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Vermont to gain local iPhone 3G access

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Wed August 6, 2008

Vermont gains iPhone 3G

Residents of Vermont should finally be able to gain direct access to the iPhone in the near future, a local television station reports. WCAX notes that all important divisions of the federal government have approved Verizon's acquisition of Rural Cellular Corporation, the operator of regional carrier Unicel. Aside from Vermont, Unicel sells service in several other states, such as Alabama, New York and Washington.

Due to monopoly worries, however, as well as concern about excluding GSM phones from Verizon's CDMA-based network, the federal government has stipulated that the carrier must divest itself of some of Unicel's coverage. These holdings are being handed off to AT&T, meaning that the carrier will finally gain a wireless foothold in Vermont. As a consequence, people in the state will at last be able to subscribe for iPhone service. The transition to AT&T is expected to complete within a few months.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. slider

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    Finally

    As a Vermonter I'm quite pleased with this recent news. As soon as ATT moves completes the transition from Unicel I will be canceling my Verizon plan and switch to ATT. Thanks Verizon for making this happen, I feel like I finally got something for all those years of crippled cell phones, and good bye!

  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999

    +1

    curious

    so what will this mean for other states with unicel coverage? I live in south Dakota where there is no AT&T but we have unicel

  1. Wiredwomen

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    Joined: Nov 2001

    0

    and pigs will fly

    Don't get your hopes up for 3g service. that will happen about as quickly as we get an apple store. Camaroon will have one before we do.

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