, Nextel Connect to Give Independent Agents Greater Visibility

August 14, 2001

Progressive Insurance and Nextel, a provider of fully integrated, all-digital wireless service, announced the availability of on the Nextel Wireless Web. The agreement gives Progressive’s 30,000-plus authorized, independent agents exposure to Nextel’s Wireless Web customers via their Nextel Internet-ready phones.

Wireless access to allows Nextel customers to take care of their commercial and personal vehicle insurance needs instantly. They can use their Internet-ready cellular phones to locate a nearby independent agent by entering a ZIP code, make payments and policy changes, or report claims. is available in the “Finance” and “Shopping” sections of the Nextel Wireless Web.

Nextel Communications Inc., based in Reston, Va., built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the U.S., covering thousands of communities. Nextel and Nextel Partners Inc. currently serve 185 of the top 200 U.S. markets. Through recent market launches, Nextel and Nextel Partners service is available today in areas of the U.S. In addition, through Nextel International Inc., Nextel has wireless operations and investments in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Peru, Chile and Japan.

Progressive, in business since 1937, is the nation’s fourth largest auto insurance company and the largest writer of auto insurance through independent agents. With headquarters in Mayfield Village, Ohio, Progressive also sells its products over the phone and online. Progressive authorized agents can logon to the company’s agent-dedicated website, (FAO) to access customer policies, state and countrywide news, and other interactive features.

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