Alltel offers direct service in 56 prevent of the country. It offers its full suite of services to its customers in 96 percent of the country that is evEry major metropolitan area through reciprocal roaming agreements with Verizon and sprint. So you can use your phone basically anywhere with no didfrence in how your service works.
My point is not about alltel it is about service quality in general. Cingular is not good in most places it offers service. That is proven in both the most recent JD powers surveys and consumer reports.