AT&T has agreed to take control of Element Mobile. Credit goes to Fierce Wireless who reports that Element will become Lake Mobility which will be mostly owned by AT&T. This means yet another exchange of handsets for customers in the central Wisconsin area but this time the switchover should be much more friendly.
Element Mobile was created by the owners of the spectrum in this Wisconsin area who refused to sell their license to Verizon as part of its acquisition of Alltel Wireless. The conversion was a nightmare for former Alltel customers and our Ratings for the network has been among the lowest of all wireless carriers in the US based on how badly they treated their old Alltel customers.
In the meantime, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been encroaching into the Element area and their days seemed to be numbered. This should mean better days for Wisconsin wireless customers and enables us to say this is one small carrier that will be better put to sleep.