Sprint Nextel's $ 6.5 billion purchase of iDEN affiliate Nextel Partners has met approval and will now go ahead.
As he puts it, "I am currently negotiating the right contract with the right race team to continue my climb to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series."
The five major carriers in the United States are Verizon, Nextel, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T.
Nextel has an unrivaled walkie-talkie network that offers free non-private conversations.
Offering the most unique calling plans of the big five, Nextel caters to individuals, families and businesses with a wide variety of options to choose from.
They also boast the world's largest walkie-talkie network (based on Motorola's iDEN technology) which allows Nextel users to talk for free regardless of the time of day or location.
Nextel doesn't offer as many free phones with paid plans like other carriers, but they do provide extensive coverage plans for their hardware.
While the Nextel Direct Connect Push-to-Talk (PTT) feature was once restricted to the somewhat separate Nextel brand, it has now been absorbed by the larger Sprint name.
Motorola Clutch i465 offers Nextel Direct Connect, but it also has a full QWERTY keyboard in a BlackBerry-like form factor.
If you check out Nextel, you'll find several iDEN-based Motorola cell phones with this capability.
Sprint recently merged with Nextel, so if you were a fan of Nextel, keep your eye on Sprint.
Motorola: This one is a link between Nextel and Sprint.
It has Nextel Direct Connect to offer, plus voice dialing, speakerphone, and email capabilities.
Despite an optimistic outlook for the merger between Sprint and Nextel in 2005, they still haven't topped the competition.
Before Sprint and Nextel became one, Sprint had a few push-to-talk phones.
The merger of Sprint and Nextel brought together the CDMA services of the former with the iDEN push to talk services of the latter.
Available through Sprint Nextel is the Samsung Instinct.
In 2004, some Motorola phones for Nextel had batteries that exploded.
Mergers and acquisitions in the industry created several major players: Sprint Nextel Corporation, Qwest and Verizon.
For example, uniforms worn by racing crews at the Nextel Cup cost more that $20,000!
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