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Alltel Wireless is Ready for 2007 Hurricane Season

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

    Title: Alltel Wireless is Ready for 2007 Hurricane Season
    Date: 5/31/2007 8:30:00 AM

    Carrier Offers Tips for Customers Preparing for Weather-Related
    Emergencies
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 31, 2007--With the 2007
    hurricane season officially beginning June 1, Alltel Wireless (NYSE:
    AT) is ready to respond to any weather-related emergency that might
    threaten communications services in coastal states.
    "Alltel takes very seriously our responsibility to ensure our
    customers stay connected to friends and family during storms," said
    Chris Smith, executive vice president of network services for Alltel.
    "Every year, Alltel makes significant investments in its wireless
    network to improve coverage and reliability, and in 2007 we have once
    again taken all the necessary steps to prepare for hurricane season."
    Alltel has for years maintained a formal plan for preparing for
    hurricanes and 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.
    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.

    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 owner and operator of the nation's largest wireless
    network and has 12 million wireless customers.

    CONTACT: Alltel Wireless
    Andrew Moreau, 501-905-7962
    Vice President - Corporate Communications
    andrew.moreau@alltel.com
    or
    Scott Morris, 501-905-4094
    Manager - Corporate Communications
    scott.l.morris@alltel.com
    Alltel.com - Official Site

    SOURCE: Alltel Wireless
     
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