Nextel Introduces First Wireless Java(TM) Phone in North America

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Nextel Communications, Inc.

    RESTON, Va., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The wireless revolution and business
 productivity take a giant leap forward today as Nextel Communications, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   NXTL) introduces the first wireless phone in North America to include
 Java technology.  The i85s, manufactured by Motorola (NYSE:   MOT), is pre-
 loaded with several Java applications, including specialized business
 calculators and an expense pad.  As more Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME)*-enabled
 applications are developed, Nextel customers will be able to download these
 applications onto their phones from the nextel.com website.  Like all new
 Nextel phones, the i85s is Internet-ready.
     "Nextel's the first to achieve the Java-in-a-wireless-phone breakthrough
 because we're constantly asking ourselves 'What can we do next to bring
 greater productivity to the business customer'," said Nextel President and CEO
 Tim Donahue.  "This innovative focus is paying off, not only because we offer
 products and services no other company can, but because these new technologies
 are being fully embraced by business consumers.  They depend on our
 communications capability to connect their workforces, make them more
 efficient, more productive and more profitable.
     "This is just the beginning.  The incredible thing about Java is that
 software applications that many find critical to running their businesses can
 run on a Nextel phone," said Donahue.  "And with hundreds of Java programmers
 developing new programs, our customers will always have easy access to the
 latest software developments."
     In addition to Java capabilities, other new features of the i85s include:
 
     Voice Activated Dialing - record 20 most-frequently-called numbers to be
     "dialed" via voice prompt.
 
     Datebook - input appointments into the phone, and it will alert you when
     meetings are about to begin. The phone "remembers" when you are in a
     meeting, automatically silences the ringer and sends all calls to voice
     mail until you are out of your meeting, then it turns the ringer back on.
 
     Enhanced Phonebook - store 250 entries, with up to seven different numbers
     for a single name.  Access the phonebook by pressing one key, select a
     name and make the call with a push of a button.
 
     Voice Recorder - record and play back up to 20 messages, i.e. "Get tax
     file", "Pick up Jane at 2 pm."
 
     Menu Customization - customize the main menu screen so your most-used
     features appear first.
 
     Larger Screen - adjust font size and number of text lines to suit your
     preference.
 
     Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card - contains service and billing info,
     enhances security.
 
     In addition, the 4.7 ounce i85s offers Nextel's current features,
 including: Nextel Direct Connect(R), digital two-way radio feature; built-in
 speaker phone for hands-free calling; Text and Numeric Messaging; Caller ID;
 voicemail; Turbo Dial(TM) -- one-touch dialing for eight preprogrammed
 numbers; Quickstore, which instantly adds phone numbers and private IDs to a
 personal directory; last 20 numbers received/sent list; missed call indicator;
 3-Way Calling; and VibraCall(R) silent notification.
     "Sun applauds Nextel's landmark launch of the first Java technology-based
 mobile phones deployed in the United States," said George Paolini, vice
 president, technology advocacy and marketing, Sun Microsystems.  "The
 integration of Java technologies into Nextel phones enables Nextel to deliver
 compelling and easy-to-use wireless interactive services to its business
 customers."
     "The wireless industry has long tried to simplify the use of Java
 applications on wireless devices," said David Bishop, director of
 Wireless/Mobile Services with the Yankee Group.  "By using Nextel's iDEN
 channel to transfer data, Java applications have a greater ease-of-use,
 allowing wireless users to take advantage of the benefits associated with Java
 technology."
     Beginning April 2, the i85s will be offered at a promotional price of
 $199.99, which is $100 off the suggested retail price.  The company will
 introduce its second Java phone, the i50sx, later this month.
     The i85s comes with a high performance battery which provides 165 minutes
 of talk time and 75 hours of standby time, a rapid travel charger enables the
 battery to go from no charge to fully-charged in two hours, a clip-on carrier,
 a printed User's Guide, and for the first time, an Interactive CD ROM Users
 Guide.  Additional accessories, including headset, a battery with 270 minutes
 of talktime and 125 hours of standby time, and cables that can turn your Palm
 III or IV into a wireless PDA, and car charger can be ordered by calling 1-
 800-914-3240 or going to nextel.com.
     The Nextel Developers Program facilitates the development of 3rd party
 Java, WAP and SMS applications for the Nextel platform.  To date, more than
 1,200 developers have registered to develop wireless applications for
 vertical, horizontal and corporate markets, including the transportation and
 delivery industries, professional medical services and the building and
 construction industries.
     *J2ME is a version of the Java programming language and stands for "Java 2
 Micro Edition."  J2ME is designed with the memory and processor limitations of
 small electronic devices, like cell phones and personal digital assistants
 (PDAs).  J2ME provides the ideal environment for developing and deploying
 applications that allow Nextel subscribers to transform their handset in to a
 PDA.  The combination of downloadable J2ME applications and Nextel's premier
 mobile IP based Packet Data network offers customers the opportunity to reduce
 the number of electronic devices they must carry and manage.
 
     Nextel Communications, Inc., based in Reston, Va., is the leading provider
 of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest
 guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the United States covering
 thousands of communities across the United States.  Nextel and Nextel
 Partners, Inc., currently serve 185 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 217 million people live or work.  The
 Nextel National Network offers a fully integrated wireless communications tool
 with digital cellular, Text & Numeric Messaging, wireless Internet access and
 Nextel Direct Connect(R) -- a digital two-way radio feature.  In addition,
 through Nextel International, Inc., Nextel has wireless operations and
 investments in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Peru, Chile
 and Japan.  Please visit the company's website at http://www.nextel.com .
     Nextel, the Nextel logo, and Nextel Direct Connect are trademarks and/or
 service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Nextel Communications, Inc.
    RESTON, Va., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The wireless revolution and business
 productivity take a giant leap forward today as Nextel Communications, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   NXTL) introduces the first wireless phone in North America to include
 Java technology.  The i85s, manufactured by Motorola (NYSE:   MOT), is pre-
 loaded with several Java applications, including specialized business
 calculators and an expense pad.  As more Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME)*-enabled
 applications are developed, Nextel customers will be able to download these
 applications onto their phones from the nextel.com website.  Like all new
 Nextel phones, the i85s is Internet-ready.
     "Nextel's the first to achieve the Java-in-a-wireless-phone breakthrough
 because we're constantly asking ourselves 'What can we do next to bring
 greater productivity to the business customer'," said Nextel President and CEO
 Tim Donahue.  "This innovative focus is paying off, not only because we offer
 products and services no other company can, but because these new technologies
 are being fully embraced by business consumers.  They depend on our
 communications capability to connect their workforces, make them more
 efficient, more productive and more profitable.
     "This is just the beginning.  The incredible thing about Java is that
 software applications that many find critical to running their businesses can
 run on a Nextel phone," said Donahue.  "And with hundreds of Java programmers
 developing new programs, our customers will always have easy access to the
 latest software developments."
     In addition to Java capabilities, other new features of the i85s include:
 
     Voice Activated Dialing - record 20 most-frequently-called numbers to be
     "dialed" via voice prompt.
 
     Datebook - input appointments into the phone, and it will alert you when
     meetings are about to begin. The phone "remembers" when you are in a
     meeting, automatically silences the ringer and sends all calls to voice
     mail until you are out of your meeting, then it turns the ringer back on.
 
     Enhanced Phonebook - store 250 entries, with up to seven different numbers
     for a single name.  Access the phonebook by pressing one key, select a
     name and make the call with a push of a button.
 
     Voice Recorder - record and play back up to 20 messages, i.e. "Get tax
     file", "Pick up Jane at 2 pm."
 
     Menu Customization - customize the main menu screen so your most-used
     features appear first.
 
     Larger Screen - adjust font size and number of text lines to suit your
     preference.
 
     Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card - contains service and billing info,
     enhances security.
 
     In addition, the 4.7 ounce i85s offers Nextel's current features,
 including: Nextel Direct Connect(R), digital two-way radio feature; built-in
 speaker phone for hands-free calling; Text and Numeric Messaging; Caller ID;
 voicemail; Turbo Dial(TM) -- one-touch dialing for eight preprogrammed
 numbers; Quickstore, which instantly adds phone numbers and private IDs to a
 personal directory; last 20 numbers received/sent list; missed call indicator;
 3-Way Calling; and VibraCall(R) silent notification.
     "Sun applauds Nextel's landmark launch of the first Java technology-based
 mobile phones deployed in the United States," said George Paolini, vice
 president, technology advocacy and marketing, Sun Microsystems.  "The
 integration of Java technologies into Nextel phones enables Nextel to deliver
 compelling and easy-to-use wireless interactive services to its business
 customers."
     "The wireless industry has long tried to simplify the use of Java
 applications on wireless devices," said David Bishop, director of
 Wireless/Mobile Services with the Yankee Group.  "By using Nextel's iDEN
 channel to transfer data, Java applications have a greater ease-of-use,
 allowing wireless users to take advantage of the benefits associated with Java
 technology."
     Beginning April 2, the i85s will be offered at a promotional price of
 $199.99, which is $100 off the suggested retail price.  The company will
 introduce its second Java phone, the i50sx, later this month.
     The i85s comes with a high performance battery which provides 165 minutes
 of talk time and 75 hours of standby time, a rapid travel charger enables the
 battery to go from no charge to fully-charged in two hours, a clip-on carrier,
 a printed User's Guide, and for the first time, an Interactive CD ROM Users
 Guide.  Additional accessories, including headset, a battery with 270 minutes
 of talktime and 125 hours of standby time, and cables that can turn your Palm
 III or IV into a wireless PDA, and car charger can be ordered by calling 1-
 800-914-3240 or going to nextel.com.
     The Nextel Developers Program facilitates the development of 3rd party
 Java, WAP and SMS applications for the Nextel platform.  To date, more than
 1,200 developers have registered to develop wireless applications for
 vertical, horizontal and corporate markets, including the transportation and
 delivery industries, professional medical services and the building and
 construction industries.
     *J2ME is a version of the Java programming language and stands for "Java 2
 Micro Edition."  J2ME is designed with the memory and processor limitations of
 small electronic devices, like cell phones and personal digital assistants
 (PDAs).  J2ME provides the ideal environment for developing and deploying
 applications that allow Nextel subscribers to transform their handset in to a
 PDA.  The combination of downloadable J2ME applications and Nextel's premier
 mobile IP based Packet Data network offers customers the opportunity to reduce
 the number of electronic devices they must carry and manage.
 
     Nextel Communications, Inc., based in Reston, Va., is the leading provider
 of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest
 guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the United States covering
 thousands of communities across the United States.  Nextel and Nextel
 Partners, Inc., currently serve 185 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 217 million people live or work.  The
 Nextel National Network offers a fully integrated wireless communications tool
 with digital cellular, Text & Numeric Messaging, wireless Internet access and
 Nextel Direct Connect(R) -- a digital two-way radio feature.  In addition,
 through Nextel International, Inc., Nextel has wireless operations and
 investments in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Peru, Chile
 and Japan.  Please visit the company's website at http://www.nextel.com .
     Nextel, the Nextel logo, and Nextel Direct Connect are trademarks and/or
 service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Nextel Communications, Inc.

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