Got Cellphone Service With Unicel? Welcome To Verizon Wireless

If you’ve got a cellphone with Rural Wireless (also known as Unicel) your contract has just been purchased by Verizon Wireless.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Rural Cellular, based in Alexandria, Minn., has 716,000 subscribers. Some of them use phones with the same technology that Verizon Wireless uses, called CDMA, while others use GSM phones compatible with AT&T’s and T-Mobile USA’s networks.

Verizon Wireless said it plans to convert the GSM subscribers to CDMA service, but will maintain the GSM network for roaming by subscribers of other carriers.

Welcome to Verizon, kids. You’ll be taking up space recently vacated by a bunch of losers who didn’t pay their wireless bills, also known as Amp’d Mobile.

You can send your brand new Verizon wireless complaints to tips [at] consumerist [dot] com.

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