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#45884 - 06/05/0808:37 PM[Reuters] Verizon Wireless to buy Alltel in $28.1 billion deal
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless said on Thursday it would buy rural mobile phone service provider Alltel Corp for $28.1 billion including debt, which would vault it to first place in the U.S. market ahead of AT&T Inc.