October 10, 1995
The parent of American Mobile Systems of Woodland Hills is relocating its corporate headquarters from New Jersey to Seattle. The move reflects the growing role of cellular phone tycoon Craig McCaw's increasing influence on Nextel Communications Inc. The announcement followed the resignation of Wayland Hicks as Nextel's chief executive. He was replaced by Dennis Weibling, an associate of McCaw, who is chairman of Nextel's Operations Committee.
August 12, 2002 |
An inmate impersonating Hollywood executives from a jail telephone duped Nextel Communications Inc. out of more than 1,000 cell phones for fake movie shoots, prosecutors in White Plains, N.Y., said last week. James Sabatino, 25, was charged in federal court with making interstate phone calls from the Westchester County Jail to defraud the cell phone company of more than $1 million.
April 3, 2000 |
Nextel Communications Inc. today will launch a wireless service that allows international travelers to use one phone number and one phone for mobile communications in the United States and in 65 other countries--and sets a flat per-minute rate for international calls. The service, called Nextel Worldwide, is aimed at the growing legion of world travelers who find international calling both difficult and expensive.
December 11, 2004 |
Sprint Corp. moved closer to an agreement to buy Nextel Communications Inc. for more than $36 billion in a mostly stock deal, sources familiar with the situation said Friday. The companies, which have held on-again, off-again talks in the last year, renewed negotiations in recent days for a merger that would create a wireless giant with 39 million customers.
September 23, 1994 |
Nextel Communications Inc. on Thursday launched a digital wireless communications service in California, a first step in the company's ambitious plan to create a nationwide system to compete with traditional cellular phones. Aimed initially at businesses, Nextel's phone is larger than a typical cellular phone, but can be used for a range of communications including paging and two-way radio dispatch. The Rutherford, N.J.-based firm, backed by Motorola Inc.
November 25, 1999 |
In a decision that could pave the way for wireless carrier Nextel Communications Inc. to acquire valuable licenses to offer service in such areas as Los Angeles, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a Bankruptcy Court ruling that had favored Nextel competitor NextWave Telecom Inc. The appeals court sent the case back to the Bankruptcy Court, which is presiding over the reorganization of NextWave, a Hawthorne, N.Y., wireless carrier. NextWave had bid $4.
June 21, 2000 |
Employees of Nextel Communications Inc. accused the wireless company of widespread racial, sexual and age discrimination. In a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, lawyers for 302 current and former Nextel employees from 11 states, including California, also asked permission to file a separate, civil rights class-action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from the company. "This company is run like a plantation," said attorney Jeffrey K. Brown of Carle Place, N.Y.
December 16, 2004 |
Furthering the consolidation of the wireless industry, Sprint Corp. on Wednesday unveiled plans to acquire rival Nextel Communications Inc. in a cash and stock deal worth $33.8 billion. Sprint would remain the country's No. 3 cellular provider, but Nextel's 15.3 million high-revenue subscribers would make the combined company a stronger competitor in a winnowing field. The new company -- to be called Sprint Nextel -- would have 38.5 million customers, compared with Cingular Wireless' 47.
November 3, 2004 |
Verizon Wireless and Nextel Communications Inc. said Tuesday that they had resolved disputes over U.S. airwaves and trademark names, ending a 15-month legal battle between the mobile phone service providers. Verizon Wireless, the second-largest U.S. mobile phone carrier, said it wouldn't challenge a government decision to allow Nextel to swap airwaves worth as much as $4.86 billion. In return, Reston, Va.
October 22, 2003 |
A consumer group sued Nextel Communications Inc. on Tuesday, alleging that the mobile phone company's new statements hide details on calls to avoid billing disputes and boost revenue. The lawsuit by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights claims that Nextel's new billing statements, mailed this month, discourage customers from learning about charges for calls or messages they didn't make or deleted without reading -- unless they pay $2.50 a month for the details.