Wednesday April 28, 8:24 pm ET
NEW YORK, April 28 (Reuters) - Nextel Communications Inc. (NasdaqNM:NXTL - News) said on Wednesday it has begun testing a more flexible way of charging for its mobile phone services with an aim to keep existing customers and attract new subscribers.
Reston, Virginia-based Nextel is letting customers who talk for more time than allowed in their monthly service plans, automatically upgrade to a costlier plan with more minutes -- in a small number of markets, Nextel spokeswoman Audrey Schaefer said.
This option means that talkative customers would pay a set amount extra if they go over the agreed minutes and avoid the unpredictab...
Nextel utilizes the iDEN network which is copyrighted by Motorola and has been developed in a joint partnership. This network is ideal for the push-to-talk service and features incredible cross country direct connect speeds of 1-2 seconds. Nextel serves 293 of the top 300 markets in America and is expanding its network to include a 4G data service that will be able to attain broadband speeds in the 1.5kbps range over a wireless nationwide network. Rollout is expected to occur over the next year.
Nextel is a leader in terms of national coverage area. They have ranked behind Veriz...