Legere proves yet again he is the “Un-CEO”, gets thrown out of AT&T’s party at CES

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Last night, long after I’d gone to bed, John Legere decided he’d crash the AT&T party at CES 2014. The party was being thrown by AT&T for its developers at the Palms Hotel. According to a quick chat with Re/code, he “just wanted to hear Macklemore”, and wasn’t looking to make a scene. Although he did arrive with an “entourage” of other Tmo execs.

It didn’t take long for him to get noticed and he was promptly removed from the party.

““All of a sudden these gigantic goons said ‘Can I talk to you over here,’ ” Legere said, in an interview outside the Venetian hotel later on Monday, adding that he was told that if he didn’t leave immediately he would be charged with trespassing. Legere said he was also escorted from the premises.”

Ironically, at the same time, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega was at an Audi keynote announcing that his carrier had secured a deal with the car manufacturer to replace T-Mobile as its wireless service provider.

I have to say, I’m not surprised he was thrown out. Barely a week goes by on Twitter without Legere taking a swipe at AT&T. John Legere, I’m sure, is hoping that none of AT&T’s execs decide to crash his party tomorrow, as T-Mobile announces its plans for Un-carrier 4.0.

Via: Re/code

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  • philyew

    Cam, are you going to get anyone to do anything about the IM5 ad? It still usurps ever click on this site when using the smartphone, even when you use Firefox with the Adblock plugin installed.

    • thepanttherlady

      Try Dolphin browser. So far, so good. Chrome is useless.

      • philyew

        Thanks but I’ve tried Dolphin, Chrome, and Firefox with Adblock installed and the cache repeatedly cleared. It still comes up whenever I click on the read article and comments links. What I find annoying it’s that if you go over to the Phonedog Facebook page, you’ll find posts boasting about the number of hits that the IM5 site got yesterday. With ads like this, it’s hardly surprising.

        • Guest

          Use Adblock’s Element Hiding addon and just hide the front-most element (which is the IM5 ad that covers the entire page).

        • philyew

          That works on the Windows desktop, but I can’t find that in the Android version.

      • Hogpistol

        No thanks on the Dolphin spyware.

        • thepanttherlady

          Unfortunately, I am mobile after I leave work and so far Dolphin is the only one that I can actually use to access this site since that damn ad went up yesterday. :/

        • Hogpistol

          Oh I’m totally with you on that. The ad breaks the site. But I just don’t trust Dolphin.

        • Stone Cold

          Opera is the closest browser I have found that I like for the rare times I need a mobile one.

        • AussieB

          I was having the problem on Dolphin browser on mobile too

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          What? It’s spyware? :-O

      • Nharzhool .

        The BB10 browser is also showing the site perfectly. The IM5 ad shows in a small section at the top of the site. Clicking on a link or anything else on the site works as it should…

        Sucks that some people are having problems…

        • thepanttherlady

          They fixed the ad. Originally it was a full page that no one could get rid of which prevented us from accessing this site to comment, read comments, articles etc.

        • Nharzhool .

          Yeah, I noticed that after I posted that. :)

          Probably should have edited my post. haha

    • Cam Bunton

      It’s gone.

      • philyew

        Hallelujah! Thanks. I know you needed the admins to fix this and it wasn’t something you could magic away. Shame it took so long for them to figure out a solution…

    • Sean Walsh

      Well, I wont be using IM5 anytime soon!

    • AussieB

      what was that this morning. Any click on this site led to that site. On mobile and desktop. Even trying to make a comment led to that site.

      • philyew

        Sorry, I’m not clear if that is a question or a comment you have there.

        I posted that message early this morning and the Phonedog admins took care of the problem – somewhat belatedly – a few hours later.

  • galaxymaniac

    maybe he went looking for a job?

  • Corporal Lint

    I say this with admiration: Legere really is a first-rate troll.

  • Hogpistol

    I think John would LOVE it if ATT showed up at TMo’s keynote. He’d play it up huge.

    • g2a5b0e

      You’re absolutely right. He would have been smart about it unlike AT&T was with him. He would talk about how everyone wants to be at T-Mobile’s parties, even executives from their mobile competition.

      • donnybee

        That would be a fantastic thing! Let’s see what they do!

    • youngmantiburon

      he has seats in front row for them all.

      • thepanttherlady

        Maybe he can replace the dolls on stage with them. :)

    • Eric

      Lol John could run a speedtest and laugh at AT&T’s slower network.

      • Guest

        If he could get signal first.

  • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

    His Twitter was blowing up yesterday I was about to sleep but something told me I should check Johns twitter and to my surprise John Crashed AT&T’s party haha Man I Love This Guy! I want to meet him and shake his hand he’s Amazing!

  • Alex Zapata

    With all the complaints about this iM5 nonsense I’m glad that I have a dedicated Disqus app so I don’t have to deal with all that nonsense.

    • thepanttherlady

      I tried it before too but I can’t moderate from it so it was useless for me. Grrrrr! :)

  • Bori

    LMAO! I love it!

  • donnybee

    Say what you will about John, but I love his in-your-face attitude! His approach will help T-Mobile to get in the faces of our competition and eventually take a more prominent position in our industry. This will bring more coverage, devices and ability to keep revolutionizing! Love this guy and this company!

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Thats hilarious. He should go undercover next time

    • AussieB

      He should do an episode of Undercover Boss

  • AndroidProfit

    Too bad he forgot to take his meds. Hahaha on T-Mobile losing Audi to ATT! THE BUTT HURT is strong within John!

  • Moby

    Obviously the actions of a desperate man seeking attention. Why wasn’t he attending the T-Mobile sponsored concert? Because T-Mobile was too cheap to sponsor a concert.

    His use of the phrase “gigantic goons” to describe the security officers who were just doing their job shows his complete disdain for the working class.

    He’s a complete laughing stock in the industry and once Sprint buys T-Mobile and ousts him, he’ll be lucky to even get a job at a broke start-up company.

    • AndroidProfit

      The John fluffers will be along any moment to blast your wonderful response.

      • pips78

        No. He is just expressing his opinion. Nothing to blast. I don’t agree with it 100% but nobody is going to blast the guy. At least he had something relatively intelligent to say. You’re just riding his coat tails because you have no valid input. All you can come up with are butt hurt jokes and then log off your Disqus and self like your comment as a guest. You’re transparent. Give up.

    • AndroidProfit

      Queue the T-Mobile fanboy fluffers in 3..2..1..

      • Paul

        Nope, the freedom to say your opinion, even if I disagree with it, is what the USA is about. Same goes for your trolling.

      • Stone Cold

        AP are you a T-Mo Customer or you just show up here to stir stuff up?

        • AndroidProfit

          Do I SERIOUSLY have to explain that you can be customer yet not appreciate the CEO acting like douche nozzle?

          I have been with T-Mobile for 7 years.

        • Stone Cold

          That is your opinion on how he is acting and your entitled to it. I was just curious. I am a 10 year customer myself. If all the players in the wireless game were all on GSM I believe Legere would go after every company. He does it with AT&T because he can as his only GSM competition. Last night was he trying to cause a scene maybe but he had the proper clearance to get in the event or else they would not of let him in.

        • AndroidProfit

          IMHO I don’t think that John is in a position to go after AT&T, not to mention how personally he takes it. I hope that TMobile coverage improves but here in ATL it is VERY SPOTTY. I did notice though that we are due for some of that sweet spectrum tmobile purchased but I don’t even think any of our phones will be able to use that. Oh well.

        • Stone Cold

          Maybe not but he is keeping T-Mobile in the news one way or another.

        • AndroidProfit

          That’s why I think he was brought in specifically to get TMobile ready for sale.

        • Stone Cold

          Still a huge possibility also.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I’ll do something drastic if that hookup doesn’t happen. T-Dish is getting closer and closer.
          And I’m loving it. :-)

        • AussieB

          Well after the Tmobile VZ announcement the other day, Dish stock rose to its highest levels in a decade.

        • AussieB

          Im surprised ATT isn’t getting more aggressive in its commercials and pointing out areas where their coverage is superior to TMobile. They can easily do a ‘you get what you pay for’ type commercial. Show employees at work deciding where to go to lunch and the Tmo person can’t even get on their phone. A group of friends stranded when the car dies, and the TMo person isn’t able to call AAA. A guys on a date and goes on is phone to check movie listings and can’t get connected to the network and has to ask his girl to pull out her ATT phone and check. A couple on the way to dinner when the pregnant wife goes into labor and the husband can’t call the doctor because he’s on Tmobile and theres no coverage. They have the money to do that so not sure why they aren’t. Verizon does a good job in their ads pointing out their coverage maps. You have to do direct comparisons that are easy to understand in a 30 second commercial

    • danielhep

      You enjoy hating on John, but is he really worse than AT&T’s CEO? Verizon’s? Softbank’s? I doubt it. He’s a far better person than any of these people, even if you think he’s immature. I find it entertaining, but to each his own. Doesn’t make him a worse CEO.

    • InsideBaseball

      This isn’t what you were expecting to hear, but yes he is seeking attention. He, himself, admitted that when this all started. He wants to T-Mobile to have the attention and he was going to do it at the expense of the competition, specifically AT&T. That is what Uncarrier is all about. What you describe as desperate, others says calculated. So like it or not, it’s working because you are here talking about it.

      Also, as CEO, he’s more than doubled the price of stock in under a year, almost the same price at AT&T; he’s increase subscribers, the last 2 quarters they’ve net more customers than all the other carriers combined; and rolled out network modernization and nationwide LTE. Now you may not like how he does it and others will say the same, but it may not be for you then. His message and T-Mobiles’ isn’t for everyone, but don’t knock something when it’s clearly working.

      To your other points, AT&T had their developer show yesterday, so they hosted a party. Why would T-Mobile have theirs last night if their presentation isn’t till Wednesday? Rookie move if you’re on the Party Planning Committee. And you’re taking a lot from the goon comment. This might sound crazy, but what if the security guards were actually really big guys who were not polite and possibly used little more force than necessary? But that wouldn’t make sense…

      And no one in the industry is laughing at him or T-Mobile. In fact, they want in on it. DT wants out of the U.S. and they’ve wanted to for a while and Soft Bank (80% owner of Sprint) wants a piece of the pie. People don’t laugh at you when you build a brand, increase stock prices, and expand the business.

      So far, the only thing funny, is your apparent lack of understanding of anything the world of wireless.

      • Moby

        Who does T-Mobile have performing Wednesday?

        Interesting to see that you dislike security guards as well. You and John would get along quite nicely.

        • pips78

          Moby is clearly a security guard or has a special spot in his heart for them. And he didn’t call them “goons”, Moby. He called them Goonies because one looked like Chunk and the other looked like Sloth. Now LIGHTEN UP!!!!!!!!

        • Moby

          I respect anyone who does their job well. Maybe you are like John Legere and are someone who looks down their noses at others because you think they are beneath you. John obviously has been spending too much time in his executive suite and letting his head swell to be polite to those who are doing their job. His comment displayed the height of arrogance.

    • Spanky

      If Randall Stephenson tried to pull the same stunt at a T-Mobile party, the T-Mobile cheerleaders would be breaking out the pitchforks. Downvote all you want, you know it’s the truth.

      • Moby

        Randall has too much class to do such a thing. He behaves as a true professional. You can see from John’s behavior why he could never cut it at AT&T. John deserves to be in the minor leagues where he landed.

        • Stone Cold

          Legere was once a AT&T Employee himself.

        • Moby

          Right, the key word there is “was”. It’s easy to see from his behavior why he is no longer employed there.

        • Stone Cold

          If his actions annoy you as a t-mo customer drop the service as they say speak with your wallet.

    • Stone Cold

      As the saying goes there is no such thing as bad publicity

      • AussieB

        If you worked in the public relations industry, you would know how wrong that statement is

  • AndroidProfit

    Did you see what John did last night? He is sooo cool! He’s like the coolest CEO ever! When I grow up I want to be just as cool as John. He’s soooo cool!

    • Guest

      You’re already as cool as John, Projob

  • LeeArtis

    Way to go, John

  • pips78

    How funny would it of been if he reentered the party with a fake mustache and glasses? Like Bobby Valentine did when he got kicked out of that Met’s game back when he was their head coach.
    I’ll admit I get frustrated at times working for T-mobile but this dude is such a whack-job and instigator that it makes me happy that I work here. I love it. It’s nice to have a lunatic for a CEO. You should hear him speak on our calls. The dude drops F-bombs left and right.
    He makes Phillip Humm-job look like a statue. Not like the Humm-er needed any help. I saw that robo-ceo speak in NY and I wanted to leap off the balcony to my death.
    And don’t even get me started on Dodson. Yawn…
    Go lunatic!!

    • Hogpistol

      Hummboy was there to sell T-mobile out. Nothing more, nothing less. When he failed to job us out to ATT he found greener pastures. Screw that guy.

      • pips78

        Yup. He was a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton sent from Deutschland to sell us to the Death Star.

      • Mark

        Do you honestly think that Legere is there to server any other purpose?!?! He was brought in to finish the job that Humm couldnt

        • Hogpistol

          Um…the company went Public so it is owned by the shareholders now. He’s here to increase shareholder wealth which is the job of ANY CEO. And if another company wants to come in a purchase that stock and a nice profit to the shareholders then the company will be sold. John was brought in to revitalize the company and the brand. If that results in the company being sold so be it, but that’s not the reason he was hired.

  • AndroidProfit

    How sad is it that John is essentially an ambulance chaser?

    • Hogpistol

      I know it’s been secretly breaking your heart that no one has been commenting on your posts. Hopefully this will satisfy your need for a while and you will go play keyboard cowboy somewhere else.

      • AndroidProfit

        Hahaha! Good one!

    • LeeArtis

      How sad is it that you’re a John Legere troll. I mean, if you don’t like the guy’s m.o., then state your case, then move along. Life is too short to measure up to trolls.

    • Bklynman

      The problem is he really Att.ceo,because they are losting customers at record pace,he really don’tnow what else to do. If att,or big red really want blow away all other cell companies,all they really have to do,no over charges for data,unlimted talk and text $50.00,$70.00 for unlimted for everything and no contacts.

      • Spanky

        “they are losting customers at record pace”
        Source please?

      • UMA_Fan

        You realize if att and Verizon lower their prices to Tmobile rates it would devastating to them financially right? They have built their business with 100 million customers each. Lowering their prices would be just like losing half their customer base.

        • Bklynman

          I just going by what I read here,how att,big red,over charges there cutomers. Last I was on att site,fine print was $10.00
          over data,not sure about text,and mins. I know bigred are skyhign. I believe $10.00 was for 100 mb. For spankly,
          It was on here it was stated that Tmo gain more customers than any other carrier than big red,they had they had to come from some where. This a little off topic,just would like to know,I have friends who have sprint, are happy with there service,that’s NYC,anyone who know someone with sprint NYC,how do they like it.

        • AussieB

          What they will end up doing is copy many of Tmobile changes like the eliminating subsidies. ATT already has said as much and VZ said the same thing when Tmo first launched their new rate plans. As long as their coverage is better, they’ll be able to charge more. There’s nothing Tmobile has done that can’t be co-opted by another carrier.

        • UMA_Fan

          I think its a lot more likely we will see Tmobile make the service argument a non issue for most people. Just imagine living in a market with Tmobile 20×20 aws paired with their 700mhz. That’s the best network for that Area at the lowest price

    • Paul

      He just wanted to hear Macklemore. I don’t blame the guy.
      Then again, you’re trolling the comments…like an ambulance chaser.

    • just me

      Wait what? I thought ambulance chaser was a derogatory term for lawyers who mainly go after cases involving accidents… How does that apply to John Legere, especially in this specific story?

  • Guest

    This guy’s cool

  • Paul

    THAT was a goiod move.
    However, if AT&T’s peeps show up I say bring’em on stage. Hell, give them passes so they are invited.

    THIS is where he shines the most.

    • mingkee

      …and haze them!

      • Paul

        That would work as well. Maybe make them lower level management job offers.

        • Spanky

          All jokes aside, I doubt T-Mobile could afford them.

  • Carlos

    Enough with the quirky CEO shenanigans….just deliver better rural coverage.

    • Paul

      They have made some steps that suggest they are looking to do so.

    • just me

      Enough with the comments on the quirky CEO shenanigans… Just comment on coverage articles. You know, like the two currently on the front page about acquiring new spectrum and lighting up LTE in 14 new markets ;)

      • AussieB

        Maybe he’s trying to distract from the coverage problems since that really seems to be their #1 issue. ATT just lit up new LTE markets as well

        • just me

          … What?

          T-Mobile: “Hey we’re buying new spectrum we can use to improve coverage! And we’re adding new LTE coverage! We’re working hard to improve coverage. Also our CEO pulled a quirky stunt while we’re working to improve coverage.”

          You: “OMG stop trying to distract from the fact that you need to improve coverage!”

          Lol, alrighty then.

    • UMA_Fan

      Well the low band spectrum they just bought should help with that

      • Mark

        not really.. look at where the spectrum holdings are… all of it is major cities, and will do NOTHING to address the GPRS coverage that occupies almost 70% of TMUS footprint today

        • JBrowne1012

          So better major cities is good for me

    • AussieB

      and indoor

    • Trevnerdio

      Why not both?

  • mingkee

    If De La Vega came to T-Mobile party, we should strip him naked and spray paint meganta all over.

    • n900mixalot

      Or just let him stay and show him what it means to be *better* than the competition.

    • Trevnerdio

      I’d rather not see that…*shudder*

  • rfgenerator

    Legere is a guy who looks like he is having fun at his job. Sure, much of it is calculated and maybe even a bit of schtick, but he does keep things interesting and there is some substance behind the style. I’m sure he is working to expand T-Mobile’s coverage as much as possible within the limitations of the corporation. Give ‘em Hell John, and give us better coverage!

    • AussieB

      His antics may be to improve employee morale. It seems to work on the few Tmobile loyalists but the masses don’t even know who this guy is and couldn’t care less

      • pips78

        The masses? The masses don’t even know who the governor of their state is so your point has no value. The masses …..

  • cameo

    I say John should invite the AT&T execs and then roast them, a la the old Dean Martin TV roasts of the ’70s. But then, most of you were probably not even alive to have seen them.

  • TK – Indy

    I like Tmobile, they save me money. I will continue to save money with them regardless of stuff like this. But when I see it, the words that come to mind are sophomoric, immature and unprofessional. Not an excellent, well planned PR stunt, or a genius executive ploy – just rude.

    • UMA_Fan

      What was so immature about it to you? Please explain. He didn’t do anything but attend an event he had legitimate passes for. It was just because he was receiving a lot of attention that att decided to kick him out

      • TK – Indy

        This is self evident. AT&T party. You are a rival. Trash the other team’s locker room, spray paint the mascot, date their cheerleaders, etc.

        • UMA_Fan

          That’s not what this was. He had obtained macklemores passes separately. This was not closed off to the pass Legere had.

      • TK – Indy

        Read the article. “The party was being thrown by AT&T for its developers at the Palms Hotel. According to a quick chat with Re/code, he “just wanted to hear Macklemore”, and wasn’t looking to make a scene. Although he did arrive with an “entourage” of other Tmo execs.”

      • AussieB

        Where does it say he had legitimate passes? It says he crashed an ATT party. A CEO wearing his brightly colored company t shirt doesnt show up at his biggest competitors event at a major convention. Its a stunt you’d expect a drunk fraternity would pull

    • Spanky

      Agreed 100%. Legere is like a fratboy who never grew up. Based on his previous antics, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was at the party to stir up trouble.

      • Mark

        Its a stunt- Look at the John Legere of Global crossing fame.. he was a suited up, board room CEO who was brought in to help GC be sold off. Watch and see, as soon as he helps DT offload TMUS, the act will be over, the games will be over, and JL will be another suited board room exec

        • AndroidProfit

          Exactly!!! The fanboys are creaming over a dude THAT WAS BROUGHT in to PREPARE FOR TMOBILE to be sold. All these bukaking fanboys are nothing but pawns to him!

        • philyew

          I couldn’t care less whether Legere wears a suit or a turban and a tutu, as long as his team continue to improve my experience as a customer and have a positive impact on the industry.

          It remains to be seen whether he is prepping the company for sale or not. Along the way, my monthly bill has been cut dramatically, I now have LTE service, and I have many less reasons to rue being a TM customer than the period before his act rolled into town.

          You’re so busy shouting about the possibility that things might become worse and how we’re all being deluded that you fail to appreciate how much better TM has become in the last year.

          If DT are determined to sell the company, then it won’t matter whether the “suits” are in suits or sneakers. What does matter to me and many others is that we get another year or so of the Uncarrier ride, rather than the stinking pile of crap that TM had become by the end of the AT&T episode.

        • just me

          Very well said. If this whole thing is an act, it’s a damn good act, and vastly preferable to the “act” Humm put T-Mobile through.

      • AussieB

        When Ive seen him in media interviews following TMobile announcements, he has come across as very unlikeable. Of course he was trying to stir something up; he does that on Twitter every day. A CEO doesnt show up at your biggest competitors function wearing your own company’s tee shirt. He was acting like an immature jerk, and I don’t know what he was trying to prove.

        • philyew

          I’m not sure he was trying to “prove” anything, but it must be clear to everyone that he is trying to create an edgy-ness to the company’s image which appeals to a younger customer base.

          Put that together with some of the other changes and he is extending the appeal in to a demographic that his marketing team must believe offers some real opportunities for growth.

          Even if he now turns his attention to families, those families are made up of kids who can influence the account holder’s buying decision.

          People who like to see executives in suits, typically have higher disposable incomes, and are going to be the hardest to dislodge from their high-dollar contracts with AT&T and Verizon. Pitching to them has the least likelihood of success and will turn off many of the younger demographic in the process. That approach is a double negative.

          You can’t support investment in the product at budget prices for very long unless you are able to dynamically grow your market. That’s what they are about: targeting a young, urban population and offering something less starched and structured than is offered by the competition. Seems to be working.

  • havenmayor

    This guy is the very reason I intend to stay a T-Mobile customer another 10 years. It’s the American way. Keep up the good fight John.

  • CJ Jacobs

    Legere is making an ass of himself! His antics are semi amusing. But instead of spending so much time trying to get himself into news headlines for BS stunts he should spend more time trying to shore up the Swiss cheese coverage T-Mobile has. The #4 carrier can I’ll afford to keep cheap prices and no contract as it’s only real selling point.

    • UMA_Fan

      The man attended an event he had every right to be in. Its not like he was causing a scene. Your complaints are misplaced.

      • AussieB

        How did he have every right to be in? The above article doesnt claim it was open to the public and Im sure he didnt have an invitation. The article says he ‘crashed’. C’mon, he knew exactly what he was doing, especially wearing his glow in the dark magenta shirt.

        • JBrowne1012

          CES IS open to the attendees of the event so it kinda is a public event

        • tclark05

          CNET reported that he also acquired a pass via Macklemore’s agent… so he did have the right to be there…

        • Moby

          He pass may have granted him entry, but AT&T as the sponsor of the event had every right to kick him out and they did. He was given a trespass warning and kicked out of the hotel too. Bye, bye Johnny.

        • just me

          So then you’re saying he had every right to be there but still got kicked out? Huh, wouldn’t that make the act of kicking him out the immature thing to do?

        • Moby

          Nowhere in my post do I say that “he had every right to be there”. I only agreed that he had a pass which allowed him to go through the front gate. But if AT&T is footing the bill, they are the one with every right to deny access to anyone at anytime. And they used that right to boot him out of the concert and boot him out of the hotel.

        • just me

          Ah, then our understanding of “every right to be there” must differ then. See, if I had a ticket/pass to a concert, I would think I had every right to be there, regardless of the host. Now once the host decides to revoke my right to be there, obviously all bets are off. But my point is John did nothing wrong, and there’s more of an argument to be made that AT&T were being the petty ones.

        • Moby

          John didn’t pay for a ticket. AT&T was the sponsor. They would have looked like fools if they had let him run around in his pink T-Mobile t-shirt all night. They did exactly what you would do if someone who always talks trash about you shows up uninvited at a party you were throwing. You’d kick them out too.

        • Moby

          It was at another hotel and it was AT&T’s developer’s party for those that attended the AT&T developer conference. So it is not a public event.

        • JBrowne1012

          He had legitimate access. Where’s your proof to deny that? Regardless I don’t understand your logic. Lets put in sports terms if I a Lakers Fan went to a game in San Antonio against my teams Rivals the Spurs wearing a Lakers jersey rooting for the Lakers. Then you are saying I deserved to be kicked out of the Arena because I am not a Spurs fan and even though I had legit access to watch the game between the 2? AT&T should have never sold Legere a ticket if they didn’t want him there.

        • Moby

          AT&T didn’t sell any tickets to this event and they didn’t sell one to John either! This was a concert that was open to those who attended the Developers convention they sponsored. It was invitees only. Yes, an agent slipped John a pass, but AT&T has final say on who gets in and who doesn’t as they are the sponsor. So they had every right to give John the boot.

        • JBrowne1012

          Dude give up, you’re wrong get over it. You still didn’t answer my question btw you just completely side swiped it. Answer the question

        • Moby

          I directly answered your question: “AT&T has final say on who gets in and who doesn’t as they are the sponsor. ”

          If they didn’t want him there then they yanked his right of “legitimate access”. He didn’t buy a ticket as in your NBA example so he doesn’t have rights that NBA fan would have.

    • adam

      tmobile just bought Verizon’s A-block spectrum

    • kev2684

      dude just like to see macklemore perform

    • philyew

      While I’m not sure of the positive value of yesterday’s stunt, it’s a nonsense to say that it was at the expense of serious business. Don’t forget that less than twelve hours before he had announced a $3+ billion deal to acquire spectrum from Verizon and today they announce more LTE markets going live. He’s obviously got his team working as productively as they have ever done to make real improvements in the service the company offers.

      • AussieB

        That doesnt mean he has to act like a jerk. He’s the CEO of a publicly traded company with investors. At some point, he is going to go too far and that can have an effect on the company. Its super childish. Beat the competition with your actions. Build up Tmobiles network. Continue coming up with innovative policies. Get more consumers. Don’t resort to frat stunts like trying to steal the other team’s mascots

        • philyew

          I didn’t say that he has to act like a jerk. I questioned the value of his stunt yesterday, but it remains the case that he has TM punching way above its weight at the moment.

          The company is clearly growing in every conceivable positive sense. He is leading a team which is providing tangible improvements to customers and shareholders alike, and is making moves that are having a positive effect on the industry as a whole. All I took issue with was the idea that he was sacrificing opportunities to make the company better by preferring to pursue such photo ops.

        • pips78

          Seems to be working so far. Are you suggesting he go hide in his office like the rest of them? That would accomplish nothing. The idea of the Un-carrier as a whole consists of every aspect of the company. Including John, whose actions have TMUS stocks up 28% in three months. Stocks I have because of Legere that will come in handy down the road. Figured I’d throw those numbers in there considering you brought up investors.

          Build up the network, you say? He’s building up the network. Go back and read the spectrum purchase article. Almost 3 billion was just spent. Are you paying attention?

          Continue coming up with innovative policies, you say? Tune in tomorrow. Phase four of the Un-carrier strategy is being announced tomorrow. Are you paying attention?

          You would be singing a completely different tune if you were in my situation. But you’re not. You’re white noise like all the other whiners in here.

        • Paul

          “Beat the competition with your actions. Build up T-Mobiles network. Continue coming up with innovative policies. Get more consumers.”
          He did, and is working, on all that. So he decided to take in a show.

          He’s not a Jerk, he’s trying to stick it to the other carriers. In fact, he’s doing quite well. Hell, some of his execs where with him to see the concert. I’m sure the investors are amused by this action, especially when they see that money is actually coming in.

          I don’t always agree with is actions, but he’s won my confidence that he can drive this ship to some success. This stunt, even more, is hilarious and I wish I was with him when he did it.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      AT&T must pay you well for you to care enough to write such a grammatically correct response…

      • Spanky

        According to your statements, if one dares to criticize T-Mobile, he/she must be with AT&T. Stop it with the fanboyism. You’re no better than the trolls.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Way to cancel my downvote with a guest upvote. You’re not fooling anyone.

    • Paul

      Purchasing spectrum was a good move towards the coverage issue. Sadly, there’s not a lot of it for sale.

      Otherwise, he’s taken a failing cell carrier and turned it around. AMAZE-BALLS, I know.
      You can keep going like a broken record and complain about one issue-one that they’ve shown they are aware of and are willing to workon-but it will fall on deaf ears…eyes here.

  • AndroidProfit

    Some of you mental giants don’t seem to grasp that you can be a customer yet criticize the company you are with.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      It’s small of you to point that out. We know that already.

      Most people like Legere, so you shouldn’t be surprised when you see widespread support.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    That’s our boy!! Legere is the Absolute Best thing to happen to T-Mobile and not only because of his entertaining Exploits, but the fact that he’s actually completely turned the company around. Proud to be a customer.

  • vinnyjr

    Mr Legere is hoping those stuffed shirts from AT&T show up at the T-Mobile after party, He would embarrass the hell out of them. Mr Legere is the absolute best thing that has happened to T-Mobile since I’ve been a customer and that’s been almost 10 years. I follow him daily on Twitter, the guy has the wit and brains needed to dominate today’s mobile market. His new ideas have proved to be ground breaking and all Carriers are trying to follow. I am also proud to be a T-Mobile customer. I have brought many new customers to T-Mobile and they have never been happier. Thank You Mr Legere, Thank You T-Mobile.
    PS Please stay the hell away from Sprint.

  • AussieB

    Sounds like a publicity stunt to me, and one that makes him and Tmobile look like jerks. The Magenta fans may be giving him high fives like they’re all in a fraternity party but despite his Tshirt and weird face, he is the CEO of a publicly traded company and he acted in a very unprofessional manner. He knew exactly what he was doing and what the reaction would be. I don’t think he wants competing executives infiltrating Tmobile events. At some point, this guys actions may come back to bite him

    • AndroidProfit

      And the guy doesn’t even have the stones to admit he went there to shake things up. What a total tool this guy is. I would have some respect for him if he wasn’t such a coward about it .

    • pips78

      LOL…T-Mobile looks like a jerks? That doesn’t come off as stupid or anything… You go on about him acting like a jerk and unprofessional and then you insult his face and choice of clothing like a bratty little girl. And yes, it was a publicity stunt, Captain Obvious. Phase four is coming up. Now is the time to ramp up the publicity. This was thought up in advance and timed perfectly. It’s almost like AT&T was asking for it. They couldn’t have timed their little box social any better for him.

    • dpro

      Really you think he acted unprofessionally just because he went to an ATT CES party to see a band he liked? Nothing unprofessional about it. You obviously have never attended a media oriented convention such as AES,NAMM,CES,Comicon etc… Its all about getting into the party’s in the evening and having a blast. Go to a NAMM convention and see how many men his age who run huge corporations are running around, trying to get into competitors party’s to see acts that are performing. Seriously man get out of your stuffy house and attitude. What he did was really not all that outrageous. He went into the party with a entourage and ATT execs reacted in exactly the same stuff way you are. So they kicked him out. lol It kinda makes them look like they were overreacting.
      Oh and I can bet he would probably welcome them to the T Mobile event just to put them on the hot seat during the presentation.
      Seriously man get over yourself, this guy is winning in the public’s eyes vs ATT .

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Exactly how much is AT&T paying you to write this trash?

    • ChitChatCat

      He walked into a Macklemore concert, not a board meeting. I sincerely doubt that Macklemore has moved from rapping about thrift shops to rapping about AT&T’s trade secrets. That’s *hardly* infiltrating.

      • Spanky

        I wonder if Legere actually likes Macklemore, or is another one of his attempts to “fit in”?

    • Draco

      Hard to complain when stock prices have been increasing since the company went public. I’ve personally had a chance to see and hear him, he is the same in articles as is person, but the man knows his shit.

  • A.J.

    An absolutely brilliant way to make sure that the biggest thing talked about at the AT&T event was TMO and its colorful CEO… This is a man who understands the raw power of social media – and exploits it masterfully!!! Well played John!

    • longtimeCustomer

      I agree with your assessment totally. I don’t think he worries about his ego but rather getting it out there. I think it is genius. People who are worried about him being unprofessional don’t get it.

      • pokeman

        I have been in the wireless industry since 1986. I have seen a lot of bullshit through that time. John Legere is the best CEO I have been associated with. A quote from my mom who is gone..”say what you mean, and mean what you say” John you are the man! I worked for the death star company for 20 years. They thought it would be a good idea to lay me off. T-mobile took me in and I flourish. Screw AT&T.

  • Derrph

    I am all for T-Mobile but John is starting to get on my nerves. His actions make me wish that things blow up in his face but I would never want that to happen. I understand hewants to redefine what a CEO is but come on. I think it packs less of a punch if your always acting a fool. If he was more silent and then just dropped bombs on the other carriers as far as shaking things up I think would be more potent.

    Also with the spectrum that they bought from Verizon. Does Verizon even use that 700? If not it makes it look like Verizon sold them scraps.

    • http://manshu.me/ Himanshu Batra

      This was a publicity stunt. It gets people’s attention easily. Come on take some marketing classes, you will learn why he did this and understand why this was necessary.

    • just me

      No, Verizon wasn’t using the spectrum. If they were, they wouldn’t have been trying to sell it. These ARE scraps. But if you read the investor slides, they are also planning to participate in the 600mhz auctions next year, so add these scraps to anything they can get from that, and it becomes much more important.

      If his stunts are “always acting a fool,” then I must say I vastly prefer him acting a fool to the alternative. Do you remember what it was like under Humm? I’d like to think its a sign that he is really willing to go all in with T-Mobile. But even if he is grooming the company for a sale as some suspect, I’d rather Legere and his antics than the dismal crap Humm put us through for the ATT sale.

  • pips78

    God forbid the guy acts a little crazy. I mean he is crazy so wth do you expect? Some of you just want your CEOs hiding in their offices while they scheme new ways to rip us off. I applaud the guy. He’s changing the way things work in wireless and stirring up some controversy that doesn’t consist of us being ripped off.

    This news is hilarious. Why would you not laugh at this? This industry and world is too damn serious. There are plenty of CEOs doing far worse than crashing a lame AT&T party. And did he really crash the party? All the guy did was walk in, take a seat and then was asked to leave. Wow, what a scumbag!!!! This is pretty low on the CEO douchbaggery scale. Lets not kid ourselves here. The guy didn’t waltz into the place with the intention of grabbing butts and starting fights.

    I see a lot of Tmo customers who do not like the way he acts. Fine. I work for T-Mobile and I was ready to leave when the Germans sent in that Robot Phillip Humm to sell us off. Ever since Legere stepped in things are looking so much better for us. So he can go crash parties and piss in the potted plants for all I care. It’s bringing in the business. If this was where you worked you would feel much better with this guy at the wheel than the jagoffs before him.

    • ChitChatCat

      Your customers actually bring him up?

      • pips78

        I was referring to the people in this threads that are tmo customers that dislike the way he behaves. Our customers, for the most part, have no idea who the hell the guy is.

  • itsEASYtoBEanATTforumTROLL

    Interesting that ATT’s best defense for themselves is putting fake trolls in this forum. you can see em a mile away.

    • Guest

      You have to counterbalance the delusional T-Mobile fanboys somehow!

  • charlieboy808

    To everyone whining about our awesome CEO doing something crazy. This isn’t crazy. This is amazing. While all these people are bashing on him, his mission is being accomplished. A buzz is happening and this is just showing that John is ready to put it all out there for us, the customer. Also, who doesn’t want to watch Macklemore? Maybe get him to stop with the insanity that is AT&T and come to our side. We have iPhones now. He can port his number no problem HAHAHA

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Good for John :-D

    It’s disappointing to see Audi switching to AT&T. While they have officially announced this, Audi PR has said it’s not a done deal. They are interested in gaining customer feedback about this change, and you can give them a quick call at their product research/feedback line if you want to tell them that a change to AT&T is a most unwelcome one. I did!

    Audi’s Phone Number: 1-800-822-2834 (AUDI); Press 3, then Press 2. The system will then connect you to an operator.

    Let Audi know that having the best network in America is important for its customers, and that AT&T is NOT that network. If you are so inclined, politely reiterate that T-Mobile provides a better network experience for Audi vehicles and their customers, and that T-Mobile is the preferred choice. Let’s stick up for the better company! :-D

    • kalel33

      T-mobile is the better company but AT&T is the better network, especially when you’re traveling in a car on a trip.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        I would disagree. For Audi’s purposes, T-Mo more than gets the job done.

        • Spanky

          Many users complain about abysmal coverage outside of metropolitan areas. I’m sure Audi took that into consideration when making their decision.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        AT&T’s HSPA is horrible, and their LTE network is slower than T-Mobile. I also hear that their EDGE is deplorable. At least T-Mo’s EDGE works.

        • Spanky

          Have you ever actually tried AT&T’s network? I find T-Mobile pretty deplorable and I’m in a major city.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I had AT&T for 8 years before switching to T-Mobile. I frequent both rural and urban areas, and T-Mobile is worlds better.

        • Spanky

          According to PC Magazine, AT&T has the fastest LTE network. I don’t want to post a link, as it’ll languish in moderation, but a simple Google search will confirm this.

        • Paul

          Aaawwww, nice comment. I have screen shots from my phone that show I get an average of 65-80Mbps on T-Mobile. I even have a couple that show 100+Mbps. So no, AT&T is not as fast. Ths is all in the Dallas Area, Plano to be exact.

        • kalel33

          One city doesn’t make a network. Overall, AT&T’s LTE is faster than T-mobile’s. There’s been many independent studies that support this. So in your part of Dallas it’s faster but majority of other cities AT&T is faster.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I consistently outperform my AT&T cohorts. Drastically. So, I would agree with the world’s largest provider of NetMetrics and validate the claim that T-Mobile is fastest.

          Didn’t you see Uncarrier 4.0? Most speedtests show T-Mobile as the fastest LTE network, with the lowest pings.

        • Paul

          You are correct, but the numbers AT&T advertises are not always what consumers experience. Nor is it the same from city to city. From my general experience, I get faster speeds than my friends that have AT&T. This isn’t just in the Dallas area as I’ve had this in Austin, San Marcos, Houston, and San Antonio.

          With Magenta’s quick deployment and development I think AT&T will not be able to make their claim for much longer.

        • kalel33

          miss-post

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        • kalel33

          Multiple independent studies disagree with your assumption that T-mobile is faster. Also, the Edge speeds around here can’t even do Google Navigation, so no it doesn’t work for much….at least here.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          And Ookla agrees with me. C’mon now.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          You must not have seen this…

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        I had AT&T for 8 years, and I respectfully disagree. Every level of network technology that T-Mobile deploys is superior to AT&T’s.

        Their LTE-10 is faster than AT&T (fastest in the nation), their pings (on average) are lower, their HSPA+ has double the theoretical throughput/speed, and their EDGE actually works.

        On a trip, most of the time EDGE is sufficient. Audi isn’t downloading GBs at a time of data to assist their customers. If you don’t want T-Mobile to keep Audi’s business, that’s your opinion – but T-Mobile is certainly the better network.

        • kalel33

          Edge cannot even do Google Navigation where I’m at. The feed freezes and you can only hear the navigation and if you’re traveling then you’re most likely roaming, which you only get 50MB of roaming data which is not enough.

  • Trevnerdio

    Audi isn’t cutting ties with T-Mo, merely adding AT&T on, according to Engadget.

  • Alex Zapata

    Hmmmm, our CEO involving himself in a publicity stunt? Blasphemy!!!!