What ever happened to ...?
Cellular carriers get sold, merged, have their names changed or just
plain disappear. These are wireless carriers that are no longer doing
business under their old name. We have tried to explain what happened
and provide links to additional resources. This page list carrier names
alphabetically, L-Z. Also find Old Carriers A-K.
Acquired by AT&T Wireless, 1999
Cellular was acquired by AT&T.
northwestern Iowa and across surrounding state borders, Long Lines has
been acquired by AT&T, Dec., 2013.
changed their name to Chat
Mobilz in OK
changed their name to Cross
Wireless to associate with their parent telephone company,
- MOSAIC MOBILE
Mobile in northwest Wisconsin turned off their
cellular network, 2015.
been acquired by West
Central Wireless. Some Mid-Tex stores continue to operate
under the old name.
PCS network was acquired by Verizon Wireless in
2015. While you can still deal with Mobi PCS, they now operate as a
wholly-owned part of Verizon.
Acquired by Verizon
Acquired by Verizon
Wireless, not related to Mountain Wireless.
- MTA WIRELESS
MTA Wireless sold their cellular network and customers to Verizon Wireless, 2016.
Wireless of Arkansas, which didn't really get off the ground, has been
sold to AT&T,
- NEP WIRELESS
Their network located in northeast Pennsylvania was acquired
by AT&T, 2015.
Nevada Wireless changed their name to Airpeak, moved to California then
stopped offering cellular service.
- NTELOS WIRELESS
nTelos was acquired by Shentel Wireless which is a Sprint
affiliate so everything now looks like it's Sprint-owned, 2016.
Voicestream, 2000, which was later acquired by T-Mobile.
PacBell was acquired by T-Mobile.
- PALIMINO CELLULAR
Acquired by Commnet
- PEOPLE'S WIRELESS
People's Wireless in Texas has turned off their cellular network and
let customers go, 2015.
acquired by Cellular
One-MTPCS and renamed Broadpoint.
their southeast New Mexico network to Verizon Wireless in 2012, the
remainder of the network in Mew Mexico and Texas was sold to AT&T, 2014.
network in Texas was taken over by Cricket
which was then acquired by AT&T.
The Pocket network in the
northeast US was shut down.
network of Poka Lambro was sold to AT&T.
with other carriers to form Verizon
Service Cellular of Georgia) acquired by Alltel, 2005, which was later
acquired by Verizon
network in the west was purchased by Verizon
Wireless. In North Carolina it was sold to US
discontinued operation in 2013. Customers were offered service from Boost
Mobile and the status of the network is unknown.
Wireless network was acquired by Verizon
Wireless and Qwest customers were transferred to Sprint.
was merged with the Nemont
sold their network facilities to US Cellular in 2012, customers
closed their doors and turned off their network, 2009.
Central Communications in Utah no longer offers cellular service and
has turned off most of its wireless network.
- SPRINT PCS
Sprint PCS changed their name to just Sprint.
- SPROCKET WIRELESS
Sprocket Wireless in OK changed their name to Bravado
- SRT WIRELESS
Wireless in Minot, ND decided to discontinue cellular
service as of February, 2018. They continue to
their other communications services.
purchased by T-Mobile.
acquired by Verizon
- SYRINGA WIRELESS
Syringa in Idaho closed their doors at the end of 2015.
UBET Wireless and the UBTA-UBET Telephone
Cooperative changed their name to Strata
sold to Verizon
Wireless with other parts sold to AT&T.
Cingular, 2003, which was later acquired by AT&T.
WEST NEW VECTOR
Airtouch in 1998 which was later combined with other carriers to form Verizon
Wireless in 2000.
US West was
renamed Qwest Wireless who then sold their network to Verizon
and their customers to Sprint.
Valley Telecom was purchased by Verizon
was sold to T-Mobile.
Western Wireless (of Amarillo) was purchased by Alltel which was then
purchased by Verizon
turned their wireless customers over to United
Wireless and shut off their own network, 2014.
changed their name to Via
Wireless, which has ceased offering cellular service.
cellular network has been acquired by AT&T,
- Old Carriers A-K