I confirmed this on Thursday when I cancelled my Alltel service. I really enjoyed having Alltel but suddenly my cell # was long distance and they couldn't give me a local one. After speaking with several people one of them did inform me that in Feb. or March their acquisiton of Cellcom would be complete. It's good news for those of us up here that would like a non-renegade CDMA carrier. I asked the first few Alltel reps I talked to if such a thing was going to happen (some things kinda pointed to it) and none of them had any knowledge of it (or were lying.) In the meantime I signed up with Nextel. Once I had the Nextel I called Alltel to cancel (who let me out of the contract early because of the number snafu, can you believe it?) and they told me of their plans. It's too bad - they were a dollar short and a day late. If Nextel doesn't work out I'll be back. I'd like to hear from people who might know anything more about this.