Who Is Bell South ?
Bell South is the old name for a regional company that handled the phone service for residential and for commercial phone accounts. In the past, U.S. consumers received their phone service primarily from the Bell family of companies. AT&T operated alongside Bell. Around 2006, AT&T bought out Bellsouth, and the company was renamed AT&T.
This was part of a large scale buyout of the remaining regional Bell companies, known at the time as ‘baby Bells’. Bellsouth was based in Atlanta, Georgia. This regional office was the headquarters for phone service in the Southeastern region of the U.S. While residential and commercial customers still are able to receive phone service and more, they do from AT&T.
AT&T’s buyout of Cingular Wireless and the widespread adoption of cell phones, coupled with a decline in the use of payphones, customers started to see the advent of bundled communications packages. Customers started to be able to purchase bundled packages that included one’s home or business phone service, and also wireless phone service. Not only this, but AT&T, formerly Bellsouth, sold wireless phones as well.
Home and commercial customers are still able to purchase bundled landline phone and wireless phone packages. Customers are also able to purchase mobile phones directly from AT&T, formerly Bellsouth as well. However, in keeping with changing times, home and business customers are able to have more products and services available to them either separately, or bundled with their primary phone service package.
Customers of AT&T, formerly Bellsouth are able to receive communications and entertainment bundles that include land line phone service, mobile phone service, computer internet service and satellite television service. As mentioned earlier, phone customers were introduced to mobile phone services first. Then, as more residential and commercial customers wanted to obtain a faster method of accessing the internet, they were offered a high speed internet service called DSL.
DSL internet service was a Bellsouth internet service for customers who wanted to transition away from dial-up internet service. One of the largest complaints that customers had about dial-up internet service is that the service blocked them from receiving phone calls, or from making phone calls while they were using the internet. People found that they either had to purchase a separate Bellsouth internet phone line in order to be online and on the phone, or they had to miss out on making and receiving phone calls while they were online.
DSL solved this problem. DSL still worked through the phone lines, but newer technology allowed users to use the phone and the internet at the same time. Bellsouth in time went on to partner with satellite providers in order to offer their customers access to cable television shows. In order to help customers manage the bills on all of their services, and in order to help customers to save money, Bellsouth created comprehensive bundled packages for customers. While these bundled packages are now managed by AT&T, these bundled packages have endured, and they sell very well.
Customers who used to receive services from Bellsouth are able to not only purchase bundled communications and entertainment packages, but they are now able to also select certain features ala carte. For example, there used to be a time when a Bellsouth internet customer had to have an active telephone line in operation before they could order Bellsouth internet.
Now, an internet customer doesn’t need to have an active phone account operating in order to receive internet service.
They simply need a free phone line that is able to receive an internet DSL signal. Customers can select from various services that are offered individually.
However, it tends to be more cost efficient for the customer when they select bundled packages for their communication and entertainment needs.