Legere’s official response to AT&T moves: “Competition is going to be toast!”

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Say what you like about John Legere, but his responses and digs at AT&T are fantastically entertaining. With T-Mobile set to launch phase 4 of the Un-carrier movement on Wednesday at CES, AT&T decided to steal some thunder by offering Tmo users up to $450 to leave for the Big Blue Death Star. Legere’s response? (And this isn’t just a tweet, it’s an official response, viewable on T-Mobile’s Newsroom):

Executive Statement

This is a desperate move by AT&T on the heels of what must have been a terrible Q4 and holiday for them. I’m flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable! We used AT&T’s cash to build a far superior network and added Un-carrier moves to take tons of their customers – and now they want to bribe them back! Consumers won’t be fooled…nothing has changed; customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for. Just wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!

It’s a great way to ensure we, the T-Mobile fans, end the week with a smile. Can’t wait for the announcement on Wednesday. We’ll have coverage of the event.

Via: T-Mobile

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  • Shawn

    I like his response to a company that wants to just like John.

  • Nick Gonzalez

    Bravo John, stick it to them!

  • D Velasquez

    i would love to meet this guy haha

    • gentleman559

      Me too. He just keeps me entertained.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    This is so funny. Att is feeling the pressure.

  • D Nice

    Yeah!!! tell them suckers!

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Nice. He is killing the competition lol.

  • AndroidProfit

    “We used AT&T’s cash to build a far superior network”. How much CRACK does Legere ingest on a daily basis?!?! I don’t know how anyone takes this snake oil salesman seriously. Ok if you want to claim that you are the value leader that is one thing but to say TMobile’s network is superior? You are on friggin MARS and orbiting OUT OF REALITY.

    • S. Ali

      I can’t hear you over the 50gb of data I do every month. That is superior to me in EVERY way.

      • AndroidProfit

        I don’t think that was what he was referring to but thanks. BTW maybe time to pay for home internet.

        • S. Ali

          Nah, only a sucker would pay for internet twice (aka AT&T and Verizon customers). Your responses here do make you look quite stupid though, best to refrain from further posts.

        • AndroidProfit

          No it’s called not abusing the TMobile network. There is no way that tmobile is reliable as a home service anyway so stop playing internet actor and just admit you don’t have the coin to cover it.

        • GinaDee

          Never thought in a million years that big ol’ AT&T would have to mimic AT&T plans and copy their promos.

          What you and AT&T don’t know is what’s coming next week. Stay tuned.

        • Magnanimous

          Dang. Life is to short man. Why spend the time being angry. It is a new year, enjoy the positive for a little. You just might like it. Peace..

        • Mark

          I do “pay for Internet twice”, plus pay for home phone service as well (albeit via cable TV). Why would I want to use a cell network for Internet at home when I wired my house with 100BaseT when we built it? (Couldn’t afford Cat6 at the time, unfortunately).

        • donnybee

          OR – he can keep using his unlimited LTE from T-Mobile. Sorry you’re in a dead spot for T-Mobile service and can’t join us in the real world.. but I promise that once T-Mobile invests that stockpile of cash into their network as planned, we will gladly let you join us. Until then, I hope you’re not frequenting this site on your AT&T phone, you might get overages…

        • Trevnerdio

          Apparently you’re not a T-Mobile customer, so I’m confused as to why you spend so much time here when you clearly don’t like any of us, the network, or the CEO.

      • AndroidProfit

        Oh ya…and you are soooo cool!

      • kalel33

        I’ve seen 3G Verizon phones using over 50GB of data per month. What you’re doing is nothing special and doesn’t indicate network quality.

        • Chad Dalton

          and they probably gave an arm and a leg to do so…$15 a gig over your allotment…

        • kalel33

          Actually they didn’t pay a penny more than their plan, because they were on the grandfathered $29.99 unlimited data plan. There are tons and tons of customers who currently have unlimited plans, who won’t upgrade to keep their plans.

          Also, it’s $10 per GB in overage but they get alerts so they can increase their data by 2GB every $10.

        • jarrod

          If I would have heard that when I was a Verizon customer I would have been incredibly jealous. When I was with them in 2010 their network in Houston hovered around .50mbps and at times would go down to .20mbps, then I left for T-Mobile after I had several issues with call failures and the fact it was impossible to stream music and text, because the network wasn’t fast enough to send data to catche when the internet went down to send and receive messages.

    • GinaDee

      You seem to love to join the T-Mobile discussions on a daily basis.

      Come out of the closet already. If you really love us that much just say it.

  • danny

    Blah blah blah – T-Mobile’s network is crap. Zero coverage in the state of Mississippi and every city in Alabama (where I can find 4G), runs at a whopping 1 to 2 megs. This includes cities like Birmingham. Get real people! How can you be in a major city like that and run at 2MB?????????

    • LaughingHard

      Birmingham AL is a major city? Is there coverage – yes. Is it the best coverage – probably not. I’d rather have international roaming than coverage in the middle on nowhere.

      • AndroidProfit

        You really have to be SUCKING DOWN the TMobile Koolaid like a crack fiend if you can’t even acknowledge that TMobile has CRAPPY COVERAGE. It’s not like this isn’t VERY EASY TO PROVE.

        • donnybee

          Well, I can agree that there are places I’d like to see better coverage and faster speeds; after all there’s always room for improvement.

          But what I can PROVE, is that T-Mobile covers over 200 million people with their LTE. LTE in my area is only a 5+5 bandwidth and I see regular download speeds nearing 20mbps and bursts over 30 in some spots. Their network has only gotten better, and their coverage is doing the same. I recommend T-Mobile to everyone around me and many have switched and loved it. I’m enjoying my unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 without a contract and can gobble up as much data as I want. The same goes for those who I’ve referred. Unfortunately, I cant say the same for those who choose to be customers in spots where T-Mobile service might suck.

          The fact is that your 2G or even lack of coverage all together isn’t changing overnight. If you have T-Mobile, then what the hell made you want to stick with it if you are obviously so unhappy? That doesn’t sound so intelligent. And if you don’t have T-Mobile, why are you complaining about T-Mobile? I mean I know AT&T and Verizon customers aren’t all that happy, but come on man.. You’re wasting your time taking it out on T-Mobile.

          To all those who have bad service: If you can read this, you must frequent this site. Did you catch the post that T-Mobile has raised billions (with a B) to increase coverage and speeds? It won’t change overnight, and if you’re hating it and can’t wait, get away from your computer and let your money talk for you. Those billions are still going to network improvements whether you’re a customer or not.

        • Trevnerdio

          RAAAGEEEE QUIT.

          ….

          Take a chill pill, man.

        • LaughingHard

          Where I need to be, T-Mo has coverage. I can use my phone in Tokyo similarly as I use it in NYC or London. I mean a voice call from overseas is 20c/min is free for all practical purposes. That said, TMo is not for everyone. If you live deep in suburbia and you need to fly to get to a real city, TMo is not for you. I ack that their coverage is not perfect, but they just have to work for you. For me using VZW or ATT wouldn’t make sense as I am in between Boston, NYC and DC most of the time. In all these places I have perfect TMo coverage. And then overseas too.

        • AndroidProfit

          Tmobile coverage is so bad you DON’T have to drive far out of a major city to VERY QUICKLY realize how bad their coverage is. This why I think JL is such a douche by acting as if T-Mobile is in the same league as AT&T. My feeling is that his SOLE PURPOSE was to get T-Mobile ready for a sale.

      • Flyincloud

        Birmingham metro is about 1.1 million

    • S. Ali

      So don’t use it. That’s the point of no contracts.

    • Flyincloud

      STOP LIAR

      • donnybee

        Now, now children..

      • danny

        Liar? Speeds in Gadsden, Huntsville, and Birmingham on their 4g network average about 2 megs. Call me a liar about what’s on MY GALAXY S4 SCREEN?

        • TheCudder

          My HTC One on T-Mobile LTE in Huntsville literally just pulled 10Mbps on a speed test.

        • Chad Dalton

          Screen Shot! Screen Shot! Screen Shot!

    • CommonSense

      It may be time for you to go to another carrier.

      • danny

        Maybe its time they install a real network. How the hell can u say its 4g when speed tests are 1 to 2 megs? Crap.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        indeed

    • Bud

      danny, just go to aio wireless att service tmob pricing.

    • GinaDee

      How can you live in a state like Mississippi or Alabama? That’s the real question.

      • danny

        Otherwise, I’d risk living near people like you.

        • Morecowbell

          Moooooooooo. Mooooooooo mooooooove to a real city. Does that help…again cows don’t need cell phones

        • Jose Hernandez

          Omg!!!! LMOL!!!!

        • GinaDee

          Afraid of a full set of teeth? Your funny.

        • Luke Gray

          what’s wrong with Mississippi I live here

      • Chad Dalton

        man you guys are funny…thanks for the laugh!

      • kev2684

        brb dying hahahaha

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        Oi! What’s wrong with Mississippi?

      • Dapple

        Lol wow! I love Alabama! Esspically Birmingham, it’s like a mini Atlanta without all the drama! For Mississippi, we’ll that’s a Diffrent story! You know how it’s said down here: Aleast were not Mississippi! Lol

    • ianken

      Why. Are. You. Here?

      Why do people for whom TMO does not appear to be the best choice sign up with TMO then stop here and bitch about it?

      Take AT&Ts money and GTFO.

      I on the other hand will continue to enjoy unlimited 50mbps LTE and not getting molested with data roaming when I’m overseas.

      • danny

        I’m here because TMO signed a deal with Solavei.
        Solavei has paid me thousands of dollars in the last few months to sign people up for this slow ass service and requires that I have it too.
        Even after I’ve been paid to use this network, the truth is it still sucks. Truth hurts.

        • taron19119

          Your wrong your not a t-mobile customer your speed are slow because you’re using a mvno and mvnos do not get Premium use of the network

        • danny

          My brother is the local T-Mobile store manager. His phone runs at crap speeds too and the tower is next to his store.

        • taron19119

          And what phone is he using

        • GinaDee

          Some people are just miserable.

          At a certain point nobody can help you.

        • ccnet005

          GinaDee, you answered a question I asked several months ago, wondering if John Legere actually used a tmobile phone.
          Your response was removed, can you repost the URL to the news article?
          Thanks

        • Charlie Lipka

          I can give my honest opinion as I went from Att to Att mvno net10, to Solavei and now with T-Mobile. Comparing Solavei to tmo is like comparing Att to net10 on Att. Solavei is an mvno with out LTE, a limited data cap, limited voice cap and their speeds I have ever attained was fast on my nexus 4 but not as fast as tmo. In Santa maria, ca where I work on Solavei I never got better than 0.25 Mbps down and 0.5 up and averaged 0.12 down and 0.15 up, this is just a 3g area, go into Santa Barbara up too 17 down 4 up, averaged 11 down and 3 up. In nipomo through pismo beach, can 11 down 2.6 up. Now since I switched over to tmo end of November after solavei announced the drop in high speed data cap from 4 gigs down to 2 gigs and wanted 69 for 4 gigs I jumped ship and in sm,ca I average 0.6 down up 0.8 up, in nipomo/ag/pismo and slo I average 14 down 5 up. I also get the perks of actually having data roaming on Att, mobile hotspot *which Solavei had started cutting data caps before the announced their changes*, and I have never been throttled and even used 11 gigs of data. All in all with my discount from having my life and car insurance through AAA I am paying roughly the same at tmo for 2 lines unlimited high speed data, talk and text vs Solavei for two lines…

    • Nocowsdont

      Cows don’t need cell phones

    • Trevnerdio

      You’re getting those speeds on the T-Mobile phone that you don’t own? Man, that sucks. I get upwards of 40mbps here in little Panama City, FL so…sorry for your woes, bro.

      • danny

        That must be LTE… MVNOs don’t get LTE

        • Trevnerdio

          On HSPA+, I consistently get ~16mbps down. No less than 8-10, usually.

        • princedannyb

          New tmo mvno 35 or Less has lte.

    • BrianM

      Sorry, Danny. You obviously don’t know what you are taking about. T-Mobile network screams in Birmingham! I am connecting at 10Mbps now and have seen more that 18Mbps many times with an older phone without LTE. I can’t speak for Mississippi, but the network is great in Alabama!

      • Dapple

        So true! Birmingham has excellent 4G/LTE coverage! I love it! And last time I checked Birmingham is still the largest city in Alabama, with more than 1.1million people! So yeah!

    • Robert

      Hmm, I must have missed the most upgrading Birmingham to a major city.

    • TheCudder

      I’m in Huntsville and just got 10Mbps down and I’ve gotten 15 Mbps before. Well over 20 at the first roll out of LTE here. Even at 10, that beats my home WIFI by 1-2 Mbps.

    • Mob251

      I live in mobile,al and recieve excellent 4glte I pull 19 down 8 up excellent service depending on the phone

    • Luke Gray

      they got decent coverage in Mississippi I live near Gulfport and they have 4g hspa+ wish runs very very smooth

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Dude, I *live* in Mississippi. My hometown is covered (admittedly in 2G right next to a 4G LTE market) and the town I live in now has 4G HSPA+ all over the place. On average, I get 15Mbps down and 3.5Mbps up with a latency of 55ms. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • danny

        What town?

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          The town I live in is Starkville, MS. My hometown is near Jackson, MS (T-Mobile has soft-launched LTE service throughout Jackson, Ridgeland, Flowood, and Brandon). There’s also a good deal of “quiet-launched” 3G/4G service in play throughout many areas. Starkville was one for several months (November 2012 to May 2013).

    • DApple

      Really I live in Birmingham, AL! I travel all the time in Alabama, and in every major city here I have 4G coverage! Btw last time I checked I got 15 down/ 3 up:). Tmobile is doing really we’ll here in Alabama!

  • Chad Dalton

    definitely can not wait to hear from him at CES…coverage kinda sucks in my area, but i am excited about becoming a tmobile customer. Things can only get better from here.

    • AndroidProfit

      Coverage sucks but you are, “excited” to soon have bad coverage?

      • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

        That’s rude bro

      • Trevnerdio

        He’s excited about the momentum that T-Mobile has gained and the changes that they’re bringing.

      • Chad Dalton

        Yea i mean i have a strong 3G/4G signal at my home and where i work I have 4G LTE uptown. I travel to winston-salem alot, lots of 4GLTE there. So i’m not to worried. And yes, exactly; i am excited about the momentum and changes that are coming, have been for awhile.

  • justmee02

    John has been awful quiet on the whole Softbank/Sprint thing. I suspect that they are waiting until CES to announce the big news. I hope I am wrong.

    • justmee02

      Oops – I mean awfully instead of awful!

    • taron19119

      The ceo of a company well never tak about rumors of his company being brought by another company even if its not true or even if it is true when it makes his company stock rise you will never know until a buy out deal is made

      • http://www.t-mobile.com Big-Myke Kanuri

        THAT’S CALLED INSIDER TRADING!

  • Bud

    cam, your doing a great job! thank you

  • macandcheese

    Competition at its best, keep it coming. Hopefully AT&T is KO by next week..or at least in a coma with a right upper cut from T-Mobile.. ;)

  • Moby

    John Legere worked at AT&T but he couldn’t keep up with the top execs in the telecom business. That’s why he’s playing second fiddle at T-Mobile. As for the picture in this article, AT&T would never permit one of their execs to wear a pink T-shirt, granny sweater and a ball cap when making an official corporate presentation. AT&T execs have too much professionalism to do something like that.

    • Trevnerdio

      Remind me again how Steve Jobs dressed…

      • Raymond

        Then stay with ATT and let those EXECs that are professional looking rape you every day until you can’t take it anymore. Maybe then you’ll switch

      • Chad Dalton

        Also remind us how Mark Zuckerberg also dresses??? I mean c’mon reallY?

    • Al

      It’s obvious that the picture wasn’t taken at the time John made that announcement. And as far as attire goes, who the hell cares what he wears if it represents the “uncarrier” movement. Perhaps you should take some marketing classes to understand what he portrays.

      • Moby

        Yes, that’s what he wore on stage at CES 2013 when they made their announcements. And what an embarrassment it was for the T-Mobile corporation.

        • Bklynman

          He must the ceo of Att. Or like someone else said just att. troll.

    • ceegii63

      coz average joes love overpaying for products and services to Guys in Suits

    • taron19119

      And this picture is from whe he was announcing a partnership with MLB that’s the reason he’s wearing a ball cap and at the same time represented T Mobile

      • Moby

        No, that picture was from CES on January 9th 2013. Had nothing to do with the MLB. He had to do with him wanting to look 35 years younger than he really is. What a joke.

        • InsideBaseball

          You both are right. They announced the MLB communications partnership at CES 2013. The picture is from last year so don’t get too worked up about it.

          Also, it’s magenta, not pink.

    • Mr. Brown

      Why do you care about how the man dresses? Steve Jobs, arguably one of the most successful men the world has ever seen, always wore blue jeans and a turtle neck at press announcements. Mark Zuckerburg wears a damn hoodie!

      • JBLmobileG1

        Also the founded of WalMart, Sam Walton, use to drive an old pickup truck and sported an old baseball cap as well. The way you dress doesn’t always prove how successful of a business man or woman you are. Just the people mentioned above are some the most susuccessful business people that have ever lived.

      • Moby

        John Legere is no Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg. He hasn’t done anything on their level.

        • Mr. Brown

          So? Again, why do you care how he dresses? He’s running a somewhat successful wireless provider and has run successful corporations in the past. What have you done with your life (other than complain others are “unprofessional” for wearing a ball cap)?

          I don’t wear a tie everyday – it doesn’t make me less of a successful human being.

    • josephsinger

      Yeah, what you wear is more important than what you have to say. I agree completely.

    • NinoBr0wn

      And how much is at&t paying you to be their errand boy on the net?

    • Derrick Ford

      Troll alert!

    • AndroidProfit

      Figures this got voted down by all the jizz drinking fan boys of John’s.

    • donnybee

      Lol you sound like an AT&T rep. “Uh boss, we gotta do something before T-Mobile to steal the attention away and make us look good! Also, let’s send Moby out to make fun of how John dresses! Winning..duh!”
      -the way your Monday meeting went, I’m sure.

      As if your attire determined success.. Steve Jobs was completely unsuccessful in your eyes. “What a loser who wears old man jeans and a turtleneck. Tacky much? I bet he only wishes he could be as cool as me in my suit..”

      You sound more like someone who needs to get off the jock of your CEO than any T-Mobile fanboy here!

      • Moby

        AT&T has far more subscribers, a much larger LTE network and more cash and spectrum than T-Mobile has. T-Mobile is just a little carrier trying to run with the big dogs.

        • donnybee

          Show me the reasons why that has anything to do with the CEO’s attire.

          In reality, it has everything to do with the complacent state DT kept T-Mobile in because they didn’t want to keep up with the fast-moving U.S. market. John has been brought in to reverse the problems T-Mobile has developed due to this. As an AT&T subscriber, you should be glad to have more competition, however your love affair with AT&T’s execs really shows why you’re more offended than anything. Get off their junk and realize that whether you subscribe to T-Mobile or not, they’re creating more beneficial competition in our wireless market. AT&T does have more subscribers and wider LTE, just as you said, and yet John is making them scared and have to copy T-Mobile! That speaks volumes about why John is a great CEO. I love a good shake up!!

  • vinnyjr

    AT&T had their worst quarter, T-Mobile has never been better only getting stronger. Just hoping T-Mobile stays away from Sprint. Stay strong, T-Mobile the best Carrier in the USA. Thank You T-Mobile.

    • Moby

      This is such false information. AT&T’s last reported quarter was strong. From BGR:

      “Sorry, John Legere: Your “uncarrier” crusade isn’t hurting AT&T yet. AT&T
      on Wednesday posted solid results in its third-quarter earnings report
      with $0.66 earnings per share on consolidated revenue of $32.2 billion,
      thus beating Wall Street expectations for $0.65 EPS. Among the
      highlights for AT&T in Q3 were net postpaid subscriber additions of
      363,000, including 178,000 smartphone subscriber additions. The
      carrier’s continued strong wireless performance helped push up its
      wireless revenues by 5.2% year-over-year from Q3 2012. AT&T’s
      average revenue per postpaid user also increased from Q3 2012, as its
      $66.20 postpaid ARPU marked a 1.5% increase from the year before. ”

      Nothing worst about it.

      • murdoxin

        Did you read the article? Legere is referring to Q4. He is insinuating that ATT had a disappointing Q4 and now they are following the rumors on the internet about phase 4 of Tmobile’s plan and trying to pay subscriber ETFs before Tmobile has a chance to announce it. I guess they decided to they might as well go ahead and do it since they’ve been following tmobile recently.

        • Moby

          Legere has no access to AT&T’s Q4 reports before they are released to the public. So he has no idea whether they had a disappointing quarter or not. He’s just telling more lies such as T-Mobile has a superior network.

        • murdoxin

          Who said he has access to ATT’s Q4 reports? In English, when a person uses the modal form of the verb “Must have been,” as Legere uses in his quote, they are stating probability. He is basing it on fact that ATT had to jump the gun on Tmobile and create policy based on what seems to be internet rumor. They are specifically targeting Tmobile customer and no one else’s. There is also the case of ATT hastily following Tmobile’s example after they announce parts of their Uncarrier plans. Based on that, it is pretty logical for him (and many other members of the press) to assume that they are doing this because they feel threatened by Tmobile’s momentum and aren’t satisfied with their own paltry subscriber additions when compared to Tmobile’s, and of course Verizon’s, last quarter (Q3). If Q4 was looking any better, why change from the “wait and see” mode they were in before?

          TL:DR: Tmobile had some good ideas. They added more customers than ATT did and got a better reputation. May as well copy them now because ATT’s track record shows they’re going to copy them later anyways.

      • UMA_Fan

        Actually in Q3 at&t would have had a total subscriber loss if it were not for the tablet lines they were counting. Tmobile added more phone customers than att in Q3 and hadn’t even started the uncarrier tablet moves at that point

  • Singleweird

    OK a little much with the hat, legere.

    • longtimeCustomer

      I kind of like it.

  • vrm

    customer pain points, competition will be toast…

    taken together, this can only mean that he will announce plans to improve coverage because that is really the only thing they are not competitive on. Surely, paying ETF is not it- he has already seen at&t’s reaction to it. Verizon and at&t will out buy t-mobile for customers so it must be coverage.

    • NinoBr0wn

      But what about the coverage? I mean what plan could they have other than clicking their heels and expanding coverage? Because it’s not like that’s something that just happens.

      • Ggrayy13

        With metros network…did u forget tmobile brought metro to use their network to expand coverage

        • NinoBr0wn

          Are you being serious?

        • Ggrayy13

          Yes

        • NinoBr0wn

          What kind of coverage are you expecting from Metro?

        • Ggrayy13

          Switching metro customers to tmobile and repurpose their network for stronger and more coverage

        • NinoBr0wn

          Barely, is my point. The coverage I’m talking about is what people have been looking for, across the country, competitive with att and Verizon. Metro would give them a little boost at best. It’s even in the name metro.

  • superg05

    “. I’m flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable! We used AT&T’s cash to build a far superior network ”
    i love the part where he rubs it in feels so good every-time i read it

    • NinoBr0wn

      It’s hilarious that he actually said that. I don’t remember a CEO being so bullish.

      • Luke Gray

        where was this guy back 4 years ago he’s a legend

  • sahib102 .

    I know !!! all of edge to LTE. BOOM Verizon and AT&T file for bankruptcy. I know it wont happen anytime soon but I know a lot of people who want T-Mobile but the edge in the city I live makes them not want T-Mobile and stay with Verizon and AT@T even though they complain about how much they pay for service. if only T-Mobile had 3g in more places then the other 3 would be really toast :D

    • kalel33

      If you look at the coverage maps, you’d see that T-mobile will never come close to Verizon’s or AT&T’s coverage, unless they increase their coverage by 10X. I’d love to see T-mobile expand coverage to the extent of Verizon but then they’d be charging Verizon’s prices.

      • sahib102 .

        well they could be the exception. if you think about it if T-Mobile had almost the coverage of Verizon but still had the same prices that T-Mobile has now…. they would be in big trouble. or at least have 3g/LTE in all the cities and that would calm most of the peeps

      • Mark

        I wouldn’t mind paying Verizon’s prices so much; I just don’t want to pay them to Verizon or AT&T (my whole state got burned by Verizon pulling out as RBOC, so i don’t trust them, and I got burned when the original AT&T WS became Cingular… and now they’re effectively Cingular with the old name). I just wish TMo, whose network was competitive with the others in my area in the 2G days, had kept pace with the upgrades.

    • AussieB

      Coverage limits are the main reason people don’t switch to them. If they get bought out by Dish or Sprint, it will be interesting to see what happens to them in the future.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        Nothing would change. Dish is way over-leveraged, and every deal Ergen makes is like financial poison. T-Mobile is organically de-levering from the debt that it took on from acquiring MetroPCS at a fairly rapid, but even rate. Dish would kill that and magnify the debt problem a lot.

        As for Sprint, if it can’t afford to expand its network now, how in the world do you expect it to do so after acquiring T-Mobile? The answer: you don’t.

  • gog

    whether you like tmobile or not, you have to admit, this ceo is amazing, he goes straight for the jugular

    • maximus1901

      With very short claws ie LTE coverage.

      • Paul

        While the LTE coverage hasn’t blanketed the whole nation, I think getting 100+ Mbps makes the 20×2 network here in North TExas faster than AT&T and Verizon. So, they’re short claws but DAMN sharp. I have the screen shots to prove it as well. Downloaded a 1.3 Gig ROM for my Note 3 in less than 10 minutes with my Note 3.

  • tmobile

    i wanna switch to AT&T to a single line plan but i wanna know how you guys are paying a month

    • Paul

      I’m on T-Mobile and I pay $70 for unlimited Talk/Text/Data.
      You can go to AT&T and check their prices, which are terribly high in comparison.

      • AussieB

        How much is added to that in fees? If you need unlimited data and you get Tmobile coverage in your area, that is the best option. But most people don’t need unlimited data.

        • Paul

          That’s a great question and a valid point made as well.
          I just checked my bill from last month. My fees, outside of the $70, are the standard regulatory ones; these will slightly vary for you as I’m in another state. Mine are just shy of $10, $9.70. These are all related to nation and state rules and regulations. Nothing hidden.

          T-Mobile offers unlimited Talk & Text for all their plans, this is standard. With the Talk & Text, you add the data and you have their 3 plan;
          - 500 Mb per month = $50
          - 2.5 Gig per month = $60
          - Unlimited = $70
          This is all available on their website.

          AT&T has started a similar program. Personally, $70 for unlimited data vs. $70 for 4Gig a month is an easy decision for me. Shop around, do the research, and be an informed consumer. That’s the only thing I will tell you to do. Don’t believe everything a sales person tells you.

    • KingCobra

      AT&T doesn’t have single line plans anymore. It’s all shared data now.

  • guest23

    how much are you guys paying for att for one line because im thinking of switching

    • Cjpowers

      It’s $50 for talk and $30 for data and other $30 for texting

    • 21stNow

      When I had only one line on AT&T, I paid $60 for 450 minutes and unlimited data with no text messaging because of a discount that I have. As a new customer, this pricing plan would not be available to you.

    • AussieB

      How much data do you use? Im thinking of using the ATT LTE plan on Straight Talk. If you own your own phone, it sounds like a great deal. For $45 plus tax (no other fees that are on other plans), you get unlimited minutes and texts with 2.5 gb of LTE data. No overages, just throttling after that. The ATT plans would be more than twice that. Straight Talk has no activation fees; just a $7 SIM Card. Ive used them with Tmobile for 15 months now with no problems. And now they’ve made it clear you get 2.5gb so theres no confusion. Thats cheaper than Tmobile too. And Tmobile told me even though there are no contracts, you still pay all those added fees that prepaid carriers don’t charge you. So I figure it would probably be 20-25 dollars cheaper a month.

      • yankeesusa

        Although straight talk is good and they say you get throttled after 2.5gb, if you go over a few times they will most likely cancel your account. Straight talk is very strict. I would only go with them if you can stay under 2.5.

    • donnybee

      My bill for one line on AT&T with all my fees and a corporate discount of 21% equalled $109.xx per month and I only had 3gb worth of data and had a contract. On T-Mobile I now have the same one line but my corporate discount went down to 15% off. I now have unlimited data, which I definitely take advantage of since I get LTE, and my bill with all my fees comes to $100.xx. That’s including the $25 per month to cover having my GS4 EIP. Depending on my phone I could have it much lower. Oh and no contract anymore. Cheaper, even with lower corporate discount, and MUCH less restrictive that the AT&T crooks.

    • yankeesusa

      If you get the new att no contract plan where you bring your own phone I recently caculated it and for 2 lines with unlimited text and voice with 8gb data to share between 2 lines it came out to be $130. With my corporate discount it came out to be around $110. So prices aren’t too bad with the new plans. But I’m sticking with tmobile for now.

  • Alex Zapata

    I’m hoping that they’ve been working on a TON of backhaul contracts for rural areas so they can finally expand their high speed data coverage.

    • Luke Gray

      I have no doubt they will T-Mobile will be covering 99% of people by the years end

      • Alex Zapata

        99% of what though? Their current footprint, the footprint of the US?

        • maximus1901

          They’re going to cover 99% of 100% of their current coverage area

        • n5

          They just bought spectrum from Verizon. Not that this guarantees expansion or anything. But its a good sign.

      • maximus1901

        I would love to honestly take you up on this bet.
        FYI, you’re delusional.

    • maximus1901

      They’ve been working hard on selling to sprint so they don’t have to deal with it. Lol

  • steveb944

    I can’t wait for the CES news, it’s pretty exciting this year for tech in general and we just started the year.

  • AussieB

    Are there any stats on how many customers have left ATT for Tmobile? Is the reason people hate ATT because of their network or their customer service and price ? Ive been using Straight Talk and a Tmobile Sim…THe $45 2.5 gb plan is cheap and works for me; also no extra fees. But Im thinking of getting the Nexus 5 and Straight Talk doesnt offer Tmobile LTE coverage. It does offer ATT LTE. As the #2 carrier, I can’t imagine the ATT network is awful. I have various friends that have iPhones on ATT and Ive never heard them complain and LTE speeds are 25mbps or higher. It seems people hate the price gouging and customer service and ‘arrogance’ But would I be bad off using their network on ST for that low price (about half of what it would cost on ATT itself)

    • maximus1901

      Companies have no loyalty to you as a customer so why should you have loyalty I them? In case you didn’t notice, DT is itching to sell to anyone, like Sprint, and they really don’t care what happens to you.
      It’s business. I honestly roll my eyes all the way upside down when I hear people being loyal to a certain company for. Fools. Buy the service that benefits YOU not one that benefits ATT, VZW, TMO, ST, Santa Claus.

    • maximus1901

      If you care more about unlimited than speed, get h2O wireless:
      ATT mvno
      $60/month
      HSPA+ only
      Unlimited everything, no throttling

    • 21stNow

      Most of the complaints that I see on AT&T’s forums are customer service related. That said, many of those customers want things that they aren’t going to get such as an early fully-discounted upgrade because their phone broke, waive reconnection fees, free replacements for phones through insurance, etc.

      Some of the coverage issues that I see are related to reception inside of buildings, which no carrier guarantees. In other words, the complaints from AT&T customers look like typical complaints from other carriers’ customers.

    • yankeesusa

      you’ll be doing good by getting the att sim card with LTE and straight talk. Most people complain about att because of customer service. Their coverage is actually great. in some areas its congested but it’s still good. I just chose tmobile because of their price and I like to be with the underdog like I did with sprint.

  • Luke Gray

    I think they are finally getting rid of deposits thats my hope if you have bad credit and you got to pay $300 for a phone on top of a $200-$400 deposit thats a lot of money vs going to to att verizon or sprint where it is cheaper to grab a phone for little to nothing down my thoughts are that this is what T-Mobile needs to do in order to attract people to sign up they need to let people with bad credit just pay the high cost of the phone its a win win then they don’t have to keep up with who gets a deposit and losing money I would be shocked to see if they did not do this

    • AndroidProfit

      Doubt they will get rid of deposits…AND THEY SHOULDN’T. If one demonstrate via their credit THAT THEY DON’T pay their bills a company is reasonable in charging a deposit. I still have to pay a deposit for services which sucks but I don’t complain if it occurs.

      • philyew

        Except that poor payment record isn’t the only reason that people get lower credit scores. While age is not a factor in the calculation, credit history is, and young people do not accumulate a personal credit history in a hurry. The quantity of debt that you manage also plays into the equation.

        There is certainly scope for more discretion on deposits where a customer can demonstrate that their lower credit score is not related to poor payment history.

        Legere is pitching hard to the younger end of the market (hence the t-shirts and ball-caps), it would therefore help his pitch to remove age-related encumbrances.

        • AndroidProfit

          Yes that would be pretty cool! I don’t blame companies though for charging deposits to young people. You do eventually get your deposit back in most cases so really isn’t a big deal.

          On the other side is that T-Mobile doesn’t appear to be doing additional credit checks on CURRENT customers who want to get a new phone. They must be using an interval system probably based on tenure and payment history.

        • philyew

          Each company’s position is going to be determined by the relative risk and exposure from the potential transaction.

          In a business, such as wireless, where quarter-on-quarter subscriber growth is followed closely, creates a significant buzz, and breeds its own rewards, the risk from reducing deposits to younger customers is perhaps sufficiently mitigated.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          Not to mention that this economy has actually made it harder for people coming of age and moving into the real world to build credit in the first place.

          The same actions my parents did (get a secured credit card, pay it completely every month, pay utilities and rent, etc.) would land them a ton of great offers from credit card companies in only a couple of years of doing it.

          In my case, it doesn’t help much at all. I have to do twice as much and work my butt off to get the kind of credit that would be considered “prime.”

        • UMA_Fan

          As one analyst wrote once about Tmobiles success is that installment plans are appealing because they have a lower upfront cost but Tmobile could find themselves in a bad debt situation. I’m sure this particular analyst has no idea about the larger upfront payments required of certain customers and I guess its in place so if it turns out many customers can’t pay their bills they are not stuck owing the majority of a $600 phone. Likewise more upfront means less monthly on a financing plan which is a good thing for the credit challenged

        • maximus1901

          Do you actually know of a young person with a decent income and who hasn’t f@&$kd up their credit by bein irresponsible and has still been required a deposit?
          Cause 99% of the time, if you can’t get a CELL PHONE because of your credit, its YOUR fault and you need to re examine your financial management.

        • philyew

          There’s a difference between being required to put down a deposit and being refused a deal outright. You seem to be juggling the two between your paragraphs. There are a lot of young people out there also who don’t yet have a “decent income”, but who are responsible with their new independence.

          I don’t know what your problem is with what I said. If people are being required to put down a deposit when they don’t have bad debt, all I’m suggesting is that TM has an option to take a different approach. That doesn’t mean that they can’t require a deposit from someone who has bad debt.

          In case there’s any confusion that this is special pleading, I’m a grandfather with a perfectly healthy credit score, which ironically could be a bit better, if I rotated more debt. Since I pay all my bills in full every month, it doesn’t bother me, but that’s how it works.

      • maximus1901

        Agreed. TMO already has the most “subprime” clientele, with the exception of maybe Boost. Why would they expose themselves to more risk?

  • mingkee

    So far Legere is a piece of work because he’s been making a lot of noise and drawing a lot of attention.
    Sprint and ATT has been feeling the real threat, but VZW is still very confident.

  • Nick

    so according to this post i can assume that john has decided better un-career phase 4 then giving out$350 if you switch to t mobile from at&t and Houdini cant be best un-career move so far since at&t giving out $450 and better coverage. just waiting for official announcement.

    • JBrowne1012

      Except when AT&T buys you out you are automatically enrolled in a 2 year contract w/ AT&T

      • 21stNow

        Customers from the T-Mobile switch program do not sign two-year contracts with AT&T. What are you reading that gives you this impression?

        • 9to6

          He’s reading the stuff that came out of it his a**.

    • maximus1901

      Read the fine print. It’s not an instant check for $450.
      Their CFO is not stupid. They would never do anything where ATT does not come out ahead.
      The house always wins.

      • yankeesusa

        Good point. I was actually thinking of switching because a plan that gets close to matching the plan I have with tmobile is only about $10 more but then I noticed that the credit they give you won’t kick in until the 2nd or 3rd month. I will just stick around with tmobile and see if they really step it up.

  • Mo

    This CEO is getting annoying with his public persona.

    • Eric

      Okay, how do you have 248 upvotes??!

      • thepanttherlady

        I believe you only have to be logged in to Disqus to down vote. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that. ;)

        • Eric

          I know guests can upvote, but 248 upvotes… Wow.

        • mingkee

          Phantom

      • lynyrd65

        AT&T paid an entire pakistani call center to advocate for them

        massive retaliation of paid downvotes in 3….2….1….

        • cell

          T-Mobile has more overseas call centers than AT&T.

      • philyew

        Upvote as a guest, refresh the page, repeat over and over and over….I just upvoted your message twice that way…

        • philyew

          Sorry, that should have read – forget to take your medication, upvote as a guest etc…

    • Ellay

      And then you saw the waves that persona makes. Its like that kid who gets bullied at school, who finally stood up for himself.

      • Huju

        Not really. Announcing new and great offers are not really related to acting like a ass.

        • Mo

          Exactly. I hope this guy’s shenanigans don’t foster elitist fans like the iTards Steve Jobs and Apple’s markerting created. Good thing not all Apple users are like that but for those who are, are pretty annoying.

          With that said, how about some more good changes to TMo’s mobile broadband services? I use them for mobile internet for my notebook.

        • Ellay

          And then you look at Samsung’s marketing. He’s just more out spoken, he hits them where it hurts because they’ve been hitting T-Mobile where it hurts for years. At first T-Mobile had customer service on lock, then Verizon started ruling with an iron fist. And AT&T was the worst, stating they was at the forefront of the features and tech we use today, like mp3 ringtones, pictures messaging. So I think he’s doing a great job being as outspoken as he is. He rattles Verizon for prices, AT&T for their prices and lackluster network, sprint is just lost in the wind.

    • lynyrd65

      AT&T sure wasted a lot of money for your upvotes……..

    • S. Ali

      263 Guest Upvotes? Jeez, ATT is getting desperate.

    • Moby

      Right. He called middle America a “dust bowl” which is an insult to those living in that region of the country.

    • yankeesusa

      He does get annoying sometimes. But steve jobs was annoying too and look what he did with apple. At this point you can do whatever you want as long as you make a company successful. He has proven that.

      • Jeff

        To bad Steve Jobs created annoying Apple elitist fans. There must be a way to improve your company without being an ass in public.

  • Luis Espinal

    John Legere is awesome! I think it’s great when a CEO is as boisterous as he is. I think the larger two wireless providers have sat on their thrones a bit too long! It just makes me so heated to see the differences in prices among the 4. Tmobile is definitely making waves. My grandmother has a grandfathered unlimited talk and data plan, no TEXTING INCLUDED with Verizon for $120/mo. That’s it! No family plan, and stuck on an older phone she can’t upgrade because shell lose her unlmtd data. I have 4 voice, one with unlimited that I use as my house internet, 3 tablets and my bill is approx 150/mo. How is that fair? This is exactly what John Legere is doing! He is making things better for the customer, while making DT some money of course. I live in SW CT, my grandmother in San Antonio, TX. I enjoyed awesome LTE while I was there in August, she enjoyed her awesome 300k 3G on Verizon…do i need to say more?

    • $15454173

      I guess it goes without saying that you have tried to convince her to move to Tmo.

    • kalel33

      How is it $120? The Nationwide Unlimited Talk and Unlimited Text is $89.99 and the unlimited data plan is $29.99.

  • Warden

    Maybe at CES he’ll announce the merger with Softbank/Sprint and that they bought all of Dish’s spectrum…hmmmm.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    The announcement is the Oakland raider bought tmobile

  • Ellay

    AT&T is garbage, that $450 they getting you for switching, they’ll make back next month OFF YOU.

    • Curious

      Just out of curiosity, what makes you say that AT&T is garbage? Is it the coverage? Call quality? Data speeds?

    • yankeesusa

      I wouldn’t say their crap. Their customer service might me the worst in the industry and their 2 year contract plans are a rip off. But their new off contract plans are actually on par with tmobile although for now I’m sticking with tmobile because i have gotten faster speeds and I like their customer service.

  • iPhone5sUser

    While I love T-Mobile and had them since Voicestream. I will have to say the last 2 years I’ve switched to VZW then back to T-Mobile, and by default had to subscribe with AT&T due to T-Mobile’s horrible LTE service in NYC. It was so disappointing,but I’m routing for T-Mobile so much that I have a gophone plan with AT&T w/ out a contract so that I can come back to T-Mobile and avoid a 2 year agreement elsewhere. They haven’t improved at all in my home, job, or city. My family has an array of smartphones, they still have T-Mobile and at best they get only 3 bars, and it’s still slow as molasses. I’ll give T-mobile up until the next iphone comes out.. if they aren’t up to par, i’ll sadly have to drag myself back to VZW.

    • TBN27

      Where are you in NYC? Because I live there too and just now I got a speed test of 35mbps down and 17mbps up.

    • Nolan

      I was just in NYC in November and I had perfect signal everywhere. At the time I only had a phone that supported hspa+ 42 though. LTE should be completed there now.

  • sidekicker89

    So one of my lines is on the 2 GB throttled unlimited data plan and it’s already used 5GB this month! Thank God it’s free..I’d die if I was on AT&T or Verizon.

    • mingkee

      Unlimited data is PRICELESS.

    • AndroidProfit

      How do you possibly use 3 gigs at the throttled speed?

      • sidekicker89

        YouTube! It’s easy! Also Instagram too.

      • sidekicker89

        oh and a little secret… when I’m “throttled” sometimes T-Mobile messes up and unthrottles me so I get FULL speed some days. The only catch is i can’t tap “My Account” or else it will know and throttle me again.

        • AndroidProfit

          Sniff..Sniff…something smells here like BS..

        • sidekicker89

          Sniff Sniff , stop smelling your upper lip. How is that B.S? are you even with T-Mobile? I get unthrottled sometimes and honestly not sure why I’m sure it’s a glitch in their system. But it happens. Swear on my life.

        • Daniel

          My roomate had that happen and used 300gb in one month.

        • Nick

          do you even know what can you do with 300GB?

        • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

          Dammit that explains why sometimes when I go over my 2.5GB my speeds are slowed but for a few days I was getting full speed so I went to my account to verify and I got slowed down again grrrrr! Haha guess there is a glitch happened to me twice ;)

      • sidekicker89

        Not to mention I’m ONLY paying $84.60 for THREE LINES EVERY MONTH! It’s awesome!

      • UMA_Fan

        Could be a tethered connection to something that’s constantly using data

  • donnybee

    To everyone who’s making snark comments about what John is wearing in the picture – your wireless carrier executives may wear suits all the time, but that doesn’t mean they’re more professional. It just means they have no idea to break away from the typical executive model and make waves. This is what T-Mobile is all about – making waves. I’d say that’s pretty UN-carrier if you ask me. That’s the whole point.

    Oh and at the rate that the other carriers, especially AT&T, are going to copy T-Mo, I wouldn’t be surprised to see your CEOs copy his image as well. You may have a problem with John or T-Mobile, but as a customer of the company who’s revolutionizing the U.S. wireless market, you’re welcome. I’m glad that even if you hate T-Mobile you can still benefit from their forward out-of-the-box thinking.

    • Moby

      Making a stage presentation dressed like a bozo when you’re the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company is not professional. If he wants to make waves, he should quit as CEO and get a loft down in the arts district and he can hang out at the coffee house and make all of the waves he wants. But as of now, he’s supposed to be running a publicly held company, not dressing like a weirdo.

      • donnybee

        ..and yet everyone in the industry wants to copy his firm right after he took over. Obviously he’s doing something right. The entire un-carrier image is what you’re seeing. It’s unlike the other companies because it should be. And the other companies want to steal as much of that thunder away. This industry was thirsty for a CEO like John.

        • Moby

          The other companies haven’t eliminated contracts yet. So what exactly are they copying? I don’t see the other CEO’s walking around in granny sweaters either.

      • yankeesusa

        And what is the name of your company that your ceo at?

  • http://manshu.me/ Himanshu Batra

    This site is dead for leaks. We get the same news we get on other blogs. I am just saying.

    • philyew

      It wouldn’t be a surprise for leaks to drop off when the editor changed. David spent a number of years on the beat and will have accumulated personal sources that won’t necessarily carry over to his successor.

      That said, Cam did get a leak about the content of Uncarrier 4.0, which is why we’ve been able to discuss the possibility of TM subsidizing ETFs from other carriers for the last week.

      If you’re looking for leaks about the possible deal between Softbank and DT, forget it. The level of personnel involved in that decision has never been a source for that kind of information, because it would be potentially illegal.

      • UMA_Fan

        Also with Tmobile being a public company now certain leaks could be viewed as insider trading

        • philyew

          That is what I was thinking when I said leaks about buyouts were potentially illegal, but you are right that it could apply to other kinds of information as well.

          It also occurs to me that employees are likely to be happier with the current organization, which would reduce the inclination to leak, compared with how it was a year out so ago. I’m sure there are plenty of TM employees visiting this forum who can confirm or confound that idea.

    • yankeesusa

      Who cares. Don’t like it then don’t read it.

  • ticket

    There any resources to view the CES event live or at a minimum blogger that posts live on mobile devices

  • kstagg

    Contract ends with Sprint on March 1. So looking forward to switch to T-Mobile.

    …until T-Mobile becomes Sprint with acquisition.

  • vinnyjr

    My data speeds are lightening fast. My HSPA+ is around 15mb down and 3mb up, my LTE is around 30mb down and 15mb up. They get faster after 6:00pm. I get real unlimited data without throttling, all for around 80 bucks a month. You can not beat that with a stick. Thank You T-Mobile.

  • jay

    I have 2 lines with At&t and live in NYC, My main issue with them is the fact that I don’t have Unlimited data. Coverage I cant complain. I had Tmobile before and just doesn’t compare. Im stuck because do I want to sacrifice coverage for unlimited data or keep being tiered and wifi all the time. IF the rumors are true and Tmo will offer to take care of termination fee its def something to consider if we are honest its has catched the attention of many.

    • Bklynman

      Don’t what part of NYC,ur in, I live in Bklyn,no problem getting calls,texts,data. I have a used Amaze,gt from Ebay,that I am using,I don’tuse my phone to watch movies,tv,or play games on it. Even when I am different parts of NY,no problem. Where in NY,ru?

  • Roy

    Im with tmobile now and coverage isnt too bad just at my job its just g but job has wifi so it doesnt botter me too much but only thing that will bother me is if tmobile is planing on merging with sprint/softbank ill never support a company that owns sprint after i sprint sent me a screwed up phone and when i went to the tech to see whats wrong with it and the tech pointed his finger in my face and said that you droped your phone in water so you will have to buy a new one at full price, in which i showed him that the phone just came by fedex within a hour had the delivery time printed out he said the phone was rusted out on the inside.