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Nextel and Motorola Announce the First Intrinsically Safe, Ruggedized Handset with Off-Network Radio Capabilities

RESTON, Va. & PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2005-- Motorola i325 IS Meets Intrinsic Safety Requirements for Hazardous Classified Areas, While Keeping Users Connected Through Advanced Features

Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL) and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced the launch of the Motorola i325 IS handset, an intrinsically safe, ruggedized phone that provides off-network communications capabilities. The Motorola i325 IS handset offers Direct Talk(SM), which allows users who are outside of the Nextel coverage area to manually transfer to a two-way radio-to-radio communication mode with a range of up to six miles depending upon specific conditions, such as terrain.(1)

The Motorola i325 IS handset is approved for use where flammable gases or vapors may exist. The durable handset also meets military specifications (810 F tests) for resistance to blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration, high/low temperatures and pressure, solar radiation, humidity, and salt fog. It has a rubber overmold, a sealed bottom connector cover to protect from liquid or dust damage, and a fixed antenna for durability.

"We are pleased to offer the Motorola i325 IS handset packed with the advanced features Nextel users have come to expect," said Leon Frazier, Nextel's vice president of public sector. "This handset speaks to Nextel's continued commitment to deliver products that get the job done for those working in the public sector. Features such as Direct Talk make this phone a must-have business tool for those working in hazardous industries."

"The Motorola i325 IS handset was designed for those who need advanced technical features in a durable form factor that meets Factory Mutual (FM) approval standards for intrinsic safety," said Rey More', senior vice president and general manager, Motorola's iDEN(R) Subscriber Group. "In addition, its off-network capabilities serve as a back-up means of communication for users who require reliability in areas with limited network coverage, such as at a remote job site."

For industrial users who need to stay in close contact with their teams, the Motorola i325 IS handset offers advanced tools to facilitate communications among groups. Its features include a color display; Java(TM) technology, which allows users to run and download applications; and GPS technology for location-based services.(2) Beyond public sector applications, the Motorola i325 IS handset appeals to those working in other industries, including utilities, manufacturing and recycling.

About Nextel Communications

Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 200 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. Today 95 percent of FORTUNE 500(R) companies are Nextel customers. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently serve 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets where approximately 261 million people live or work.

About Nextel Partners

Nextel Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTP), based in Kirkland, Wash., has exclusive rights to offer the same fully integrated, digital wireless communications services offered by Nextel Communications (Nextel) in mid-sized and rural markets in 31 states where approximately 54 million people reside. Nextel Partners and Nextel together offer the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country serving 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets. To learn more about Nextel Partners, visit www.nextelpartners.com.

About Motorola

Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: www.motorola.com.

1. Direct Talk is an all-digital off-network walkie-talkie service that works between compatible phones in up to a six-mile range under optimal conditions. Terrain, weather, foliage, and usage in or near vehicles and structures (such as buildings), among other things, may decrease performance and result in a significantly shorter range. The communication range quoted is calculated based on an unobstructed line of sight test under optimum conditions. Actual range will vary depending on terrain and conditions, and is often less than the maximum possible. Your actual range will be limited by several factors including, but not limited to: terrain, weather conditions, electromagnetic interference, and obstructions.

2. Network and subscription dependent feature. Not available in all areas.

CONTACT: Nextel Communications Inc., Reston
Media Contact:
Michelle Leff, 703-592-7504
Michelle.Leff@Nextel.com
or
Investor Contact:
Paul Blalock, 703-433-4300
or
Motorola, Inc., Plantation
Media Contact:
Steven Hendricks, 847-632-6537
steven.hendricks@motorola.com

SOURCE: Nextel Communications Inc.