The severity of Sprint Nextel’s problems caught new chief executive officer Dan Hesse by surprise.
“To be perfectly frank, the issues we face are more difficult than what I expected to find,” Hesse told Wall Street analysts Thursday.
Hesse’s concession came on a day when the Overland Park wireless company reported huge losses and a $29 billion write-off, suspension of dividends for investors and the expected first-quarter loss of another 1.2 million subscribers.
Even so, Hesse sought to reassure investors Thursday that he believed the problems could be fixed — eventually. He also unveiled an even more aggressive one-rate plan than those recently announced by rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
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