After years of minimal service, in late January, AT&T announced it was uping its mobile broadbank network and launching service to former Alltel subscribers in Gila and Pinal Counties.
The launch brings AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network to both counties and includes the cities of Apache Junction, Arizona City, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Globe, Kearny, Maricopa, Oracle, Payson and San Manuel.
Enhanced coverage will benefit new and existing AT&T customers—both those who live in affected geographies and customers traveling to the area.
The change also rebrands the existing Alltel store in the Casa Grande as a new company-owned AT&T store and brings AT&T’s lineup of products and services to former Alltel customers in the two counties.
Since its acquisition of the Alltel wireless assets in Arizona, AT&T has invested to transition the former Alltel network infrastructure to AT&T.
Now that the integration process is complete, former Alltel customers in these areas will get access to AT&T’s portfolio of mobile devices and the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, an AT&T spokesperson said in a press release.
“We’re thrilled to welcome former Alltel customers to the AT&T community, and we’re confident that they will enjoy a fantastic wireless experience with AT&T,” said Chris Percy, vice president and general manager for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets in Arizona.
“We’ve been working nonstop to upgrade the Alltel network, and today we’re proud that customers in this area now get access to the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network and a wireless network that covers 97 percent of all Americans as well as offers the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider — with voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries.”
AT&T will provide former Alltel individual and family plan customers that are eligible with a new, free phone or data device comparable to the one they have today with no additional contract term required.
Also, the vast majority of customers choosing free comparable devices will be able to keep their existing rate plans.
Customers also have the opportunity to upgrade their devices for an additional fee and with a new two-year contract, with current AT&T rates and associated data plan.
Customers with questions about the transition process may visit www.att.com/alltel or call (877) 930-9015.