The worst wireless blunders of all time

So far 2012 has been a banner year in many respects for the wireless industry. For example, this summer the industry marked the five-year anniversary of the commercial launch of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL)  iPhone and the seismic changes it wrought for carriers, vendors and consumers.

Yet as FierceWireless' recent survey of top industry executives showed, not everything is rosy in the world of wireless. Some continue to harbor regrets about practices that turned out to be more trouble than they were worth and policies adopted by the industry that have not worked out as planned.

FierceWireless decided to delve into the archives to uncover what we think are the top five biggest blunders in the wireless industry. This list is subjective and certainly not exhaustive. We've picked industry failures rather than doomed products. These are strategic business or marketing decisions that have forced companies to admit mistakes, backtrack and shift course. In some instances, the changes in approach have worked out well for the industry and for consumers. In other cases, the practices continue.      

What follows is our rundown of what we see as the wireless industry's worst blunders. What do you think were the biggest industry mistakes? Let us know in the comments! 

The worst wireless blunders of all time

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