In conjunction with testing, monitoring and support solutions provider Mobile Complete, Alltel announced the Alltel Virtual Developer Lab, a remote testing service allowing developers real-time access to handsets on the operator's CDMA network. According to Alltel, the VDL promises developers interaction with mobile devices comparable to true hands-on access, maximizing their opportunity to trial new mobile products and applications.
The Alltel Virtual Developer Lab's benefits include:
- Global service 24/7/365
- No shipping of phones to update firmware
- Device reservation system with a multi-user environment, VCR controls to replicate problems from the device
- Collaborative opportunities via screens shared with other users
The VDL service is now available on seven Alltel-branded smartphones, including the BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry 7250, BlackBerry 8703e, Palm Treo 650, Palm Treo 700p, Palm Treo 700wx and UT StarCom PPC-6700. The carrier said more phones will be added in the months ahead. Development support and technical resources for the Alltel Virtual Developer Lab can be found here;Â the new Virtual Lab service can be found here.
"The launch of the new remote testing service reinforces our commitment to support all facets of the product development process," said Alltel senior VP of wireless products Wade McGill in a prepared statement. "Access to the most advanced mobile phones and the ability to communicate and share information among developers is crucial to the development and delivery of quality mobile content."
For more on the Alltel Virtual Developer Lab:
- read this release
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