ALPHARETTA, GA — Verizon Wireless today announced the completion of the acquisition of Price Communications' [NYSE: PR] wireless business in the Southeast.
Price Communications, which operates under the Cellular One brand in the Southeast, contributed all of its wireless business assets, including 40 retail stores, a regional call center in Atlanta, switching/network infrastructure and nearly 200 agent locations, to a newly formed subsidiary of Verizon Wireless. In the next 12-15 months, the business will adopt the Verizon Wireless brand and become part of the Verizon Wireless South Area, headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. Close to 600 Price Communications employees will join Verizon Wireless.
"The close of this deal between our two companies greatly enhances the customer base of Verizon Wireless operations in the ever-growing Southeast, expanding our business southwest from Atlanta into parts of Alabama and further southeast to the Atlantic coastline, including Savannah, Georgia," said Jim McGean, president of Verizon Wireless Georgia. "Employees from both companies are very excited about the acquisition, and we are thrilled to be able to provide quality service to Cellular One customers. We will immediately begin integrating the Price networks, converting them to our CDMA digital standard and we look forward to delivering quality service to our customers."
Under the terms of the transaction, Price Communications Wireless and Verizon Wireless formed a limited partnership, managed by Verizon Wireless, consisting of Price Communications' wireless operations and certain Verizon Wireless assets.
In total, Price Communications Wireless served approximately 500,000 customers in 16 markets throughout Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida (including Macon, Augusta, Savannah, Columbus and Montgomery). The company's wireless licenses covered approximately 3.4 million POPS (Population Served).
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