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AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph De La Vega.

"I think they just need to make it better."

AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph De La Vega recently spoke with All Things D's Ina Fried at length about a number of issues, including the popularity of Android, why Windows Phone 7 devices aren't selling well, and whether or not the tablet market is actually going to take off the way analysts are predicting it to.

Much of what De La Vega told Fried about AT&T's business echoes the trends emerging throughout the wireless industry:
We’ve seen a dramatic shift from feature phones and quick messaging devices, which were texting devices only, into smartphones. We love that.
Android is becoming more popular. Our Android business is doing very, very well.
What Apple has done very well [with the iPad] is killer software, but the hardware is beautiful. I think they are raising the bar very high, but this is a competitive industry. I am pretty sure the other guys are not going to sit still and let Apple have all of that [tablet] market share.
He praised Windows Phone 7 for its design, but noted why it hasn't sold well: "Giving customers more application choices, having a bigger app store with more functionality on the phone, I think that is all that it needs."

"It hasn’t sold as well as Microsoft or us would want it to, but I think having the Nokia hardware capability with the Microsoft software capability is a really good combination," he said. "Keep in mind this is the first product that Microsoft has come out with since Microsoft redid their OS. I think for the first thing out of the chute it is pretty good. I think they just need to make it better."

He called Windows 8 "a huge win" for Microsoft, and noted that all of the smartphone manufacturers are now offering AT&T their tablets to carry (including the Motorola Xoom). "The question is which ones of those are good enough to stand up to the iPad. That’s a very high bar," he said.

As for BlackBerries, De La Vega wouldn't delve too deep into reasons why they haven't sold as well as in the past. "We just see customers, in some cases choosing other products rather than traditional BlackBerries," he said. "I think customers want more applications and [RIM is] going to eventually move to where they have one OS," rather than having both QNX and OS 7.

De La Vega also praised HTC, particularly for their UI, and noted that the HTC Inspire is selling very well. 

On another note, he said that AT&T is working with the industry to shrink the size and footprint of SIM cards.

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By cjohnson2136 on 6/6/2011 9:39:16 AM , Rating: 5
Have you ever used WP7? Because calling it a turd when you have never used it makes no sense.

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By chick0n on 6/6/2011 9:42:53 AM , Rating: 2
he obviously is a Apple fanboy, who can only use a dumbdown phone like iPhone, which is designed for retard to use.

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By mcnabney on 6/6/2011 10:46:35 AM , Rating: 3
Weren't the WP7 fanbois just arguing that their device was better because it was easier to use? You know, dumbed down to attract the retards.

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By InvertMe on 6/6/2011 10:54:21 AM , Rating: 3
Dumbed down and easy to use are not the same thing.

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By Mitch101 on 6/6/2011 11:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone 7 users are past the Windows 3.1 decade of icon driven interfaces like the iPhone/iPod/iPad.

But then Windows 3.1 had flash but we dont want to make your head explode.

Flash Player 3 - Windows 3.1

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By mcnabney on 6/6/2011 8:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the info! I knew Flash went back to W95, but I didn't know it went to 3.1. Impressive lifespan.

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By MeesterNid on 6/6/2011 12:43:17 PM , Rating: 4
Have you ever used WP7? Because calling it a turd when you have never used it makes no sense.

Oh is that right!? Because there is a fine, long-standing tradition on this site for people to call all things Apple worse names than that when the vast majority of them have never used any of those devices.

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By Nfarce on 6/6/2011 1:38:28 PM , Rating: 2
This site is 99% PC the last time I checked. The Apple fannies have plenty other places on the web dedicated to licking Apple hairy ass.

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By cjohnson2136 on 6/6/2011 1:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
Just cause the majority of people do it does not mean I do it. I don;t like Apple products because I have used them and prefer Windows over them.

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By Omega215D on 6/6/2011 2:03:27 PM , Rating: 2
This was due to all the remarks Apple and their users have made on products that aren't Apple. Smug SOBs who are nothing more than glorified hipsters.

I speak as someone who has owned and used a Macbook and would probably get another in the future. Said Macbook just died despite sitting on my desk or in a protective case for most of its life. Now I have a 2007 Thinkpad T60 that is doing a better job of chugging along.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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