Before Getting Bought By Verizon Wireless, Alltel Tried To Buy Sprint, T-Mobile And AT&T Wireless

from the merger-mania dept

After being rumored for years, Verizon Wireless finally bought Alltel earlier this month. However, Alltel's CEO has now admitted that the company wasn't just looking to be acquired these past few years. It had, itself, aggressively looked into buying Sprint, T-Mobile or even AT&T Wireless at times. In fact, it tried to buy Sprint three separate times. The other two certainly seem like longshots. Deutsche Telekom appears to have no real interest in getting rid of T-Mobile, and depending on which version of AT&T Wireless you're talking about, it would have been difficult to convince the various parent companies involved that a sale to Alltel made sense. And that, of course, ignores the fact that T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless were from the GSM camp, rather than the CDMA camp. Still, it is interesting to see that the smaller Alltel was looking at buying its way up the food chain.

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    XCetron, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 2:28am

    ah, one step closer to monopolization

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    Austin, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 7:20am


    I sure hope this deal goes through well and verizon does not get ride of the Favorite 10 numbers or alltels great prepaid plan. When they join networks cell phone reception will be great.

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    Thomas, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 7:34am

    So Verizon now owns Alltel, huh? Will the service be any better?????

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    Sumbuddy Stoopid, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 7:44am

    Hey Now

    I like Verizon had them for years... One day a long time ago I walked in to the At&t store I bought my phone at, and was a brand new Cingular store. My service had dropped out, I was getting other users voicemails, and my calls would not go through, A LOT!!! So I threw my phone down on the desk and said "fix it, or I'm leaving!" Ended up with me leaving. Walked right accross the parking lot to a Verizon store and have had them ever since with out a hitch. Cingusucks (now At&t -Ironic) never sent me my cancelation bill. I hope something like this doesn't happen to my service again, at least this time I'm not with the company being bought...

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    Arkwin, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 8:07am

    Verizon OS

    Verizon is good, in fact it might even have better call quality, but there phone OS looks like a kid made it. Not to mention that everything is pretty much locked down on them too. Examples, on my friends pretty expensive Verizon phone, only a blue tooth headset, MY PIX, MY FLIXS or something, I'm sorry I want my phone to look professional.

    This is the reason i went with Cingular, I've gotten dropped calls a couple of times, but that's been about it. Another point is that Cingular has, in my opinion, the widest selection of phones.

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    Verizomboodle, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 8:17am

    Verizon is horrible in my area.

    We have terrible coverage from Verizon in my area. Where as, AT&T(Cingular) has been great. Their customer service has been responsive, their family talk plan with national coverage is a much cheaper option for me than Verizon's plans were/are.

    Better phones and accessories and with my roll over minutes, I have more minutes than I can possible use up in a month.

    Nope, not going to Verizon any time soon.

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    jbk, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 5:31pm

    if you are constantly rolling over minutes every you think you might be paying too much for your service...the minutes do actually expire after a while. I liked Cingular...but AT&T customer service leaves something to be the service isnt as good as before.

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    mebbers, Jul 1st, 2008 @ 3:44pm


    hmmm well i love verizon, they have great service &theyre phones are cute. i wonder when alltel will start getting verizons phones...

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2008 @ 8:15pm



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    Joe, Jul 3rd, 2008 @ 11:53am

    Verizon... Your world, Crippled.

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    kylie, Jul 14th, 2008 @ 3:31pm


    can i swich to verizon wireless b4 my two year plan for alltel is up i hope so b/c i hate alltel

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    sam stutzman, Jul 23rd, 2008 @ 2:22pm


    are all the alltels now going to turn into verizon wireless? because i have a blackberry that could be used only with verizon, and if the altell in my town turns into verizon i could activiate it.

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    dfgdfg, Aug 15th, 2008 @ 11:24pm


    alltel rocks i think verizon is terrible

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2009 @ 12:27pm

    Re: verizon

    me too

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 30th, 2009 @ 7:12pm

    Wait what happens to the chad commercials now? Does the verison guy and chad make friends? Or does the verison guy just disappear?

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    Justin, Jun 7th, 2009 @ 9:40pm

    Data Plans

    I have an alltel unlimited data plan. VZW charges an extra sixty F**&^&*g bucks a month to have unlimited tethered internet, which is the whole reason I went alltel. Plus my service, cell and customer, is much better with alltel. I've had verizon before and it sucked balls. I hate monopolization, it pisses me off! Anybody know if we're gonna start getting charged by VZW's rates or what?

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    Cody, Sep 8th, 2009 @ 8:17pm

    i used to have alltel before they merdged with verizon and i loved it! now that its verizon i HATE service actually got worse everywhere i went and customer service is a nightmare now! ugh! i sure do hope that someday they will split back up and alltel merges with t-mobile! *i love the phones at t-mobile but their service isnt that good* oh well. im gettng rid of verizon in decemner and im going to t-mobile anyway. :)

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    victoriak68 (profile), Oct 21st, 2009 @ 3:31pm

    Re: ??

    Stupid people...

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    victoriak68 (profile), Oct 21st, 2009 @ 3:35pm


    I'm a Alltel/Verizon customer also. I haven't seen any real problems with my service since the change, but my friends have had issues. As for customer service, getting through to a live person was a nightmare, but when I finally did the rep was quite helpful and even instructed me on a quicker way to get through the next time I needed to talk to a real individual. So far I have no complaints with Verizon, but it's still early in the game.

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