John Legere: Don’t let Dumb and Dumber bulldoze American wireless consumers

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In his latest vlog published just a few hours ago, John Legere pleads with American wireless consumers not to let AT&T and Verizon (Dumb and Dumber) get in the way of a competitive low-band spectrum auction. As you almost certainly know by now, T-Mobile is due to take part in a 600MHz spectrum auction next year. If successful, T-Mobile could land some valuable low-band spectrum to help expand its coverage in to rural areas and build a stronger network with better building penetration.

The FCC already changed the rules last year to reserve a portion of the spectrum for carriers/companies who don’t currently own a lot. Sadly, it still left a huge amount unreserved spectrum which will almost certainly go to the big two carriers. Since last year’s decision, T-Mo’s been pushing the Commission to make even more spectrum available. The logic is that Verizon and AT&T already have so much low-band goodness, why help them grab more when carriers like T-Mobile could mount a serious competitive challenge by winning a bunch?

If you want to join in the move to unseat the duopoly as spectrum favorites, you can join T-Mobile’s side by sharing your thoughts with the FCC on Twitter or heading over to savewirelesschoice.com.

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  • RefarmAllPCSandChan51Please

    But why did T-Mobile sell the 700A Alaska license?

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Ikr!! I was like WTH. They could have just leased the spectrum to Alaska Communication and allowed t-mobile users to roam on it thus extending coverage without the large cost. I think that was a stupid move

    • dtam

      too little benefit from having it? apparently there will be a roaming agreement that comes with the sale which makes sense

    • gmo8492

      The entire state of Alaska only has a population 700,000 residents.Tmobile must have figured out that to maintain and build a network in Alaska would just be too costly given its size. Also the added burden of not having enought customers to support it wouldn’t be in their best interest.

    • Justin Smith

      There is too much competition in Alaska already. AT&T, Verizon Alaskan communications. Also with the population size(700,000) it wouldn’t be cost effective to maintain a network there. Their 700Mhz A block spectrum is also just 5×5 making it much slower in comparison to Verizon and AT&T who own a good amount of both 700 and AWS already.

      In conclusion, T-Mobile would not be able to build out a cost effective network considering all of these factors.

  • mzrdisi

    If i wanted to take advantage of better rural coverage where I live at. I’d have to pay 2-3x as much to use ATT or Verizon Wireless. T-mobile needs this to remain competitive and not allow the top 2 to control and dominate the field. It’s appalling how expensive Wireless is in the USA. It doesn’t have to be that way.

    • Justin Smith

      Itf Verizon and AT&T didn’t have such deep pockets, or they actually didn’t try to buy ALL of the possible spectrum; we wouldn’t have this issue.

      • Fabian Cortez

        And their deep pockets stem from their gift of 850 MHz decades ago.

        • Justin Smith

          What was the bandwidth that they got for 850Mhz? I haven’t been able to find out anywhere.

    • maximus1901

      Switch to cricket.

  • Mike Palomba

    Someone should make a change .org petition to get the rules changed. If John re tweed that from his Twitter over a million people would see it and probably sign it.

    • maximus1901

      Fcc set aside 30mhz; Legere wants 40mhz because DT and softy don’t wanna pony up money for their kids.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Fcc set aside 30mhz; Legere wants 40mhz because DT and softy don’t wanna pony up money for their kids.

        That’s not true Lou and you know it.

    • NorCalOffspring

      Doesn’t the White House have to respond to any petition on change .org if it receives 250,000 signatures? Wouldn’t seem that difficult to get at least 500,000 signatures

  • Seabass

    AT&T and Verizon are getting desperate about their lack of growth over the last few quarters. The other day I received mail from AT&T, urging me to switch so I could receive a “free” (with 2 year contract, of course) Samsung Galaxy S5.

    • TBN27

      Same here. And into the shredder it went.

  • Rob H.

    Why would AT&T and VZW need anymore low band spectrum. Didn’t they both get enough 700Mhz to last them long enough to get customers on 700Mhz to refarm the 850 and whatever else they both already have? Why does it seem to AT&T and VZW that spectrum is like cash burning a hole in their pockets.

    Competition is good for everyone. Except for duopolies apparently.

    It makes more sense for the 600mhz auction go to the carriers who need it most. Not to companies who will sit on it, or buy a crap-ton just because.

    • archerian

      VZW is actually spectrum constrained in several locations

      • Bravadu

        They’re high band spectrum constrained, not low band spectrum constrained.
        High band spectrum has high transportation capacity but low propagation. Low band spectrum is the opposite, but that’s perfectly fine to cover huge swaths of sparsely populated rural areas.
        In summary, VZW needs high band spectrum more than it needs 600mhz

  • 21stNow

    If the FCC already set aside some spectrum for smaller carriers, what more does Legere want? If it’s an auction, the highest bidder wins. I don’t think that AT&T and Verizon Wireless should be punished for having more money. The set aside was enough. Everything else should be sold to the highest bidder.

    • archerian

      who asked T-mobile to not bid on 700Mhz when it was up for grabs a few years ago? It’s an auction and in an auction you need money to win.

      • Fabian Cortez

        who asked T-mobile to not bid on 700Mhz when it was up for grabs a few years ago? It’s an auction and in an auction you need money to win.

        Again, this is not an ordinary auction. What’s being auction is a finite resource that belongs to the people and is controlled by the government.

        If things went your way, there’d be one of two wireless carriers in this country. Say hello to sky high bills and zero competition.

    • Goat

      To be fair…Verizon and ATT did receive a large amount of spectrum phr33 if I recall. I don’t see it as a punishment, as nothing was really earned.

      • archerian

        Receive from where? When?

    • Wireless Consumer Lobbyist

      The consumer should not be punished either for AT&T and Verizon for having more money.

      The FCC needs to be aware that this doesn’t end well for the wireless consumer if AT&T and Verizion are allowed to shut out competition by outsoending and hording.

      The FCC should be more than “sell to the highest bidder”. The FCC is not a business.

    • Fabian Cortez

      He wants half of the spectrum set aside.

      That way, AT&T and Verizon will actually have to compete against each other versus splitting the spectrum in half as the remaining blocks in certain markets will not be able to be evenly split in two.

  • AS118

    Yeah, T-mobile and Sprint should be able to get more. It’s bad enough that AT&T and Verizon have so much.

  • Guest

    Did anyone happen to notice that John Legere is following a high end hooker/call girl on his Twitter feed? What kind of message does that send to young people that look up to him?

    • Saige CB

      Lol its john legere… Sends a great message if u ask me, live life the way you want to.. Not the way society thinks you should. We are all going to end up either in the dirt or in ashes.. Might as well go out with a bang and have fun with it.. Fuck society :P

    • Bourgeois

      Didn’t notice, really don’t care.

      I care about this auction and I hope the FCC moves in favor of the wireless consumer.

      Related or unrelated ti this auction, I want to see:
      1. all four carriers have adequate nation wide low-band spectrum to encourage competetion
      2. stop spectrum squatters. use it or loose it. (Continuum pisses me off)
      3. reallocate unused government and military reserved spectrum for commercial use

      • socalrailroader

        There are five, U.S. Cellular is the 5th largest carrier in the US.

        • TaylorW86

          There are only 4 major US carriers. As of the first quarter 2016, T-Mobile has 57 million subscribers, US Cellular has 5 million.

    • PC_Tool

      That people are people regardless of their career choices and that being part of an industry some ignorant plebs are intolerant of doesn’t mean you have to hide or can’t be friends with “normal” people.

      That’s a great message; and it’s a hell of a lot better than yours.

    • archerian

      Must be still cheaper for T-mobile than settling any harassment claims.

      • T.J.

        He just unfollowed the call girl this morning so clearly someone in HR or the legal office had a talk with him. Dumb move on his part. If he needs companionship that badly, he should have had a trusted friend set that all up for him off-line and not try to handle it himself via his public social media account.

    • Raiterio Patterson

      You sound like the idiots that only focused on John’s foul language in the vlog instead of his message in the vlog. Please shut the hell up forever

      • socalrailroader

        You are NOT a mod, so YOU need to quit. You’re insulting and rude as well, learn to debate like an adult.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          I don’t believe I was talking to you. I don’t need to a MOD. As your name suggests you’re wreck, now you can shut the hell up forever. ZZ Top? Really?

  • Tmobileisonfire

    @Guest who cares find something else to talk about

  • Bobbie Dooley

    Recently, T-Mobile was found guilty of 9 labor and employment laws, and the judge
    required T-Mobile to update it’s employee manual and also hang posters in breakrooms to the employment terms revisions. T-Mobile was found guilty last year.

    Fast-forward to today, and the court learned that T-Mobile hasn’t followed the court judgement or orders, nor has the HR Team made the necessary changes or updates to the employment handbook yet . I guess as a “special”company, they need all kinds of “special” rules, and when a judge finds the company guilty, as an un-carrier, the company is actually UN-guilty.

    Now they want special treatment for auctions too? What a joke. They should be focusing on getting their business fundamentals in line first before lobbying for additional special treatment.

    • MTN

      I’ll bet you are one of the people that complain about coverage, even as you mock T-Mobile for trying to fix the broken system that causes that coverage. Sit down.

      • Fabian Cortez

        New account, two posts, same agenda.

        I wouldn’t bother with trolls like that.

    • gmo8492

      Oh you’re talking about those union dogs that do nothing but take a nice slice of your paycheck every month without consent. Yeah T-Mobile practices haven’t been to forgiving, but I doubt employees want to unionize right now. I say this because every union job I’ve had sucked and never wanted to be a part of in the first place. Just one big political machine trying to push their own agenda.

    • Dylan Aarhus

      Sounds like a bunch of bs to me

  • Melissa

    T-Mobile plays bait and switch with their phones. I paid the full price of my note 3 and cancelled service and now I owe money for the device? Huh?? Then, they tell me they’re gonna replace the note with a comparable device since I kept having issues with the note and they charge me full price for that too. Told me it would be free. No charge to me. And, yet now I owe them for the full price of that too. Nice. Glad T-Mobile is in the business of illegal activity. T-Mobile is good until you switch then it’s like their policy is to f you 2 ways to Sunday. Even, if you owe them no money. Leave on good terms and they’re in the business of screwing you over. Thank god the state attorney generals office fixed my issue. I was not going to pay them 1500 dollars. Plus, they blacklisted my phones. Idiots.. I didn’t even owe them money for them. My friend who had T-Mobile got ripped off from them too. They charged her credit card for a year after she had cancelled service. She had to call them every month to have them refund the monthly bill…. Yeah, they love playing illegal games. And, they love ripping their customers off too.

  • TK – Indy

    Left side of mouth, “We are getting all of the new postpaid adds!”. Right side of mouth, “We can’t compete because we have no low-band spectrum!” Get your story straight, John.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Those are different objectives

  • Dumb and dumber have already bulldozed American wireless customers. And I’m talking about Apple’s IOS and Google’s Android.

    • 9to5Slavery

      You’re on the wrong page. No one ever made you to choose only two brands. Sure go with the other brands with no support in the next following year.

      • Actually, you’re on the wrong page. This is a side bar to the AT&T/Verizon duopoly. You mayn’t like what I said, but I said the truth and it hurts you.

        • 9to5Slavery

          no it hurts you that’s why you come back to reply. no one is stopping you from acting like an adult.

        • You are acting real childish with your replies right now. Why can’t you admit that duopolies are bad, no matter what?

          No matter what, I’m gonna call out the IOS and Android duopoly with just as much (or more force) as we would with Verizon and AT&T. Live with that!

        • 9to5Slavery

          Wrong article. Get a life.

        • Correct article because they’re related. Take your own advice and get a life, troll.

        • Andrew Moulton

          Well thinking of iOS and Android as a duopoly is idiotic, since Apple competes with dozens of other *phone* makers. Samsung, Sony, LG, Microsoft, HTC, as well as Nexus devices all offer meaningful competition against Apple’s relatively detail-oriented approach. Google is just sitting back and selling the data of the users that have been tricked into using their haphazardly distributed software.

        • Thinking that there is no IOS/Android duopoly in the States is truly foolish. Only a fool would dismiss this.

        • Andrew Moulton

          There’s a difference between being anti-competitive and Blackberry and Windows phone failing to innovate. Just because blackberry sucks doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

        • And both IOS and Android are being borderline anti-competitive at this point. They’re playing right on the margins.

        • Andrew Moulton

          I think it was blackberry that sued an iOS accessory maker for daring to include a usable physical keyboard in their product.

  • socalrailroader

    That is why society is messed up, common rules for etiquette and kindness have gone out the door. Our spirits will live on, life does NOT end in the grave.

  • socalrailroader

    I agree with John, but if he wants to be taken seriously he needs to control his mouth, using language like that and calling companies dumb and dumber makes him sound and look like some obnoxious 3rd Grader. Oh, and lose the millennial/hipster clothes John, nobody likes either of those scourges of society. I mean,at least try to dress a little professional, like ZZ Top says “Every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man!” :)

    • gmo8492

      There was an article written about John Legere on Engadget where in interviews he explains why he dropped the suit and tie act. In short John is just being himself and he finally has the freedom and passion to do what he loves.

    • Andrew Moulton

      ZZ top hasn’t been relevant in many many years, but you’d know that if you embraced the younger generation rather than being butt-hurt about your own mortality.

  • ssjchaseutley

    No support from me. Not pushing Lollipop to my SG4 in order to push SG6 sales has left me pissed off.

    • HR

      Haha. Way to think big.

      • gmo8492

        Just ignore him, he refuses to find solutions to his problem.

        • ssjchaseutley

          All you do is follow me and frankly, it’s a little creepy.

        • gmo8492

          It pretty hard not to since all you do is whine about the lollipop update for a phone that you can easily root and update via odin or slap on a custom rom. You do this on every other article without actually referring to the topic at hand.

      • ssjchaseutley

        Oh really Oh Wise One? Do tell, how should I think? Am i supposed to be “okay” with not receiving support even though everyone from the Verizon camp got their updates?

        • Andrew Moulton

          No you shouldn’t be okay with the fragmented mess Google has wrought with it’s irresponsible licensing practices. Come into the light, we have watches.

        • ssjchaseutley

          Google finished Lollipop a long time ago all over the world. Tmobile is withholding the update, not Google. Verizon and Sprint Sg4 users already have it (sg4 active users on Sprint).

        • Andrew Moulton

          Google could have disallowed carriers from fucking with their software, but they’d prefer the kickbacks.

    • 9to5Slavery

      No one cares about your outdated phone. you should of gone to crapple.

      • ssjchaseutley

        Apparently you do even if you don’t know it.

        • 9to5Slavery

          No I don’t

  • sam

    You need to pay for it Dummy