Effective today, Verizon will no longer activate legacy Alltel phones on its network. Or in other words, in case you still have an old Alltel device idly collecting dust in some drawer, it has just been rendered useless. Alltel handsets that are active will not be affected in any way, yet Verizon politely reminds you that it has much flashier phones on its shelves now.
The announcement comes three years after Verizon purchased Alltel for over $28 billion, thus becoming the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Alltel was not doing well at that time having accumulated debts of over $22 billion, so a buyout from Verizon was more than welcome for the company.
So, if you happen to be among the 27 people stuck with an unusable Alltel phone, please, do the planet a favor and try to get it recycled. You might even make a few bucks along the way, you know, not to mention the the warm feeling that you will get from your good deed.
Below is the official statement from Verizon:
source: Verizon via Engadget