John Legere lays out his 2016 predictions for T-Mobile and the wireless industry

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One year ago, John Legere laid out his predictions on what would happen in the wireless industry in 2015. And now that he’s reviewed those guesses, he’s ready to make some predictions on what 2016 might bring to mobile.

Unsurprisingly, the T-Mobile CEO expects T-Mobile to do pretty well in the new year. Legere predicts that T-Mo will continue to eliminate customer pain points in the wireless industry, attract US businesses to adopt T-Mobile, and that Magenta’s LTE network will continue to grow. Focusing specifically on the upcoming 600MHz auction, which Legere says will be one of the most important spectrum auctions in recent US history, the CEO expects T-Mobile “will walk away a winner.”

Legere also has a prediction for Binge On, which has been the subject of some controversy lately. He expects that while AT&T and Verizon “will tax and toll every bite of every video you stream,” T-Mobile will expand Binge On’s free streaming to include at least another 24 services.

The T-Mo CEO went on to target Verizon specifically, saying that Big Red “will get more and more panicked” and that they’ll launch another couple of ad campaigns targeted at T-Mo. Legere also predicts that they’ll copy another Un-carrier move, following their new ETF payoff promo that Legere feels is a copy of Carrier Freedom.

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Another wireless prediction is that there will be more merger and acquisition rumors, and Legere says that we’ll probably see Dish in some and T-Mobile’s name in others. He doesn’t hint that anything’s in the works, though, saying that T-Mo “will continue to compete and win on our own and we’ll see how the market landscape changes over time.”

Rounding out his predictions, Legere says that things like mobile payments the Internet of Things, and VR and AR will finally gain real momentum in 2016. The CEO also suggests that social media networks — including his favorite, Periscope — will continue to grow, drones will become more useful, he’ll battle presidential candidates other than Donald Trump, Ronda Rousey will win back the UFC title, and Batman will beat Superman in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. But should that surprise you coming from a guy with a magenta Batman as his Twitter cover photo?

So there are John Legere’s predictions for 2016. Mark ‘em down and in a year’s time, we’ll see how he did. Some of them seem like pretty safe bets, like more T-Mobile acquisition rumors and improved LTE coverage. We’re likely to see more Un-carrier moves, because that’s kind of what T-Mobile is all about these days. And we know that Magenta plans to go hard in the upcoming 600MHz auction, so don’t be surprised if it does indeed come away a big winner. That’s good news for T-Mo’s network, as the 600MHz spectrum could help to further improve T-Mobile’s LTE reach.

Do you have any 2016 predictions, T-Mobile-related or not, that you’d like to lay out before 2015 comes to an end?

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  • Ascertion

    Verizon’s went on and on about how they’re the industry leaders, yet they’ve already copied T-Mobile in a number of instances.

    – Verizon offering cheaper, better roaming packages (they’re still nothing compared to T-Mobile’s, or even Sprint’s in this matter, but it’s still a step in the right direction.)
    – Verizon has started paying off ETFs to switch. This one is huge and obviously is influenced by T-Mobile’s success.
    – Verizon offers an extra 1 to 2GB depending on the plan (in response to T-Mobile’s free unlimited data offer for 3 months.)

    If T-Mobile’s growth continues to surge, I can see Verizon experimenting with the possibility of re-introducing unlimited data, but at a high price point (~$60 add-on fee per line would be something I’d expect.) Since the coverage advantage is thinning, Verizon’s going to have to compete with something else. Perhaps, *gasp* something that pertains to getting your money’s worth?

    • Acdc1a

      Verizon has made their plans a bit more competitive, that’s for sure. When you take $140 as a base line for 12GB to share between 2 phones and 2GB individually per phone and T-Mobile really shines. For $100 you get 6GB individually with BingeOn and Music Freedom keeping most of that intact for most users under most conditions. When you get to 4 lines it really becomes advantage T-Mobile which is $120 vs. $180.

      2016 could be the year that Big Red finally admits their position in the market isn’t as strong as it once was and it will be because of T-Mobile’s innovation and Sprint’s blatant copies.

      • yankeesusa

        I couldn’t have said it myself. If I didn’t have such great service from t-mobile I would choose att over Verizon just because att although not the best with customer service, they at least have competing plans that beat Verizon and have really good coverage.

        • Drew

          You’ve got to be kidding me right? Screw that Verizon has now become way cheaper than AT&T, as far as pricing plans is concerned. lol AT&T people are known for lying, robbing, being very hateful towards all of their customers. If anything I would go right back to using Verizon Wireless for that matter. Thanks to T-Mobile, I will never ever havr to worry about AT&T or Verizon again. #ILoveYouUnCarrier #TeamMagenta #TmobileWillAlwaysRule

        • yankeesusa

          Yea, i’m glad that tmobile works for me. I only lose coverage in an area that I go maybe once or twice a year. My wife’s sprint phone though picks up the slack.

        • Michael Barnes

          That’s the sadest thing is that sprint has better coverage than tmobile there both members of cca and sprints network is outdated but I can make a call almost everywhere and stream music on car trips with out it stopping for 30 minutes to an hour on sprint come tmobile fill the gaps or at least better roaming agreements

        • Acdc1a

          Must be West Coast…

        • Michael Barnes

          Nope east coast va west va and south I’ve been across the country and sprint has better coverage nationally slow but better coverage

        • Acdc1a

          I’ve been across the country very recently with T-Mobile and encountered very few issues. T-Mobile has substantially more native coverage than Sprint so unless their data roaming is much better I’m not really sure what to say.

          Just on a side note I have a friend with Sprint whose service is virtually useless for data in Downtown Detroit. If he gets EVDO it’s a miracle. The other 3 carriers don’t have that issue.

        • Michael Barnes

          I completely agree with you about sprint there data it’s terrible I have not been to Detroit but outside Dallas Texas rural I was playing sprint Pandora no service on tmobile roaming or native west va has no coverage at all tmobile east of Chula Vista ca heading south to baja california this was about 3 months ago 2g occasionally 4lte on tmobile s6 edge plus sprint was 3g slow!!!! But I could call and stream music equally on both

          Sprints data in general is slow and spotty but it’s good enough for the carrier freedom I love tmobile but they need to fill the huge gaps with atleast roaming agreements

        • Acdc1a

          W. Virginia is almost entirely void of T-Mobile native coverage but you can roam there via AT&T. What I don’t get is covering Huntington and not going east to Charleston. Maybe the don’t have the spectrum.

        • Braiden

          you need to come use Sprint in South Florida then, speeds are upwards of 75-100mbps here where I live.

        • Michael Barnes

          i believe it sprint spark is crazy fast its just not rolled out yet most of sprint for me where i travel is slow 3g or slow lte they still have better coverage hands down

        • bronxboi

          Sprint, has far superior voice coverage Nationwide than Tmobile. Tmobile has very good data speeds in large cities and some of the suburbs of those large cities. Anything further and it is a crap shoot. What is beginning to make things interesting is that Sprint has been improving their service dramatically in quite a few cities. Houston, has done a great job improving the network speed. I can consistently get 80-97mb download in the downtown/montrose area. The Galleria area gets around 40mb download. Tmobile is not going to be the clear winner in data very shortly.

        • Acdc1a

          Sprint has sh*t for native coverage. Sure, you get voice roaming via Verizon but that’s not Sprint is it?

        • bronxboi

          Tell me how you based this reply, I am curious. I travel extensively so I am not speaking out of my ass. Let us see if you are.

        • Acdc1a

          You can simply look at Sprint native coverage on a map. Don’t look at the varying shades of green, that’s Verizon but the dark green native coverage. There are a few states that are fairly well covered and the rest are interstate only.

          The numbers also speak for themselves. While 304 vs. 280 million covered pops doesn’t seem like a lot it’s literally hundreds of thousands of square miles.

          I used Sprint personally during the Wimax experiment and have friends and colleagues that still use Sprint.

        • Acdc1a

          AT&T is awful but 15GB and 2 lines is $130 vs. $140 for 16GB at Verizon. The plans are pretty comparable. If I had to go with one of the two devil carriers I’d have to choose Cricket.

        • Phone Guy

          Cricket is awesome. 5 lines for $100. Thats unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited data, and 2.5GB per person of that is high speed. Or for a tad more you get 5GB high speed per person. $100 for 5 lines (current promotion) is a really great deal and on the higher plan includes free Mexico and Canada roaming.

        • Kiwini

          Just realize your speeds are limited to 8mbps on cricket

    • guest

      it is not that they are following with the “copies”, they are forced to come up with the copies. What they really like is the status quo, and if it wasn’t for TM they’d be happy with that.

  • Android_God

    When he’s not acting like a jackass he’s seems like a pretty cool dude. He reminds me of a successful Larry Dallas.

  • eanfoso

    Of course batman wins Mr writer, it’s noted in the comics!

  • Matt

    I like the idea of getting more low band spectrum but it means I’ll probably have to buy a new phone again. Le sigh

    • dtam

      probably won’t need to for 2-3 years though

      • Matt

        Good point. The FCC bureaucracy moves at a glacial pace.

        • guest

          Actually that is not the case this time…

    • Phone Guy

      I doubt it. If they get the low band frequency, it probably won’t even start to be implemented until the end of 2016. Then it will probably take until the end of 2017 to get half way rolled out, and 2018 to be fully rolled out. I presume you being a tech liking person will already be on a new phone by then anyway. :) I wouldn’t worry about it. Its gonna be a while either way.

  • Juan Carlos Tejada

    If T-Mobile keeps sending, corrupted software’s updates, unauthorized manipulation to customers accounts, playing with grandfathered plans, in other words Misleading, this is my 2016 Prediction:
    More claims at Federal Level.
    RiP – BingeOn.
    Losing 50% customer’s
    Losing March auction.

    And yes I’m a hater, but wait I used to be a Believer too as many, but when he decide to manipulate my account, breaking my S5 with a bad update, and now paying full retail price for a pre-owned phone, (the new phone came defective software), he’s aware of all this, not making up from Nada, just check my clip on YouTube.

    • Android_God

      Please please please share that youtube clip!!!!

      • Juan Carlos Tejada

        HTC ONE M9 Defective Software: https://youtu.be/Kb99XNi304c

      • Juan Carlos Tejada

        GALAXY S5, LOLLIPOP 5.1.1, HDMI BUG, BAD FIRMWA…: https://youtu.be/_mMUDpYhzUY

        • Android_God

          Dude! You’re messing with the Illuminati! I am so out of here. Please forget that we had this conversation.

      • Juan Carlos Tejada

        Waiting for approval, my user ID, JuanCa DaColombian , YouTube.

    • Acdc1a

      I have a hard time believing that if you go to social media that you’ll pay full price for a new phone.

    • guest

      You were wrong to be a ‘believer’, you are wrong to be a ‘hater’, just be a smart consumer and a reasonable citizen.

      • Juan Carlos Tejada

        Went to emotionally…..you’re right…!; Thank you.

        • guest

          You’re welcomed.
          On the update thing I think Google or Samsung are at fault here. I don’t think TMo messed with the software in the connectivity area.

  • Paul

    SUPERMAN 4 LIFE!

  • Peace Love and Death Metal

    I predict that T-Mobile will lose many good sales associates due to lack of fair compensation.

    • Turnover rate for sales positions anywhere is high. I’m not defending Tmo here as i do believe their employees should get paid more but I don’t think it is better or worse than a typical sales job in other places.

      • Peace Love and Death Metal

        Tmobile doesn’t pay a competitive wage when compared to the other big 3.

        • duckforlife

          Do you actually know the wages for the big 3? I’m genuinely curious because I don’t know.

        • Peace Love and Death Metal

          I would say that Verizon pays the best then ATT then Sprint. Not sure on the specifics but I bet you can look them up pretty easily on Glassdoor

  • Dillon Hewitt

    “Byte”

  • Aston Connecticut

    I predict their mediocre service will continue to flatten their marketing efforts

  • feet

    Maybe so, but love those shoes!

  • Mark Kendrick

    I just completed a 1600 mile round trip to California and found that my new carrier’s network reminds me of swiss cheese. I predict if things don’t shape up bit by July 2016 my family will be on another network.

  • Kiwini

    I predict Legere will get even more annoying in 2016

    • guest

      After the controversial Binge On, I think he’s gonna think twice before any new move.
      I know, Christmas has passed and that sounds more like a wish.

  • Pete

    I predict my T-Mobile service will be slower and slower. It is almost unusable now. 2016 my iPhone will become a paperweight on the T-Mobile Network.

  • M Nimm

    Whatever you say Tmobile and J Leg has changed the Industry. From the day of tmobile being gobbled up by the big three and Now Big Three Copying Tmobile every Move.

    • Juan Carlos Tejada

      No, what he did, shake the tree and got the easy ones, plus giving away some freebies, selling a false idea of changing this industry, but no, he’s selling defective devices, which in return they giving pre-owned phones to customer’s now paying retail prices, screwing customers accounts (grandfathered), not to mention manipulating software’s from the manufacturer and then cowardly blaming the manufacturer of the damage, so much crap to mention.

      Fan lovers: and yes I’m moving as soon I get shit straight with T-Mobile.

    • Juan Carlos Tejada

      No, what he did, shake the tree and got the easy ones, plus giving away some freebies, selling a false idea of changing this industry, but no, he’s selling defective devices,

      • Juan Carlos Tejada

        which in return they giving pre-owned phones to customer’s now paying retail prices, screwing customers accounts (grandfathered), not to mention manipulating software’s from the manufacturer

        • Juan Carlos Tejada

          and then cowardly blaming the manufacturer of the damage, so much crap to mention.
          Fan lovers: and yes I’m moving as soon I get business straight with T-Mobile.