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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 Verizon but ahead of other major carriers in almost every market. In the Baltimore area Nextel has exceptional coverage with 51 towers, poles, or building structures in the city. These include locations such as a building on North Charles St. and buildings on Cold Spring Lane and Loch Raven Boulevard.
Nextel phones are larger than most and all are made by Motorola. Current phones lack both bluetooth and camera technologies. Despite this, Nextel has several new phones which are currently being readied for market including the i830 which will be smaller than the current Motorola V60, the i860 which will be a camera phone, and the i930 which will be a PDA/Smartphone. They are expensive to purchase at the beginning of the plan and free/cheaper phones can only be had through Amazon.com with new activation. The good news is that Nextel phones are generally known for high durability and reliability.
Nextel plans are not cheap but are slightly more attractively priced than Verizon. All plans include push-to-talk service although free national coverage is a ten dollar monthly buy up (otherwise 10 cents a minute for a long distance push-to-talk call). Currently Nextel has a plan which includes 500 anytime minutes, 100 direct connect (push-to-talk) minutes, unlimited nights and weekends (starting at 9pm), nationwide coverage and long distance for $39.99. For $59.99 you get the same features plus 1000 anytime minutes. Another plan for $59.99 features unlimited direct connect minutes, long distance, nights and weekends and 400 anytime minutes but has free incoming calls thus making incoming anytime minutes unlimited