Enter Alltel, a full fledged 4G wireless carrier recognized as the ninth largest wireless telecommunications company in the United States....
Alltel Wireless Prepaid Plans
Enter Alltel, a full-fledged 4G wireless carrier recognized as the ninth largest wireless telecommunications company in the United States. Unfortunately, though Alltel provides nationwide coverage, it only operates in a few rural spots in the following six states: Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina. This is because the company has been through a plethora of mergers.
- Fast 4G Connectivity
- Individual and Family Options
- Optional WiFi Services
First, let’s talk about the two most basic plans. They provide talk and text services to individuals and families at a rate of $45/month for an individual and $85/month for a family of two. In addition, additional phones (aka lines) can be added to the family plan for just $20 extra per month.
Data is also an option with both basic plans, but they come at steep rates per line:
- $10/month | 200MB
- $30/month | 2GB
- $50/month | 5GB
- $70/month | 10GB
Several competitors provide cheaper data rates, but at significantly slower speeds.
There are a few other plans available for those individuals who only need a limited amount of anytime minutes:
- 500 Minutes | $39.99/month
- 900 Minutes | $59.99/month
- 1400 Minutes | $79.99/month
- 2100 Minutes | $99.99/month
These plans cover only one person, but additional individuals can be added for only $9.99/month, except for the first one (500 minutes). That one requires $20 extra per month for each additional line.
All four plans also offer unlimited texting for $10 extra per month, as well as data options equivalent to those for the individual/family plans listed earlier.
Alltel also offers nationwide computer/laptop data access at a rate of $59.99 for 5GB and $39.99 for 500MB per month, which each additional MB costing $0.02. There’s also a slightly cheaper local option whose prices drop to $44.99 and $24.99 per month, respectively.
Unfortunately, Alltel provides no international plans, meaning you’ll have to pay heavy-duty rates for any international calls and texts made.
Usage Based Plans
Alltel provides a limited number of usage-based options for text messaging and data. Texts are priced at $.15 for SMS and $.25 for MMS, while data is available at a rate of $1.99/MB. Unless you have an incredible amount of money to spare, you would be much better off going with a prepaid plan.
The features offered by Alltel are fairly standard and include basic SMS/MMS messages, domestic and international calling, and access to the Internet, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, etc.
Unfortunately, Alltel hosts a plethora of fees, including activation fees, phonebook transfer fees, taxes, connectivity fees, regulatory surcharge fees and even termination fees. If you decide to go with Alltel, we recommend you take the time to thoroughly review your contract before you sign up for it.
Alltel offers over ten top-of-the-line phones, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, HTC Desire, Huawei Ascend and LG Optimus, to name a few.
Help & Support
Alltel also a very comprehensive support system that includes an online database of questions & answers, phone service and email service.
Overall, Alltel is a great wireless provider, but it’s extraordinarily limited in that it operates in such a few spots around the country. Plus, it doesn’t cater to those with international friends. At the end of the day, it’s the perfect brand for rural Americans who want to stay connected with the rest of the country.