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Re: AT&T - Cingular - Alltel; They Broke MY Contract!

Isaiah Beard (
Mon, 16 May 2005 14:40:05 -0400

Steve wrote:

> Disgusted in Oklahoma.

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I think what you will find is the
> contract you signed at some point or another expressly gives _them_
> the right to assign your contract. It did not give _you_ any rights
> like that however; just AT&T. PAT]

That is true. Service contracts for wireless service can be
transferred from one carrier to another. In this case, Cingular
probably did it because they happened to hold a license and operate a
system in the same area as AT&T wireless, and in order for the merger
to pass regulatory muster, the combined company had to divest itself
of one of those systems and its subscribers. The original poster
happened to be unlucky enough to be on the discarded network.

I can see where the original poster may have issues. Alltel is a CDMA
carrier; AT&T/Cingular operate GSM/TDMA. This will at the very least
mean that in time, s/he will have to change handsets to a
CDMA-compliant model.

However, unless Alltel has acted in bad faith, or clearly cannot live
up to the contract's terms (i.e. cannot provide the service level,
coverage or plan features as originally agreed upon), then the OP is
stuck with the contract through its duration.

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