Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Verizon to shutdown Alltel starting January 10th 2013

Verizon acquired Alltel several years ago, but allowed legacy Alltel customers to keep their existing devices and unlimited data plans. Customers still using Alltel branded equipment are now receiving letters indicating that the Alltel network will be shutdown on or near January 10th, 2013. Reports indicate that Alltel’s data service will no longer work after April, 2013. If customers want to use the service beyond that point they’ll need to upgrade to a Verizon branded device, or be faced with an old basic phone limited to phone calls and SMS. It’s unclear at this time if customers with unlimited data will be able to transition to Verizon while maintaining that plan, or if they’ll be forced into a new Verizon tiered package.