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Re: Cingular, AT&T ?

Mike Z (
Wed, 09 May 2007 07:12:36 +0000

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Steven Sobol wrote:

> Cingular has never been an independent company. It was formed by a
> joint venture of SBC and BellSouth. Both companies have been bought
> by AT&T, and Cingular's been re-branded. Again.

Patrick Townson wrote:

> Although Cingular was never an independent company, I think its
> roots were in the old Southwestern Bell Mobility in the 1980's.

Cingular was formed in 2000 by the joint venture of SBC Mobility
and BellSouth Mobility. It has its roots in BOTH SBC (or Southwestern
Bell), and BellSouth, as well as having taken over licenses of other
cellcos over the years, such as much of the "old" AT&T Wireless.

The year-2000 arrangement was that SBC owned 60% of Cingular Wireless
and BellSouth owned 40%. The HQ were in Atlanta, which was also the
HQ of BellSouth.

SBC, which dates back to Southwestern Bell, but had also bought out
Pacific Telesis (California's Pacific Bell and Nevada Bell), Ameritech
in the Midwest, and SNET of Connecticut ... bought out its pre-1984
parent company, AT&T, the one-time parent company of the entire
Bell System, and changed its own name to "lower case" at&t, as well as
changing AT&T Long Distance to "lower case" at&t. This all took
effect in late 2005 officially, and began to become publicly visable
with early 2006.

Effective with the beginning of 2007, SBC's at&t finally buys out
BellSouth, after getting the go-ahead from both federal regulatory
agencies and the regulatory entities of numerous states. This now
means that Cingular Wireless is 100% owned by SBC's at&t, and as such,
even the Cingular name is being changed "back", but now to "lower
case", at&t.

Now you can see trouble before he arrives.

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