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New Group Connect Service from Nextel
Posted: 02-May-2005 [Source: Nextel]

[New Group Connect walkie-talkie service allows up to 21 simultaneous participants who can be anywhere in Nextel's nationwide network.]

Reston, VA -- Nextel Communications Inc. today announced the launch of its new Group Connect(SM) service, which enables instant group walkie-talkie conversations nationwide. The Group Connect service is easy to use, allowing groups to be created directly on the handset within seconds. The Group Connect service also exclusively allows users to create or access a group by scrolling over a name in the recent calls or contact list, and users do not need to enter into and out of a special application.

The new Group Connect service allows up to 21 simultaneous participants, including the call initiator and 20 invitees, who can be anywhere in Nextel's nationwide network. Through a unique presence feature, screen icons indicate if a participant has joined the call, opted out or is unavailable. The personalized name of the group and the participant who is currently talking are designated at the top of the screen.

Group Connect service is now available on the new Motorola i605 handset. Other capable handsets will be announced soon that will be designed to further meet the diverse needs of Nextel's customers. Group Connect service allows up to 25 groups to be stored on the handset at one time.

Group Connect customers can choose from several pricing plans, including a pay-as-you-go option or bundled offerings with other Nextel walkie-talkie services. Additionally, Nextel will continue to offer its service that was previously branded as Group Connect service and has been renamed as the Talkgroup service(SM), for customers who need to communicate regionally with groups of up to 100 participants.


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