Friday, January 09, 2009

Verizon completed their merger with Alltel today. As part of their agreement with the FCC, FTC, and other regulatory bodies, the new and improved Verizon+Alltel was to divest properties in 105 markets across the US in which they would have had the appearance of monopoly.

Grand Forks, ND is one of those markets.

So, today I did not become a Verizon customer. It turns out I'm still an Alltel customer, but that would be old Alltel, not new Alltel. Old Alltel will continue to operate until all 105 properties are divested.

The only likely players for purchasing the Grand Forks, ND market are Sprint/Nextel and Unicel. I sure hope it ends up being the former.

Friday, January 02, 2009

On January 9th, Alltel will officially be a Verizon-owned property. I'm not sure how long the re-branding will take, but if Alltel's acquisition of Cellular One West is any indicator then we won't be waiting long to reap the benefits of in-network calling.

One of my concerns is that Verizon will force My Circle users to switch to a different rate plan in order to take advantage of in-network calling to existing Verizon customers. We'll see how this pans out.

Now all that's left is for the Open Handset Alliance to bring to fruition a CDMA phone running Android. Oh yeah, and for Verizon to offer a better all-you-can-eat data plan.