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"A or B" side?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Bob, Jul 4, 2004.

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    "Bob" <rfa5@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:9ITFc.8557$kz.1716443@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > Is Verizon the "a" or "b"carrier? I'm in the NYC area if location

    matters.
    > With my LG4500 not having analog, will I be able to get another carrier on
    > "the other side" (whether it be the a or b side)? Just wondering.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    I also have a LG VX4500. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to the country to
    see. Twenty minutes of driving on the expressway, I noticed an icon
    blinking on the phone's symbols display. I pulled over in a rest area to
    see the glossary of symbols. That symbol was for roaming (the triangle
    icon). I decided not to use the phone because I may incur exurbitant
    roaming charges! When I reached my destination, the signal strength
    indicator showed full signal strength BUT the icon was still flashing.

    I decided to switch to System A and dialed *611! I was gonna ask the
    customer service rep "Can YOU hear me now?". BUT I didn't get the familiar
    VZW "Welcome to Verizon Wireless..." voice prompt. Instead, I got a live
    sexy sounding lady on the other end of the line saying "Sir, you are
    roaming! If you continue to use our system, we will bill your carrier,
    which in turn will bill you." I said I'm sorry, and hang up. I switched my
    phone back to system "B".

    When I got home I called customer service. The VZW rep said the flashing
    roaming icon indicates that I'm in an "Extended Network" and I can still use
    my phone free from roaming charges. The solid roaming icon, she said, is
    the one that indicates that I'm really in an area that is not served by VZW,
    and I will charged roaming when I use my phone when in this area.
     



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    "Bob" <rfa5@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:9ITFc.8557$kz.1716443@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > Is Verizon the "a" or "b"carrier? I'm in the NYC area if location

    matters.
    > With my LG4500 not having analog, will I be able to get another carrier on
    > "the other side" (whether it be the a or b side)? Just wondering.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    I also have a LG VX4500. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to the country to
    see. Twenty minutes of driving on the expressway, I noticed an icon
    blinking on the phone's symbols display. I pulled over in a rest area to
    see the glossary of symbols. That symbol was for roaming (the triangle
    icon). I decided not to use the phone because I may incur exurbitant
    roaming charges! When I reached my destination, the signal strength
    indicator showed full signal strength BUT the icon was still flashing.

    I decided to switch to System A and dialed *611! I was gonna ask the
    customer service rep "Can YOU hear me now?". BUT I didn't get the familiar
    VZW "Welcome to Verizon Wireless..." voice prompt. Instead, I got a live
    sexy sounding lady on the other end of the line saying "Sir, you are
    roaming! If you continue to use our system, we will bill your carrier,
    which in turn will bill you." I said I'm sorry, and hang up. I switched my
    phone back to system "B".

    When I got home I called customer service. The VZW rep said the flashing
    roaming icon indicates that I'm in an "Extended Network" and I can still use
    my phone free from roaming charges. The solid roaming icon, she said, is
    the one that indicates that I'm really in an area that is not served by VZW,
    and I will charged roaming when I use my phone when in this area.
     
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    "Bob" <rfa5@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:9ITFc.8557$kz.1716443@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > Is Verizon the "a" or "b"carrier? I'm in the NYC area if location

    matters.
    > With my LG4500 not having analog, will I be able to get another carrier on
    > "the other side" (whether it be the a or b side)? Just wondering.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    I also have a LG VX4500. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to the country to
    see. Twenty minutes of driving on the expressway, I noticed an icon
    blinking on the phone's symbols display. I pulled over in a rest area to
    see the glossary of symbols. That symbol was for roaming (the triangle
    icon). I decided not to use the phone because I may incur exurbitant
    roaming charges! When I reached my destination, the signal strength
    indicator showed full signal strength BUT the icon was still flashing.

    I decided to switch to System A and dialed *611! I was gonna ask the
    customer service rep "Can YOU hear me now?". BUT I didn't get the familiar
    VZW "Welcome to Verizon Wireless..." voice prompt. Instead, I got a live
    sexy sounding lady on the other end of the line saying "Sir, you are
    roaming! If you continue to use our system, we will bill your carrier,
    which in turn will bill you." I said I'm sorry, and hang up. I switched my
    phone back to system "B".

    When I got home I called customer service. The VZW rep said the flashing
    roaming icon indicates that I'm in an "Extended Network" and I can still use
    my phone free from roaming charges. The solid roaming icon, she said, is
    the one that indicates that I'm really in an area that is not served by VZW,
    and I will charged roaming when I use my phone when in this area.
     
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    "Bob" <rfa5@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:9ITFc.8557$kz.1716443@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > Is Verizon the "a" or "b"carrier? I'm in the NYC area if location

    matters.
    > With my LG4500 not having analog, will I be able to get another carrier on
    > "the other side" (whether it be the a or b side)? Just wondering.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    I also have a LG VX4500. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to the country to
    see. Twenty minutes of driving on the expressway, I noticed an icon
    blinking on the phone's symbols display. I pulled over in a rest area to
    see the glossary of symbols. That symbol was for roaming (the triangle
    icon). I decided not to use the phone because I may incur exurbitant
    roaming charges! When I reached my destination, the signal strength
    indicator showed full signal strength BUT the icon was still flashing.

    I decided to switch to System A and dialed *611! I was gonna ask the
    customer service rep "Can YOU hear me now?". BUT I didn't get the familiar
    VZW "Welcome to Verizon Wireless..." voice prompt. Instead, I got a live
    sexy sounding lady on the other end of the line saying "Sir, you are
    roaming! If you continue to use our system, we will bill your carrier,
    which in turn will bill you." I said I'm sorry, and hang up. I switched my
    phone back to system "B".

    When I got home I called customer service. The VZW rep said the flashing
    roaming icon indicates that I'm in an "Extended Network" and I can still use
    my phone free from roaming charges. The solid roaming icon, she said, is
    the one that indicates that I'm really in an area that is not served by VZW,
    and I will charged roaming when I use my phone when in this area.
     
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    "Bob" <rfa5@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:9ITFc.8557$kz.1716443@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > Is Verizon the "a" or "b"carrier? I'm in the NYC area if location

    matters.
    > With my LG4500 not having analog, will I be able to get another carrier on
    > "the other side" (whether it be the a or b side)? Just wondering.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    I also have a LG VX4500. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to the country to
    see. Twenty minutes of driving on the expressway, I noticed an icon
    blinking on the phone's symbols display. I pulled over in a rest area to
    see the glossary of symbols. That symbol was for roaming (the triangle
    icon). I decided not to use the phone because I may incur exurbitant
    roaming charges! When I reached my destination, the signal strength
    indicator showed full signal strength BUT the icon was still flashing.

    I decided to switch to System A and dialed *611! I was gonna ask the
    customer service rep "Can YOU hear me now?". BUT I didn't get the familiar
    VZW "Welcome to Verizon Wireless..." voice prompt. Instead, I got a live
    sexy sounding lady on the other end of the line saying "Sir, you are
    roaming! If you continue to use our system, we will bill your carrier,
    which in turn will bill you." I said I'm sorry, and hang up. I switched my
    phone back to system "B".

    When I got home I called customer service. The VZW rep said the flashing
    roaming icon indicates that I'm in an "Extended Network" and I can still use
    my phone free from roaming charges. The solid roaming icon, she said, is
    the one that indicates that I'm really in an area that is not served by VZW,
    and I will charged roaming when I use my phone when in this area.
     
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    "Bob" <rfa5@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:9ITFc.8557$kz.1716443@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > Is Verizon the "a" or "b"carrier? I'm in the NYC area if location

    matters.
    > With my LG4500 not having analog, will I be able to get another carrier on
    > "the other side" (whether it be the a or b side)? Just wondering.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    I also have a LG VX4500. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to the country to
    see. Twenty minutes of driving on the expressway, I noticed an icon
    blinking on the phone's symbols display. I pulled over in a rest area to
    see the glossary of symbols. That symbol was for roaming (the triangle
    icon). I decided not to use the phone because I may incur exurbitant
    roaming charges! When I reached my destination, the signal strength
    indicator showed full signal strength BUT the icon was still flashing.

    I decided to switch to System A and dialed *611! I was gonna ask the
    customer service rep "Can YOU hear me now?". BUT I didn't get the familiar
    VZW "Welcome to Verizon Wireless..." voice prompt. Instead, I got a live
    sexy sounding lady on the other end of the line saying "Sir, you are
    roaming! If you continue to use our system, we will bill your carrier,
    which in turn will bill you." I said I'm sorry, and hang up. I switched my
    phone back to system "B".

    When I got home I called customer service. The VZW rep said the flashing
    roaming icon indicates that I'm in an "Extended Network" and I can still use
    my phone free from roaming charges. The solid roaming icon, she said, is
    the one that indicates that I'm really in an area that is not served by VZW,
    and I will charged roaming when I use my phone when in this area.
     
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    "Bob" <rfa5@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:9ITFc.8557$kz.1716443@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > Is Verizon the "a" or "b"carrier? I'm in the NYC area if location

    matters.
    > With my LG4500 not having analog, will I be able to get another carrier on
    > "the other side" (whether it be the a or b side)? Just wondering.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >


    I also have a LG VX4500. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to the country to
    see. Twenty minutes of driving on the expressway, I noticed an icon
    blinking on the phone's symbols display. I pulled over in a rest area to
    see the glossary of symbols. That symbol was for roaming (the triangle
    icon). I decided not to use the phone because I may incur exurbitant
    roaming charges! When I reached my destination, the signal strength
    indicator showed full signal strength BUT the icon was still flashing.

    I decided to switch to System A and dialed *611! I was gonna ask the
    customer service rep "Can YOU hear me now?". BUT I didn't get the familiar
    VZW "Welcome to Verizon Wireless..." voice prompt. Instead, I got a live
    sexy sounding lady on the other end of the line saying "Sir, you are
    roaming! If you continue to use our system, we will bill your carrier,
    which in turn will bill you." I said I'm sorry, and hang up. I switched my
    phone back to system "B".

    When I got home I called customer service. The VZW rep said the flashing
    roaming icon indicates that I'm in an "Extended Network" and I can still use
    my phone free from roaming charges. The solid roaming icon, she said, is
    the one that indicates that I'm really in an area that is not served by VZW,
    and I will charged roaming when I use my phone when in this area.
     
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    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
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    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  10. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  11. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  12. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  13. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  14. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  15. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  16. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  17. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  18. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  19. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     
  20. Hollis Ellis

    Hollis Ellis Guest

    Here in Southeast Virginia, its just reverse. Alltel is the 'A' carrier
    and Verizon is the 'B' carrier, however, Alltel is NOT in the Verizon
    PRL here either.

    Mike wrote:
    > On Sun, 04 Jul 2004 14:30:59 GMT, Dave <davids1955@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I believe A/B side was originally when analog only cellular came out.
    >>The B side was usually the "wireline" phone company and A side was the
    >>other. With mergers and acquisitions this may not always be the case now
    >>though.

    >
    >
    > Here, VZW is the A side carrier (Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH) and
    > Alltel is the B side carrier. I'm not entirely sure how that ended up
    > that way, likely through various acquisitions...so many cell phone
    > companies have changed hands, that likely nearly everywhere, you can't
    > say "A" is x-type of company and "B" is another type.
    >
    > Just because another company is on the other "A/B" side, doesn't mean
    > you can access it. VZW does not have Alltel in its PRL here in the
    > Cleveland/Akron area...and the phone will go to the PRL before
    > anything. About the only way you could really get Alltel is forcing
    > your phone to the B side, and I'm not even sure that would work if
    > there was a usable VZW signal on the A side. If you were within
    > Alltel's B side Cleveland/Akron coverage, and not within VZW's
    > (unlikely), it may dump into Alltel.
    >
    > This isn't the case in all markets with A/B "cellular" carriers. In
    > Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC, Alltel's system IS in
    > friendly roam status for VZW users.
    >
    > Mike
     

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