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

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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

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

thats exciting

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 14:25

2. The Doc (Posts: 122; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2009, 13:45

14. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

I believe you mean TAKING the best to the biggest.

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 14:42

3. iff2mastamatt (unregistered)

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

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 14:56

4. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 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?

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 15:15

5. vzw big red (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 16:26

6. cartman (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Dec 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?

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 17:08

8. baileyboy (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Jan 2009)

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

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 16:48

7. ddripp (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 17:24

9. Pings (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Dec 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?

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 17:49

10. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 18:56

11. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

i think the 4 carriers are just fine alone..in 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 :-)

posted on 06 Jan 2009, 19:25

12. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2009, 01:53

13. tflex (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Oct 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2009, 21:15

15. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Jan 2009, 01:45

17. tflex (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Oct 2008)

true that

posted on 08 Jan 2009, 00:21

16. TheKing (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 09 Jan 2009, 08:18

18. icarus (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Dec 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

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