AT&T announced today that it has signed a deal with Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (ATNI) to acquire the company's Alltel US retail wireless operations for $780 million in cold, hard cash. The agreement includes the acquisition of Alltel's wireless properties, such as licenses, network assets, retail stores, and almost 600,000 subscribers.
Alltel has become the first carrier to publicly commit to the HTC Merge, promising pre-orders for the QWERTY smartphone will kick off from March 28. The Android 2.2 Froyo device has a 3.8-inch display and is a World Phone, meaning it has both CDMA and GSM radios for use on Alltel and when roaming abroad.
The iPhone may be the device that grabs many of the headlines around the country, but it's also strapped with the worst 3G network in the country according to some users and customer surveys. On other networks some of the most popular smartphones continue to be the RIM Blackberry line and customers on Alltel now have a new Blackberry to choose from.
Samsung and Alltel have announced the addition of a new and exclusive handset for Alltel called the Freeform SCH-r351. The device is a feature phone that is centered on messaging services and music playback.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 was announced on Alltel Wireless today, making this flip smartphone available to a wider audience. While nothing is really different about this phone on this specific carrier, it's still worth noting the device's expanded availability.
In case you've forgotten, the Pearl Flip is a smartphone encased in a clamshell design with a small external display and an internal display with a 240 x 320 resolution. Other features include GPS mapping, a SureType keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera that's capable of video, microSD or microSDHC card support and more.
This phone can play music and offers Bluetooth support. You can get the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 on Alltel for $79.99 with a two-year contract and a $70 rebate. The contract is for the carrier's unlimited plan which costs $70/month.
Hot on the heals of the Rumor2 for Sprint comes another LG QWERTY device, this time for Alltel. The Alltel LG Banter bears a striking resemblance to the Rumor2 in all but name, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1.3-megapixel camera, interchangeable back-plates and stereo Bluetooth support.
After Verizon Wireless announced they would be gobbling up Alltel, one of the biggest questions among subscribers concerned their My Circle plan, with its group of free numbers. Verizon had remained tight-lipped until now, but that's because they were busy turning My Circle into Friends & Family, a plan not only for Alltel refugees but for its own subscribers, that offers five or ten numbers to which all calls will be free.
Motorola have officially announced the Hint QA30, as seen yesterday gussied up with Alltel logos, complete with full specs. The QWERTY-equipped slider measures 3.23 x 2.43 x 0.67 inches and has a 2-megapixel camera, EVDO connectivity (though not Rev.A), Stereo Bluetooth and GPS.