updated 08:25 pm EDT, Mon July 12, 2010
Buyout will leave branding intact
Alltel Wireless has announced that it will retain its branding and service in select markets throughout six states. Atlantic Tele-Network has purchased the Alltel assets that Verizon was required to divest as part of its larger Alltel buyout initiated last year.
ATN plans on keeping the Alltel name, along with many of the existing service features such as My Circle and Anytime Plan Changes. Customers will be able to keep their existing handsets and rate plans, while the selection of smartphones and multimedia handsets will be expanded.
The Alltel brand will continue to exist as an independent carrier in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.