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Wireless Carrier Archives L-Z
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 look for Old Carriers A-K.


  • L.A. CELLULAR
    Acquired by AT&T Wireless, 1999
  • LAMAR COUNTY CELLULAR
    Lamar County Cellular was acquired by AT&T.
  • LONG LINES WIRELESS
    Located in northwestern Iowa and across surrounding state borders, Long Lines has been acquired by AT&T, Dec., 2013.
  • LYRIX WIRELESS
    Lyrix changed their name to Chat Mobility.
  • MOBILZ
    Mobilz in OK changed their name to Cross Wireless to associate with their parent telephone company, 2012.
  • MOSAIC MOBILE
    Mosaic Mobile in northwest Wisconsin turned off their cellular network, 2015.
  • MID-TEX CELLULAR
    Mid-Tex has been acquired by West Central Wireless. Some Mid-Tex stores continue to operate under the old name.
  • MOBI PCS
    The Mobi 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.
  • MOHAVE WIRELESS
    Acquired by Verizon Wireless, 2013.
  • MOUNTAIN CELLULAR
    Acquired by Verizon Wireless, not related to Mountain Wireless.
  • MTA WIRELESS
    MTA Wireless sold their cellular network and customers to Verizon Wireless, 2016.
  • NEATT WIRELESS
    Neatt Wireless of Arkansas, which didn't really get off the ground, has been sold to AT&T, 2012.
  • NEP WIRELESS
    Their network located in northeast Pennsylvania was acquired by AT&T, 2015.
  • NEVADA WIRELESS
    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.
  • OMNIPOINT
    Acquired by Voicestream, 2000, which was later acquired by T-Mobile.
  • PACIFIC BELL WIRELESS
    PacBell was acquired by T-Mobile.
  • PALIMINO CELLULAR
    Acquired by Commnet Wireless, 2011
  • PEOPLE'S WIRELESS
    People's Wireless in Texas has turned off their cellular network and let customers go, 2015.
  • PETROCOM
    Petrocom was acquired by Cellular One-MTPCS and renamed Broadpoint.
  • PLATEAU WIRELESS
    Plateau sold 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.
  • POCKET WIRELESS
    The Pocket 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.
  • POKA LAMBRO
    The wireless network of Poka Lambro was sold to AT&T.
  • PRIMECO PCS
    Combined with other carriers to form Verizon Wireless, 2000.
  • PSC WIRELESS
    PSC (Public Service Cellular of Georgia) acquired by Alltel, 2005, which was later acquired by Verizon Wireless, 2009
  • RAMCELL
    The Ramcell network in the west was purchased by Verizon Wireless. In North Carolina it was sold to US Cellular.
  • REVOL
    Revol discontinued operation in 2013. Customers were offered service from Boost Mobile and the status of the network is unknown.
  • QWEST WIRELESS
    The Qwest Wireless network was acquired by Verizon Wireless and Qwest customers were transferred to Sprint.
  • SAGEBRUSH CELLULAR
    Sagebrush was merged with the Nemont Telephone Cooperative.
  • SIMMETRY WIRELESS
    Simmetry sold their network facilities to US Cellular in 2012, customers were let go.
  • SMART PCS
    Smart PCS closed their doors and turned off their network, 2009.
  • SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS
    South 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 Wireless, 2017
  • SUNCOM WIRELESS
    Suncom was purchased by T-Mobile.
  • SUREWEST WIRELESS
    Surewest was acquired by Verizon Wireless.


  • SYRINGA WIRELESS
    Syringa in Idaho closed their doors at the end of 2015.
  • UBET WIRELESS
    UBET Wireless and the UBTA-UBET Telephone Cooperative changed their name to Strata Networks.
  • UNICEL
    Unicel was sold to Verizon Wireless with other parts sold to AT&T.
  • US UNWIRED
    Acquired by Cingular, 2003, which was later acquired by AT&T.
  • US WEST NEW VECTOR
    Merged with Airtouch in 1998 which was later combined with other carriers to form Verizon Wireless in 2000.
  • US WEST WIRELESS
    US West was renamed Qwest Wireless who then sold their network to Verizon Wireless and their customers to Sprint.
  • VALLEY TELECOM WIRELESS
    Valley Telecom was purchased by Verizon Wireless.
  • VOICESTREAM WIRELESS
    Voicestream was sold to T-Mobile.
  • WESTERN WIRELESS
    Western Wireless (of Amarillo) was purchased by Alltel which was then purchased by Verizon Wireless.
  • WESTLINK WIRELESS
    Westlink has turned their wireless customers over to United Wireless and shut off their own network, 2014.
  • WILKES CELLULAR
    Wilkes changed their name to Via Wireless, which has ceased offering cellular service.
  • XIT WIRELESS
    The XIT cellular network has been acquired by AT&T, 2011.

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