Appalachian Wireless -- Verizon Wireless

Appalachian Wireless -- Verizon Wireless

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KimS84

Pikeville, KY

#1 Jan 31, 2009
Is it true that Verizon is taking of Appalachian Wirless? If so, when? Will it mean any changes for us?
FalseRumors

Paintsville, KY

#2 Feb 3, 2009
I have it on very good authority that there is no truth to this rumor. Appalachian Wireless is independently owned by 5 local landline telco's and has absolutely no intention in selling. Doesn't mean it couldn't ever happen, just not now or in the foreseeable future.
Appwireless Man

Paintsville, KY

#3 Feb 3, 2009
This is about the 10th different time I've heard these rumors. Just rumors. No truth.

So, to answer your questions in order;

No.

Never.

Nope. Everything is good in AW land.
Eky Verizon Customer

Paintsville, KY

#4 Feb 11, 2009
I wish they would buy them out. Verizon has much cheaper rates....
App Wireless Customer

Clarksville, TN

#5 Feb 13, 2009
i wished Verizon would buy them, App. Wireless is BULL SHIT! There wayyy to expensive and there phone suck ass! Please Verizon DO IT!
Wanderer

Hurricane, WV

#6 Feb 13, 2009
Appalachian supplies a great service as far as signal goes, but have no packages. They need to get in everyone else's price range. AT&T does not have as good of a signal but alot better packages and prices. I work all over this county and with my external antenna their is now very few places that I cannot get a signal.
Verizon vs App Wireless

Paintsville, KY

#8 Feb 15, 2009
I just went to Verizon and purchased a Blackberry Storm. Then called App. Wireless and cancelled my service. I paid $99 for the storm (with a 2 yr contract. I pay $30/month for UNLIMITED internet. Plus they gave me a $15 discount because I am a teacher.
App. Wireless is still charging $199 for the Curve, which Verizon is about to discontinue.
App. Wireless charges $50/month for internet.
App. Wireless offers NO discounts.
It was a no brainer. Bye Bye App. Wireless!
FalseRumors

Paintsville, KY

#9 Feb 17, 2009
Bye bye funding for your school too if Appalachian Wireless gets bought out by Verizon. Do you people not understand how local businesses work? Evidently not... Do you think Verizon or AT&T gives a damn whether or not Eastern Kentucky falls off the map? No. They will continue to pump money into the New York and Chicago's of the world because that is where their money is. No more towers in Eastern KY, no more donations to schools, and no more money spent by over 100 Appalachian employees in all of the businesses of Eastern Kentucky. Get a clue.
So... You have to pay a little more for the cost of the phones (not if you wait to buy stuff at the right time), and you have to pay a little more for the plans and data service. Do you know why? Maybe because they don't buy 10 million phones each year from manufacturers? Perhaps they get a better cost than Appalachian when they approach a manufacturer with a purchase order for 10 million phones opposed to 10,000? Maybe? Go to the national carriers. Kill your local communities and the businesses around it. All so you can save $5 per month for piss poor service. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
FalseRumors

Paintsville, KY

#10 Feb 17, 2009
On a side note, used the Storm, it's a steaming pile of crap. Worst phone I have ever had in my hand. Congrats on a clunky, slow device that Verizon wireless pays Appalachian Wireless for you to use.

Oh, and don't be surprised if you get a call from Verizon in the next couple of months asking you to disconnect because they pay Appalachian so much in roaming charges for you to talk.
Verizon vs App Wireless

Paintsville, KY

#11 Feb 17, 2009
My wife and I both have Blackberries, so we're not saving $5 a month, we're saving $20/month each per data plan, plus $15/month on the voice plan, plus her extra line is only $10/month vice App's.$15/month. And my wife got the Curve, which she paid $59 for (after rebate) vs. App's.$199.

So thats about $60/month we are saving, plus $140 on phones (not including the Storm as App. won't have it until July). Plus we get %15 off on top of that due to our professions.

***So you are saying I should pay in excess of $60/month more for the same thing?***

Do they provide me with $60/month community service?

I got the Storm (which is great, I can surf/talk/watch movies/play games/use it as a GPS system/read & edit PDF and OFFICE files, etc). I think the one you tried had an older OS maybe. Still not gold code yet, but almost.

As far as disconecting, I guess its possible. The reps I talked to said Verizon doesn't care, its not roaming, its "Extended Network". My brother is the one who talked me into switching, he has had Verizon for as long as App. has had the roaming agreement. Not disconnected yet...

Show me why App. Wireless has $60 per month of extra value, and I'll switch back. If App. Wireless brings their pricing system more in line with others, I will switch back. I am all for supporting local business. I do however, have a clue.
kygal

Wildie, KY

#12 Feb 18, 2009
Verizon vs App Wireless wrote:
I just went to Verizon and purchased a Blackberry Storm. Then called App. Wireless and cancelled my service. I paid $99 for the storm (with a 2 yr contract. I pay $30/month for UNLIMITED internet. Plus they gave me a $15 discount because I am a teacher.
App. Wireless is still charging $199 for the Curve, which Verizon is about to discontinue.
App. Wireless charges $50/month for internet.
App. Wireless offers NO discounts.
It was a no brainer. Bye Bye App. Wireless!
Can you tell me where exactly I can go to sign up w/Verizon? I mean can you sign up over the internet? What kind of numbers do they have? I would love more info on VERIZON, I think I may switch!!!
CELL GUY

Sandy, UT

#13 Feb 18, 2009
i have worked for three cell phone companys and have a very detailed insight on how the networks work. I also know who owns all the networks. For you guys and gals who do not know Verizon already owns the Network around here and APP Wireless pays them to use it. It is their technology and APP Wireless is borrowing it.
That Guy

Paintsville, KY

#14 Feb 18, 2009
Maybe the reason you've worked for 3 different cellular companies is because you never figured out how networks actually work.

Your statement is wrong on so many counts, that I assume you never actually worked for a cellular company either.

Perhaps you were involved in some field involving animal husbandry. Who knows?
Dude

Paintsville, KY

#15 Feb 18, 2009
The spouse of a government employee doesn't understand how economic competition works.

*shock*

*awe*
Verizon vs App Wireless

Paintsville, KY

#16 Feb 18, 2009
KyGal,

Your best bet is to go into a Verizon store. The one in the Huntington Mall is where I bought mine.
Good Luck!
FalseRumors

Paintsville, KY

#17 Feb 18, 2009
Cell Guy:
Wrong again. Appalachian Wireless owns it's own network and Verizon pays them to use it. 5 cents per minute is what it usually is for carriers. Stop spreading lies about things you don't know.
As for the Verizon vs App Wireless guy:
While I can see your point, you did not mention it was for 2 people before hand. You could have had a Pearl/Curve for free on the day after Thanksgiving sale so your point on the cost of the phones is pointless in my mind. The Storm is a fad. The Curve blows it away. I have used it many times, even with the latest OS, and it's absolute junk. If someone walked in and gave me one of them right now, I wouldn't use it for anything other than a paper weight.
The data is higher, I agree. It wasn't just a few short months ago I assure you. Appalachian will readjust in the coming months to compensate for this as well I would presume. In the end it doesn't matter. If you are in Eastern Kentucky with a CDMA phone, you are using Appalachian Wireless' network and Verizon is writing them a check every month for your usage. In all honesty, they are probably making more money off of you being with Verizon than they would if you were with Appalachian. So it's all good. You make a great point, but Appalachian Wireless is in business to make money and their cost for things is significantly higher than Verizon for EVERYTHING they do. So there will always likely be price differences between a national carrier and a local carrier. Customer service on one hand is where Appalachian makes up for the price difference. You will not talk to a human being at Verizon Wireless in less than 10 minutes when you call them, it's more like 30 minutes, and they will be from India and barely speak English. I have never called Appalachian Wireless and had it take longer than 1 minute to get through. If your phone tears up with Verizon, they will NOT provide you with a "loaner" phone to use while yours is off for repair. And you will still have to pay the bill for a service you don't even have a phone on. Repair time is usually 8-12 weeks (at least) for national carriers so that's 3 *$60 month if your phone messes up (and it will).$180 and no phone for 3 months. Ouch.
FalseRumors

Paintsville, KY

#18 Feb 18, 2009
And why in the hell does this thing not keep my paragraphs formatted with spaces? Sorry about that.
Awesome

Paintsville, KY

#19 Feb 18, 2009
I'm sure Appalachian Wireless will still be thanking you people who are signed up for Verizon Wireless and using it in Eastern Kentucky. App Wireless still makes money off of that thanks to *App Wireless owning their own network and having Verizon roam off of them* So, in short, you are completely incorrect cell guy.
Verizon vs App Wireless

Paintsville, KY

#20 Feb 18, 2009
But doesn't Verizon make money when App. Wireless people travel outside Eky?

Most of your points are good. Can't argue too much. I'm still sticking with Verizon though as it is the cheaper solution for me... and cause I love my Storm, new OS coming Friday we hope. Wait, I will add one thing. My Storm broke 1 week after I bought it. I had a new one at my doorstep the next day, with a return box for my old one. Pretty good service in my book.
FalseRumors

Paintsville, KY

#21 Feb 18, 2009
The same goes for Appalachian Wireless customers who travel to Verizon areas, but the numbers I hear are quite swayed to Verizon people using Appalachian towers compared to the other way around.

Your Storm likely has a 1 year warranty. After the 1 year is up, they couldn't care less your phone broke.

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