Originally Posted by latinrage69
close but no. SBC and Bell South merged their cellphone divisions to create Cingular Wireless. AT&T split their landline and cellphone divisions and sold AT&T Wireless to Cingular. Cingular kept the Cingular wireless name because AT&T's landline division, also known as the AT&T parent company kept the AT&T wireless name through an agreement during the wireless merger/buyout. AT&T was going to launch a new wireless division called AT&T wireless, but SBC bought out AT&T landline. because of the buyout, Cingular was allowed to use the AT&T Wireless name.
Still not accurate.
- SBC and BellSouth created a joint venture named "Cingular," a regional cellphone carrier.
- AT&T divested their AT&T Wireless division, which was purchased by Cingular who kept the Cingular name, making Cingular a national carrier instead of a regional carrier.
- SBC bought out AT&T and kept the AT&T name (better national recognition).
- AT&T/SBC bought out BellSouth, giving them 100% ownership of Cingular and renamed it AT&T Mobility (more commonly referred to as AT&T Wireless, though technically AT&T Wireless is defunct).
This was all very "simple" when compared to the history of CellularOne (which was acquired by Alltel, who then sold the name "CellularOne" to Dobson Communications which was bought out by AT&T Mobility (SBC/AT&T), who sold the "CellularOne" name to Trilogy Partners.)
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