WASHINGTON, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                             CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
                          TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported)          July 22, 2005

                              NEXTEL PARTNERS, INC.
             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
            000-29633                                     91-1930918            
     (Commission File Number)                 (IRS Employer Identification No.)

                               4500 CARILLON POINT
                           KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON 98033
               (Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

                                 (425) 576-3600
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

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          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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            As previously reported, on July 5, 2005, Nextel Partners, Inc.
commenced an action against Nextel Communications, Inc. and Nextel WIP Corp., a
subsidiary of Nextel Communications, in New York Supreme Court, asserting that
certain elements of the merger integration process involving Nextel
Communications and Sprint Corporation violate several of Nextel Communications'
and Nextel WIP's obligations to Nextel Partners under various agreements. On the
same day, Nextel Partners initiated a dispute resolution process, and
subsequently made a demand for arbitration, with respect to these and other
claims. The New York lawsuit sought an injunction in aid of the arbitration.

            On July 22, 2005, the parties selected a three-member arbitration
panel to hear the matters set forth in Nextel Partners' demand for arbitration.
Accordingly, Nextel Partners is now able to seek an injunction directly from the
arbitration panel. The panel has scheduled a hearing on August 25, 2005 with
respect to Nextel Partners' request for a preliminary injunction. We cannot
predict the timing or the outcome of the arbitration proceedings.

            As a result of the parties' submission of these matters to
arbitration and the scheduling of a hearing before the arbitration panel on
Nextel Partners' request for a preliminary injunction, Nextel Partners has no
need to seek an injunction from the New York Supreme Court. Accordingly, Nextel
Partners has voluntarily withdrawn, without prejudice, its action in the New
York Supreme Court.



                  Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by
the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                       NEXTEL PARTNERS, INC.

                                       By:    /s/ Donald J. Manning 
                                       Name:  Donald J. Manning
                                       Title: Vice President, General Counsel
                                              and Secretary

Date:  July 27, 2005