Just over three years ago, Verizon closed on its’ acquisition of Alltel and as of yesterday, Verizon has put a stop to activating Alltel devices on their network. Engadget received word from a Verizon spokesperson that the carrier will no longer be activating these legacy devices. Current Alltel-branded handset owners on Verizon need not worry, this new policy only applies to handsets that have yet to be activated. At this point, we’re not sure just how many people will be affected by this change, but after three years it’s time.

Here’s the full statement from Verizon:

Effective today, legacy Alltel devices can no longer be activated on our network. So, if you had an Alltel device sitting in a drawer or glove compartment and wanted to activate it today, you would not be able to. Today’s change does not affect legacy Alltel devices that are currently activated and on our network.

It has been three years since Verizon Wireless purchased Alltel and to give customers the best experience on our network, we are encouraging them to move to current devices. Customers who are told they cannot activate an older Alltel device are able to take advantage of any current promotions, including free devices as offered on our Web site.

Do you still have an Alltel device floating around? Is it activated or not?