AT&T Alltel takeover?
I've never been able to get a straight answer from the Verizon or Alltel reps around here. I know there's some sketchy areas around here that Verizon will not be allowed to take over, but I never heard about AT&T taking those areas - the Alltel guy who seemed most knowledgeable about the situation said that Alltel would retain control in those areas - there was never any mention of AT&T. But I guess it's true: www.telecompetitor.com/att-buys-alltel-assets-from... (although it doesn't affect my state.) However, I do see one glaring problem that will have to be worked past (previously pointed out by jdwusami): AT&T as a carrier uses GSM tech, while Alltel uses CDMA.
This could actually be an easy fix, although easy doesn't mean soon. Apple is rumored to be coming out with a CDMA iPhone for Verizon early next year, once their exclusivity contract with AT&T lapses. If this rumor is to believed, then that will solve the Alltel problem. Verizon says their transition is supposed to be completed by "fourth quarter 2009" but I can't find any date for AT&T's transition. My guess is sometime earlier next year. Good luck!
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