Havas' Arnold Worldwide, Boston, and Omnicom's TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York, continue to compete for the business.
Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett Worldwide, Chicago, and Interpublic Group of Cos.' Mullen, Wenham, Mass., have been eliminated. Mullen had handled the account for brand and local retail advertising for the past six years.
In 2002, Nextel spent $165 million on measured media, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres' CMR.
Separate media buying account
Contenders for Nextel's media buying, which is also in review, have not been narrowed.
Asked when a winner would be chosen for the creative account, Ms. Schaefer declined to comment.
Roth Associates, New York, is handling the review.