network, and shortly will also complete an upgrade of these cell sites to the company’s high-speed broadband network.

The new Verizon Wireless network coverage will offer service to a population of over 600,000 in the two states of Minnesota and South Dakota.

In Minnesota, the new network will adjoin existing Verizon Wireless coverage and include, in part, the following communities: Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Baxter, Cloquet, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, International Falls, Park Rapids, Thief River Falls and Wadena.

In north-eastern South Dakota, the new Verizon service areas will include Watertown and its surrounding communities.

Verizon said that after 25 January 2009, the phone numbers of the customers’ in these areas will remain the same and their devices will operate on the Verizon Wireless network.

However, existing customers who utilise data services will need new handsets or data cards before the billing conversion to Verizon Wireless takes place on 22 March 2009.

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