AT&T buys more Alltel spectrum for $780 million

Today AT&T and Alltel announced the plan to swap some more network spectrum in a deal that will net AT&T about 600,000 wireless customers and cost $780 million. AT&T is continuing their efforts to expand and increase their 4G LTE network and rollout, and this is just one of many steps they'll be taking in 2013.

ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C coming to Alltel Wireless

ALCATEL ONE TOUCH and Alltel Wireless just announced that they are bringing the ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C to stores and online. It comes with a 4.3-inch capacitive multi-touch display, which is not going to set the world on fire, but it's available for a very affordable price. This is certainly not a top of the line Android device, but for new Android users not looking to drop big money on a phone, this might be a good choice.

Alltel HTC Merge pre-orders from March 28

Alltel has announced a pre-order date for the HTC Merge, the carrier's latest QWERTY Android slider. Pre-orders will be taken as of March 28, with the smartphone priced at $124.99 with a new, two-year agreement. That gets you an Android 2.2 phone with HTC Sense running an 800MHz Qualcomm processor. There's also a 5-megapixel camera, 3.8-inch touchscreen and 720p HD video recording. We've already seen the Merge bearing Verizon branding but HTC did promise that the handset would come to more than one US carrier. The Merge is also a world-phone, which means it has both CDMA and GSM radios and as such can be used on networks in North America and abroad. No word on when it will actually begin shipping, however. [Thanks Terry!]

Alltel Samsung Gem offers Android on a budget

Alltel Wireless has kicked off sales of the Samsung Gem, a budget Android 2.1 touchscreen smartphone. The Gem has a 3.2-megapixel camera and comes preloaded with Swype, while hardware includes the usual Bluetooth and WiFi. While the Gem might not be the most exciting smartphone in Samsung's Android line-up, it's definitely one of the cheaper models. Alltel is selling it for free after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new, two-year agreement. [gallery] Press Release:
Alltel Wireless launches latest generation Android smartphone - The Samsung Gem™ More applications and additional features from Android touch screen phone free at Alltel LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Alltel Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1 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.” For people who like to keep in touch with their friends, the Samsung Gem also features one-touch direct-to-social site photo posting, allowing users to conveniently post photos, messages or e-mails to their favorite social network sites with a simple touch. The 3.2 megapixel camera gives customers the ability to catch every moment through phone or video. In addition to the advanced touchscreen display, Samsung Gem users will text, picture and video message with the Swype virtual keyboard, an innovative system that allows you to simply slide your finger from key to key, only raising it in between words. Consumers will also be able to drag and drop various widgets and icons to personalize their own unique screen. Additional Samsung Gem key features include: - 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. - Bluetooth® wireless technology for a hands-free experience or to easily transfer data to a computer. The Samsung Gem is available at Alltel Wireless for free after a $50 mail in rebate and a two year service agreement. Alltel Wireless continues to be an industry leader, providing customers most recently with “Best Value Unlimited Plans” which offer the most affordable and flexible options for those who love to talk and remain connected. Alltel Wireless also provides customers its exclusive “My Circle” feature – unlimited calling to and from any 5, 15 or 25 numbers on any network and unlimited text to their circle on select plans – as well as the innovative “Free Fridays” feature, where all calls on Friday are free on select plans. About Alltel Wireless Allied Wireless Communications Corporation (AWCC), doing business as Alltel Wireless, is a wireless telecommunications provider serving customers in six states. Headquartered in Little Rock, AR., AWCC is a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI). For more information, visit or

HTC Merge Appears Again, Heading to Alltel

We first heard about the HTC Merge (formally the HTC Lexikon) all the way back in September. Since then there have been a few leaks like it appearing on Verizon's website and then, just like that, it completely disappeared. Well now after it has been apparently scrapped by Verizon, it has shown up featuring Alltel branding. The HTC device featuring a full QWERTY keyboard was met with much excitement before it disappeared. Rumored to be one of the first World Phones, then was delayed to utilize LTE, the Merge is not even coming to Verizon for reasons unknown. Even though it will not be introduced to the masses on Big Red, it sure brings Alltel's Android linup up to par with other carriers. Will you be picking one up, is the Alltel vs. Verizon a big factor for you with this QWERTY HTC? [Via Droid-Life]

HTC Bee leaks on way to Alltel?

The HTC Bee smartphone has been spotted lurking in an Alltel ROM exhumed by 911sniper, and is believed to be headed to the carrier as the CDMA version of the HTC Wildfire.  According to previous leaks, the Bee will have a 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen, 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7625 processor and a copy of Android 2.2 Froyo. There's also a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash light and autofocus. [via Engadget Mobile]