Sprint to the Head of the Pack

By following some unusual strategies, the carrier that used to be a telecom also-ran is blowing past competitors

Pop quiz: Which major U.S. telecom company is going to post the fastest growth this year? True, it's a dismal bunch. The long-distance giants AT&T (T) and MCI (MCIP) are melting like ice cream in a microwave. The Bells SBC Communications (SBC ), Verizon Communications (VZ ), Qwest Communications International (Q ), and BellSouth (BLS ) are looking at a year of stagnating revenues or meager growth.

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