But what will happen to current Cingular sponsorships?
Cingular has a major sponsorship in place on Fox hit "American Idol," which will continue under that moniker when the show launches this week. But during the next few months, if AT&T officials determine that the effort to migrate consumer consciousness about Cingular to AT&T is a success, it could switch to the new brand on the show, a company spokesman said.
There are no plans to run a Super Bowl spot this time around, the spokesman said.
Interestingly, as a symbol of how much convergence is taking place in the communications arena, AT&T's new wireless operations will simply be known as "AT&T," with no "wireless" or "mobile" moniker attached.
Initially, the Cingular transition campaign will include both the AT&T and Cingular logos to represent the melding of the two. Some Cingular imagery--such as the orange color and "raising the bar" tagline--will be used as part of the transition.
Another campaign promoting the merger of BellSouth (which brought Cingular into the AT&T fold) and AT&T will take place later this year.
AT&T says 20% of savings from synergies from the BellSouth merger will come from advertising.
Meanwhile, clerks at a Cingular retail store in Manhattan were clueless on Friday, when asked about the coming name change.
An AT&T spokesperson said the retail store branding changeover will be evolutionary as in-store signage, point-of-sale materials and window clings are introduced over the next few weeks. Permanent signage will not change for a few months. Stores with highest visibility will be redressed first.
Approximately 2,000 nationwide company-owned wireless retail outlets and store kiosks nationwide will be transitioned.
In addition, approximately 15,000 store personnel will begin wearing AT&T branded apparel in the coming months.