Alltel's Android roster continues to grow
After taking longer than most carriers to get started with Android, Alltel is showing no signs of slowing.
After recently adding four devices to its Android lineup, Alltel is becoming quite proud of its smartphone roster. So proud, in fact, that it issued a press release today simply to talk its Android devices up a bit more.
It took the wireless provider longer than some of its competitors to get started, but now the snowball is growing. Alltel LG Axis and most recently began offering the and the . With price points that start at nearly free, customers have multiple manufacturers and user interfaces to choose from.with the
It's worth pointing out that almost all of Alltel's products are running Android 2.1 or higher, which is an impressive fact that not many other carriers can boast. Even with most of the specs bordering on midrange at best, at least they have access to much of the Android Market's applications.
And in a sign that the carrier wants to be, Alltel now sells the .
Known more commonly as the Droid X (on Verizon), the smartphone runs Android 2.2 and features a 4.3-inch touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and 8GB internal storage with room for another 32GB via MicroSD cards.
Although the company doesn't yet offer an Android tablet, I would not rule out the possibility of it acquiring one of the upcoming Samsung models. And considering it was among the only U.S. carriers to , an might be in the cards.
Finally, if you're wondering how Alltel can still exist after its 2008 merger with Verizon Wireless, here's the scoop. Yes, Verizon did acquire most of Alltel's assets and customers, but due to , Big Red had to shed Alltel spectrum (and customers) in select markets. Atlantic Tele-Network ended up acquiring 26 of those markets, and continues to offer wireless service under the Alltel name. That is the Alltel you see you today.