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Sprint CEO: Industry Has to Deal with the Duopoly

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Aug 7, 2012, 12:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse today said that he believes further consolidation in the wireless telecommunications industry is good and even necessary — as long as the nation's two largest wireless network operators aren't involved. "We're certianly working very hard to compete with AT&T and Verizon," said Hesse. "The industry has to deal with the issue of the duopoly. The gap beween the number two and number three players is enormous. We always have been and always will be open to further consolidation, as long as it isn't AT&T or Verizon Wireless." Hesse said that it is fine for smaller companies, including Sprint, to consolidate, but the current duopoly is "not healthy" for the industry.

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Aug 7, 2012, 7:58 PM

Wait a minute

It wasn't all that long ago when it use to be the big 3. Sprint was a major player and even purchased Nextel. Though it was before Dan's time, thsi is a non issue and sounds a lot like what he said before the fcc to prevent the att tmobile merger.

The fact is simple people continue to stay with Verizon and Att despite the lower prices offered elseware for a reason, that is why Sprint rarely shows net adds and has watched the value of their company continue to fall.
No one at AT&T or Verizon ever took Sprint seriously especially after the foolish Nextel 'Merger of Equals'. It should have been Alltel. Why the hell does one take two footprints that cover nearly the same area and merge them together? Spectrum? T...

Aug 7, 2012, 2:13 PM

People are putting too much of their own emotion into this

And not enough common sense. Verizon and AT&T rule their respective roosts. They do not need to negotiate or have competitive price plans - as they pretty much rule it all.

Let's forget for a second that Verizon and AT&T are MUCH more expensive than Sprint, and look at the fact that Sprint is the ONLY national carrier with unlimited data.

It's the fact that Verizon and AT&T think they can get away with capping you - and also charging you more.

So yes, Dan was discussing how two mega-companies are not good for the average person - and it shouldn't be in any ones interests (besides the corporations) for Verizon and AT&T to expand further.

AT&T and Verizon also are not "Masters" of business - they simply BUY everyone and then pa...
THANK YOU, I don't get how other people in these forums don't grasp this...it's beyond me.

If it were that simple then anyone could do it.
The problem is the disparity between the quality of the data networks on the big 2 and Sprint. I don't know how many people here actually have Sprint but I do. 3G speed tests average about 0.2 MB. 4G speed tests average, when I can get it, 1.7MB. ...

Aug 7, 2012, 4:37 PM

Hesse Should Not Say This...

...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.
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 f...

Aug 7, 2012, 1:03 PM

Of course he would say that !

Obviously he would say it's okay for Sprint and not for Verizon and at&t. Thats actuially pretty laughable, seriously. Oh yeah, it's fine for Us, and all the smaller guys, but our larger competition? NO.

I would re-read the article like this: Sprint CEO says: Who the hell cares?
you probably failed economics.

less competition = higher prices for consumers. without a third company that can compete....keeping AT&T and Verizon's prices in check, your phone bill would be $200 month. You think shared plans are a hit to the wall...

Aug 7, 2012, 1:08 PM


sniff sniff my company cant make any money and it cant compete because our network on average sucks compared to the top 2. Sniff sniff I want the government to do something about this. ITS NOT FAIR TO COMPETE WITH THOSE THAT DO BETTER BUSINESS THEN YOU.
You should send him a bottle of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo 'no more tears'. 🤣

It might help, lol.
ajac09 said:
sniff sniff my company cant make any money and it cant compete because our network on average sucks compared to the top 2...

What? At&t's network has ranked dead last in Consumer Reports the last several ...

Aug 7, 2012, 9:57 PM

And this little piggy went weeaaah weaaah weeaahhh

All the way home.
Because they are not as successful as their competitors they should be given special privilidges and their competitors should be looked down upon?
Sprint fails, good luck finding happy customers, at least where we live. (third largest city in louisiana)

Aug 7, 2012, 8:47 PM

I Want Sprint to Stick Around

But I REALLY want Hesse to shut his mouth. Shhhh....quiet. We want to hear from you when or if AT&T or Verizon actually tries to gobble up another carrier. Otherwise....zip it! Seriously. Sprint isn't successful enough to be yapping about RIM or Microsoft or anyone else. Solve your own problems, Dan and THEN get back to us.
I can def agree with that
T Bone

Aug 7, 2012, 2:42 PM

Sprint's inability to compete...

Is not the fault of at&t or Verizon....Sprint has no one but themselves to blame for their problems.....playing the victim of mythical 'at&t/Verizon duopoly' is not going to help Sprint turn things around...

There was a time, which actually wasn't all that long ago, when Sprint was the leading phone company in the country, they had the best network, the best coverage, the best customer service....and they squandered their position through ineptitude, a long history of bad decisions, mismanagement and general incompetence.

It's not at&t or Verizon's fault that Sprint drove customers away by making horrible billing errors, that they wasted money on the Nextel acquisition, or that they let their network go to crap.....

If they want to ...
Remember that Sprint and T-Mobile did not become what they are through multiple mergers like VZW and AT&T. Hence the network differences.
I hear what you are saying, but investors look towards the Future, not the past. This is all new management. The past executives ran a dumpster fire, now the ship is turned and headed in the right direction. Let's hope it all pans out so Sprint can st...

Aug 7, 2012, 2:16 PM

Hesse knows what he is talking about...

If there's no competition then you might as go over to AT&T or Verizon and hand them your "wallet" because they genuinely don't care for consumers or their own customers.
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