Today, Sprint Nextel announced the rollout of Direct Send, a new service that combines Nextel's Direct Connect push-to-talk service with multimedia messaging. With Direct Send, Nextel customers--using two Nextel phones, of course--can send and preview a picture while on a Direct Connect call. The picture will simultaneously appear on both phones, allowing the callers to view and discuss it without switching to a regular call. Theis the first phone to support the new feature, but Nextel said it will introduce Direct Send to other handsets in its lineup during the next few weeks. The fee will be 25 cents per picture sent and received.