Press Release posted by Dan Seifert on Tuesday July 17, 2012.
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CONWAY and LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 17, 2012) - PrivacyStar and Alltel Wireless today announce PrivacyStar for Alltel Wireless Android customers. Users of the privacy application can now easily block unwanted calls and texts as well as easily report telemarketer and debt collector violations directly to the Federal Trade Commission. Other features include SmartBlock, Do Not Disturb, Caller Lookup and more. The PrivacyStar feature-packed application provides Alltel Wireless customers with the ability to enjoy privacy, protection and preference on their mobile phone.
"With more and more people abandoning landlines for the sole use of mobile phones, people are living a very mobile life and finding that privacy options are a necessity," said Jeff Stalnaker, CEO of PrivacyStar. "We are proud that two Arkansas high-tech companies are coming together to offer Alltel Wireless customers a powerful set of privacy features that will give customers the capability to have complete control of their mobile phone."
PrivacyStar offers a feature-rich application in privacy, protection and preference that provides consumers with complete control of their mobile phone. Its versatile call blocking feature blocks unwanted calls and text messages from individual, private and unknown numbers. Blocked numbers can be managed directly from the user's phone, enabling them to easily monitor all activity on their account as well as block and unblock callers. A SmartBlock feature uses crowdsourcing for the top 25 blocked numbers and automatically blocks them for all PrivacyStar users.
PrivacyStar's complaint filing feature allows users to report potential Do Not Call Registry and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations directly from their phones, making it easy to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission. Additionally, the Do Not Disturb provides consumers with the ability to send customized text messages such as "I'm driving" or "in a meeting" to callers when unavailable. With PrivacyStar's Caller Lookup function, identify unknown callers by name and take appropriate action, such as adding to the contacts list or Privacy List.
"Alltel Wireless is committed to offering products that simplify the lives of our customers," said Scott Moody, vice president of marketing for Alltel Wireless. "We are thrilled to partner with another Arkansas-based company to provide our customers with an added layer of convenience, further demonstrating our continued commitment to present the best value in wireless."
This solution is enabled via PrivacyStar's strategic relationship with Syniverse as part of the Syniverse Wireless Caller ID and Privacy Management Applications portfolio.
Additional Features Include:
* SMS ID - Upon receiving a text message from an unknown sender, select SMS look-up from the PrivacyStar home page and the message that needs to be identified in order to take appropriate action, such as blocking the number.
* Web Portal - Fully integrated personal web portal to manage the PrivacyStar account, block and unblock callers, and perform number look-ups. The portal also provides additional details on violations.
* Future Proof - Easily transfer PrivacyStar user information from one device to another.
About Alltel Wireless
Allied Wireless Communications Corporation (AWCC), doing business as Alltel Wireless, is a wireless telecommunications provider serving customers in six states. Headquartered in Little Rock, AR., AWCC is a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI). For more information, please visit http://alltelwireless.com or http://www.awcc.com.
PrivacyStar, a smartphone application, provides consumers with the top of the line in-phone privacy, protection and preference. Based in Conway, Arkansas, PrivacyStar has years of regulatory experience working with both Federal and State bodies to define and understand all aspects of consumer protection laws and regulations, and has patented numerous privacy and preference solutions. Lookup+ by PrivacyStar is offered for iPhone users and an expanded feature set available for Android and Blackberry smartphone users.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.