AT&T has completed its acquisition of wireless assets from Verizon Wireless. The transaction impacts a broad area of Montana, as well as service areas in 17 other states.
To secure regulatory approvals from the federal government for its purchase of Alltel in 2009, Verizon Wireless agreed to the requirement to divest itself of the properties.
Once network transition work is completed, the approximately 1.6 million subscribers in these service areas will become customers of AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband.
Billings is among the impacted areas in Montana, as well as Great Falls, and most counties in the state.
“Mobile broadband is changing how we live our lives and transforming every sector of business, and AT&T is leading the way,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’re excited that with this acquisition, AT&T will bring the benefits of mobile broadband to new subscribers. We mobilize everything for our customers by delivering the best 3G experience, the fastest 3G speeds nationwide, the most popular smartphones, an array of emerging devices like eReaders and netbooks, the ability to talk and browse the Web at the same time and access to more than 225,000 apps.”
The transaction extends AT&T’s wireless network coverage in primarily other rural areas of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
Over a period of approximately 12 months, AT&T will launch service on a market-by-market basis as network integration work is completed. For now, there are no changes to customers’ phone numbers, rate plans, network coverage, customer service contacts or processes for making monthly bill payments. During network integration, customers will have the opportunity to select a device comparable to their existing device at no additional cost. They may also choose an upgraded handset from AT&T’s exciting lineup of industry-leading devices.
The company will inform subscribers of changes in advance. Rebranding to AT&T will also occur on a market-by-market basis as service is launched.
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