Nextel Pushes Trademark Button

The US Patent and Trademark Office approves the registration of Nextel's trademark for its Push To Talk(TM) service

June 20, 2003

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RESTON, Va. -- Nextel(R) Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL) today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved the registration of its trademark for its Push To Talk(TM) service. This is the culmination of an application process for Push To Talk(TM) that began in January 2002. Push To Talk(TM) and its sister mark, PTT(R), have for years denoted Nextel's signature service, Nextel Direct Connect(R), an incredibly powerful, easy to use, long-range digital walkie-talkie feature.

Nextel has pioneered Push To Talk(TM) capabilities for more than ten years. With Direct Connect(TM), Nextel customers simply use the Push To Talk(TM) button located on the side of every Nextel phone for instant communication with colleagues, friends and family members. Every one of the more than 11.1 million wireless devices on the Nextel National Network - including Nextel's full suite of handsets from Motorola as well as the Blackberry 6510(TM) for Nextel - features the Push To Talk(TM) button enabling Direct Connect(TM) instant communications. Currently, more than 90 percent of Nextel customers use Direct Connect(TM) monthly, completing 170 million Direct Connect(TM) calls each day, for a total of more than 62 billion conversations in 2002.

On June 2nd, Nextel began rolling out Nationwide Direct Connect(TM), the first and only wireless walkie-talkie service to allow users instant communications across the country. When the launch of Nationwide Direct Connect(TM) is complete in August, instant walkie-talkie communications will have a span of more than 5,000 miles.

"These trademarks reflect Nextel's innovative approach to changing the way people communicate in business and personal life," said Mark Schweitzer, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nextel. "For ten years, Direct Connect(TM) has been the industry standard for instant contact. Now, Nextel has brought the service to a new level by enabling customers to use Nextel's Push To Talk(TM) service across all America in less than a second with the push of a button. Now, that's real Push Power(TM)."

Nextel Communications Inc.

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