Speaking to a group of reporters over at Sprint’s Kansas headquarters, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse recalled the company’s decision to sell Apple’s iPhone on its turf. He said that the opportunity to sell the iPhone was too good to pass up, even though Sprint had to spend billions for it. Hesse added that a lot of its customers decided to stick with the carrier hoping that it would eventually offer the iPhone. “You really don’t want to be on the outside,” he said.

When asked about the Apple-Sprint partnership, the CEO noted that the blessing came in the form of a phone call from Cupertino last year, saying, “I think the No. 1 thing was getting the call from Apple that they were interested in at least having the opportunity.” During the course of the conversation, Hesse commented that the iPhone is a good product for the long-term since customers are more valuable in the long run. “Today, looking back, I think it was the right decision,” Hesse added.

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