Andrew Moreau 501-905-7962 Director - Corporate Communications   Rob Clancy 501-905-8991 Vice President - Investor Relations

ALLTEL enhances wireless data services with new Axcess offering

E-mail, games, picture sharing are available in one suite of products

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Jan. 23, 2003 - ALLTEL is enhancing its wireless data services by offering Axcess, which unifies the company's complete range of wireless Internet, e-mail, text messaging, picture sharing and games in one suite of products. Axcess services will be available in ALLTEL's digital markets beginning Sunday.

Axcess also includes services based on BREW technology along with new applications such as Snapfish Mobile, which allows customers to view and send digital photos from their handset. Axcess also will serve as a launching pad for future data enhancements.

"Axcess continues ALLTEL's tradition of bringing innovative services to customers in an easy-to-use format," said Kevin Beebe, ALLTEL's communications group president. "Listening to our customers, we developed Axcess to better connect them to the value and convenience of services like text messaging, wireless Web and the ever-growing list of wireless applications. ALLTEL will continue developing our Axcess suite of services to best fit each customer's needs, from the business traveler who needs immediate e-mail access to the customer who wants to have fun and play games."

Axcess services can be added to any ALLTEL digital rate plan. Prices vary depending on the Axcess service selected.

ALLTEL offers a variety of digital handsets, including some with a color screen, further enhancing applications like photo sharing and games like SEGA Snowboarding.

Axcess organizes ALLTEL's data services into four main categories:

  • People: services like wireless e-mail and text messaging;
  • Info: services like wireless Internet and customizable news, sports, weather and stock alerts;
  • Tools: services such as a calendar, planner and other office applications; and
  • Fun: games that can be downloaded for play anytime on a handset, and ringtones that can be used to signal incoming calls or text messages.
For more information on Axcess, customers can call 1-800-255-8359.

ALLTEL, with more than 12 million communications customers and more than $7.70 billion in revenues, is a leader in the communications and information services industries. ALLTEL has communications customers in 26 states and provides information services to telecommunications, financial and mortgage clients in more than 50 countries.



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