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"A or B" side?

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

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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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  2. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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
     
  6. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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
     
  9. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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. Mike

    Mike Guest

    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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