RESTON, Va.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 9, 2003–Nextel Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL) and NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NIHD) today announced that Nationwide Direct Connect(SM) service now extends internationally to the northern region of the Mexican state of Baja California. Cities covered in this region include Tijuana, Ensenada, Rosarito, Mexicali and Tecate.
When traveling in northern Baja California, Nextel customers can now take advantage of Nationwide Direct Connect and wireless data services, including two-way messaging, mobile email and the wireless web. They can use these services with other Nextel customers, who are either in the U.S. or visiting northern Baja California, and with northern-Baja-California-based customers of Nextel Mexico, a subsidiary of NII Holdings.
Nextel and Nextel Mexico customers can now travel seamlessly across the border without losing a connection. This expanded coverage takes effect automatically for Nextel customers, based on their individual plans, so they do not have to change phone numbers or phones.
Additionally, Nextel Mexico can now provide northern Baja California residents with voice and data coverage, including Nationwide Direct Connect(SM) service. They can use these offerings regardless if at home in northern Baja California or traveling in the U.S., or if communicating with each other or with Nextel’s U.S.-based customers. They also receive special calling rates to and from the U.S.
“As the world becomes smaller, Nextel’s coverage becomes larger. Many businesses of all sizes operate between the U.S. and Baja California, Mexico, including more than 800 U.S. companies with manufacturing facilities on the Mexican border near San Diego. And now Nextel can offer them what no other mobile service provider can – a long-range, digital, instant walkie-talkie service that extends from Maine to Mexicali,” said Tom Kelly, executive vice president and COO, Nextel. “This announcement is also particularly important to many of our valued Hispanic customers who often visit family and friends in northern Baja California.”
“Nextel and NII Holdings have successfully completed an unprecedented undertaking to bridge infrastructure and create seamless services that transcend geographical boundaries. And NII has now completed the first stage in our goal to link all our Latin American markets with the U.S.,” said Steve Shindler, chairman and CEO, NII Holdings. “More than 56 million people pass annually through the border between San Diego and Tijuana, the busiest border crossing in North America. Through this partnership, a market first, our two companies now provide customers in the area with unmatched services that facilitate communication and enable business on both sides of the border.”
Boost Mobile now provides Boost Walkie-Talkie service to and in northern Baja California. Boost Mobile offers pay-as-you-go wireless phones and services designed to meet the lifestyle needs of young people who live in the western U.S. Boost Mobile’s services operate on Nextel’s national network.
Nationwide Direct Connect service allows instant contact across thousands of miles. In less than one second, Nextel subscribers can now communicate with approximately 13 million other subscribers of Nextel, Nextel Partners and Nextel Mexico throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Baja California, Mexico.
For more information, including pricing details, visit http://www.nextel.com/baja for Nextel (U.S. only) customers and http://www.nextel.com.mx for NII Holdings (Nextel Mexico) customers.
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 242 million people live or work.
About NII Holdings
NII Holdings, Inc., a publicly held company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of mobile communications for business customers in Latin America. NII Holdings, Inc., has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru, offering a fully integrated wireless communications tool with digital cellular service, text/numeric paging, wireless Internet access and Nextel Direct Connect(SM) service, a digital two-way radio feature. NII Holdings, Inc., trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol NIHD. Visit the Company’s website at http://www.nii.com.