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Sprint CEO: Industry Has to Deal with the Duopoly

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Hesse Should Not Say This...

Jarahawk

Aug 7, 2012, 4:37 PM
...even though it is true. I've said it in the past myself. VZW and AT&T each stand at one hundred million subscribers and simply should not be allowed to swallow another small fry carrier up. Sprint IS a small fry at half the size of the other two. While I would hate to lose ANY carrier, I could possibly see Sprint or T-Mobile being allowed to take over another carrier.

Again, Hesse should have kept his mouth closed. It's a self serving remark coming from him and he had to know that it would not be received well at all.
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T Bone

Aug 7, 2012, 5:53 PM
But as recently as 1999-2000 they were the biggest....and at&t was nearly down for the count, practically bankrupt, while Verizon didn't exist....'

It's not that long that Sprint was practically the only truly national carrier and you were a fool for going with anybody else for your wireless service. When my friends in high school and college started signing for cell phone contracts in the early to mid 90's they all went for Sprint because Sprint was practically the only real option.

Sprint lost its dominant market position by making rookie mistakes and getting arrogant enough to think that they could never be beaten...

Di you have any idea how many former Sprint customers there are out there who left because Sprint kept screwing u...
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Jarahawk

Aug 7, 2012, 8:36 PM
...the merger which created Verizon in from Bell Atlantic Mobility, Airtouch Cellular, PrimeCo and GTE made them the largest carrier. Bellsouth and SBC combined their wireless operations creating Cingular Wireless and later buying out AT&T Wireless made them the largest carrier. Verizon going back on its promise to leave Alltel alone for ten years following its creation made THEM the largest carrier once again. Verizon and AT&T are well run companies but don't kid yourself. It was acquisitions that made them the monster carriers they are today. Hell SBC bought out the real AT&T enabling them to change Cingular's name to AT&T (Mobility). In any event, Hesse is right. We won't allow these two carriers to absorb any more small fries. Pe...
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T Bone

Aug 7, 2012, 9:42 PM
I am talking about BEFORE anything called 'Verizon' ever even existed....back when Sprint was king....and they WERE the king....

at&t get hit hard by the break up of the Bell System in 1984, and from 1984 until at&t was bought by Cingular it was just one long decline by at&t as they got smaller and smaller and smaller...by the mid to late 90's at&t was dying, and everybody knew it.

And most of the people who left at&t left for Sprint....and they left by the millions...

And then Sprint screwed it up....they started badly screwing up customer accounts, they started allowing their network to degrade and fall apart....they got arrogant...

Sprint has no one to blame but themselves....whining and playing the victim will only make thei...
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Mektah

Aug 8, 2012, 2:46 AM
Actually, Sprint has another person to blame. The government. Sprint acquired Nextel for two reasons. Their customer loyalty/customer service and for their network. However, in response to 9/11 the government essentially decided to TAKE the spectrum from Sprint with ZERO promise of replacement spectrum. When you pay that much into a company and then have the government step on your plans of course youre going to suffer.

After than Sprint spent much of it's time trying to recover and fend off Verizon/AT&T which were at that time snatching up smaller markets like nothing at all.

Regardless going to TWO major companies will pretty much take a **** on phone and plan selectivity, unless you switch over to a regional or pre-paid type s...
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Jarahawk

Aug 8, 2012, 5:03 PM
You do not know what you are talking about. AT&T Wireless was an independent entity. I worked there. I know. There was nothing in common between them and the old 'Ma Bell'. You don't have to do research, but it would help if you knew what you were talking about before you comment on others' posts.
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