Company Profile: Nextel is part of the Sprint Nextel Corporation, which was officially formed in August 2005 following the successful acquisition of NEXTEL Communications by Sprint Communications for $35 billion. Sprint was founded as The Brown Telephone Company in 1899 in Abilene, KS. Sprint Nextel (aka "Sprint") is now headquartered in Reston, VA.
Network Benefits: Voice services including Push-to-Talk; High speed wireless data. Special Plan Features: Nextel together with Sprint offer plans starting at a Basic 200 all the way up to Simply Everything.
Unique Features: Push-to-talk service; GPS location services; Business services including mobile Java applications.
Pros: Extensive coverage for voice and high speed data services; Merger with Nextel means free calling between many Sprint and Nextel subscribers; Extensive business services.
Cons: Limited number of handets; Fewer data and entertainment options than available from Sprint; Limited push-to-talk compatibility with Sprint customers.
Technology Used: iDEN network using TDMA-based technology. WiDEN packet-data protocol used for data services.
Coverage: Nationwide. Sprint is planning marketing push in 2008 to convert Nextel users to Sprint's CDMA PCS network. Sprint Nextel plans to absorb Nextel brand into Sprint PCS by 2010.
Customer Service Review: See Consumer Reviews