AT&T Buys Unicel, Vermont Gets iPhone

Confession: the US broadcast news networks I get up here in the frozen north come mostly from Vermont with a side of Northern New York. So, lo and behold, I caught part of the Burlington CBS station's teaser last night, and the big news? They're finally getting the iPhone 3G!

It means dozens of new jobs in Vermont and that the heavily-hyped iPhone will soon be here in Vermont. [...] AT&T officials say their products and services will be available at ten former Unicel locations in mid-January. They will honor current contracts for up to a year.

Is that the last state in the Union to get with the iPhone? Anyone else still missing out?

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AT&T Buys Unicel, Vermont Gets iPhone


Still no iphone in south dakota where i live. I live in sioux falls. Pop. of about 200,000. No at&t and no t mobile. so no G1...

The iPHONE is important but not the most important part of this deal... Now the GSM retailers and dealers in Vermont and Upstate New York will have one of the biggest names in the business, with a more competitive handset selection, on the regions number one network for coverage (Unicel has about 30% more coverage than the closest competitor here). iPHONE is not the messiah... it had a winning user interface that helped reshape the cellular phone UI in the present and for the future. VZW has always had the best coverage advertising could buy here... now we will be able to attract "grass is greener" customers that were reluctant to switch to "a smaller carrier" whose handset selection was juvenile by comparison. My 2 cents... M

About time! I was just back in VT for my grandfather's birthday with my son and got AT&T branded coverage everywhere, but 611 didn't work and TXT'ing was spotty. No 3G coverage, but I had WAY better coverage than Unicel customers with my Moto Q. Even was able to receive calls in Calais which is VERY rural.
Before this visit, I had to go out to the beach where my parents live to pickup towers across the lake in NY for AT&T coverage.

att uses unicel towers...if you have coverage now you should have had it then.
too bad, ATT is only honering plans for 1 year. Unicel had the best plans in the industry.

MORE to Note for all former UNICEL 2 ATT migrants...If you owned your own phone outright under UNICEL you could have contract free mo 2 mo service... guess what? NOT with ATT!!! Thats right - if you have a phone you own outright (either purchased unlocked online or from a friend who got new and gave you their "old" one) YOU must SIGN A MIN 2 YEAR CONTRACT TO CONTINUE TO GET A SIGNAL ON YOUR PHONE!!!
I am sure this is illegal and anti consumer law enforcable... I have been on fcc url and called washington dc on this. FACT - same issue occured in recent past with someone going after VERIZON for saying they couldnt get service on their own phone without a contract- they were challenged and LOST big time. NOW
anyone can bring their own phone to verizon and get it turned on without a contract... WHY DIDNT THE POWERS THAT CHANGED THIS WITH VERIZON MAKE THIS MANDATORY FOR ANY CELL CO???? why should it depend on someone GOING Shark attack on unscrupulous consumer practices one company at a time???? HOW DO YOU CHANGE THIS?
if i want i can change to the less receptive 3g phone type and move to verizon where NO ONE NEEDS A CONTRACT TO UTILIZE A PHONE THEY OWN OUTRIGHT... but 3G doesnt work here in rural mountain vt/ma border mayberry-rfdville.
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A friend with unicell changed over recently and was told that if you do NOT change over before year grace period, you do not aotomatically become ATT, you will be Verizon.

From a customer's standpoint here in Vermont, currently on Unicell - this merger means the same as any other merger: worse service and a higher bill.

I've been waiting for years for Vermont to get service with AT&T. I used to have it, and AT&T kicked me off the network because I was basically roaming the whole time. I switched to Verizon, and pay out the wahzoo for phone service now. Can't wait to get back on the family plan and get an iPhone like the rest of my family!

unicel in our city of sioux falls, sd is a joke!!! and not the funny sort!! dropped calls in the middle of town no service when im sitting in certain places in my home!! it's ridiculous and i have been with them 7 years now still wondering why! no free nights or weekends or mobile to mobile on free local and thats it!! i am about done with unicel i think it should be demolished!

pandazp8- Apparently you need to update your calling plan, all of Unicels plans offer nights and weekends with rollback min. Mobile to mobile is also included along with unlimited incoming calls, as far as you not getting service in your area you might want to try getting a tower update pushed threw to your phone. Just an FYI you might want to get your facts straight so you dont sound so ignorant.