This excerpt taken from the VZ 10-K filed Feb 26, 2010.
Merger Integration and Acquisition Costs
During 2009, we recorded pretax charges of $1,211 million ($380 million attributable to Verizon after-tax) for merger integration activities primarily related to the Alltel acquisition including trade name amortization, re-branding initiatives and handset conversion costs. Additionally, the 2009 charges also included transaction fees and costs associated with the acquisition, including fees related to the credit facility that was entered into and utilized to complete the acquisition.
In 2008 and 2007, we recorded pretax charges of $174 million ($107 million attributable to Verizon after-tax) and $178 million ($112 million after-tax), respectively, primarily comprised of systems integration activities and other costs related to re-branding initiatives, facility exit costs and advertising associated with the MCI acquisition.