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What do Dan Mead's mustache, Dan Hesse's corny jokes, and Philipp Humm's German accent have in common?  They'll be in the same room as part of a carrier roundtable session at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans.

Dan Mead, Ralph de la Vega, Dan Hesse, and Philipp Humm - CEOs of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile (respectively) - will be on stage and getting grilled by Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's Mad Money.  If you've ever watched Jim Cramer in action, you know this roundtable discussion could get interesting.  Expect to hear some questions about the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Sprint's LTE rollout, and the spectrum crunch that faces the big four. 

They're a cordial bunch, but sparks could certainly fly.  The CEOs of the top four wireless companies in the US, combined with the wit of CNBC's Cramer, is sure to be entertaining at the very least.  Join me starting at 4:30 PM Central as I liveblog the zings, hits, and everything in between from sunny (and humid) New Orleans!

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A: We're pretty happy and we're going to keep trying to grow it.


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Q to Mead: Can you get to AT&T's growth when it comes to smartphone penetration?


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A from Hesse: Perhaps in the middle east - very limited in North Korea.


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Q: Will cell phones continue to play a role in revolutions?


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This is pretty fascinating.  Humm and de la Vega had it out for a bit, but it seems to have settled.


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A: It ain't true!  That's why we have a trust issue - we stretch the truth.


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Q to de la Vega: How do you answer T-Mobile's commercial?


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Hesse is committed to having a special relationship with the customer.


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Dan Hesse: Anyone when they market....they put their best foot forward.


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It's clear that if you have a pending acquisition there's some negativity...now it's time to realize projects and bring them to life.


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"We're still looking for strategic options."


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Q to Humm: How can you do your job while DT is saying they're looking for "different options?"


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Mead: It's about 4G LTE. 


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Humm: It's about investing in the network and re-energizing the brand.


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Hesse: The iPhone and our Network Vision project.


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de la Vega pointed out handsets and 4G LTE.


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Q: What has changed at YOUR company?


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de la Vega: I think it's time for the smartphone to replace the wallet.


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Hesse: I think people will be more focused on privacy, security, theft, etc.


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Humm: Value-added services.


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Mead: Tremendous acceleration in LTE


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Q: Next year at this time, what will the biggest innovation be?


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Mead: Undoubtedly, video delivery over mobile devices.


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Humm: That 4G has been brought to life.


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Hesse: Philipp is on stage with us (HAHA) - the US being recognized as the clear wireless leader


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de la Vega: Mobile Internet coming to life.


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Q: Biggest innovation since last year?


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Here we go!


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Jim Cramer is on stage and yelling.  What else is new.


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Jim Cramer is now on stage.


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AT&T's Digital Life stuff is very cool.


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In a (very small) nutshell - Hesse: Customers want to trust us // Humm: We want customers to trust us // Mead: We need spectrum // de la Vega: We want customers to feel safe


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"Digital technology has the potential to make people's lives better...fuller...richer"


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There's been a shift from "it's going to take over my life" to "it's going to make my life richer"


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de la Vega is talking about the Connected Life stuff - seems to be AT&T's goal this time around.


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de la Vega is touting PC World's award of fastest 4G


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Ralph de la Vega is on stage.


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Humm's desire is a hard one.  In any sort of industry, it's hard to come across as affordable AND cutting-edge.


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"We're investing in the T-Mobile brand"


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In 2011, despite the AT&T deal overhanging, T-Mobile held its grown with relatively normal revenues.


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They're working hard to refarm the 1900 MHz spectrum space for use w/4G LTE.


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"The need for spectrum is urgent"


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"We also need innovative solutions as well as spectrum."


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"We've established a consumer friendly and intelligent way to offer unlimited data."


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T-Mobile: 146 times more data than five years ago - and 100 times faster


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"I have two key messages: (1) Unlimited, intelligent rate plans are the future and (2) we need more spectrum and need to deploy innovative ways to manage"


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"T-Mobile is back and competing as the challenger in wireless." -Humm


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Philipp Humm, CEO, T-Mobile getting ready to get on stage.


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So, if you're keeping track - Hesse is concerned about privacy, Mead about spectrum.


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"Our intent is to be able to provide up front notifications within 24 hours of activation and...we'll give customers multiple ways to opt in or opt out."


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Sprint will launch a new mobile advertising campaign with two rules: (1) more education for consumer and (2) more control over whether to use it or not.


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"Sprint is committed to safeguarding confidential information as well"


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"Collectively, we need to educate consumers.  Too many don't secure their devices."


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Today, Sprint announced Sprint Guardian - a single download that is a suite of apps.


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"We will put protections in place so that we aren't asking for blind trust."


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Seems like there's a general consensus here: that lobbyists are bad and more spectrum is needed.


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He's going into the ins and outs of NFC tech.


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"I focus so intensely on reputation because the future of our industry is about personalization." - this may be the best and most true quote of the day


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What do YOU think of wireless companies?


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Talking about how poorly wireless companies are viewed.  "Even cable and oil industries rate higher than we [wireless] do"


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Hesse is on stage talking about 4G LTE


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Sorry, I meant ***who worked for AT&T.


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"AT&T came up with the first OneRate plan in 1998" - Largent getting ready to introduce Dan Hesse (who worked for Sprint).


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He's talking about the spectrum crunch and what Verizon is "doing for the industry."


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"We're working closely with the DOJ and FCC as they review our spectrum purchase." (purchasing a bunch of AWS spectrum)


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"Verizon Wireless will need additional spectrum in many markets by 2013, and many more markets by 2014."


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"Data usage on our network has more than doubled each year for the past three years."


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"Things that just a short time ago seemed like they were out of a science fiction movie...are all so commonplace now that we almost take them for granted."


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"Back then [since CTIA in 2005], wireless has changed a lot."


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Dan Mead on stage.  "What a great industry we're a part of."


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CTIA President & CEO Steve Largent on stage.


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CTIA President & CEO Steve Largent on stage.


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They're beginning with some of the usual intros.  Apparently the event was sponsored by Huawei (in addition to CNBC being the broadcast partner).


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Alright, let's do this!  The mustache convention...erm, carrier roundtable...is about to start.


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