Nextel introduces wireless Internet service

Nextel introduces wireless Internet service

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

APRIL 24—Three models of Motorola Inc. wireless telephones sold to the government by Nextel Communications Inc. can now stay connected to the Internet continuously.

Nextel of Reston, Va., today announced it is introducing its Nextel Online service in 43 metropolitan markets, including Washington, and expects to make it available in all markets this summer.

The Nextel Online wireless network, which follows Motorola's proprietary iDEN communications standard, links phone users to text and voice messages, two-way radio and Nextel's Web portal, where they can browse MSN Mobile Web sites and receive e-mail.

Nextel's List Manager software on an office PC synchronizes information for multiple clients over the air and lets the administrator manage the client list. Two-way messaging that allows replies to text messages will be available soon, according to Nextel's Web site, at nextelonline.nextel.com/nol/commctr.html. Users can select replies from preprogrammed choices to save effort in typing characters on the numeric phone keypad.

The online service for Motorola i1000plus, i700plus or i500plus phones will cost $14.95 per month in addition to a user's monthly wireless fee. The Federal Technology Service wireless store, at fts.point.com, offers several dozen national service plans for the three Motorola phones. The i1000plus model is free under some government service plans; on others it costs $149.


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