Verizon set to become number 1 U.S. carrier this week

Verizon set to become number 1 U.S. carrier this week
Listen up. This is important because you never know when you might be asked this question for $1,000,000 on a quiz show. Which wireless carrier is the largest in the U.S.? Had you answered before this Friday , you would have been correct had you said that AT&T was numero uno. But at the end of this business week, Verizon will be closing its' acquisition of Alltel which will add 13 million subscribers to Big Red, giving them a total of 80 million customers. Now, Verizon will have to give up roughly 2 million subscribers to satisfy the Feds, but that will still overtake Ma Bell's total which stood at 75 million as recently as September. Being the Top Dog does have its' rewards. Besides raking in more fees, the bigger you are, the better you get treated by equipment manufacturers.Verizon's growth has been helped this quarter by the addition of the BlackBerry Storm to its' line-up. The first all touch BlackBerry went on sale on November 21st and the networker says that the phone has quickly become the carrier's best selling device despite less than stellar reviews.

So if you find yourself on a game show, or if you are just settling a bet at the bar, remember that as of this Friday, AT&T has been replaced as this nation's largest cellular carrier by Verizon. Can you hear me? What about now?
via: AlleyInsider



1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

thats exciting

2. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

We have a motto going now..."Take the Best to Biggest!" Hopefully, Alltel customers will be able to transition easily into Verizon Wireless.

14. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I believe you mean TAKING the best to the biggest.

3. iff2mastamatt unregistered

I can't wait until AT&T acquires Sprint, and Verizon acquires T- Mobile.

4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The FCC might have something to say about that. Besides can you imaging what rates would be like if there were only two nation wide carriers to pick from?

5. vzw big red

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 06, 2009

Why would AT&T acquire Sprint which is a CDMA network, and why would Verizon acquire T Mobile which is a GSM network! That makes no sense at all man! Think about this stuff before you write it.

6. cartman

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Umm.. wouldnt it be easy for Verizon to get Sprint, ATT to get T-Mo? And then it would be Ma Bell vs. well, technically another Bell regional?

8. baileyboy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 06, 2009

That would be really stupid because that technologies don't match.

7. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

that's exactly what's going to happen in near future it will only be two carriers to choose from. it realy looks like ATT vs VZW at the end of the day. what a battle US as customers gonna have to pay.

9. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Verizon is number 1 because of coverage. How many years in a row has VZW been the number 1 in coverage according to JD power and associates?

10. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Okay, so Verizon is going to be the #1 US carrier for the U.S. on Friday. But, how many Alltel customers will actually stay? I mean, I sure those 13 million Alltel customers would've chosen Verizon in the first place. And I hope it doesn't just become AT&T vs. Verizon in the future. There's a reason why monopoly is bad.

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i think the 4 carriers are just fine terms of coverage: verizon, gayt&t, sprint, tblowble. i definitly think vz should improve their phone lineup tho... 146,000 fans and counting on fb :-)

12. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

To #17... many people forget that VZW used to be a part of Alltel before Verizon Communications and Vodafone took over. Take a look at Alltel's phone lineup....damn near everything happens to be something that VZW already has or has had. Even the Motorola Rant is virtually a carbon copy of the UT Starcomm Blitz. So customers should really have no problem transitioning to Verizon. I really think the My Circle thing was good for customers but bad for Alltel. For that low a price, they couldn't charge for anything ... especially for the My Circle 10 and up plans. Think about it; how many people do you associate with on a regular basis? For most people it's about 10 or less. So those plans did them in. As far as a monopoly, I don't think that will happen. This time next year, Verizon and AT&T will be using LTE technology anyways. T-Mobile is a "maybe" and Sprint is already using WiMax. With most of Europe already committing to LTE as well, this could bode well for customers as far as CHOICE is concerned. I do agree with some of the posts that the "biggest" doesn't necessarily mean the "best" or "number 1". Verizon will be the biggest, but in my opinion, they are the best simply because of one statistic..... CHURN RATE. They constantly have the lowest in the industry. Numbers don't lie... if you have a low churn rate percentage, that means customers are staying with you for a good reason.

13. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

Thats all fine and dandy. Att will make their comeback. verizon was the biggest already before and then att/cingular merged. I think it will go back and forth for quite some time in the next couple of years.

15. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Honestly, I want them ALL to be big. Competition is nice and fun. It also gives the customer choices. If I had my way, I would keep the big four: VZW, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. But Sprint had better get on the ball. There is a major leak on their ship and it's sinking fast.

17. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

true that

16. TheKing

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

how about buying stock for vzw?? can you buy stock for them? that would be a good idea before friday

18. icarus

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

You hjave to buy stock in Verizon, there's no specific VZW stock.. why do you think Verizon landline hasn't tanked yet? VZW is keeping them afloat

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.