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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 and we have tried to explain what happened. This page list carriers alphabetically, A-K. Also find Old Carriers M-Z.


  • 3 RIVERS PCS
    Renamed Chinook Wireless, then changed to Cellular One (MTPCS), then discontinued business in Montana.
  • 360 COMMUNICATIONS
    Acquired by Alltel Wireless which was later acquired by Verizon Wireless.
  • AERIAL WIRELESS
    Acquired by Voicestream, 2000, which was later acquired by T-Mobile.
  • AIO WIRELESS
    AIO was a prepaid product offered by AT&T but was replaced with their purchase of Cricket Wireless, 2014
  • AIRFIRE MOBILE
    AirFire shut down service Sept. 2, 2014 with network & customers let go.
  • AIRPEAK WIRELESS
    Airpeak stopped offering cellular service and now provide 2-way radio service under the name Fisher Wireless.
  • AIRTOUCH CELLULAR
    Combined with other carriers to form Verizon Wireless, 2000.
  • ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS
    The Alaska Communications wireless network and customers have been acquired by GCI Wireless, 2014.
  • ALASKA DIGITEL
    Alaska Digitel was acquired by GCI Wireless, 2011.
  • ALASKA WIRELESS
    Alaska Wireless was acquired by GCI Wireless, 2011.
  • ALLTEL WIRELESS
    Alltel was purchased by Verizon Wireless in 2009. Some overlapping licenses were sold to AT&T and others were sold to Atlantic Tele-Network who then sold the acquired Alltel network and customers to AT&T in 2013. There were other changes related to this transaction.
  • ALLWEST WIRELESS
    Allwest, east of Salt Lake City, dropped cellular service and customers in May, 2014 but still offers other communications products.
  • AMERILINK
    Amerilink changed their name to Cellular One of Texoma and then to Choice Wireless (of Texas) in 2013.
  • AT&T WIRELESS
    AT&T Wireless was acquired by SBC Communications, combined with Cingular and other carriers to create the new AT&T Mobility, 2006.
  • BELL ATLANTIC MOBILITY
    Combined with other carriers to form Verizon Wireless, 2000
  • BELLSOUTH
    Acquired by SBC Communications to create AT&T Mobility, 2006.
  • BIG SKY MOBILE
    Big Sky sold their network to T-Mobile, 2017.
  • BRAZOS CELLULAR
    Brazos Cellular was acquired by AT&T, 2008.
  • BREAKAWAY WIRELESS
    Breakaway discontinued cellular service in Utah, 2018.
  • BROADPOINT WIRELESS
    Broadpoint in the Gulf of Mexico has been acquired by Tampnet, 2017.
  • BUG TUSSEL WIRELESS
    Bug Tussel stopped providing cellular service and now use their network for Internet access only.
  • CAL NORTH WIRELESS
    Acquired by Verizon Wireless, 2006
  • CAPROCK CELLULAR
    Caprock's wireless network was sold to AT&T.
  • CC COMMUNICATIONS
    CC sold their Nevada wireless network to Choice Wireless.
  • CELLULAR 29
    Cellular 29 changed their name to Chat Mobility.
  • CELLULAR ONE
    There were several independent carriers that used the Cellular One name:
    • CELLULAR ONE OF AMARILLO
      Acquired by Alltel which was then acquired by Verizon Wireless.
    • CELLULAR ONE-CONCHO CELLULAR
      Acquired by Dobson Cellular which was later acquired by AT&T, 2006
    • CELLULAR ONE-DOBSON
      The entire Dobson network was acquired by AT&T.
    • CELLULAR ONE (MONTANA) (MTPCS)
      The Montana network was shut down and customers let go, 2014.
    • CELLULAR ONE OF EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS
      Acquired by AT&T, 2016
    • CELLULAR ONE OF EAST TEXAS
      Merged with Cellular One (MTPCS) of MT, OK, TX, 2011.
    • CELLULAR ONE OF NORTHEAST COLORADO
      The name was changed to Viaero Wireless.
    • CELLULAR ONE OF NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA
      The network and customers were acquired by US Cellular who then sold it to Verizon Wireless, 2011
    • CELLULAR ONE OF TEXOMA
      Changed their name to Choice Wireless (of Texas) in 2013, then became an MVNO of T-Mobile.
    • CELLULAR ONE-PRICE WIRELESS
      Acquired by Verizon Wireless, 2002
    • CELLULAR ONE-SAN LUIS OBISPO
      Cellular One SLO was acquired by AT&T.
    • CELLULAR ONE-WEST
      Acquired by Alltel which was then purchased by Verizon Wireless.
  • CELLULAR SOUTH
    Cellular South changed their name to C Spire Wireless, 2011
  • CELLULAR XL
    Acquired by Alltel Wireless which was later acquired by Verizon Wireless.
  • CENTENNIAL WIRELESS
    Centennial was acquired by AT&T. Some overlapping areas were sold to Verizon Wireless.
  • CENTURYTEL WIRELESS
    Acquired by Alltel, 2002, which was later acquired by Verizon Wireless.
  • CHINOOK WIRELESS
    Chinook changed their name to Cellular One (MTPCS).
  • CHOICE WIRELESS (of Texas)
    Choice Wireless of Texas discontinued use of their own network and began using the T-Mobile network in the area.
  • CINCINNATI BELL WIRELESS
    Cincinnati Bell sold their wireless assets to Verizon Wireless and shut down their own network in February, 2015.
  • CINGULAR WIRELESS
    Cingular was acquired by SBC Communications and was merged into AT&T.
  • COMMNET CELLULAR
    Commnet Cellular was acquired by Verizon Wireless, 2000. Commnet Cellular is not related to Commnet Wireless.
  • CORR WIRELESS
    Corr was acquired by AT&T, 2013.
  • DIGITAL CELLULAR OF TEXAS
    Digital Cellular was acquired by AT&T.
  • DTC WIRELESS
    DTC wemt out of the cellular business in 2017 but now uses their 4G-LTE network for fixed wireless service.
  • EDGE WIRELESS
    Edge was acquired by AT&T.
  • EINSTEIN WIRELESS
    Einstein changed their name to Airfire Mobile which then closed in 2012.
  • ELEMENT MOBILE
    Element Mobile was acquired by in 2014.
  • ETEX WIRELESS
    Etex has chosen to stop offering wireless service in March, 2013.
  • EXTEND AMERICA
    Extend changed their name to Flow Mobile, then disappeared.
  • FARMERS MUTUAL TELEPHONE WIRELESS
    Farmers Mutual in Idaho has turned off their own cellular network and now sells wireless as an MVNO of Verizon Wireless.
  • FIRST CELLULAR OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
    First Cellular was purchased by Alltel which was then acquired by Verizon Wireless.
  • FIVE STAR WIRELESS
    Five Star has been acquired by West Central Wireless. Some stores continue to display the "Five Star" name.
  • GOLDEN STATE CELLULAR
    Golden State was acquired by Verizon Wireless, 2014
  • GTE WIRELESS
    Combined with other carriers to form Verizon Wireless, 2000.
  • HOUSTON CELLULAR
    Acquired by Cingular, 2001, which was later acquired by AT&T.
  • IMMIX WIRELESS
    Immix in Pennsylvania stopped providing service but now appears to be offered as Limitless Mobile.
  • INDIGO WIRELESS (Nebraska)
    The Indigo network in Nebraska was acquired by AT&T in 2013. The Indigo network in Pennsylvania remains independent.
  • INNOVATIVE MOBILE
    Innovative Mobile of the US Virgin Islands has been acquired by Choice Wireless and the name of the combined networks is now Viya.
  • iSMART MOBILE
    iSmart changed to Big Sky Mobile then sold their network to T-Mobile, 2017.
  • iWIRELESS
    An affiliate of T-Mobile in Iowa, all of iWireless has been acquired by T-Mobile, 2017.
  • L.A. CELLULAR
    Acquired by AT&T Wireless, 1999
  • LAMAR COUNTY CELLULAR
    Lamar County Cellular was acquired by AT&T.
  • LEACO CELLULAR
    Leaco changed their name to NMobile then discontinued service, June, 2018.
  • 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.

  • Old Carriers M-Z
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