Alltel Wireless announced today that the innovative Fastap(TM) keypad, created by Digit Wireless, is now available exclusively for its customers on the LG AX490 phone. Available in Alltel retail stores and on shopalltel.com beginning Aug. 3, the LG AX490 is the only phone in the United States to feature this cutting-edge technology.
Designed with simplicity in mind, the Fastap keypad allows for dual levels of functionality by integrating the traditional 12-number keypad with raised buttons for each letter of the alphabet. The Fastap keyboard simplifies virtually every phone function and provides easier and faster access to mobile phone-based applications including Text Messaging, Instant Messaging, Picture and Web Browsing.
Fastap meets the growing needs of Alltel Wireless' customers by providing a groundbreaking technology that allows for quicker and easier data entry and retrieval, while keeping with the traditional phone design. For example, customers who download Alltel's Axcess Instant Messaging application to their LG AX490 now have an affordable, easy, seamless and always-on mobile messaging experience.
The LG AX490 was designed with the racing enthusiast in mind. Sporting a sleek design based on a race car form, the LG AX490 features Fastap technology as well as special ringtones, games and graphics of Ryan Newman, driver of the Alltel No. 12 Dodge. The LG AX490 also includes Axcess Apps and Axcess Web from Alltel Wireless, allowing users to easily personalize their phones with ringtones, productivity tools and the ability to view Internet content. It also features a multimedia function for viewing and sharing photos quickly and easily right from the phone.
"We are proud to introduce the first Fastap enabled handset with Alltel in the U.S., who is an important CDMA customer for LG," said Jeff Hwang, senior vice president of marketing and product management, LG Electronics MobileComm, U.S.A., Inc. "Text messaging is an increasingly popular handset feature for consumers today and at LG we are focused on bringing new and innovative wireless solutions such as Fastap devices to the market that enhances the overall user experience in a fun and intuitive way. The LG AX490 offers the best of everything for the user who is looking for a sleek but highly functional wireless phone."
The AX490 is available from Alltel for $59.99 after a $40 mail-in rebate. This discounted price is available to new customers on two-year service agreements as well as to existing eligible customers on qualifying rate plans.