North State, AT&T sort out wireless service changes

Sep. 02, 2013 @ 09:11 PM

Former wireless customers of North State Communications shouldn’t face any substantial changes in their charges now that AT&T has acquired North State’s former wireless business, an AT&T spokesman said.
North State recently completed a deal with AT&T that included the sale of its wireless assets in the High Point and Greensboro areas and a store at N. Main Street and Parris Avenue. In announcing the deal late last year, the companies said North State would receive an infusion of $23.5 million.
“In general, AT&T plans to keep wireless rate plans the same for customers acquired from North State,” company spokesman Josh Gelinas told The High Point Enterprise.
North State doesn’t plan to “automatically change rates for our wireline products due to the wireless sale,” North State said in a statement.
What remains in flux is how the removal of wireless service for North State customers in the High Point and Greensboro areas will affect customers who have bundled their payments for an array of services with North State. Going forward, the bundled payments no longer would include a wireless charge. Customers with bundled payments are provided a discount for doing business with North State.
North State’s statement to the Enterprise didn’t elaborate on the effect on bundled payments, though the Enterprise requested that information. The AT&T deal covers 26,000 former wireless customers of North State.
In a letter to North State customers, the company says that “within the next few months, we’ll provide more information including when you’ll begin to receive your wireless bill from AT&T.”
AT&T also acquired North State’s retail store at 2300 N. Main St., which now serves former North State wireless customers.

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