Verizon all clear to become the nation's largest carrier

Verizon has finally been cleared to acquire regional carrier Alltel. The Department of Justice, FCC and FTC have all given the appropriate thumbs up to allow the mega carrier to acquire the regional carrier.

Verizon did not make it over the governmental hurdles unscathed. Verizon did have to relinquish a few region spectrum licenses among other concessions to obtain Alltel but largely the mega carrier will come out on top. The combined user base of Verizon and Alltel will top out around 80 million users; easily trumping AT&T's 71 million subscribers.

Unfortunately at the end of the day it's the consumer who looses out on this deal. While Alltel was not a national carrier it did provide stiff competition to Verizon in the markets where it competed. There is now nothing stopping the acquisition from happening but at least we told you so.

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If they used GSM technology I'd switch to them. The phones they have suck and I can't buy one off the shelf and use it without visiting their store.

Like someone already said, it's really dependent on your location. Because when it come to CS the ALL fail, so let's not cover that. Now in PA ATT has better coverage than Verizon, I know I've used both and am currently on Verizon and there are dead spots inside the House, good thing I'm moving to CT where Verizon has better coverage and ATT's signal isn't as strong.

I just wish Verizon was using GSM and not CDMA

ispamforfood said,
Aww, Poor ATT, can't call themselves #1 anymore..... that's a real shame.... :p


They all call themselves number 1 lol.

Sprint even claims its number 1 on their ads.

My contract with Verizon is up in 2 months and they aren't going to lure me into another one with a free phone. I might stick with them for awhile off-of-contract.

Verizon Wireless has always worked extremely well for me and I have liked both of my basic-featured phones. I just think my month-to-month costs too much with them. I paying about $55-$58 a month, and I rarely use all of my minutes. I have their simplest plan too. I'll shop around for another provider.

Shadrack said,
My contract with Verizon is up in 2 months and they aren't going to lure me into another one with a free phone. I might stick with them for awhile off-of-contract.

Verizon Wireless has always worked extremely well for me and I have liked both of my basic-featured phones. I just think my month-to-month costs too much with them. I paying about $55-$58 a month, and I rarely use all of my minutes. I have their simplest plan too. I'll shop around for another provider.

Just use prepaid then - thats what I use, its alot easier and you can limit the amount each month to what you can afford/will use.

This is a sad day, when the nations lamest cell provider becomes the largest...this does not bode well. Verizon is a crappy service.

bdsams said,
ill take CDMA's over GSM, put your gsm phone next to a speaker and call it


Only happens when an incoming call comes for me.

And plus with like 90% of the world using GSM and sim cards (i travel a good amount and usualyl i have to replace my sim), i prefer that to having a phone locked in =P

I suppose you can say GSM phones do get locked to a provider, but there are ways around it...like if you're on ATT just give them a call and tell them you travel and need to rplace the sim. And they give you the unlock code.

Sacha said,
People still use GSM? That's why iPhone 2G was popular in your country I guess.

I could not live with GSM :P.


Most of the world uses GSM. Also, what does GSM have to do with the iPhone? 3G data is used by GSM as well.

The problem I have with the GSM interference is that in the US the FCC allowed the frequency to be used. Absolutely ridiculous.

bdsams said,
ill take CDMA's over GSM, put your gsm phone next to a speaker and call it

Nothing happens. Perhaps check the quality of your cabling?
CDMA interferes as well, but it produces a constant signal (CDMA) vs GSM (TDMA) where it has time slots (hence the noticeable noise).

zivan56 said,
Nothing happens. Perhaps check the quality of your cabling?
CDMA interferes as well, but it produces a constant signal (CDMA) vs GSM (TDMA) where it has time slots (hence the noticeable noise).



If your on US freq it will interefer with speakers, highly annoying in cars!

Sacha said,
People still use GSM? That's why iPhone 2G was popular in your country I guess.

I could not live with GSM :P.


GSM (Global System for Mobile communications: originally from Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. Its promoter, the GSM Association, estimates that 82% of the global mobile market uses the standard.[1] GSM is used by over 3 billion people across more than 212 countries and territories

Lol =/ Iphone 3g uses GSM technology lol.

bdsams said,


If your on US freq it will interefer with speakers, highly annoying in cars!

Well I am in Canada, and the only GSM provider here uses 850/1900 (same as US). Have yet to experience it in my car or in my home. The only time I have heard it, was in Europe next to an el-cheapo home theatre system...but they use EGSM 900 over there, which allows up to 2W TX power.

Chrono951 said,
That still sounds like a big problem.


Its like a 2 second soft beep...big deal. And its only when my radio is on, CDs are unaffected.

I'm with Alltel.. have been well over a year and a half here in Ohio.. best carrier locally ... I've not read up on this too much but what exactly does this mean for me? Do I lose my current contract and have to renew or just business as usual until my contract expires?

l33txp said,
I'm with Alltel.. have been well over a year and a half here in Ohio.. best carrier locally ... I've not read up on this too much but what exactly does this mean for me? Do I lose my current contract and have to renew or just business as usual until my contract expires?

Exactly I have the same thoughts. Alltel pretty much dominates here in Nebraska so it will be interesting to move to Verizon phones which is disappointing in some aspect. Is verizon plastered over all phones (including the phone's menus, screens, etc.)?

Mystic said,
Exactly I have the same thoughts. Alltel pretty much dominates here in Nebraska so it will be interesting to move to Verizon phones which is disappointing in some aspect. Is verizon plastered over all phones (including the phone's menus, screens, etc.)?

Yes, they are the worst offender. One reason I refuse to use them (that and I love my iPhone).

As to the main question, they're probably required to honor Alltel's contracts. I had a friend who was with a local carrier that was bought out by at&t a few years ago and I don't believe his contract was renewed. I think he was just on at&t and started getting bills from them instead.

Well, Verizon is a telephone/broadband provider. Part of the same company, Verizon Wireless is the mobile division. They have separate websites and I think are listed as being separate companies too.

Shane Pitman said,
Now they need to do one of those Alltel vs. the 3 nerds commercials and have the Verizon nerd buy out Chad (the Alltel rep).

ROFL that would be classic.

I don't think they're perfect, but they have better coverage than T-Mobile, by far, and, since they use GSM and not CDMA, it's much easier to get new handsets, including ones that aren't carried by the company itself.

Agreed - AT&T isn't that great, but GSM is much nicer than CDMA from a technology standpoint, especially considering how easy it is to swap a phone using the SIM rather than having to go through all the hoops for Verizon or Sprint.

That being said, all carriers have pluses and minuses in terms of coverage by area. I'm happy with AT&T now, but I was also happy when I had Sprint (If only due to having a SERO plan.) T-Mobile is lacking in 3G coverage, and Verizon has too many issues for me to use them. With coverage agreements, all CDMA signals should be comparable, as should GSM, with the bottleneck being the particular handset, and data plans not being able to roam for the most part.

Hehe, actually they have 74 million as of the Q3 results. It was 71 million at the end of Q2 which didn't include the iPhone 3G launch. So now they are probably closer to 75-76 million since we are 1/2way through Q4. Verizon will be on top for a while but i don't think they'll be on top forever. (doesn't matter however who's on top)

Troll said,
Agreed - AT&T isn't that great, but GSM is much nicer than CDMA from a technology standpoint, especially considering how easy it is to swap a phone using the SIM rather than having to go through all the hoops for Verizon or Sprint.

That being said, all carriers have pluses and minuses in terms of coverage by area. I'm happy with AT&T now, but I was also happy when I had Sprint (If only due to having a SERO plan.) T-Mobile is lacking in 3G coverage, and Verizon has too many issues for me to use them. With coverage agreements, all CDMA signals should be comparable, as should GSM, with the bottleneck being the particular handset, and data plans not being able to roam for the most part.

There is also the benefit of being able to use it in more countries overseas when travelling.

Its funny, Telecom NZ rolled out CDMA only to find that they're having to rip it all out and replace it with the UTMS/GSM. Talk about epic fail.