It was the number one concern of about-to-be-swallowed Alltel customers going into this merger deal, and now it's finally time for those individuals to breathe a huge sigh of relief. In a prime example of great decision making, the suits at Big Red have decided to not only allow ex-Alltel subscribers to keep their My Circle plans, but it's bringing the circle to "current and future customers [read: both VZW and Alltel] as a flexible way to control wireless spending." The news was shot out this morning in a message to employees (posted in full after the break), though there's no word on when Verizon Wireless customers can look forward to enjoying 5, 10 or 20 numbers of free calling each month. So, AT&T -- now that you're cornered between myFaves and My Circle, what's the reaction going to be?

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A Minute With Mike – Introducing Friends & Family

The advantages of being a Verizon Wireless customer just keep growing.

We offer the most reliable wireless network and our merger with Alltel enabled us to create America's largest Mobile to Mobile calling family.

Now we're turning Alltel's successful My Circle option into our new Friends & Family option – giving current and future customers a flexible way to control wireless spending.

Before customers find out and even before the media reports on this industry milestone, Chief Marketing Officer Mike Lanman gives us the scoop on our new Friends & Family feature in the latest Minute With Mike.

Be among the first to know about this exciting new customer option – another surefire way to sell the value of Verizon Wireless.