NEW YORK, ( TheStreet) -- Investors fell under the spell of a handful of tech darlings this year, but they also grew ambivalent about a few players in the sector. On a scale from apathy to loathing, Sprint ( S) engendered a mild hatred from investors with its shameful three-year streak of losing retail customers.
Sprint's woeful performance combined with a not-so-bright future, earned Wall Street's wrath. But a pair of tech giants -- Google ( GOOG) and Research In Motion ( RIMM) -- which were also tossed aside this year, stand to regain some respect. Here's why Sprint deserves the loathing and why Google and RIM might work back into the fold next year.