The Trimble Outdoors application turns a wide range of Alltel GPS-enabled handsets into an off-road navigation and journaling tool for many outdoor activities. The application allows customers to review and plan trips online, then to send trekking routes, maps and waypoints wirelessly to the phone for use as a guide during trips. Customers can track their current and previous routes with a GPS “bread crumb trail,” mark and edit waypoints during their journey, and utilize a built-in digital compass to display coordinates, speed and heading. Maps generated by Trimble Outdoors can be accessed in topographic, street and aerial views. The Trimble Outdoors application is available to Alltel customers for $39.99 per year, $5.99 per month or $1.99 per day.
Alltell Wireless currently has 14 million subscribers. In June 2008 Verizon Wireless announced it would acquire the cellular carrier, a $5.9 billion deal which should be completed at the end of this week. This acquisition will make Verizon Wireless the largest wireless carrier in the United States, with about 78 million subscribers.