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Vodafone Confirms Verizon’s Alltel Courtship (Update: Deal’s Done)

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Update: Wow, this thing moved fast. Both Verizon and Alltel are reporting that the the acquisition is now official, with the aggregate value of the transaction being $28.1 billion. Both companies stated that they would like to have the deal completed by the end of the year.

James Stewart and Grace KelllyUK-based telecom Vodafone, which has a 45% stake in Verizon, confirm yesterday’s rumors of the big V’s interest in Alltel, the fifth-largest American carrier. The magic number floating around for the Alltel bid is no less than $27 billion.

Vodafone confirms that Verizon Wireless is in advanced discussions regarding the potential acquisition of Alltel Corp. There is no assurance that a transaction will be forthcoming,” the company said in an announcement to the London Stock Exchange.

The acquisition would be the biggest telecom deal since AT&T bought BellSouth in 2006. Adding Alltel’s 13.2 million subscribers to Verizon’s 67.2 million would make them the largest US carrier, usurping AT&T’s 71.4 million customers. Maybe then they’ll get BlackBerrys faster.

What do you think, guys and gals? Is Alltel worth that much, or is it just a play to be number one?

(via Cellular-News)

BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Episode 27

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BBCoolLots of guests this week! We talk with both the Yahoo! oneSearch team, as well as Vlingo, the force behind its voice recognition search. We also take some time with Alltel to talk about their upcoming BlackBerry 8330, what plans are available, as well as what it’s like being a CDMA carrier in a GSM world. We also bring in the news, including fresh news on the BlackBerry 9000, a significant raise in BlackBerry’s brand value, the due date for Sprint’s Curve, and plenty more. You can download Episode 27 directly here, get it via feed here, or subscribe via iTunes.

Alltel Curve available May 1st.

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Alltel 8330While Sprint’s release date for the BlackBerry 8330 is still in flux, Alltel has gone all official, announcing a May 1st. release date. It’s available for pre-order now on Alltel’s online store for $229.99 after a $100.00 mail-in rebate and a two-year plan.

Bell and Telus up north have already unleashed their devices, but it’s safe to say that most of the big names in the US will have the CDMA Curve ready to rock before WES.

One more red BlackBerry hits the streets

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Red 8830It just doesn’t end, does it? Verizon’s BlackBerry 8830 has been given the red paint job that has become so popular this time of year, and will be available through Verizon’s online store and other retail channels tomorrow for $299.99 on a two-year contract, with a $100 rebate for qualifying voice and data plans. The World Edition is a nice change, since the 8800-series doesn’t get nearly as much colour as the Pearl does. Remember, if you’re ever looking for a quick and painless colour change, DecalGirl has some Solid State skins that can easily do the trick.

Alltel launching red BlackBerry 8130

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Alltel 8130A facelifted CDMA Pearl will be available on Alltel this quarter, alongside the LG Scoop and Samsung Muse. The original blue-grey one launched over the holidays, and I guess this red one’s just in time for the coming onslaught of Valentined-up handsets. For info on preorders, head on over to www.alltel.com/style.

Alltel brings out the GPS Pearl

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AlltelNext on the long train of holiday releases is Alltel, who is also busting out the BlackBerry 8130 for holiday season. You’ll be looking at $149.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and a two-year plan, but they’re also offering a “My Circle” deal which lets you chose 10 numbers on any network which you can call for free. The features are old hat to most of us by now: GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, SureType, 2.0 mpx camera with video capture, and preloaded with the Facebook app.