Alltel Wireless recently announced the addition of the Alcatel One Touch Ultra 960C to is lineup. The One Touch Ultra is a variant of the Alcatel Authority, which is sold by Cricket Wireless. The One Touch Ultra has a large, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is powered by a single core 1.4GHz processor, includes the Swype virtual keyboard, and Bluetooth 3.0. The One Touch Ultra is available for $19.99 with a new two-year agreement, or $199.99 with one of Alltel's No Contract plans.
U.S. Cellular and Alltel today announced a new alliance to expand Alltel's U Prepaid brand to U.S. Cellular's footprint. The no-contract prepaid service will be sold in Wal-Mart stores in each carrier's coverage area, including communities across 18 states. The initial phone lineup will include the Samsung Repp Android phone, plus the LG Attune, LG Saber, and Samsung Chrono. The service will use Alltel and U.S. Cellular's networks, but also offer nationwide free roaming service.
Nuance Communications today announced that it has agreed to purchase Transcend, a company that offers medical transcription and speech editing products, for $300 million in cash. Nuance said that the purchase will help it expands its customer base into the medical field. Nuance has acquired a number of other voice transcription and predictive text companies in the last year, including the popular Swype Android keyboard. Nuance also recently announced that it is providing the technology behind Alltel's voice-to-text transcription service for customer texts and emails.
Verizon Wireless has revealed that it will not activate legacy Alltel handsets on its network any longer. Moving forward, Verizon Wireless will only activate Alltel devices on its network that are currently active on the Alltel network. Old Alltel handsets that have never been activated will no longer be supported. "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," said Verizon Wireless. Verizon closed its acquisition of Alltel in January 2009.