US mobile giant Sprint has confirmed that networks in certain markets acquired through its USD480 million deal with regional carrier US Cellular earlier this year will be shut down from 31 October. The switch-off will take effect in the St. Louis metropolitan area, including parts of Missouri and Illinois. Since the deal concluded Sprint has endeavoured to migrate affected users across to its central brand by introducing a range of exclusive deals. Pre-paid options comparable to current US Cellular tariffs are reportedly available through Sprint’s affiliate Boost Mobile.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in May 2013 Sprint confirmed that it had successfully closed its acquisition of a number of markets from US Cellular. The deal included operations in Chicago, St Louis and a handful of markets in the Midwest, as well as spectrum assets in the 1900MHz band. The deal was originally slated to include approximately 585,000 customers when announced last November, but at close Sprint Nextel said the deal included around 420,000 subscribers.