News Release

Verizon Wireless Completes Key Phases Of Alltel Integration For Florida Wireless Consumers

August 20, 2009

Chuck Hamby

TAMPA, FL — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has completed key milestones in seamlessly converting former Alltel customers to Verizon Wireless service in Florida. These efforts include welcoming these customers onto the nation’s larst and most reliable wireless voice and data network, rebrandig and remodeling 21 retail stores in Florida, and managing a multi-million dollar conversion of network operations across the state. Verizon Wireless acquired Alltel in January.

Former Alltel customers in Florida already have been added to the Verizon Wireless Mobile to Mobile Calling family, and may now call any of the company’s more than 87 million customers without using plan minutes. Other customer benefits include:

  • Service on the nation’s most reliable voice and data network, supported by a team of real-life test men and women driving the local roads to test network performance.
  • Faster speeds when accessing the Internet, email and corporate data on the Verizon Wireless EV-DO Rev.A network.
  • Best-in-class devices including the BlackBerry® Storm™, Tour TM and other global smartphones and many more devices.
  • High-value services, such as Friends and Family® (formerly My Circle), and other services like Push-To-Talk, V CAST and V CAST Music with Rhapsody.

“We’re excited to welcome all these new customers, communities and stores into the Verizon Wireless circle of friends and family,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. “When they see that Verizon Wireless logo on their phone or on the storefront, these customers can feel confident they’re getting the most reliable and best service in the business.”

Retail stores and branding
Across the state, 21 former Alltel retail store locations now display Verizon Wireless signs, products and materials for customers. Advertising and promotions in these markets also have been converted to the Verizon Wireless brand.

Full remodeling work on the retail stores is ongoing – featuring Verizon Wireless “Evolution” design elements, including large demo bars, technical support counters, electronic greeter kiosks and more -- to streamline and enhance the overall customer experience.

These renovations and enhancements are expected to be complete at all stores by the end of this year.

Network conversion is another major aspect of the Alltel to Verizon Wireless merger. More than 700 former Alltel cell sites and several large switching facilities across Florida are being upgraded and reconfigured to work as part of the larger and more advanced Verizon Wireless network. The high-speed Verizon Wireless EV-DO Rev A network is the nation’s largest, most reliable wireless 3G broadband network.

The massive, multi-million dollar Alltel-to-Verizon Wireless network conversion is expected to be completed throughout the state by 2011 This work is part of the company’s ongoing investment to keep improving and strengthening coverage and services for all Florida customers. Verizon Wireless has spent nearly $2 billion on network enhancements throughout the state since 2000 when the company was formed.

(Editor’s Note: New store location list attached. For photos and broadcast quality B-roll of workers installing a Verizon Wireless sign at a former Alltel store in Florida, and/or to arrange photographs/video/interviews at a new Verizon Wireless location, contact Chuck Hamby at 813-404-6029 or Ed Gilhuly at 305-807-6906.)


Brandon Town Center Mall
465-C Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 695-1580

7191 Broad St
Brooksville, FL 34601
(813) 695-1344

Gainesville Butler
3626 S W Archer Rd
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 262-2626

2625 E Gulf to Lake Hwy
Inverness, FL 34453
(352) 634-3960

Lake City
2750 West US Highway 90
Lake City, FL 32055
(386) 365-0352

Lakeland South
3406 S. Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803
(813) 695-5940

Live Oak
6830 Suwannee Plaza Lane
Live Oak, FL 32060
(386) 288-4563

2811 Highway 71
Marianna, FL 32446
(850) 209-0168

Naples South
36 Ninth Street South
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 910-6699

Ocala East
4414 SW College Road, Ste 315
Ocala, FL 34474
(813) 610-9750

Ocala West
4414 SW College Road, Ste 315
Ocala, FL 34474
(941) 315-0608

Panama City Beach
101 Bluefish Drive Suite 140
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
(850) 545-4166

Plant City
2909 James L Redman Parkway #13
Plant City, Fl 33566
(813) 245-4813

Port Charlotte
1808 Tamiami Trail # D 5
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(941) 313-0087

1216 W Jefferson Street
Quincy, FL 32551
(850) 832-9619

4223 Sebring Parkway
Sebring, FL 33870
(863) 608-0011

4314 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34606
(813) 245-5929

Tallahassee MLK
1889-1 N Martin Luther King Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 545-2185

Tallahassee North
6721 Thomasville Rd Ste 3
Tallahassee, FL 32312
(850) 508-1414

4288 South Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(239) 218-6593

Winter Haven
345 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33880
(863) 224-8880

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