Nextel Phones

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Some 95 percent of today's Fortune 500 companies use Nextel phones. All told, more than 13 million Americans do. This is, yes, a smaller customer base than Verizon's 40 million, but that's another story. It's fair to say that the Virginia-based company is serious. Established in 1987 and renamed Nextel in 1993, the company has done business only in wireless technology. It knows what it's doing and it does it extremely well.

There's also umph behind its "walkie-talkie, coast to coast, country to country" tagline. The Nextel network extends across North and South America, and is growing. The international walkie-talkie range, for example, now includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Peru as well as the United States. This means direct, fast, no-operator-involved connections.

Special Bonuses of Nextel Phones and the Nextel Network

Nextel phones have always been sophisticated, in largest part because cellular phone technology is all the company does. Global positioning systems, for example, are already an integral feature of many if not most Nextel phones. Wireless Internet, text messaging, and mobile email are standard features. Nextel's network is entirely digital. This means superior voice quality, no static, no crosstalk, and no fading or crackling.

One feature unique to the service is two-line capability. Give one number to your friends and family, and another to your colleagues. You select one plan for your main number and a second plan for the alternate. Monthly rates start at about $6 and go up to $60.

Roaming, by the way, is not a word in either the Nextel vocabulary or dictionary. It's that simple. You take your local rates with you wherever you go. A local call in Peru and a local call in Nebraska cost the same as your local calls at home.

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