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March 8, 2006 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
This probably isn't what Cingular Wireless had in mind with its advertising boasts about "raising the bar": Nearly 2 million Cingular customers were barred from using their cellphones Tuesday. The database glitch that knocked out service came at an awkward time for Cingular -- just two days after its parent companies, AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., agreed to merge amid concerns that a consolidating telecommunications industry might be bad for service.
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BUSINESS
November 3, 2000 | Elizabeth Douglass
Cingular Wireless, the new company that includes Pacific Bell Wireless, said it will give up-and-coming rival VoiceStream one-third of its mobile phone capacity in California and Nevada in return for additional wireless capacity covering Detroit, St. Louis and the New York City region. The moves will not affect customers of either wireless provider.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2002 | Elizabeth Douglass and James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writers
Ed Whitacre is not a happy guy these days. The chairman of SBC Communications Inc., the parent of SBC Pacific Bell, is exasperated about the rates that regulators in California and elsewhere say it can charge rivals such as AT&T Corp. in return for use of the lines and equipment needed to compete for local telephone customers. Whitacre says the rates have been set so low, SBC can't recover its costs.
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