Boo! Check out these wireless industry nightmares

Phil GoldsteinAs Halloween approaches, FierceWireless decided to ponder: What does strike fear into the hearts of wireless executives all over the land?

To answer that question, we've peeked into the subconscious of some of the wireless industry's most powerful people to see what goes bump in their night. See below for a smattering of the nightmares that plague Google's Andy Rubin, AT&T's Ralph de la Vega, Sprint's Dan Hesse and others.

To be clear: Some of these nightmares clearly stretch the bounds of reality, but all have some level of plausibility. They range from trivial worries to scenarios that could bring down an entire company. And all these scenarios offer a glimpse at some of the potential weaknesses of each executive's approach--whether it is marketing, technology or the way they handle the competition.

Read on to find out these executives' nightmares, taking note of the number of jack-o-lanterns--the more pumpkins, the closer the nightmare is to becoming a reality. Feel free to comment and leave your own wireless nightmares. --Phil

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski:  The FCC actually votes on net neutrality The FCC actually votes on net neutrality
Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google:  Google runs out of dessert-themed nicknames for its Android iterations Google runs out of dessert-themed nicknames for its Android iterations
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse  Daniel Mead starts shooting black-and-white commercials for Verizon Wireless Daniel Mead starts shooting black-and-white commercials for Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm:  T-Mobile rivals launch a joint marketing campaign arguing HSPA+ is not 4G T-Mobile rivals launch a joint marketing campaign arguing HSPA+ is not 4G
Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow:  LightSquared’s network attracts more wholesale partners and subscribers than Clearwire’s LightSquared's network attracts more wholesale partners and subscribers than Clearwire's
Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead:  Verizon’s LTE network is full of glitches  Verizon's LTE network is full of glitches
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop:  Nokia employees attend meetings wielding Android phones Nokia employees attend meetings wielding Android phones
Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager of the Palm Global Business Unit at HP:  Palm makes a new phone and no one buys it (again) Palm makes a new phone and no one buys it (again)
Apple CEO Steve Jobs:  Android does for Google what Windows did for Microsoft: Make Apple’s products niche Android does for Google what Windows did for Microsoft: Make Apple's products niche
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega:  Not only does Verizon get the iPhone, every Tier 1 carrier gets it Not only does Verizon get the iPhone, every Tier 1 carrier gets it

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