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Nextel Signs Agreement with Extend America to Bring Network Coverage to Rural Areas

RESTON, Va., Jul 9, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL) today announced it has entered into an agreement with Extend America(TM) Inc., a telecommunications company that is building Nextel's iDEN wireless network coverage in a number of rural markets. Extend America plans to launch service by the end of this year.

The first markets to benefit from the differentiated service will be Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota, which will cover 13,000 square miles where approximately 114,000 people live or work. Extend America then plans to expand the network coverage to parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana, which will cover an additional 332,000 square miles where approximately 1.8 million people live or work.

Extend America will sell iDEN wireless digital voice, Nextel's Nationwide Direct Connect(TM) digital walkie-talkie service and text and numeric messaging, all powered by Nextel, to customers in these rural areas. These services will be sold under the Extend America name, powered by Nextel(TM). Extend America customers will be part of Nextel's nationwide network and will benefit from the same services as Nextel and Nextel Partners customers. Nextel, Nextel Partners and Extend America customers will be able to use their wireless services anywhere on the three companies' networks seamlessly and at no roaming cost.

"Extend America will focus on developing the iDEN network in a number of rural areas, as Nextel focuses on enhancing the network in major metropolitan areas and Nextel Partners concentrates on expanding service in mid-sized markets," said Tom Kelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Nextel. "All of our customers will be able to use their iDEN wireless phones regardless of their location."

"Extend America's coverage plan is a perfect complement to the Nextel national network already in place," said John Chapple, president, chief executive officer and chairman of Nextel Partners, which holds exclusive rights to offer Nextel services in mid-sized U.S. markets. "Network expansion is great news for our customers, who value Nextel's differentiated product and dedication to customer satisfaction."

"We're excited to bring Nextel's wireless products and services to the rural areas of America," said Ed Schafer, chief executive officer for Extend America. "We believe customers in these markets will benefit from the ability to connect to information and people through the highest quality digital networks available, thereby improving the quality of life and commerce in rural communities."

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 198 of the top 200 U.S. markets. Through recent market launches, Nextel and Nextel Partners service is available today in areas of the U.S. where approximately 241 million people live or work.

About Nextel Partners

Nextel Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTP), based in Kirkland, Wash., has the exclusive right to provide digital wireless communications services using the Nextel brand name in 31 states where approximately 53 million people reside. Nextel Partners offers its customers the same fully integrated, digital wireless communications services available from Nextel including digital cellular, text and numeric messaging, wireless Internet access and Nextel Direct Connect(R) digital walkie-talkie, all in a single wireless phone.

About Extend America

Extend America(TM) will introduce fully integrated, all digital wireless telecommunications services this fall in North Dakota and will quickly expand into parts of South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. Extend America(TM) will offer high quality services available from Nextel, including digital cellular, text and numeric messaging, wireless Internet access and Nextel Direct Connect(TM) digital walkie-talkie, all in a single wireless phone. Extend America(TM) customers will be able to communicate seamlessly on the Nextel National Network as they travel through the largest markets in the United States, as well as thousands of other communities in which Nextel, Nextel Partners and Extend America offer this service.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. A number of the matters and subject areas discussed in this press release that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances and developments, including our future expectations concerning the operations of Extend America. The discussion of such matters and subject areas is qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, and also may materially differ from Nextel's actual future experience involving any one or more of such matters and subject areas. Nextel has attempted to identify, in context, certain of the factors that they currently believe may cause actual future experience and results to differ from Nextel current expectations regarding the relevant matter or subject area. Such risks and uncertainties include those that are described from time to time in Nextel reports filed with the SEC, including Nextel's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002 and in its Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2003. This press release speaks only as of its date, and Nextel disclaims any duty to update the information herein.

SOURCE: Nextel Communications Inc.

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