2004 Donate A Phone Campaign Begins at The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 in Las Vegas

Supporting Our Troops Has Never Been Easier


RESTON, Va. (March 2, 2004) ¿ Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL) is putting the call out to NASCAR fans to donate their old wireless phones to support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services, beginning at the March 7 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


In 2003, Nextel raised nearly $400,000 for the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services through the American Red Cross DONATE A PHONEâ program, as well as other fundraising efforts.


This year, Nextel hopes NASCAR fans across the country will help the company surpass that goal by simply donating their old wireless phones from any manufacturer, in any condition, at NASCAR Nextel Cup SeriesÔ races, at any of Nextel¿s 500 retail stores, or through Net proceeds of the resale value from the recycling of the phones, which averages $1.70 for each phone collected, are directed to the Armed Forces Emergency Services program and help U.S. service men and women stay connected with their loved ones back home.


¿As long as U.S. troops are deployed¿combat or not¿there is a need to keep them connected with loved ones back home.  We thank Nextel for its continued support of American Red Cross efforts,¿ said Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross.  


Since January 2003, demand for American Red Cross services has increased significantly and remains at record levels.  NASCAR fans can support this cause at any NASCAR Nextel Cup SeriesÔ Race by taking their old wireless phones to The Nextel Experience or a Nextel sales or service kiosk.


¿Nextel is extremely proud of its relationships with both the American Red Cross and NASCAR, and we are excited about the opportunity to continue our nationwide American Red Cross Donate a Phone program,¿ said Tim Donahue, President and CEO of Nextel. ¿We are looking to the NASCAR fans to help us help the Red Cross keep our military men and women connected with their families back home.¿  


The 2004 season marks the first of a 10-year title sponsorship for Nextel in one of this country¿s proudest traditions ¿ NASCAR.  Around the world, America¿s military personnel enjoy this distinctly American pastime because, in part, it is a way of staying connected to the life and people that duty has called them away from.


The CTIA Wireless Foundation, the philanthropic organization for the nation¿s wireless industry and the creator of the DONATE A PHONEâ program, estimates that approximately 60 million old wireless phones lay idle in American homes and businesses.     


About Nextel

Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 300 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities across the United States. Today 95 percent of FORTUNE 500Ò companies are Nextel customers. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently serve 293 of the top 300 U.S. markets where approximately 249 million people live or work. For more information, please visit


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world.  Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of more than 900 chapters and Blood Services regions dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Led by 1.2 million volunteers and 32,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 67,000 disasters, trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and exchanges more than a million emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families.  The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation and also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts at locations worldwide.


About The CTIA Wireless Foundation

The Wireless Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established by the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) in 1993.  The Foundation oversees a number of programs, such as DONATE A PHONEâ, designed to put wireless technology to work addressing the challenges of society.  For more information, please visit