Wednesday, December 24, 2008

AT&T & Verizon Finalize Swaps

It's not big news, but over on our sister site, Cellular Map Net, shows the recent exchange between AT&T and Verizon Wireless has been completed. Ex-Unicel coverage is now shown as AT&T coverage in NE Washington, NE New York and NW Vermont. In exchange, Verizon got 2 Cellular markets in central Kentucky. There is some additional PCS spectrum going to Verizon, but it isn't shown because we believe it doesn't create new coverage. The maps also show the Dobson areas as AT&T. Sadly, that means Dobson and parts of Unicel have disappeared.

Now some Unicel customers know they will be AT&T customers, and some AT&T customers, who were Dobson (Cellular One) customers, now belong to Verizon. And the fun will continue as some other Unicel customers will be bundled up with some Alltel customers to join either another cellular carrier, or part of a new network in response to the Verizon takeover.

Some of those details will be coming down before the end of the year, or at least before the new federal administration takes charge. As we have recommended earlier, Unicel & Alltel customers should either sit tight, or possibly extend their contract. We feel things will only get better for them, at least for the short term.

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