Cellular One discontinuing service in Montana

2014-05-15T17:15:00Z 2014-08-12T14:38:06Z Cellular One discontinuing service in MontanaBy ERIK OLSON eolson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Cellular One is planning to discontinue all wireless service in Montana and Wyoming at the end of July, according to company officials.

The company is encouraging customers to sign up with AT&T, which will give former Cellular One customers a $100 credit upon switching, according to a May 9 letter sent to customers from Cellular One CEO Jonathan Foxman.

Additionally, new AT&T activation fees and Cellular One early termination fees would be waived, company officials said.

Foxman wrote the company couldn’t afford the “significant capital investment” to upgrade its Montana network to 4G technology, the best service available, to compete with larger service providers.

Verizon and AT&T are Montana’s largest cellular providers.

AT&T is not buying Cellular One, but it will pay the company based on the number of customers who switch over, according to Foxman. Customers can also choose other service providers.

Cellular One has two stores in Billings and other stores in Helena, Great Falls, Butte, Kalispell and Missoula. All stores will become AT&T stores, according to Foxman.

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