Verizon Wireless Integration Of Alltel Complete In Tyler, Texas

TYLER, TX — In celebration of joining two great companies, Verizon Wireless will host a weekend Customer Appreciation Celebration from Friday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 8 at its retail locations in Tyler.

Former Alltel customers in markets retained by Verizon Wireless now have access to the nation's largest broadband network and a full suite of state of the art devices like the new DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by Android™ 2.0.

Verizon Wireless has spent the past six months integrating networks, preparing to convert billing systems, and rebranding stores. At this weekend celebration, business and community leaders, individuals and families can meet the leadership team, learn more about Verizon Wireless' commitment to the community and enjoy refreshments. Customer Appreciation Celebration events will be hosted at each retail location:

Tyler6874 S. Broadway AveTyler, TX 75703903- 535-9200

Tyler Loop1016 W Southwest Loop 323Tyler, TX 75701903-534-7849

Verizon Wireless is also taking Tyler to the movies as part of the customer appreciation event. Residents that visit the store on or before Friday, Nov. 13 can pick up tickets for a complimentary screening of "A Christmas Carol" while supplies last. After completing a brief survey, families will receive up to four tickets for the VIP screening taking place at the Hollywood Theaters — Tyler Rose on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.

Customers can also take advantage of several offers including:

  • Any Samsung phone $49.99 or less is FREE with new two-year activation (available Nov. 6-8)

  • Register to win tickets to an professional Dallas football game

  • Waived activation ($35 value)

  • 25 percent off all accessories

Verizon Wireless will also launch its HopeLine® Recycling Program. HopeLine® collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any carrier. All phones donated to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those that are not salvageable are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to provide wireless phones to survivors of domestic violence who are rebuilding their lives or cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Since the program's inception in 2001 Verizon Wireless has collected more than 6.5 million phones, awarded nearly $7 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and distributed nearly 80,000 phones and 228 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence.

"We are excited about our expansion in Tyler," said Frank Antonacci, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Verizon Wireless is committed to the communities where we live and work. We look forward to providing more East Texas customers with the best products and services at a great value."

Store hours for both locations in Tyler are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at