Well, isn't this just something. It only took Sprint a matter of hours (on a Sunday evening, no less) to push out a detailed list of gripes
concerning the proposed AT&T / T-Mobile USA tie-up
, but Verizon Wireless won't even be wasting its time. According to an interview with Reuters
ahead of CTIA, VZW CEO Daniel Mead confessed that his company wouldn't be lobbying the FCC or any other entity to stop the inevitable, noting that "anything can go through if you make enough concessions." That's a pretty bold quote in and of itself, but of course, this is
coming from the man who made an awful lot of those so-called concessions
in order to pick up Alltel
a few years ago. Continuing on, he blasted out this gem: "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them." In other words, there's nary a chance in Hades that America's current
largest wireless carrier will be making a bid to keep it that way by shelling out for The Now Network. Why? Quite simply, he'd rather focus on being the most profitable US carrier rather than the largest. Not exactly what you'd expect coming from Verizon Wireless' CEO, but hey -- if he's down for the competition, we're down with watching from the sidelines.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.