AT&T Offering Phones, BlackBerrys On Rural Spectrum (USA)

May 13, 2009 at 20:31 1 comment

AT&T announced that the 1.5 million subscribers it will acquire from Verizon Wireless will be shifted from Verizon’s CDMA network to AT&T’s GSM network within 12 months of the deal’s completion. The assets were previously owned and managed by Alltel, which was acquired by Verizon Wireless earlier this year for $28.1 billion. AT&T, which will pay $2.35 billion for the assets, said it will spend another $400 million on the switchover. The AT&T-Verizon deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2009, AT&T said. Subscribers in the mostly rural regions will be able to receive mobile broadband on AT&T smartphones, including iPhones and BlackBerry Bolds, after the transition is completed, the company indicated in an announcement late Friday. In a smaller deal in the wireless-infrastructure musical chairs exercises between the two largest U.S. wireless carriers, AT&T said it will sell some wireless assets of Centennial Communications to Verizon Wireless.

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  • 1. Intel09  |  August 28, 2009 at 15:49

    Most interesting to see how communications are going. Saving money is always at the forefront of our minds, but what about the loss of quality we sometimes experience as a result of this. For example, there is no point changing from one telephone network provider to another for the sake of cheaper rates, if you are likely to be charged a massive transfer fee, from the originating company. When we searched for our 0222 numbers provider in the UK, this was made clearer to us.


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