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Alltel taking over US Cellular

Discussion in 'Wireless News' started by bcrab, May 29, 2006.

  1. bcrab

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    Anybody know anything about this. I have ussc, and I received a letter in the mail saying alltel was taking over service for ussc.?? What are any pros or cons about alltel.
     
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    ALLTEL is taking over US. Cellular Operations in Idaho. Pros and cons, that's hard. Once ALLTEL service is introduced in your area it will basically be the old U.S. Cellular network so coverage should be the same, if not improve over time as ALLTEL invests in your area.
    Once ALLTEL is introduced, you may chose from their rate plans and phones which may or may not be more competitive to what you have right now, but basically ALLTEL is one of the most competitive carriers out there so I'm sure you'll be happy
    I hope this helps. A member named Fathead lives in Idaho as well.Why don't you shoot him a PM if you have more questions we can't answer for you if he doens't chime in here.
     
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    I hear a lot of good things about Alltel, with there plans & coverage so you should end up doing better in the long run as Andy has very well stated.
     
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    Stay tuned, I may have some real info on this after tomorrow.
     
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    The new plans will give little less in minutes; however, you will get larger coverage on Alltel Greater Freedom plans than US Cellular Local plans.

    You get more minutes on Alltel's National Freedom plan, than US Cellular's National plan.

    Phone selection is almost the same ;)
     
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    I have a lot of new info on this now, but I can't really say anything yet.



    Sorry.
     
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    Please - tell all :}
     
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    One of the biggest differences between the plans of the two companies is that Alltel allows the mobile to mobile minutes (M2M) to be used anywhere in your plan area. For example, if you have a national plan your M2M can be used anywhere in the national footprint. USCC limits M2M to your local footprint even if you have a national plan.
     
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    USCC Idaho customers are being converted to Alltel's billing system as I type... welcome to Alltel, Idaho customers!:)
     
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    I believe that Alltel has a better deal. Like my deal, Two phones $75 mo/ 1000 anytime, unlimited night/weekend/m2m.

    Plus using the Alltel Circle of Friends, I used 88 anytime minutes for the month of April. I'm nowhere in danger of overages.
     
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    Alltel you get My Circle, Dropped Calls For You, and Change Plan Anytime features which are great.

    I think Alltel should just buy USCC out. Alltel already has MidWest Wireless, Western Wireless, and I think they are going for USCC.

    Dobson should probably be the only strong independet holding in the country.

    T-Moible will get Suncom

    Cingular will hopefully get Unicel/RCC
     
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    I want them to buy cricket! :browani: Metropolitan coverage all over the place!
     
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    Alltel should also go after cellular south
     
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    I'm actually seriously considering a switch.
     
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    I don't blame you. ALLTEL offers cheaper plans as well as true unlimited SMS/MMS I think. And they probably roam on the same carriers in ID outside their own service area as Verizon.
     
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    Yes Alltel took over operation of US Cellular here in Idaho. It became offcial on June 10th so every one that was a USCC customer is over to Alltel now. And you have one of Alltel Plans that closely matches the plan u had with US Cellular. And Alltel was already in idaho up in McCall, ID and Blackfoot, ID so it was an easy switch and they have a roaming agreement with verizon here in Idaho. They brought a lot better phones over with them with the change over that USCC didnt have. I would know this because I work for an Alltel Authorized Agent as their web designer and from what the customers have been saying is that they are happier with Alltel then USCC, but it has only been like 3 weeks so we will have to see how they pan out in the next couple. I do know that Alltel has a website set up for USCC customers though http://alltel.com/o/uscc/index.html and it has info on the stuff that they are giving USCC customers and it is pretty cool. If u have any question about Alltel PM me and i can give you more info.
     
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    Just curious why Alltel claims to be the largest network. I thought that distinction went to VeriZon.

    According to Wiki Alltel's number five with 10.8 million subscribers as compared to VeriZon with 53 million.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largest_mobile_phone_companies
     
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    Alltel claims to have the largest network based on land area natively covered by their network.

    Cingular has the largest number of subscribers in the US with almost 56 million, followed by Verizon at 53 million.
     
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    Alltel isn't making the largest wireless network claim... see the bottom of the linked page... here
     
  20. agentHibby

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    That is so they don't get sued

    They only thing they need to do in SE Idaho is add SID 94 to Greater Freedom plans. Many of those customers go down to Utah more than going up to South Dakota.
    [​IMG]

    Hopefully they will fix that.
     
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    Actually, the old USCC local plan had the same issue.
     
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    That is right because many people up in Idaho that use US Cellular down in Logan (because where they go in ID Verizon is dead) they had either national or regional plans.
     
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    .................
     
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    I try not to push the greater freedom plans.. I find that everyone travels at least a little bit.. and the national plan is looking more and more like the old "total freedom" plans all the time.. There isn't a really BIG difference in minutes between Greater and National now anyway..
     
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    Verizon has allowed roaming on USCC in ID for over a year now though if I'm not mistaken. Still, USCC network in ID seems to be a lot more built out in many places than Verizon, even though driving along I-15 and going up towards Yellowstone the Verizon network was awesome, and that was 2 years ago.
     
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    USCC covered spots that Verizon never did, but there were spots that it was the other way around too. Now with SID 1173 in the VZW AC2 prl, I get the best of both.
     
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    Greater Freedom plans are good because they cover the geographic area, they aren't SID-based. So if you have a plan that covers all of, say, North and South Carolina, you'll be covered there, no matter whose network you are using.

    Like you say, though, that's only good if people don't travel. They can always change to an NF and go back to a GF if they want. Most people want NF plans, though.
     
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