It's no secret that the vast majority of what wireless executives say in public is not surprising. Usually it's a recitation of phrases, talking points and ideas they have made in the past that they are simply reinforcing.
However, every once in a while, in an interview or unguarded moment, wireless executives can let loose a whopper of a quote--something that makes the reader, the audience (and likely, competitors) take notice. Some executives are more colorful than others, but sometimes even the most staid CEO can drop a bomb or two.
With that in mind, FierceWireless compiled this list of some of the most memorable quotes from wireless industry executives during the past year. This follows similar features we did in 2012 and 2011. 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 are from 2013. Good luck!
Here are the quotes. Below, you'll find the choices for executives.
- "Our goal is to build the best network of any carrier in the world and we think we will have that when we're done."
- "If you are allowing unlimited, you will run out of gas. It's physics."
- "Anybody here from New York? Anybody use AT&T? Any of you that use them, are you happy? Of course not. The network's crap."
- "We are an American company, and the modernization of Sprint's network will have to be done from the U.S. You have to climb the towers here, and you'll have to have U.S. employees who speak English."
- "Well, I'm not sure I would have sold the company…That's for sure. Talk about a waste."
- "They (AT&T) combine two things: being big and being bad."
- "And there comes a time when you have to make lemonade out of lemons, so to speak."
- "We don't need a satellite dish to have a better smartphone experience."
- "We will deliver the next big thing…we will change the world again."
- "Technology without empathy can no longer be considered innovation. Innovation for the sake of innovation is old school."
- "We never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone."
- Jong-seok Park, president of LG's mobile communications unit
- Apple CEO Tim Cook
- Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein
- T-Mobile US CMO Mike Sievert
- Sprint CEO Dan Hesse
- Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam
- Competitive Carrier Association President Steve Berry
- Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen
- T-Mobile US CEO John Legere
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
- SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son
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