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AirTouch Communications

(now Verizon Wireless) Verizon Wireless owns and operates the second-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, based on total wireless customers. ...

Type Wireless communications provider (wireless telephone and paging)
Founded April 1, 1994
Location San Francisco, California
Key people N/A
Industry Telecommunications
Products Cellular Communications
Mobile phones
Revenue N/A
Website http://www.verizonwireless.com

AirTouch Communications was a U.S.-based wireless service provider that was created when PacTel Cellular was spun off from Pacific Telesis on April 1, 1994, forming both AirTouch Cellular and AirTouch Paging. On June 30, 1999, AirTouch Communications merged with UK-based Vodafone Group Plc, and the new company was called Vodafone AirTouch Plc. In September 1999, Vodafone AirTouch announced a $70-billion joint venture with Bell Atlantic Corp. to be called Verizon Wireless, and which would be comprised of the two companies' U.S. wireless assets: Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Communications, and AirTouch Paging. This wireless joint venture received regulatory approval in six months, and began operations as Verizon Wireless on April 4, 2000. On June 30, 2000, the addition of GTE Wireless' assets, in connection with the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE to form Verizon Communications, made Verizon Wireless the nation's largest wireless communications provider (until Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless in 2004). For the joint venture, Verizon Communications owns 55% and UK-based Vodafone Group (formerly Vodafone AirTouch) owns 45%. Image File history File links Airtouchs logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... Telecommunication involves the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... A cellular network is a radio network made up of a number of radio cells (or just cells) each served by a fixed transmitter, normally known as a cell site or base station. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Wireless is an old-fashioned term for a radio transceiver (a mixed receiver and transmitter device), referring to its use in wireless telegraphy early on, or for a radio receiver. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... For current information on this topic, see AT&T. Pacific Telesis Group was one of the seven Regional Bell Operating Companies created after the 1984 breakup of AT&T as a holding company for Pacific Bell and Nevada Bell. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... Vodafones corporate logo is the outline of a SIM card Vodafone is a multinational mobile phone operator with headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom and Düsseldorf, Germany. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Communications companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Telephone companies | Public Utilities ... Verizon Wireless owns and operates the second-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, based on total wireless customers. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Communications companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Telephone companies | Public Utilities ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Communications companies of the United States | Defunct companies | Telephone companies | Public Utilities ... Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a major telecom company based in New York City. ... Cingular Wireless is the largest United States mobile phone company, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. ... Vodafone Group plc is a British mobile phone operator headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, England. ...


US West started its own wireless company in the early 1990s and branded it as US West Cellular—one of the first providers of personal wireless services at the time. However, due to federal regulations in place, they were not allowed to combine the sales of cellular and paging service with their wireline telephone service. Eventually through growth and a series of acquisitions, US West Cellular (formerly US West New Vector) and AirTouch Communications had both grown large in size and range. It was determined that both companies should merge. Due to regulatory limitations, certain overlapping areas of coverage had to be re-spun off, traded, or sold to other wireless providers. Much of this went to GTE Wireless, which was added to Verizon Wireless on June 30, 2000. In some areas, the US West Cellular name was kept in place, giving the false appearance that the two were separate companies. However, in 1996, US West Cellular ceased to exist and all accounts were converted to AirTouch by the end of 1997. The former US West Cellular relocated significant portions of its operations to two of the AirTouch cities of operation, Walnut Creek and San Francisco, California, from the Eastgate area of Bellevue, Washington. It was not until after deregulation that US West Communications formed another wireless company, simply called US West Wireless, which was absorbed by Qwest Communications when it took over US West. Qwest later sold the renamed Qwest Wireless to Verizon Wireless. U S West, Inc. ... The phrase mergers and acquisitions (M&A) refers to the aspect of business strategy and management dealing with the merging and/or acquiring of different companies. ... Verizon Wireless owns and operates the second-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, based on total wireless customers. ... Looking east across Walnut Creek. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Eastgate is a census-designated place located in King County, Washington. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Qwest Communications International Inc. ...


Verizon Wireless still maintains a call center in some of the buildings that used to house AirTouch Cellular's call center and administrative offices. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the second-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, based on total wireless customers. ... A call centre (Commonwealth English) or call center (AmE) is a centralized office of a company that answers incoming telephone calls from customers(often for the purposes of product support) , or that makes outgoing telephone calls to customers (telemarketing). ...


Merger highlights

  • AirTouch Communications was formed when Pacific Telesis spun off PacTel Cellular in 1994. [1]
  • In July 1994, AirTouch Communications and US West formed a joint venture to eventually merge their cellular operations.
  • In May 1996, US West New Vector Group rebranded US West Cellular as AirTouch Cellular. [2]
  • In April 1997, AirTouch tried to buy US West New Vector but missed the Morris Trust filing deadline by 1 day. [3]
  • In Feb. 1998, AirTouch Communications bought US West New Vector from US West Media for $5.7 billion. This made AirTouch the second largest wireless company in the US. [4]
  • In January 1999, Vodafone bid $62 billion for AirTouch.[5]
  • In June 1999, Vodafone Group Plc merged with AirTouch Communications, creating Vodafone Airtouch Plc.
  • In September 1999, Bell Atlantic and Vodafone Airtouch agreed to merge their U.S. wireless operations (Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Communications, and AirTouch Paging) to form Verizon Wireless.[6]
  • In April 2000, Verizon Wireless began operations—the creation of the Verizon Wireless brand marked the end of the AirTouch brand.

 
 

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