In 2009 possibly one of the greatest wireless network acquisitions for Wyoming happened, Verizon Wireless purchased Alltel. Alltel was Wyoming’s 2nd largest wireless provider with decent coverage, decent customer support but less then decent service quality and Verizon is Wyoming’s largest wireless provider and has been voted JD Powers highest ranking wireless provider for call quality and thus a match made in heaven for Wyoming customers. But then the inevitable happened, the FCC stepped in and told Verizon they must sell parts of Alltel so that there was not a large red monopoly, and Wyomingites dream of perfect wireless service was killed. AT&T could not get their pocketbooks out fast enough to cobble up Alltel markets that Verizon was required to sell and one of those included Wyoming. That was about two years ago, and we have come to accept the fact that AT&T is moving into Wyoming soon.
Well the time is almost here, AT&T has just about finished up the switch of wireless network infrastructure in Wyoming and starting in early May the transition will take place. Now the question is, what does this mean for Alltel and AT&T users alike in Wyoming. Well actually it is a positive for both current Alltel customers and AT&T customers for the following reasons. First off, the network will not be larger with more coverage area, but an additional bonus for AT&T users who would lose a signal if they walked the wrong way on 15th street. Secondly, the national coverage will be better, good news for those with Alltel who had great coverage in Wyoming but would lose some if they crossed the state line. And finally, if you were lucky enough to stay on the ball you could get a new AT&T phone for free.
So for you Alltel customers you may not be getting the big red service but with AT&T you will still get some benefits from the switch. So be on the lookout for a new phone; those that were on the ball and choose a new phone they shipped earlier this month, for those of you that did not your phone will ship any day now. And be ready for the new service, hopefully it will be a good experience and a huge plus for us Wyomingites.