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Alltel Shuts Down in North Carolina

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As you are probably aware, AT&T purchased Alltel in September of 2013 for around $780 million. AT&T gained all of Alltel’s 585,000 subscribers which were mainly in rural areas of only six states including Georgia (which was rebranded to AT&T in December) and North Carolina.

The official rebranding of Alltel locations in North Carolina has finished, and subscribers should be fully migrated to AT&T’s network. This change effects customers in several counties in North Carolina including Alexander, Anson, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Montgomery, Richmond and Scotland. Customers on those areas should see a drastic increase in the speed and reliability of their mobile network as the shift is now 100% complete.

“We’ve worked day and night to upgrade our network in North Carolina so that former Alltel customers will have a great experience with AT&T,” Paul Harper, AT&T’s area general manager for retail in Wadesboro said in a statement. “These customers will have access to a better combined network; in fact, AT&T’s 4G LTE network is capable of data speeds up to 10 times faster than the 3G speeds on the former Alltel network. Customers now also enjoy the latest smartphones and tablets and have award-winning retail locations to meet their wireless needs.”

Former Alltel customers have to purchase new handsets in order to take advantage of AT&T’s faster network. If you have not upgraded your handset and wish to stay with AT&T, there are some special deals running for prepaid consumers looking to make the switch to AT&T so check with your local AT&T representative or visit AT&T’s website.