AT&T is positioned to acquire Alltel’s assets and customers in their entirety in the second half of this year. It is still business as usual for the once large regional carrier, mostly bought out by Verizon Wireless.
As you may recall from that merger some years ago, Verizon had to divest several markets or work some spectrum swaps with other providers (like AT&T) in order to secure regulatory approval. The leftovers remained as the Alltel brand, operated by Atlantic Tele-Network Wireless and that is what AT&T will be taking on later in the year.
Meanwhile, Alltel continues to maintain its lineup of products and services and that includes the iPhone. In addition to the iPhone 5, Alltel will also begin selling the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. The16GB iPhone 4S will run just $49.99 and the iPhone 4 will move for $0.99. The iPhone 5 starts at just $149.99 for the 16GB flavor, add an additional $100 for each iteration up the storage ladder for the other models.
Alltel operates a CDMA/EV-DO network in 6 states and hold spectrum licenses that AT&T will certainly be able to make use of. Though with the addition of the more expensive hardware, it will be interesting to see what route AT&T takes as it converts Alltel’s network to GSM/UMTS and LTE.
+- Press Release
Alltel to Offer iPhone 5 in the US on March 15
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Alltel today announced it will offer iPhone 5 in the United States beginning Friday, March 15. Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 5 starting Monday, March 11. iPhone 5 will be available for a suggested retail price of $149.99 for the 16GB model, $249.99 for the 32GB model and $349.99 for the 64GB model in Alltel Wireless retail stores, online at www.alltelwireless.com and through telesales at 1-866-ALLTEL7. In addition, iPhone 4S will be available for $49.99 and iPhone 4 will be available for $0.99. Alltel will allow iPhone 5 customers to connect to its high speed network.
iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology***—all while delivering even better battery life.**** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, Facebook integration, all-new Maps app and Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages.
iPhone requires activation on one of Alltel Wireless’ individual or family plans and a two-year agreement.
Best Value Unlimited*
Monthly Fee: $75
Voice (minutes): Unlimited - Any Net
SMS: Unlimited - Any Net
Data (MB)** : 2,000
iPhone 5 16GB: $149.99
iPhone 5 32GB: $249.99
iPhone 5 64GB: $349.99
iPhone 4S 16GB: $49.99
iPhone 4 8GB: $0.99
Note: 24 month contract required.
* Add one device for an additional $40/mo and $20/mo for each additional device up to 5 total devices.
** Additional data plan options are available for purchase, ranging from 2GB to 10GB.
For more information on iPhone 5, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.
*** Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
**** Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
About Alltel Wireless
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation (AWCC), doing business as Alltel Wireless, is a wireless telecommunications provider serving customers in six states. Headquartered in Little Rock, AR., AWCC is a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI). For more information, please visit www.alltelwireless.com.