Is it news that another Cellular One disappears? This year Cellular One of Eastern Illinois sold out to AT&T. The loss of a very small carrier doesn't move the needle and should mean improved service for Illinois wireless customers. We expect moderate upgrades including more 4G - LTE coverage in exchange for adopting AT&T plans and prices.
The Cellular One Illinois network has excellent rural coverage and should serve AT&T customers well. In past years we had hoped that all these small carriers would hook up with each other to create a viable fifth or sixth network but now we feel fortunate to have four major carriers. Our friends in Canada still dream of having a fourth national carrier so, while we read the writing on the wall for the remaining small carriers, we'll enjoy the good things we have.
Make sure when considering a new or cheaper source for wireless service, check the entire list of carriers that serve your neighborhood on our local cellular pages. Choose while you can.