Sprint Chief Defends Decision to Carry Apple's iPhone
"I've said everything has to make sense economically. But we knew our customers wanted the ability to choose the iPhone. We clearly looked at economics both short-term and long-term. Over time it starts to be cash-flow positive," Hesse explained. "We saw no reason to bet against Apple. You really don't want to be on the outside of that."
Hesse went on to talk about the importance of brand, that it's critical to have your own brand associated with other successful ones, and that there's no debating "what a great brand Apple has." To Hesse, the benefits of aligning corporate brands "greatly outweighed the risks."
Does that mean Sprint will be getting an iPad as well, particularly as it rolls out 4G LTE networks? Hesse suddenly turned cagey when posed with that question, playing the "can't comment" card, but acknowledged that it's a good question.