LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* said today that the timetable for expanding AT&T service in California has been accelerated and that it expects to complete network upgrades on wireless assets acquired from Verizon Wireless in June 2010 by the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011. That is significantly sooner than the earlier estimate for enhancing AT&T's coverage in California by mid-2011. Once network integration work is completed, AT&T will launch service for Alltel customers in California Rural Service Area (RSA) 6.(1)
Every Alltel consumer customer in this area joining AT&T as a result of the transaction will receive an offer for a brand new AT&T handset at no additional cost.(2) Customers will be able to choose their free device from a list of the latest AT&T 3G handsets that are comparable to what they have today.(3) Additionally, the vast majority of customers choosing free comparable devices will be able to keep their existing rate plans, and none of these customers will be required to assume an additional contract term.
Customers will also have the opportunity to upgrade to a new device, like iPhone 4®, for an additional fee and with a new two-year contract, with current AT&T rates and associated data plan.
"AT&T has been working tirelessly to upgrade the Alltel network to the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, and we expect that coverage in this area will be as good as — if not better than — it is today, with the ability to talk and surf the Internet at the same time," said Andy Shibley, vice president and general manager of AT&T's Greater Los Angeles Area. "Our preparations will ensure that we deliver a superior customer experience when we launch service, and we look forward to expanding our presence in California."
"AT&T customers have access to the nation's fastest mobile broadband network. And not only does AT&T's network cover 97 percent of all Americans, AT&T also has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. That means our customers have voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in 200 countries."
AT&T representatives will communicate to new customers on a regular basis about any changes they can expect moving forward. For example, AT&T recently sent customers a letter describing the steps for choosing new devices. New devices will be mailed directly to AT&T customers' billing addresses approximately one to three weeks before service is launched in this area.
AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
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(1) California RSA 6 includes Inyo and Mono counties.
(2) Applies only to postpaid customers with a contract.
(3) Customers with laptop cards and netbooks may not have a choice of devices, but they will receive a comparable new device at no additional charge.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
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