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Nextel hails a cab

Nextel Communications announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Long Island City, N.Y.-based Aleph, which makes software and hardware that enable cab companies and limousine services to use wireless dispatching. These products, for example, let a dispatcher send instructions about a cab's next pickup to a wireless device sitting on a cab's dashboard. Nextel said it plans to sell services based on the Aleph software and hardware to its customers. In return, Aleph gets to use Nextel's national network to route its services.

Nextel Communications announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Long Island City, N.Y.-based Aleph, which makes software and hardware that enable cab companies and limousine services to use wireless dispatching.

These products, for example, let a dispatcher send instructions about a cab's next pickup to a wireless device sitting on a cab's dashboard. Nextel said it plans to sell services based on the Aleph software and hardware to its customers. In return, Aleph gets to use Nextel's national network to route its services.