I am one of the masses that have gone completely mobile with my phone service, leaving behind the normal phone lines in favor of one that goes where I go. One of the main qualms I have is that when people I don’t want to talk to call me, I have to pay for the call.
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Sure I have caller ID, but what good does that do me if I don’t recognize the number and don’t know where the call is coming from? Alltel is introducing a new, enhanced caller ID service to help combat this problem.
The new caller ID service will be initially available on the LG AX275 and will be on additional phone sin the near future. Alltel will be offering a seven day trial of the new service called City ID and on later devices the trial will be for 15 days.
After the trial period ends you can continue using City Id for $1.99 per month. City Id works by automatically matching incoming numbers with the U.S. Based city and state where the number is registered. The city data is displayed along side the number. I'm not sure how much help this service will be, odds are if I don't know the number giving me the state and city won't help me much more than what called ID already gives me.
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“City ID will provide our customers with additional control over the calls that they choose to answer,” said Wade McGill, senior vice president of wireless products for Alltel Wireless. “Customers frequently do not recognize an incoming phone number, and this application will provide the additional information to help users decide if they want to answer the call.” “It’s human nature to want more control over how and with whom we communicate,” said Rick Hennessey, CEO of Cequint. “City ID empowers mobile customers who have been frustrated trying to guess the locations of unknown area codes and numbers.” Via Alltel press release.