Good Housekeeping Selects Nextel’s Nationwide Direct Connect(SM) Walkie-talkie Service as Most Reliable...

Good Housekeeping Selects Nextel’s Nationwide Direct Connect(SM) Walkie-talkie Service as Most Reliable for Emergency Communications

Coast-to-coast Walkie-talkie Service Provides Instant Access When Seconds Count


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RESTON, Va.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 21, 2003–Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL) announced today that the Good Housekeeping Institute recommends Nextel’s Nationwide Direct Connect SM walkie-talkie service for instant communication in the event of an emergency.

After testing communications services from Nextel and two other wireless carriers, Good Housekeeping Institute’s engineers found Nationwide Direct Connect walkie-talkie service made its connections the most often. The results were published in the September issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

“Our engineers were impressed Nationwide Direct Connect walkie-talkie service functioned in several different areas, including a busy bus terminal and the basement of a 12-story building in a dense section of New York City,” said John Kupsch, technical director, Good Housekeeping Institute.

“In an emergency, such as hurricanes, tornadoes or floods, split-seconds count and being able to get right through is vital. For more than ten years, Nextel has perfected a very secure, highly dependable, all-digital network. The Nationwide Direct Connect walkie-talkie service allows anyone to immediately connect to approximately 13 million other subscribers,” said Mark Schweitzer, senior vice president, marketing, Nextel.

Nextel’s Nationwide Direct Connect walkie-talkie service allows instant contact across thousands of miles. In less than one second, Nextel subscribers can communicate with approximately 13 million other subscribers of Nextel, Nextel Partners and Nextel Mexico throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and northern Baja California, Mexico.

About Good Housekeeping Institute

The Good Housekeeping magazine is an American icon of consumer protection and quality assurance. Its research lab, the Good Housekeeping Institute, has been a trusted source of consumer education and product evaluation since 1900. Within the departments of engineering, chemistry, home care, food appliances, nutrition, beauty and textiles, the Institute has dedicated teams of professionals whose expertise covers a full range of consumer goods and services. The Institute’s findings are published in several popular features in the Good Housekeeping magazine, including “Buyer’s Guide,” “Good Housekeeping Institute Reports,” “Testing, Testing” and “Good Buy Awards.”

About Nextel

Nextel Communications, a Fortune 300 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities across the United States. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc., currently serve 293 of the top 300 U.S. markets. Through recent market launches, Nextel and Nextel Partners service is available today in areas of the U.S. where approximately 243 million people live or work.

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Good Housekeeping Selects Nextel’s Nationwide Direct Connect(SM) Walkie-talkie Service as Most Reliable for Emergency Communications