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T-Mobile CEO John Legere  (Source: The SF Examiner)
John Legere just can't help but get in a few digs at AT&T once again

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is never one to back down from hogging the spotlight. After all, this is the same man that crashed an AT&T after-party at CES and routinely takes to Twitter (and his blog) to bash the competition.
Today, Legere pointed his criticism towards today’s confirmed news that Amazon’s first smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive. Legere just couldn’t hold back his frustrations and went off a multi-tweet rant lambasting the partnership. He even brought up Facebook’s failed partnership with AT&T for the HTC First, stating, “Remember when the Facebook phone was discounted to 99cents? So like, the whole time it was available on [AT&T].”
Legere also vented with the following tweets:

One can’t help but think that this bravado is all sour grapes, as Legere would likely be screaming from the hilltops if T-Mobile won Amazon exclusivity. With that said, it’s at least interesting to sit back and watch a tech CEO that isn’t afraid to speak his mind without being strangled immediately by his “handlers.”

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By jmunjr on 6/17/2014 5:34:24 PM , Rating: 5
The phone subsidy system in general as well as exclusivity agreements in many industries are anti-competitive. Anything that truly gives customers fewer options is usually the result of less competition, not more. Subsidizing of and exclusivity with phones does just what the CEO says, gives customers fewer choices, and that's a shame.

RE: Anti-competitive
By nafhan on 6/18/2014 10:46:49 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with what you're saying, and we'll have to wait a few hours to see... BUT I can almost guarantee that the Amazon/ATT deal will be pretty different from the typical phone subsidy thing.

Amazon has a history of striking these "exclusivity" deals in order to secure discounted data rates for their customers, and I think that's what we are going to see happening here. That's probably why they signed a deal with ATT: because ATT was willing to cut a better deal with them for monthly data contracts than TMobile.

Honestly, I can't see why they would even bother getting into phones if they're just going to sell a handset. They need to shake the industry up more than just putting out a 3D camera phone (which has already been done to little effect). And, I could be wrong; we'll find out soon.

RE: Anti-competitive
By nafhan on 6/18/2014 10:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
So... the other possibility I see is that this is thing is going to be a really decent device that's inexpensive and comes with lots of discounts for Amazon Prime content.

RE: Anti-competitive
By sleepeeg3 on 6/18/2014 11:30:06 AM , Rating: 2
If it's anything like the deal AT&T made with Apple for the original iPhone exclusivity, it's because AT&T was willing to subsidize the full cost of the phone.

RE: Anti-competitive
By nafhan on 6/18/2014 4:10:10 PM , Rating: 2
I was completely wrong. Not terrible, but it looks like Amazon is using Gimmicks to push it over it's Android competitors.

Say what...?
By peterrushkin on 6/17/14, Rating: -1
RE: Say what...?
By retrospooty on 6/17/2014 5:52:11 PM , Rating: 3
"Really, this guy should STFU and make t-mobile an actual choice for real customers. He'd get my attention then. - See more at"

Didn't they just add more customers in the past 6 months than ever? They are growing like crazy right now. Legere is doing a great job.

RE: Say what...?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/17/2014 6:19:00 PM , Rating: 3
I believe the OP is upset because Legere apparently did all that just to increase the buyout price. He's been wanting to sell all along and soon we'll be right back to the same carrier model we had before and less competition.

RE: Say what...?
By peterrushkin on 6/17/2014 6:31:52 PM , Rating: 3
^ This.


RE: Say what...?
By retrospooty on 6/17/2014 6:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
OK, well if he did it for that purpose, then it does suck... Still, at least he proved it can be done.

Look at it this way. If Sprint buys it and drops T-Mobile's growth strategy (that is working like none other in the industry) and adopts Sprints model (that is bleeding customers like none other in the industry) there will be a huge industry reaction and customers will start dropping like flies. If they keep T-Mobiles growth strategy they can potentially keep growing. It also wouldnt be unheard of for the 2 companies to merge, and fire Hesse and Keep Legere as CEO.

RE: Say what...?
By peterrushkin on 6/17/2014 7:00:00 PM , Rating: 2
"If they keep T-Mobiles growth strategy they can potentially keep growing. It also wouldnt be unheard of for the 2 companies to merge, and fire Hesse and Keep Legere as CEO."

Sounds like common sense right? I wouldn't be surprised if this didnt happen lol.

RE: Say what...?
By retrospooty on 6/18/2014 1:33:31 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, it makes sense so why would a mobile carrier do it. What was I thinking?

RE: Say what...?
By NellyFromMA on 6/19/2014 10:52:44 AM , Rating: 2
There isn't really any consumer harm even if their recent actions lead to a higher sale price. And oh, by the way... it's his prerogative to ensure he DOES get the highest price possible for the company.

For those who may be less understanding of the dynamics of valuation, a companies HEALTH is absolutely up-and-down scrutinized prior to a sale, especially a sale of this magnitude.

If Legere were to simply over-extend his companies ability to offer its services by offering unsustainable fire-sales in-effect, those reviewing would actually DEVALUE the companies worth as it would be sadled with customers for which they paid a premium and now almost surely will have to disappoint, gaining negative PR etc.

Saying Legere "only did this to raise the company value" for immediate sale is just too short-sighted and fails to grasp the basics of an acquisition and valuation of a company. Valuation happens over immediate, short, mid, and long term assessments. You can not abandon mid-to long term to bloat immediate and short (well, maybe if you were selling your company to the most rookie of suitors).

Such a statement is just a snap-judgement without considering that businessmen (and women) seek value, realized by low-investments and high-revenues, the net of which is profit.

RE: Say what...?
By amanojaku on 6/17/2014 7:47:20 PM , Rating: 3
You have to remember that Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile, and it's DT that's trying to sell. DT wants out of the American market, and I doubt John Legere can raise $20B to spin the company off. Since DT hired him, he's got his orders.

Thing is, he also has ambition. Legere and Softbank have a history. Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, was an investor in Asia Global Crossing. Legere was CEO of Asia Global Crossing before he became CEO of the parent, Global Crossing. In reference to a merger, Legere asked the government to approve it since he's probably friends with Masayoshi. He also said he'd approve a merger if it meant him becoming CEO of the new entity. I doubt Softbank will merge with T-Mobile, but keep it as a subsidiary. That would mean Legere would keep his CEO job exactly the way it is, running T-Mobile under a new parent company.

what about apple
By SPOOOK on 6/17/14, Rating: -1
By sprockkets on 6/17/14, Rating: -1
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