Alltel Wireless Cell Phones - At The Cutting Edge

By: Martin Smith

Unlike many other cell phone companies that have several callingplans, Alltel Wireless offers only three plans. The TotalFreedom Plan is ideal for those who travel extensively onbusiness and need to keep in touch with clients and the homeoffice, as well as family. It provides coast to coast coveragewithin the United States with no long distance or roamingcharges.

You can get between 200 and 3000 anytime minutes, 1000 night andweekend minutes and 1000 mobile to mobile home minutes. The costfor this Alltel plan ranges between $39.99 and $299.99 a monthdepending on the amount of anytime minutes you choose. The costper minute for calls over your plan minutes is between $.40 and$.20, again depending on the level of anytime minutes chosen.

Alltel relies on its National Freedom Plan to providesubscribers in most medium to large cities with coverage.However subscribers in smaller cities and rural areas or makingcalls to these places may incur unexpected charges. The benefit,however, is more anytime minutes in the same price range as inthe Total Freedom Plan. For instance the National Freedom Plangives 450 minutes for $39.95, while "Total Freedom" gives only200 for the same amount.

The "Greater Freedom" plan is Alltel's offering to the casualuser who doesn't do a lot of traveling or who is consideringreplacing their standard home phone with an Alltel cell phone.For under $30.00 a month you can get 300 anytime minutes. At$39.99 a month you get 700 anytime minutes, 1000 night andweekend minutes and 1000 mobile to mobile home minutes. Alltel'smobile to mobile home minutes refers to calls placed from oneAlltel cell phone to another Alltel user.

Alltel cell phone plans all offer the same basic features suchas voice mail, caller ID, 3-way calling, call waiting, callforwarding and 411 information. Be cautious about thesefeatures, some of them are not covered by all levels of theplans and these charges can add up quickly. Recent research byConsumer Reports show that these seemingly minor add ons can addsignificant charges to your monthly bill. You need to make sureyou know what your coverage area is, what is considered roamingand what the charges for these services are.

If you go prepared, know what type of service you need, makesure you understand all of the features you want and theassociated charges, you will be sure to get an Alltel plan thatis right for you. Alltel's corporate philosophy is thatsimplicity or ease of understanding, means sales. This hasallowed them to become and remain a viable contender in theconfusing world of cell phone carriers.

With approximately 12 million customers and an estimated 8billion dollars in annual revenues, Alltel has fine tuned theircalling plans to insure that they are easy to understand. Thissimplicity has been a strong catalyst for the sales andlongevity of this company.

Phones offered by Alltel are among the best on the market.Alltel cell phones are made by Nokia, Kyocera, and Audiovox.They have one of the largest selections of cell phones availabletoday. You can get all the new "bells and whistles." Do you wantweb access while on the road? Alltel can provide you with aphone that has that capability. Interested in voice dialing?They can give you that. You can also get speaker phones, colordisplays, stock reports, picture phones, cell phones that can beused as walkie talkies, advanced graphics and a collection ofAlltel ring tones including hip hop, country, classical, movietheme songs, and fight songs. Before signing any cell phonecontract you should investigate the available plans thoroughlyto make sure that the Alltel cell phone plan you choose willsuit your needs

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