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RECENT NEWS FLASH 2000-14 (May 2000)

(Updated on May 8,  2000)


Nextel Introduces Nextel Online™: Wireless Internet Service for Business

Nextel Communications, Inc. began rolling out Nextel Online™ wireless Internet services in 43 major U.S. markets including more than 750 cities.  Nextel Online service is scheduled to become available by mid-year.

With Nextel Online, Nextel now offers a wireless phone that serves as a four-in-one wireless business communication tool. Nextel's Internet-capable "plus" series phones, manufactured by Motorola, integrate wireless Internet service, Nextel Direct Connect® digital two-way radio service, digital cellular service, and text/numeric paging into one phone.

By using Phone.com™’s UP.Link™ Server and UP.Browser™ microbrowser and leveraging Cisco’s mobile IP networking, Nextel can deliver an integrated, packetized voice and data service. Nextel will offer a variety of applications developed specifically for mobile phones: eDispatch, a tool for industries such as construction and transportation, and IBM Mobile Connect, which will allow customers to use their Nextel phones as modems to retrieve email, calendars and contact information on handheld computers.

Nextel Online offers:

·         Unlimited access to online content and commerce.

o        Users can customize the site so that business information that is important to them is sent directly to their phone anytime, anywhere on the Nextel National Network.

·         Online productivity solutions.

o        List Manager synchronizes information over the air and allows an administrator to manage multiple phone lists at once.

·         Wireless business applications and connectivity solutions.

o        Developed to increase productivity and customer satisfaction by moving data instantly between mobile workers and their headquarters.

According to Nextel Communications, Nextel Online will now allow their business customers to receive and act on the critical information easily, while away from the office.

For more information, go to http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=nxtl&script=410&layout=9&item_id=88652

Mobileinfo Advisory and Comment:

Nextel's business proposition from functional capability and technology perspectives is appealing and ahead of the competition. The real test will be in user experience. How convenient will it be to access various services? How many content providers can they hook up to? The users will pass the final judgment.   

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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