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The More Colorful Nextel

Nextel Communications Inc. and Motorola Inc. are teaming to deliver to the Java technology-enabled wireless phone with a color display for iDEN wireless networks. The i95cl features a high-contrast screen that displays up to 256 colors display with backlighting and customizable color palettes. The phone is scheduled for release this summer.

The five-ounce phone includes Nextel's 4-in-1 technology, with digital wireless cellular service, Nextel Direct Connect two-way radio service, wireless Internet and two-way messaging capabilities. In addition, it features voicemail, last 20 numbers received/sent list, missed call indicator, 3-way calling, VibraCall silent notification, and offers a combined message center for voice mail, text messages and Internet mail.

Last April, Nextel became the first company in North America to offer Java technology-enabled handsets and, since then, the company has sold more than 1.3 million. Nextel currently has four Java-enabled handsets by Motorola on the market, including the i85s, the i50sx, the i90c, and the i80s mobile phones.

"Our executive-level professional customers will find the i95cl allows them to take Java applications to the next level," said Blair Kutrow, vice president of product management for the Reston, Va.-based Nextel. "The large color display makes applications more appealing. A bonus is that the color display also makes the screen easier to read, which is important when you use it as an extension of your desktop computer for email, text messaging or Internet browsing."

Through recent market launches, Nextel and Nextel Partners service is available in areas of the U.S. where approximately 230 million people live or work. In addition, through NII Holdings, Inc., wireless services are provided outside of Nextel's domestic markets, primarily in selected Latin American markets.