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U.S. Cellular & Alltel Wireless to Offer Prepaid Wireless Service in Walmart

April 30, 2012 3:41 PM | Alltel | Services |

U.S. Cellular and Alltel Wireless have joined together to begin offering U Prepaid, a no contract wireless service, in select Walmart Stores, Inc. in local communities across 18 states beginning in May. The alliance, the first of its kind in the industry, offers customers flexible payment options without signing a contract.

"Teaming with Alltel to gain distribution in Walmart gives us another opportunity to be where our customers want to shop and to offer more customers a prepaid service that helps them control their monthly budgets," said Carter S. Elenz, executive vice president of sales and customer service for U.S. Cellular. "U Prepaid customers with U.S. Cellular will be backed by our high-speed network, which has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier."

The new alliance provides Walmart customers simplified, easy-to-understand service plan choices. Depending on where customers live, the U Prepaid service will run on either U.S. Cellular's high-speed national network or Alltel's advanced coast-to-coast network.

"Alltel is proud to bring the strength and equity of our U Prepaid brand to U.S. Cellular to create this unique alliance," said Lesa Handly, chief marketing officer for Alltel Wireless. "Together, we can leverage our position as the "local" wireless carrier offering a hometown alternative in the communities we serve."


Alltel and Nuance Announce Voice2Text

March 7, 2012 1:13 PM | Alltel |

Alltel Wireless and Nuance Communications today announced that Nuance’s Dragon Voicemail to Text is powering Alltel’s Voice2Text service. With Voice2Text, mobile phones on the Alltel network can receive transcribed voice messages as text messages delivered directly to the subscribers’ message inbox.

“Carriers like Alltel need innovative voice services that meet the demands of dynamic mobile consumers,” said John Pollard, vice president and general manager, voice-to-text services, Nuance Mobile. “Dragon Voicemail to Text takes a must-have service like voicemail and delivers it with the speed and convenience required in today's messaging environment."

Alltel’s Voice2Text service greatly simplifies the voicemail experience. Customers can now read their voice messages as texts right on their mobile phone without the need for passwords or voice prompts. And because it’s a text message, subscribers can quickly and easily respond to friends, family or colleagues via text. Voice2Text features the same accurate and reliable Dragon voice recognition technology used in the renowned Dragon Mobile apps and Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Messages can be stored or forwarded, and subscribers can still hear the original voicemail recording if needed.


Alltel Wireless Introduces Recycled Phone Program

August 5, 2011 11:59 AM | Alltel |

Alltel Wireless today announced the launch of a new recycled phone program, which will refurbish and resell certified pre-owned wireless devices. In an effort to increase sustainability and reduce the amount of electronic waste that is disposed in landfills, Alltel Wireless is making a commitment to recycle and reuse wireless devices containing precious metals, copper and plastics.

All pre-owned devices will undergo a meticulous evaluation and inspection process to ensure the quality of the recycled products. New cosmetic and electronic parts that have been certified to meet Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) performance and functionality specifications are used to replace any faulty device components. Additionally, Alltel Wireless is encouraging customers to bring their old, unwanted phones into retail stores to be recycled.


Alltel is Joining AT&T in Your Area

April 13, 2011 2:24 PM | AT&T | Alltel |

AT&T announced the completion of its acquisition of select Alltel properties in your area. AT&T is working to integrate these properties to deliver on AT&T's commitment to provide the best possible experience and to help you connect with what matters most to you now, and in the years to come.
How is my service going to be impacted?

When your service transitions to AT&T, you can look forward to:



Alltel Adds LG Axis, Samsung Gem, HTC Merge, Motorola Milestone X

April 7, 2011 11:29 AM | Alltel | HTC | LG | Motorola | Samsung | Comments (1)

Alltel Wireless, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, has added four new handsets – the LG Axis, Samsung Gem, HTC Merge, and Motorola Milestone X – to its robust smartphone lineup. All four phones, equipped with Google’s Android technology, are now available at Alltel retail stores and online at

Whether looking for a slim, compact phone or into videos and messaging or quick access to applications on the go, such as e-mail and the Internet, Alltel customers can choose from a lineup of phones that offer unique user experiences.


Alltel Wireless launches Android-powered HTC Merge

March 25, 2011 9:05 AM | Alltel | HTC |

Alltel Wireless today announced the newest addition to its Android smartphone lineup, the HTC Merge, which can be pre-ordered online at or by calling 1 (866) 255-8357 starting Monday, March 28.  Alltel is the first wireless carrier in North America to offer the Merge, which will also be available for purchase in stores on Thursday, April 7.  This feature-rich Android smartphone has a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard and large touchscreen display, combined with 5 megapixel digital camera and 720p HD video recorder, providing Alltel Wireless customers with a premium mobile experience.

The HTC Merge comes equipped with the Android 2.2 operating system and the user-friendly HTC Sense experience, allowing customers to effortlessly multitask and unite spreadsheets from work with videos from home. This customizable smartphone allows users to organize e-mail, Facebook and SMS based upon their individual preferences and not by technology.

“The HTC Merge combines everything consumers need in a smartphone, making it simple for businessmen and women to keep in touch with co-workers, friends and family no matter where they are,” said Scott Moody, Alltel Wireless Vice President of Products and Services. 


Alltel Announces the Samsung Gem Smartphone

February 10, 2011 8:45 PM | Alltel | Samsung | Smartphone |

Alltel Wireless today announced the availability of a new smartphone, the Samsung Gem. In addition to all the features you look for on an Android device and the large LCD touch display that brings it all to life, the Samsung Gem also offers new features and additional applications designed to give Alltel customers a premium Android experience.

The Samsung Gem comes equipped with Android 2.1 and provides built-in Google mobile services including Google Search and Google Maps with turn-by-turn GPS navigation. The Google user interface applications also allow customers to integrate their Outlook, Facebook and Gmail contacts, putting everything right where they need it on the large touch screen.

“Alltel Wireless is proud to add this advanced and versatile smartphone to our Android lineup,” said Scott Moody, Alltel Wireless Vice President of Products and Services. “The Samsung Gem offers our customers a premium smartphone experience at a great price.  The Samsung Gem is now free after a $50 mail in rebate at Alltel Wireless.”


Alltel Wireless Introduces the Android-Powered LG Axis

January 13, 2011 11:41 AM | Alltel | LG |

Alltel Wireless and LG Mobile Phones today announced a new smartphone, device, LG Axis. Versatile and sophisticated, LG Axis offers Alltel customers a Google Android user interface, customizable applications and entertainment experience that will keep users effortlessly connected to the things that matter the most, wherever life may go.

Equipped with Google Android 2.1 and access to the Android Market, LG Axis provides users with more than 80,000 applications for music, games and other entertainment categories. LG Axis also allows users the ability to customize up to five different home screens by adding or removing shortcuts to their favorite applications and widgets, creating a unique phone that is tailored to meet their personal needs.

“Alltel Wireless is excited to offer a versatile, feature-rich smartphone with superior capabilities,” said Scott Moody, Alltel Wireless Vice President of Products and Services. “LG Axis allows you to navigate through multiple screens with a simple touch or utilize the slide out keyboard for quick, accurate messaging.”


Fridays Are Now Free For Alltel Wireless Customers

November 10, 2010 6:50 PM | Alltel |

In its continuing effort to bring their customers the best value, service and innovation in the industry, Alltel Wireless today announced the launch of “Free Fridays,” an exclusive one-of-a kind calling feature that provides consumers with longer and more affordable weekends.  With “Free Fridays,” new and existing Alltel customers who sign up for a qualifying rate plan will now receive unlimited FREE calling on Fridays in addition to existing unlimited FREE Nights and Weekends benefits.

The current economic climate hasn’t stopped consumers from remaining dependent on their wireless devices.  Consumers are looking for greater flexibility and demanding better services and more value. 


Alltel Wireless Launches the HTC Wildfire and HTC Desire Smartphones

October 28, 2010 12:27 PM | Alltel | HTC | Smartphone |

Alltel Wireless today announced the release of two new highly anticipated handsets, the HTC Wildfire and HTC Desire smartphones. These great HTC devices are now available in Alltel  retail stores and online at   With an easy to use interface and attractive touch-screen design, these smartphones make mobile social networking simple, provide access to thousands of apps and are a great way to stay connected to those who matter most.

“Alltel strives to provide customers with phones that are easy to use and navigate,” said Lesa Handly, Alltel Wireless Chief Marketing Officer.  “Alltel Wireless is proud to add both of these HTC smartphones to our lineup of Android devices and to be the first carrier to offer the Wildfire.”

Web browsing made Quick and Easy


Alltel Wireless Launches the BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone

August 12, 2010 10:35 AM | Alltel | Blackberry | Smartphone |

Alltel Wireless today announced the addition of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone to its lineup.  The BlackBerry Bold is a global smartphone that is sophisticated, powerful and feature-rich, allowing users to stay connected and entertained, wherever they go.

“Alltel recognizes that for many people, a smartphone has become a lifeline to their business and personal relationships,” said Scott Moody, Alltel Vice President of Products. “If you’re looking for a smartphone with premium features including Wi-Fi , the BlackBerry Bold is great for traveling across the world or just across town.”

The Blackberry Bold smartphone provides users with access to the BlackBerry App World, which features a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones.  The 3.2 MP camera takes vibrant pictures with the help of flash, zoom, image stabilization, and autofocus.  The BlackBerry Bold boasts an impressive battery life; the removable and rechargeable battery provides 5 hours of CDMA talk time.
 BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone


Alltel Wireless Launches the Samsung Messager Touch

July 15, 2010 3:09 PM | Alltel | Samsung |

Alltel Wireless today announced the immediate availability of the Samsung Messager Touch in-stores and online at

Just in time for the start of the school year, the Messager Touch features an interactive touch screen, slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and Samsung’s Touchwiz Lite user interface making it a great multimedia messaging handset.  For people who like to be connected, the Messager Touch comes with a suite of options including one-touch messaging shortcuts for sending texts, photos and even video messages. The Messager Touch 2.0 megapixel camera gives customers the ability to catch every moment through photos or videos.

“Alltel takes pride in bringing the most advanced and versatile handsets to our customers so they can instantly share experiences with family and friends,” said Scott Moody, Product Vice President. 


Alltel Wireless Brands in Select Markets Purchased by Atlantic Tele-Network

July 12, 2010 4:17 PM | Alltel |

Alltel Wireless announced that its brand in select markets across the country has been purchased by Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. and the company plans on keeping the Alltel name in operation, in addition to maintaining many of the company’s well known features including My Circle and Anytime Plan Changes. 

As part of the Verizon Wireless – Alltel merger in 2009, Verizon Wireless was required by the Federal Communications Commission to divest certain former Alltel assets.  Alltel Wireless will now be operated by Allied Wireless Communications Corporation (“AWCC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of ATN and will continue to operate as an independent wireless carrier in six states (Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina) and service nearly 900,000 customers.



Alltel Wireless Announces the BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone

January 22, 2010 12:47 AM | Alltel | Smartphone |

Alltel Wireless today announced the immediate availability of the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone.

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a new addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve series and an incredibly approachable smartphone. For people who like to be connected, it provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing.

It features rich multimedia capabilities and access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go. The smartphone is also Wi-Fi enabled, giving customers two ways to connect to the Internet – through Alltel’s fast 3G wireless network or through any available Wi-Fi hotspot. When connected on Wi-Fi, multi-taskers can receive email and messages or browse the Internet while simultaneously speaking on the phone.

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 features a large full QWERTY keyboard, a trackpad for easy navigation and dedicated media keys that are smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, giving customers an easy, convenient way to control their music and videos.



The LG 8575 Touch Goes on Sale Today at Alltel

November 5, 2009 12:08 PM | Alltel | LG |

Musicians take their fans to far off places through the lyrics in their songs. Now, music fans can take a different kind of musical journey with the LG 8575 Touch, the newest multimedia handset from Alltel Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones). The handset will be available beginning today, Nov. 5, at Alltel retail stores and online at

The LG 8575 Touch features Dolby Mobile, a sound system equipped with customizable EQ settings for rich sound quality and exceptional user experience. Sound transfers beautifully through external speakers and 3.5 MM stereo headphones, allowing customers to enjoy personalized playlists wherever their journeys might take them. The music player also features applications that invite users to “join the band” by turning the handset into a virtual keyboard and thumping drum kit. A unique rhythmic beat function instantly transforms the phone into a portable boom box that vibrates and grooves to the beat of the music.

With 1GB of internal memory dedicated to music, up to 250 songs can be stored on the phone, and listeners can enhance their storage options with an external microSD card of up to 16 GB.



Alltel Announces Availability of the Samsung DoubleTake on Nov. 5

November 3, 2009 11:22 AM | Alltel |

Alltel Wireless today announced the availability of the Samsung DoubleTake handset on Thursday, Nov. 5, in Alltel retail stores and online at With the holiday season right around the corner, texters should put this phone at the top of their wishlist to Santa. The Samsung DoubleTake includes a sliding full QWERTY keyboard – great for sending a quick text to a friend or a holiday-themed photo to the entire family.

The phone’s Bluetooth capabilities, built in speakerphone and internal phone book with up to 1000 entries keeps Alltel customers connected, even during the busiest time of year. Available in bold red and sleek charcoal gray, the Samsung DoubleTake also includes a 1.3 megapixel camera and a vibrant, full-color external LCD screen.

The Samsung DoubleTake is available for $39.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with activation of a 1-year service contract on a qualifying rate plan.

Samsung Double Take


Alltel Wireless Unlimited My Circle and Mobile-to-Mobile Messaging on $79.99+ Plans

September 17, 2009 5:11 PM | Alltel |

Alltel Wireless has enhanced its “My Circle” plans again. Now Alltel customers with My Circle plans $79.99 and higher will automatically get unlimited text, video and picture messaging to their My Circle numbers as well as to all other Alltel Wireless customers.

In addition, family lines attached to a $79.99 or higher plan will qualify for unlimited My Circle and mobile-to-mobile messaging, regardless of whether or not the customer has purchased an Alltel Message Pack. The new unlimited My Circle and mobile-to-mobile messaging offer and 1-year contract option are available only to customers in the 91 cellular market areas (CMAs) that Verizon Wireless is required to divest, which will continue to operate as Alltel Wireless until the sale agreements with AT&T and Atlantic Tele-Network are approved by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission.


Alltel Wireless Announces the LG AX310

September 17, 2009 12:24 PM | Alltel |

Alltel Wireless announced today the LG AX310 handset. The LG AX310 comes in a clamshell and features:
  • Voice-activated calling
  • One-touch speakerphone
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Speaker-independent voice commands
  • Record and save voice memos
  • 1.3 megapixel camera with zoom
  • Color: Black and red
The LG AX310 is available for $29.99 after a $30 mail-in rebate with activation of a 1-year service contract on a qualifying rate plan.
 LG AX310


Alltel Wireless Announces the Samsung Freeform

September 10, 2009 10:11 AM | Alltel | Samsung |

Alltel Wireless, today announced the availability of the Samsung Freeform (SCH-r351). The Freeform is a sleek and stylish bar phone with a variety of appealing capabilities for Alltel Wireless customers.

The Samsung Freeform boasts a large 2.2 inch QCIF color display that makes pictures pop for a better viewing experience and is available in two color options, teal and red wine. The four-row QWERTY keyboard and multiple messaging options feature threaded text entry, which lets users send text messages instantly. Freeform users can access their favorite applications by clicking on customizable navigation keys.

The Freeform allows users to play individual music files or create full playlists, replicating a standalone MP3 player experience. The handset is equipped Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Technology allowing users to truly go wireless and an expandable memory up to 16GB.

Additional key features of the Samsung Freeform include:
Samsung Freedom 


Alltel Wireless Debuts the HTC Snap for $79.99 with 1-Year Contract

September 1, 2009 6:37 PM | Alltel | HTC |

The HTC Snap is now available from Alltel Wireless. Debuted last April by HTC, the HTC Snap includes international roaming and Wi-Fi capabilities. The handset is Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A capable, which makes it a perfect phone for Alltel’s advanced 3G network, providing faster uploads and downloads, streaming audio and video, and speedier browsing.

Users will enjoy a familiar operating system – Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard – with the HTC Snap and a four-row QWERTY keyboard, perfect for typing e-mails to business colleagues and sending text messages to friends. The handset comes preloaded with Microsoft® Outlook Mobile and a new feature called ‘Inner Circle’ that allows customers to prioritize messages from a select number of contacts across multiple e-mail accounts.

HTC Snap


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