Alltel CEO Says Carriers Need National Platform; Tried To Buy AT&T Wireless, Sprint And T-Mobile


imageAlltel’s (NYSE: AT) CEO Scott Ford said in an interview with the Arkansas News Bureau that a carrier must be nationwide in order to be relevant in today’s industry, and to rectify that, during his tenure as the chief executive at the fifth largest U.S. carrier, he tried to buy Sprint (NYSE: S), T-Mobile and even AT&T (NYSE: T) Wireless. Of course, a lot of the talk also focused on the company’s $28.1 billion sale to Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ), and how it came only eight months after the company went private. See the entire interview here.

Here’s the exact wording of Ford’s comments about trying to buy the competition:

Ford: “I didn

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