Yes, Alltel Wireless is still around. The small carrier that focuses on value and no-contract plans in specific regions has a new mid-range device in the Alcatel One Touch Ultra 960C (yes, that's the real name). The device has pretty unassuming specs and is what you'd expect for this price and target market:
- 4.3-inch display
- 1.4GHz processor
- 5MP camera / 720P video
- Front-facing camera
- DLNA support
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
The 960C will set you back $199.99 off contract, or $19.99 with a two year agreement, with Alltel plans starting at $45 per month for unlimited talk and text. A full press release for the device can be found after the break. The phone will be available starting Oct. 18.
New ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C offered to Alltel Wireless customers
Slim, intuitive smartphone option offers users enhanced functionality at an affordable price
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – ALCATEL ONE TOUCH and Alltel Wireless recently announced the availability of the ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C in retail stores and online. The ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C features an ultra-thin, lightweight 4.3-inch capacitive multi-touch display for enhanced content viewing and a powerful 1.4GHz processor that performs quickly to run apps, download content and stream videos.
“Alltel Wireless is proud to add this value-packed, user-friendly device to our smartphone lineup,” said Scott Moody, vice president of marketing communications for Alltel Wireless. “We are constantly trying to provide our customers with the most affordable smartphone options with the most beneficial usability features, and we believe that the ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C embodies this commitment.”
The ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C also features a 5.0-megapixel, with auto-focus and 720p HD video camera that allow users to capture all of life’s important moments in high quality. The built-in camera even features touch focus and image stabilization. The phone also has a front-facing camera, ideal for self-portraits, and can even perform video calls. Running on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, the ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C also comes equipped with built-in DLNA support, so users can stream multimedia content on multiple screens.
“We are very excited to bring a smartphone for work and entertainment like the Ultra to Alltel. We wanted to develop a device that would be easy to use, beneficial in everyday life and come at a very affordable price,” said Rayford Higginbotham, executive director for North America at ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. “The ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C is convenient, intuitive, and offers competitive features to some of the more expensive phones on the market today, but at a much smarter price.”
Additionally, the ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C integrates seamlessly with social networks and comes pre-installed with Facebook and Twitter. Users can share photos, HD video and music on social networks with ease. The device also comes pre-installed with a document viewer and editor, so that those using their device for work can easily see and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and also Adobe PDF files on the go.
Additional features of the Ultra 960C include:
Bluetooth Version 3.0
Google Play Store – browse and download thousands of free and paid apps, games, books and movies
Highly durable Dragontrail™ glass touchscreen with sun legibility
Preloaded battery saver and data traffic manager apps
SWYPE Virtual Keyboard
Text, picture, voice and video messaging
The ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C is available for $19.99 with a new two-year agreement. The phone is also available on Alltel’s No Contract plans for $199.99. The ONE TOUCH Ultra 960C is eligible for Alltel’s Best Value plans with or without a contract, which cost just $45 monthly for unlimited talk and text. A required data is an additional $30 per month.
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, please visit http://alltelwireless.com. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AlltelWireless or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/alltel.
About ALCATEL ONE TOUCH
ALCATEL ONE TOUCH® designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and internet products designed to be as individual as the people who use them. One of the fastest growing of the world’s top ten mobile phone manufacturers, ALCATEL ONE TOUCH makes access to today’s mobile lifestyle simple by offering colorful, easy-to-use devices equipped with the technology people need most at prices they can afford. ALCATEL ONE TOUCH is a brand of TCL Communication, a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://alcatelonetouch.com.
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