Nearly a nine months after Sprint got it, does Sprint’s head Dan Hesse regret it got the iPhone? iPhone sales have helped the carrier gain subscribers, but can’t match the rate at which the iPhone sells at AT&T and Verizon. Hesse says he doesn’t regret getting the iPhone and it was just too good of a deal to pass on.
“I think the number-one thing was getting the call from Apple that they were interested in at least having the opportunity,” Hesse said. “We saw no reason to bet against Apple… Today, looking back, I think it was the right decision.”
As always, on a different note, Hesse also stressed that Verizon and AT&T have grown way too big and command a duopoly in the United States. Sprint has around 50 million subscribers compared to more than 90 million for AT&T and Verizon, and that’s a huge gap.
“The industry has to deal with the issue of the duopoly,” Hesse said. “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.”