As of last weekend, Alltel officially became Verizon Wireless across the state of Arkansas, as the integration of the two companies, which began in January of this year, was completed.
For the past six months, Verizon has been busy integrating networks, preparing to convert billing systems, upgrading the high-speed wireless broadband service in the state and re-branding the former Alltel stores to reflect the Verizon brand.
"The bringing together of two great companies was carefully planned and executed with a goal to provide customers with the best that both Alltel and Verizon Wireless had to offer," said Steven R. Smith, south central region president for Verizon Wireless.
Former Alltel customers in Arkansas now have access to faster speeds when accessing the internet, thanks to the upgrading of the existing broadband network.
As part of the integration, Verizon Wireless also is launching it's HopeLine Phone Recycling Program throughout the state. Through this program, individuals can provide assistance to domestic violence victims and the agencies that support them, by donating no longer used cell phones and accessories to be refurbished, recycled or sold.
The proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence through agency grants and the donation of wireless phones and service.
Verizon Wireless has also donated over $850,000 in the past six months to Arkansas non-profit organizations and schools, along with retaining the naming rights to Alltel Arena, now known as Verizon Arena, in Little Rock, and sponsorships of the Arkansas Twisters, War Memorial Stadium and the Little Rock Marathon.