RESTON,Nextel Communications (Nasdaq: NXTL) has chosen Wireless
Services Corporation (WSC), a provider of wireless data communications
solutions for mobile carriers, to serve as its network interoperability provider. Nextel customers will now be able to send and receive text messages to and from subscribers of other U.S. wireless carriers.

Selected in 2000 as the provider for Nextel’s original two-way messaging service, WSC has scaled its platform to meet the growing demand for Nextel two-way messaging, Nextel says.

Nextel has also leveraged WSC’s platform to offer customers advanced
features such as message confirmation, 500-character length messages,
real-time delivery status, spam control and user defined replies.

“Inter-carrier messaging offers a significant usability improvement for Nextel subscribers,” Blair Kutrow, Nextel vice president of product management, said in a statement. “This is the premier messaging technology on the market, and it allows us to provide yet another differentiated service to our customers. With this enhancement, creating an inter-carrier text message is as simple as placing a phone call from a Nextel phone.”

Nextel, based in Reston, Va., is a provider of fully integrated wireless communications services Nextel currently serve 197 of the top 200 U.S. markets. Through recent market launches, Nextel service is available today in areas of the U.S. where approximately 239 million people live or work.


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