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AT&T Buys Unicel: iPhone Finally Confirmed Heading to Vermont

A recent acquisition of telecom company Unicel by AT&T has opened the doors for many of the company’s services to be offered in the state of Vermont. Included in the deal will be Apple’s iPhone, which for the first time will be available to Vermont residents come mid-January.

stock1Up until now AT&T has not offered many of its services in the state of Vermont because they did not own a sufficient spectrum on which to provide their services to consumers. An official number has been kept under wraps, but a similar deal back in early 2007 valued Unicel at $2.67 billion when Verizon acquired a large majority of the company.

“AT&T will acquire Unicel licenses and customers in the greater Burlington, Rutland and Montpelier areas as well as Unicel subscribers in upstate New York, Washington and a cellular license in Kentucky, AT&T spokesman Glen Schwartz said. In total, he said AT&T will acquire 133,000 customers in the four states,” the Rutland Herald explained back in early 2007.

Today AT&T cleared a final regulatory hurdle which allows them to roll out their telecom services into new sectors in the NorthEast. Additionally, the new acquisition opens up nearly 75 new employment opportunities for the area. Vermont residents itching for official coverage while using the iPhone will soon be in luck. Even though it won’t be available for the holidays, the sector is simply too small for AT&T to rush into deployment. AT&T is expected to be converting only a small percentage of physical locations into official AT&T stores.

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12 Comments to “AT&T Buys Unicel: iPhone Finally Confirmed Heading to Vermont”

jojo22 @ December 22nd, 2008 at 4:04 pm
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Jesus… It’s been long enough.

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leonard @ December 22nd, 2008 at 4:08 pm
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Vermont, Shmermont, they never leave their houses anyway.

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Morgante Pell @ December 22nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm
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Actually, we spend more time outside than most people.

Vermont has a beautiful outdoors which we are fortunate enough to enjoy during all seasons.

Plus, it shows in the numbers: Vermont has some of the lowest rates of obesity and best health in the nation.

I personally can’t wait to get my hands on an iPhone.

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Gen @ December 23rd, 2008 at 9:25 am
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That’s because narrow minded jerks like you are out there. Please don’t visit Vermont.

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iotaolla @ December 22nd, 2008 at 4:40 pm
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LOL! I just was going to reply to Leonard and be like… PFFFFFFF !!! go get your own state! We don’t want you! I’m in Burlington and we’re outside all day long!!!!! WE JUST WANT iPHONES TO LOOK AT TOO !!!!! YESSSSS to this news !!! YESSSSs !!!!!!

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podluva @ December 22nd, 2008 at 4:47 pm
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WOOHOO !!! Finally a date !!! Thank you so much :D :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

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podluva @ December 22nd, 2008 at 4:48 pm
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Weird… Why didn’t those smiles work ? :) or :D

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nicole @ December 22nd, 2008 at 5:08 pm
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I’m in upstate NYC. I can tell you first hand this is great news. Any place that sells the iPhone is alright by me!

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Miso @ December 22nd, 2008 at 6:53 pm
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Good acquisition by AT&T. Unicel is a good company with good coverage.

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Dylan @ January 2nd, 2009 at 8:06 am
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leonard, leonard, leonard…you aren’t very bright.

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btown @ January 21st, 2009 at 1:35 pm
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Responding to Gen… all of the narrow-minded jerks in Vermont probably moved in to Vermont from states like yours. Those are called “flatlanders”, and REAL Vermonters don’t like them.
Anyways, Unicel wasn’t that great of a company. They offered crappy cell phones and they had a bad cell system. The only thing good about the company was that people got coverage in random/rural places. AT&T is a lot better company, and it will be a good change for Vermont. I got the iPhone two days after they came out in Vermont, and I waited three hours in line. That’s beacuse they only had two people working instead of four, and they had families in line switching over five phones from Unicel to AT&T, which took FOREVER. It was totally worth it though… haha

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Marine_tanker @ September 2nd, 2009 at 12:17 pm
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Im glad Unicell is gone. I switched to Sprint because they had lousy service and Im going to AT&T now. And about that leonard guy all i can say is, Im not from here Ive been around the world and Ive had more fun here in VT from snowboarding in the winter to trouting in the spring, its a great state. (but I miss Cali,lol) All in all VT is the best state for everything. Come to think of it I might have to vacation in Cali and live in VT.

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