Monday, January 12, 2009

Viral Tell Zone now largest US carrier

Verizon has completed its acquisition of Alltel, making the CDMA carrier the nation’s largest, with 83.7 million subscribers and 28% market share. Verizon promised
Since Verizon Wireless and Alltel use the same technology platform, the vast majority of customers will be able to use their current handset after the transition to Verizon Wireless.
About 2.1 million subscribers across 105 (mostly rural) markes in 24 statets will be divested to meet antitrust concerns, with Verizon dumping a mix of Alltel, Verizon and Unicel (acquired last August) branded properties.

Verizon said it will integrate Alltel name, products, services and distribution in Q2. The LAT spotted a missed opportunity:
Sadly, that probably means slapping Verizon names on the Alltel properties, rather than some strange combination such as AllVerizon, Veritel or Allizon. Too bad they don't want to use an anagram of Verizon Alltel: the best one we could find was Viral Tell Zone, which seems fitting for a wireless company.

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