Instead of complaining about the passing of another wireless operator, we note whether an ownership change is good or bad for the wireless user. In the case of Westlink Wireless of southeast Kansas, wireless service is about improve significantly. United Wireless of Dodge City, KS has acquired all of the assets of Westlink. Westlink was owned by Pioneer Communications and United is operated by the United Telephone Association. Westlink and United serve approximately the same area with cellular coverage, but the United network is far more advanced.
According to Jeff Renner, Wireless Manger, United Wireless offers 3G and 4G-LTE coverage. When Westlink customers get a new CDMA phone to replace their old GSM phone, service will improve dramatically. Westlink decided not to upgrade their wireless network and when all their customers switch over to United phones, they will just turn off the old GSM network. This could cause a big hole in GSM coverage across the southwest Kansas area which could cause some trouble for GSM roamers caught unaware. We believe there is, or will be, new GSM coverage in the area, so all should not be lost.
We're happy to hear that United has built such a sophisticated network and hope that local customers will support a homegrown business. They'll get great local coverage and still be able to roam away from home. As a result, we also upgraded United's Rating on our Mountain Wireless Ratings.