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Alltel stands ready for Hurricane season

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    Alltel Corp. has added a news release to its Investor Relations website.

    Title: Alltel Stands Ready as 2006 Hurricane Season Begins; Tips Will Help Customers Prepare for Emergencies
    Date: 6/1/2006 4:30:00 PM


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 1, 2006--With the 2006
    hurricane season officially beginning today, Alltel has taken
    extensive steps to prepare for any weather-related emergency that
    might threaten communications services in coastal states.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted
    a "very active" hurricane season in the North Atlantic, with four to
    six major hurricanes. Typically, NOAA said, the North Atlantic sees
    two major hurricanes each season.

    "Alltel works year-round to plan for hurricane season to make sure
    our customers stay connected to friends and family during storms,"
    said Chris Smith, executive vice president of network services for
    Alltel. "Alltel has made significant investments in its wireless
    network to improve coverage and reliability, and after last year's
    hurricanes, we were one of the first carriers to restore service to
    the Gulf Coast states."

    Alltel has for years maintained a formal plan for preparing for
    hurricanes and then responds with manpower, generators and equipment
    once a storm hits. The company routinely opens a remote Hurricane
    Command Center to manage resources and lead network recovery efforts
    during disasters.


    This year, Alltel already has:

    -- Secured agreements with vendors to provide fuel to keep trucks
    and generators running.

    -- Placed generators on standby in hurricane-prone areas, and
    tested on-site backup generators for readiness in case of a
    power outage. In addition, the company has purchased more than
    100 new generators.

    -- Prepared to provide lodging, RVs, food and water for
    technicians working in storm-hit areas.

    Alltel also works to help customers in hard-hit areas. Retail
    stores remain open as long as possible and reopen as soon as
    conditions permit to allow customers access to phone chargers and
    batteries. Alltel opens mobile retail stores in particularly hard-hit
    areas.

    Last year, Alltel retail stores across the country provided
    customers displaced by the hurricanes with phones to make free calls
    to friends and family. The company also provided free nationwide
    roaming and long-distance to customers in New Orleans and along the
    Gulf Coast.


    Customers can prepare for hurricane season by:

    -- Verifying that wireless phones are working properly.

    -- Programming wireless phones with emergency contact numbers.

    -- Making sure wireless phone batteries remain fully charged.

    -- Keeping additional charged batteries on hand along with car
    chargers. Phones, batteries and chargers should be kept in
    dry, easily accessible areas.

    -- Have a non-cordless telephone available at home in the event
    of a power outage.

    In addition, in the event a hurricane occurs, customers should
    consider:


    -- Using Text Messaging instead of trying to place a call.

    -- Limiting non-emergency calls, whenever possible.

    -- Waiting 10-15 seconds before dialing again if a call fails to
    go through.

    -- Using their camera phones to record damage for insurance
    purposes.

    Alltel is a customer-focused communications company with more than
    15 million customers in 37 states and nearly $10 billion in annual
    revenues.

    Alltel, NYSE: AT
    www.alltel.com
     
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