LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Dec. 7, 2006) - Alltel Wireless (NYSE:AT), America's largest network, and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry(R) 8703e wireless handset is available to Alltel customers. The BlackBerry 8703e supports phone, e-mail, messaging, organizer, browser and other mobile applications that work on Alltel's next generation high-speed Axcess Broadband network and supports turn-by-turn navigation with its built-in GPS capabilities.

Alltel is offering the BlackBerry 8703e with key value-added applications designed to maximize utility from the powerful handset. A mobile software store from Handango(TM) enables on-device software purchases from a catalog of productivity and entertainment titles. Handmark(R) Pocket Express(TM) delivers news, weather, sports, maps, directory look-ups, movie showtimes and other mobile content to Alltel subscribers. And TeleNav GPS Navigator(TM) leverages the built-in assisted-GPS technology of the handset to provide turn-by-turn, voice and onscreen driving directions to virtually any U.S. destination. Customers can find these applications at www.handango.com/alltel, www.handmark.com/alltel, and www.telenav.com, respectively, and will soon be able to have them delivered via "Virtual Preload" directly to their BlackBerry 8703e.