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ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line)

A high-speed data transfer line. Alltel ADSL offers digital bandwidth up to 1.536 mbps.

Adaptive Power Control

Technique employed by wireless infrastructure systems that lowers the power of a signal in a cell site whenever the site detects that the user's phone is close to the source of the signal. The cell site tells the phone to lower its power, thus saving battery life.


The analog cellular standard, AMPS operates in the frequency range between 800 and 900 Megahertz. The signals received from a transmitter cover an area called a cell. This technology has since been updated with digital service.


The useable range of transmission frequencies available to a network. The greater the bandwidth, the greater the amount of information that can be transmitted on the network.

Bent Pipe Technology

Satellite technology used to transmit calls from one point on Earth to a satellite, then back down to another point on Earth.

Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

The name for a new wireless technology developed by Ericsson Inc., Intel Corp., Nokia Corp. and Toshiba. This technology enables data connections between electronic devices and desktop computers, wireless phones, electronic organizers and printers in the 2.4 GHz range by replacing the device's cable or infrared connection.

Bluetooth® (stereo enabled) Wireless Technology

A stereo-enabled Bluetooth® device supports Stereo Bluetooth Headsets which can deliver a better audio (music) experience.

Music Player

Allows you to listen to your favorite music. Music formats supported for download onto the TransFlashTM card and read by the KX5 music player are: MP3 and AAC.


BREW was developed and is a trademark of QUALCOMM. BREW has provided the platform to energize the adoption of wireless data applications and services. Applications available on BREW phones include games, ringtones, picture sharing, instant messaging, e-mail, and several business productivity tools.


A wide-bandwidth channel used for voice, data and/or video services.

CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)

Also called "blended channel use," this technology spreads a signal over a greater bandwidth than a traditional analog system, and increases capacity by making all frequencies available at all times. The Alltel choice for digital technology, CDMA is compatible on 800 mhz phones.


A telecommunications solution that allows wireless packet switched data connectivity through the existing cellular communications network. In other words, it's wireless data that allows you to access the network.

Cell Splitting

The process of creating more coverage and capacity in a geographic area by having more than one cell cover the same area that a single cell originally did. In this scenario, each cell covers a smaller area with lower power, thereby offering the ability to reuse frequencies more times in a larger geographic coverage area (such as a city).

CMOS Digital Camera

CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) is the technology of choice for many present-day digital cameras because of its ability to operate from very low voltages, which helps to conserve battery life.


A mechanism on a phone that plays music.

DCMA (Dynamic Channel Multicarrier Architecture)

Developed by ComSpace Corp., this technology is used for specialized mobile radio networks that can configure the number and bandwidth of voice and data channels based on a carrier's requirements.


DNA telephone networks are entirely digital, instead of a combination of analog and digital. The benefits of an all-digital network include the ability to provide higher quality transmissions and improved efficiency and services.

DRLCM (Digital Remote Line Concentrator Module)

Places a portion of the centrally located host switch closer to the customer, eliminating long analog cable pairs. In this scenario, the remote switch is digitally connected to the host, which provides the customer with a better quality connection and enhanced service.


The newest form of wireless communications, this technology takes voice transmissions and converts them into computer language (zeros and ones, or "binary" language), and then reconstructs them into the original voice format at the other end. Digital is more secure than analog and is relatively impervious to static or fading signals.

Driving Mode

Allows hands-free driving. Lets you talk and place calls without the need for a car kit.

Dual Band

Describes a handset that works on 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS frequencies.

Dual Mode

A handset that works on both analog and digital networks.

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global (or GSM) Evolution)

An advanced technology for GSM and TDMA networks, EDGE can offer wireless data access speeds of up to 384 kbs per second for mobile devices.


A high-speed paging protocol developed by Motorola. FLEX increases paging channel capacities from 200,000 pages per channel to 600,000 pages per channel, and can operate at 1600, 3200 and 6400 baud.

Frame Relay

Wideband, packet-based interface used to transmit bursts of data over a wide-area network. Frame relay is seldom used for voice.

GPS (Global Positioning System)

A satellite system used to determine a person's location.

GSM (Global System Management)

Most widely used digital technology in Europe and Middle East.

ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)

Allows for wide-bandwidth digital transmission using the public switched telephone network. In this scenario, the telephone service line is split into three channels for voice, data and video/image exchange. Using ISDN, a phone call can transfer 64 kbs of digital data per second.


A high-speed voice and data paging protocol that enables the transmission and storage of voice messages in the caller's own voice. InFLEXion is designed to ensure that voice mail messages will be received through its acknowledge-back capability.


Developed by Sun Microsystems, JAVA was launched in 1995 as a programming language and development environment for the computer industry. In a JAVA environment, programmers create "applets," small applications that run inside Internet browsers. The advantage of utilizing JAVA is that programmers can write one application that works on many different computer platforms rather than different versions of an application to run on different platforms.

Lithium Ion (Battery)

The latest form of battery technology, lithium ion batteries offer the highest power-to-weight ratio (lots of power for very little weight) and no "memory effect" (losing charge when the battery is not completely drained before recharging).

TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access)

Divides voice and data transmissions into packets according to time, allowing multiple transmissions on a signal frequency.

Mega Pixel

A pixel is one of the many tiny dots that make up the representation of a picture in a computer's memory. A megapixel equals 1 million pixels, and is used to express the resolution capabilities of digital cameras.

Multimedia Messaging System (MMS)

An advanced technology that allows you to send and receive text messages with multimedia attachments.

Video Clips Capture & Playback

The ability to take short videos and play them back on a phone.



MP3 Player (MPEG Layer 3)

The most popular audio-compression format used for playing music.

NAMPS (Narrowband Advanced Mobile Phone System)

Combines cellular voice processing with digital signaling, increasing the capacity of AMPS systems and adding functionality.

Narrowband PCD

The next generation of paging networks, including two-way, acknowledgment and "wireless answering machine" paging.

Ni-Cd Battery (Nickel Cadmium)

Rapidly losing favor in the wireless industry, these batteries don't provide much power for wireless phones and suffer from a "memory effect" that quickly depletes their charge if the battery is not drained all the way down before recharging.

NmH Battery (Nickel Metal Hydride)

The most popular battery technology, NmH strikes a balance between cost and performance. With nominal "memory effect" (losing charge when the battery is not completely drained before recharging), these batteries provide significantly better standby and talk times than Ni-Cd batteries, but not quite as good as lithium ion batteries.

PCS (Personal Communications Services)

A two-way, 1900 MHz digital voice, messaging and data service designed as the second generation of cellular.

Polyphonic Ringtones

A type of ringtone that can play two or more notes at the same time, resulting in better quality ringtones.

Polyphonic Ringtones

A type of ringtone that can play two or more notes at the same time, resulting in better quality ringtones.

SD Removable Memory Slot (Secure Digital Memory Card)

A flash memory card the size of a stamp that can be used to download additional photos and music.

Voice-activated Dialing

The ability to dial numbers on a wireless phone using only your voice.


Walkie-talkie service that allows you to connect with a user or group of users by touching a button.

Airplane mode

A wireless mode that cuts off the radio parts of a device to make it safe for flying.

Voice Recognition

The capability for wireless phones, PCs and other communications devices to be activated or controlled by voice commands.

OEL (Organic Electro-Luminescent) Display

An OEL Display is an alternative to traditional LCD display that does not require a backlight to function. This means that it draws far less power and can be used with small portable devices, which usually have to use monochrome low-resolution displays to conserve power.

Full-color Internal LCD

A full-color display screen built into a phone.

Voice Memo Recorder

Allows you to listen to, add and erase short verbal reminders.

Voice Recognition

The capability for wireless phones, PCs and other communication devices to be activated or controlled by voice commands.

WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)

A protocol designed for advanced wireless devices that facilitates the transmission of data signals, particularly Internet content, to micro-browsers built into the device's software.

Wireless Internet

A radio frequency service that provides access to Internet e-mail and/or the Internet.


Launched in the U.S. in October 1983, this is the original form of cellular service. This service uses a waveform transmission instead of the zeros and ones that a digital system uses. Although it is more prone to interference, static, eavesdropping and cloning than digital systems, it is still deployed in many parts of the world where the advanced technology (and higher cost) of digital systems is not deemed necessary.

Personal organizer


Internal USB

A Universal Serial Bus (USB) allows devices to be added to a system without re-powering. For multimedia devices, such as scanners and digital cameras, USB has become the standard connection method.

Predictive Text Entry

Also known as T9, this type of text entry allows users to press one key per letter; with each keystroke, the phone tries to predict the word being typed.

Predictive Text Entry

Also known as iTAP, this type of text entry allows users to press one key per letter; with each keystroke, the phone tries to predict the word being typed.

Predictive Text Entry

Also known as ezi, this type of text entry allows users to press one key per letter; with each keystroke, the phone tries to predict the word being typed.


A two-way paging and a transport protocol that provides message acknowledgement, customized replies and the downloading of data files to a computer. ReFLEX adds a response channel to a traditional one-way paging system, and ensures that voice mail messages will be received through its acknowledge-back capability.

RF (Radio Frequency)

Several types of wireless devices make use of RF communication. Some of these include cordless and cellular telephones, radio and television broadcast stations, satellite communications systems, and two-way radio services. Alltel uses RF for the wireless connection on our cell phone network between the tower and the phone handset.


Wireless phones that offer a significant number of features and often a keyboard. What makes these phones "smart" is their ability to handle data calls in addition to voice calls.

SMS (Short Message Service)

Electronic messages sent via a wireless network; used for relaying text messages.



Speaker-independent Voice Recognition

Also known as voice-activated dialing, this capability lets you dial numbers on your wireless phone using only your voice.

STN Color Display

This STN Color Display delivers a high-brightness, high-definition display without requiring a backlight and color filter. This technology allows for low power consumption.

T9 Text Input

Also known as T9, this type of text entry allows users to press one key per letter; with each keystroke, the phone tries to predict the word being typed.

Voice Commands

The ability to perform certain functions on a wireless phone using only your voice.

Palm 0S 4.1 Software


MMC/SD Expansion Card Slot

Accepts Multimedia Cards (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) cards, which are popular data storage devices.

Browser Capability

The ability for a wireless phone to access the Internet using a Mobile Web browser.

GPS & 1X Chipset(5100)

Refers to a phone that has GPS (Global Positioning System) capabilities and 1X capability.

TFT Color Display

As of 2004, TFT technology has provided the highest resolution of LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays). TFT is considered a more flexible variant of LCD technology, since each pixel is controlled individually. This is achieved by means of several transistors.



Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS)

An advanced technology that allows you to send and receive text messages with graphics and sound.

E911 Emergency Location Capable

Allows 911 dispatchers to identify your location when you call 911 from your wireless phone; this service is available from your local public safety organization

Basic Voice Mail

Gives you 15 messages (1 minute long) that will be stored for 14 days.

3-Way Calling

Enables you to call a third party while on the phone with someone.

Caller ID

Tells you who's calling before you answer and what number to call back if you don't answer.

Call Forwarding

Allows you to redirect your incoming calls to any number you wish. (Plan minutes and per-minute charges apply.)

Call Home Free

If you have 2 or more lines of service, you can add a home telephone number (or any designated number in the service area) into your Mobile-to-Mobile minutes.

Call Waiting

Lets you answer another incoming call while you're still on the original call.

Detailed Billing

Shows a record of numbers you called by date, including the length of the call and any associated charges.

Directory Plus

Puts you in touch with a live operator. All you have to do is dial 411 from your wireless phone. Cost is $1.25 per call.

Enhanced Voice Mail

Gives you 30 messages (2 minutes long) that will be stored for 21 days.

FreeToRoam® Minutes

Add 100 national roaming minutes so you have them when you need them.


Mobile-to-Mobile minutes can be used while an Alltel wireless customer is calling any other Alltel mobile number within a specified coverage area.

Mr. Rescue®

Gives you peace of mind by providing free towing service (up to $50), flat tire assistance, lock out assistance and more.

No Answer Transfer

Lets you redirect incoming calls to another number when your phone goes unanswered.

Pooled Minutes

Lets your employees share package minutes across their plans so you don't have to worry about overtime charges


Insures your wireless phone against loss or theft, unintentional damage and mechanical and electrical failure outside your manufacturer's warranty.

Share Your Minutes

Allows you to add up to 4 lines and share your plan minutes.

Text Messaging

Lets you send and receive text messages from your wireless phone without saying a word — or using minutes.

Text Messaging

Pay-Per-Use Text Messaging - 5¢ in/out.

Unlimited Text Messaging is included with the $69.99 monthly plan and is free option on Pay-Per-Day plans.


Walkie-talkie service that allows you to connect with a user or group of users by touching a button.


The term applied to a phone that works on 800 MHz analog, 800 MHz digital and 1900 MHz (also known as 1.9 GHz) frequencies.

Extended Night Minutes

Add two additional hours of talk time beginning at 7 p.m.

Built-in Flashilight

Flashlight at your fingertips by simply pressing the "Back" button.

MP3 ringtone capability

This handset is capable of playing MP3 quality ringtones that sound just like your favorite CD!

Infrared Wireless Technology

A form of wireless connectivity that allows the phone to connect to other Infrared devices (i.e.: connect to your PC to transfer files with the Nokia PC Suite).

Personal Tools

Includes scheduler, calculator, alarm clock, stopwatch, tip calculator, countdown timer, and world clock.

Multiple Languages

English, Spanish

Text to Speech

Text to speech is a capability that allows the received text messages to be interpreted into voice. If the message cannot be seen, it can be converted into speech.

Touch-sensitive media keys

Allows you to listen and navigate your music while the handset is closed.

Jump Music Download

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Personal Organizer

Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, Password Keeper

Expandable memory slot

MicroSD Card sold separately.

Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Edition

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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Alltel is owner and operator of the nation's largest wireless network and has nearly 12 million wireless customers.


Alltel History
Alltel History fact sheet

Alltel has a rich history of innovation, service and achievement that spans more than six decades. Here, you'll find our most recent accomplishments as well as highlights and milestones from the past 60 years.

Recent Events


Allied Telephone is founded in Little Rock, Ark.


Allied and Mid-Continent merge to form ALLTEL


ALLTEL launches its first wireless system in Charlotte, N.C.


Systematics (ALLTEL Information Services) acquired


ALLTEL opens its first wireless retail store

Purchase of GTE's independent telephone directory publishing contracts

Acquisition of GTE's Georgia telephone properties


ALLTEL named to S&P 500 Index


ALLTEL offers long-distance service

Virtuoso II wireless customer care and billing system introduced to market

ALLTEL announces plans to become full-service provider in Little Rock, Ark., and Charlotte, N.C.


ALLTEL's wireless and wireline businesses converge into a single organization to deliver a full suite of communications products to customers.


ALLTEL merges with 360 Communications and as a result gains 2.6 millon customers in 15 states.


ALLTEL announces completion of its merger with Standard Group, Inc. of Cornelia, Ga. The merger adds more than 71,000 local telephone lines.

ALLTEL completes $1.8 billion merger with Aliant Communications of Lincoln, Nebraska.

ALLTEL completes $600 million merger with Liberty Cellular of Kansas.


ALLTEL completes wireless property exchange with Bell Atlantic and GTE, setting up a roaming agreement to establish the nation's largest standardized digital wireless network covering 95 percent of the United States.

ALLTEL introduces "Total Freedom®," a nationwide calling plan that eliminates roaming and long-distance charges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

ALLTEL acquires wireless properties in New Orleans and Baton Rouge from SBC Communications Inc.


ALLTEL acquires Verizon local access lines in Kentucky for $1.9 billion.

ALLTEL acquires 700,000 wireless customers from CenturyTel, Inc. in Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin for $1.5 billion.


ALLTEL sells its financial services division to Fidelity National Financial.

ALLTEL purchases wireless properties in southern Mississippi from Cellular XL.

ALLTEL adds picture messaging to Axcess wireless data services.


Alltel offers instant connection with Touch2Talk service

ALLTEL acquires wirelss assets from U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom.

ALLTEL invested more than $1 billion to improve and expand its local telephone and digital wireless networks.


Alltel announces acquisition of Western Wireless

Alltel acquires wireless assets from Cingular

Alltel acquires wireless properties from PSC

Alltel unveils new corporate logo symbolizing commitment to customers

Alltel begins customer-centric brand advertising campaign

Alltel completes merger with Western Wireless

Alltel donates $1 million to Katrina relief effort led by Bush, Clinton

Alltel agrees to purchase Midwest Wireless for $1 billion in cash


Alltel introduces new prepaid wireless service that's all about 'U'

Alltel launches 'My Circle,' a one-of-a-kind program that gives customers free calls to any network or number they choose

Alltel completes purchase of First Cellular of Southern Illinois

Alltel signs 10-year nationwide roaming agreement with Sprint

Alltel extends roaming agreement with Cingular Wireless until 2012

Alltel completes spinoff of landline business, merger with VALOR to form Windstream Communications

Alltel completes purchase of Midwest Wireless


Alltel Wireless changes the face of wireless phones with Celltop

Celltop from Alltel Wireless wins "Best in Show" award at CTIA Wireless 2007

Alltel completes sale of southern Minnesota properties to meet divestiture requirement

Alltel Wireless celebrates one year of 'My Circle'

Alltel to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners for $71.50 per share