We shouldn't rule out any opportunity or alternative," Son said, adding, "I will be aggressive—that's all." Meanwhile, Hesse is not ruling out the possibility of Sprint making a play for T-Mobile down the road. By then, T-Mobile will also include MetroPCS which is merging with T-Mobile in a reverse merger. The Sprint CEO shrugs off any chance of regulators trying to stop a deal between the nation's third largest (Sprint) and fourth largest carrier saying that such a deal would be great for consumers and provide a challenge to Verizon Wireless. Verizon, the nation's largest mobile operator, just added 1.5 million new net contract customers in the third quarter, its largest such gain in the last four years.
Thanks to the deal with Softbank and it's purchase of Clearwire, Sprint has gone from having to holdout its hat for more spectrum or money, to having few worries about finishing the build of its LTE network. And while Dan Hesse was recently still hearing it from angry shareholders about his $15.5 billion gamble on the Apple iPhone, he is now the one CEO that has the opportunity to really change the face of the U.S. mobile carrier industry. Softbank's Son is willing to give him anything he needs to put Sprint in the same conversation as Verizon and AT&T. The question is, will Dan Hesse be able to deliver?