Re: Verizon to Buy Alltel After All I guess with this deal I am not sure (and I may be dead wrong about it) I see higher prices as a necessary result. Verizon and AT&T seem to play off one another when it comes to rates. Alltel really didn't compete (rate-wise) with Verizon or AT&T. And Verizon would have to be careful about raising rates too much or risk losing out on customers. Who knows...if Verizon passes AT&T to move back into the number 1 spot, maybe AT&T will lower some prices to entice disgruntled Alltel users away from VZW and over to AT&T?