The words of wireless executives are watched closely by analysts and their investors, competitors and employees. Sometimes a headline-making quote is carefully thought-out and unveiled at an investor conference. Other times, it's a slip-up that the company needs to walk back and explain.
Can you match the quotes?
Executives speak all of the time at conferences, meetings, forums and trade shows. Not every word that slips from their lips is pure gold. However, on occasion, they produce pure gems. These words can reveal a hidden strategy, project authority, take down a rival or simply reveal a realistic and candid view of the world.
With that in mind, FierceWireless compiled this list of some of the most memorable quotes from wireless industry executives of the past year. This follows a similar feature FierceWireless produced last year. Your mission, should choose to accept it, is to match up the quote to correct executive who is responsible for it. Some may be easier than others, but we dare you to guess all of them correctly. All of the quotes this time around are from 2012. Good luck!
Here are the quotes. Below, you'll find the choices for executives.
1. "I think that the dark horse here might be Samsung because Samsung after the latest verdict out in California they're liable to just--they've got the capability to go out on their own and do their own operating system."
2. "We are a computing company, we have to take advantage of that form factor."
3. "We may end up having to sell the spectrum. We're not suicidal."
4. "We have to be able to stand up and say this is fundamentally better and different."
5. "...We fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can..."
6. "I think you'd be stunned if we weren't getting those phone calls. We are getting those phone calls. The content guys are asking for it."
7. "This company is not ignoring the world out there, nor is it in a death spiral."
8. "Every single customer matters. That is most important thing we have to rekindle. And we are on our way."
9. "We always have been and always will be open to further consolidation, as long as it isn't AT&T or Verizon Wireless."
10. "So as you come through an upgrade cycle and you upgrade in the future, you will have to go onto the data share plan. And moving away from, if you will, the unlimited world and moving everybody into a tiered structure data share-type plan.
A. Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse
B. Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam
C. Apple CEO Tim Cook
D. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson
E. Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen
F. Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo
G. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
H. T-Mobile USA COO Jim Alling
I. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman
J. Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins
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