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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.”

Source: Twitter

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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.

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