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, M-Z. Also find Old
Rivers cooperative in Montana sold their cellular network to Verizon in 2019.
been acquired by West
Central Wireless. Some Mid-Tex stores continue to operate
under the old name.
This east Tennessee carrier closed its doors and turned off their
network at the end of 2019.
PCS network was acquired by Verizon in
2015, now operating under the name, Mobi.
You may prefer to deal with Mobi even though they are a
wholly-owned part of Verizon.
Mobilz in OK
changed their name to Cross
Wireless to associate with their parent telephone company,
Acquired by Verizon, 2013.
- MOSAIC MOBILE
Mobile in northwest Wisconsin turned off their
cellular network, 2015.
Acquired by Verizon.
- MTA WIRELESS
MTA Wireless sold their cellular network and customers to Verizon, 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.
- NORTHWEST MISSOURI CELLULAR
They have changed their name to NorthwestCell,
Discontinued service and let their customers go, June, 2018.
- 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.
- OPEN MOBILE
Open Mobile merged their Puerto Rico network with Sprint which has been acquired by T-Mobile.
PacBell was acquired by T-Mobile.
- PALOMINO 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.
Broadpoint was then acquired by Tampnet,
Phoenix in Oklahoma switched off their wireless network and turned it
over to Hilary
- PIONEER CELLULAR
Pioneer has gone out of the cellular business and customers were free to choose another carrier, 2023.
their southeast New Mexico network to Verizon 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, 2000.
Service Cellular of Georgia) acquired by Alltel, 2005, which was later
acquired by Verizon, 2009.
network in the west was purchased by Verizon. 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 and Qwest customers were transferred to Sprint.
was merged with the Nemont
- SHAW WIRELESS (Canada)
Shaw Wireless has been combined with Freedom Mobile and sold to Videotron, 2023.
- SILVER STAR WIRELESS
Silver Star stopped providing cellular service at the end of 2022 and is using their network for wireless broadband.
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, formerly Sprint PCS, has been sold to T-Mobile.
We expect the name to surface again.
- SPROCKET WIRELESS
Sprocket Wireless in OK changed their name to Bravado
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.
- TRIANGLE MOBILE
Triangle Mobile of northeast Montana sold their wireless network and customers to Verizon, 2021.
UBET Wireless and the UBTA-UBET Telephone
Cooperative changed their name to Strata
sold to Verizon 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 in 2000.
US West was
renamed Qwest Wireless and then sold their network to Verizon
and their customers to Sprint.
Valley Telecom was purchased by Verizon.
was sold to T-Mobile.
- WEST CENTRAL WIRELESS
West Central and their Prepaid brands Right Wireless and No Worries Wireless, acquired by Verizon, 2023.
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,