An update on past news

Wednesday, May 5, 1999

Sprint’s PrimeCo
buy accomplished
in January

Question: What ever happened to Sprint Corp.'s purchase of PrimeCo Hawaii?

Answer: Sprint Corp. completed acquisition of PrimeCo Hawaii's digital phone network and license Jan. 25.

PrimeCo Hawaii's then-parent, PrimeCo Personal Communications, said it decided to focus on mainland markets.

Nonie Toledo, Sprint Hawaii's vice president general manager, said the acquisition had little impact on existing customers' rates and services, as well as PrimeCo employees.

"For the PrimeCo customer, it was pretty seamless," she said. "They had to just continue to use their phone. For customers who want to be able to use their phone on the mainland, Sprint Hawaii is offering a software upgrade for free."

All PrimeCo employees were offered positions with Sprint, Toledo added.

PrimeCo was one of six wireless companies serving the Oahu market. It started offering digital service on Oahu about three years ago.

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