T-Mobile’s holiday 2015 video shows John Legere leading a Magenta chorus, also kicks off 10 days of giveaways

T-Mobile has now dispensed gifts for its customers as well as those on Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, but it’s got one holiday surprise for us.

John Legere has posted a video that shows the CEO conducting a chorus of Magenta singers that take shots at the three other major US carriers. Sprint gets accused of of “copying all the way,” Verizon is called out for smelling and having a video service that “laid an egg,” and AT&T is referred to as the Death Star.

The Magenta chorus goes on to sing a couple of other tunes that knock AT&T and Verizon and talk up the Un-carrier, all set to the tune of well-known Christmas songs. The T-Mobile singers in the clip sound pretty good, and they managed to adapt traditional Christmas songs to fit the US wireless industry pretty well.

Also of note is that John Legere is giving away 10 days of gifts to his followers. All that you have to do to enter is share this holiday video and include the hashtag #10DaysUncarrierContest. The giveaways will run from December 14 through December 23 and will include goodies like smartphones, chargers, Bluetooth speakers, smartwatches, and VR headsets.

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  • YABD

    Jhon Legere is santa claus.

    • eanfoso

      By that do you mean everything is fake or he is the philosophical figure that supposedly gives away stuff?

      • JustSayin

        Its a big master plan that is helping everyones prices go up. What were we paying 3 years ago?

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          I agree

        • eanfoso

          Lol that’s when you sit down, think for a second and then bam get their cheapest phone or get an unlocked device and enjoy the benefits of paying the cheapest rate plans. In my family of 4, we’re all non t mobile lumia phones.

        • Acdc1a

          3 years ago? 2 lines unlimited for $120. Today? 3 lines, one with no data and 2 with unlimited for $100.

          If I had to start fresh? 2 lines with 6GB each for $100…I’d be just fine since the majority of my internet use is now exempt.

      • YABD

        I was trying to be nice. Don’t take it personal.

  • GottaLuvIt

    Have to say….that’s funny….

  • jj201367

    tmobile rules #wewontstop

  • DILAW IDDAHLA

    I actually find this childish and unprofessional.

    • Mikey

      We all know you hate TMO from the other posts. Grow up, get a life, and move on!

      • 9to5Slavery

        He is directing it towards the person for the way it’s being presented, why are you attacking him?

        • Lenise

          I think that comment hardly qualifies as an “attack”.

      • DILAW IDDAHLA

        I am just voicing my opinion. You don’t see any company’s CEO making silly videos bashing their competition. This guy is a CEO not a mascot.

        • No you don’t see other CEO’s doing this… you see them failing and sulking. John has reinvented competition… and it’s working.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          So, we will start seeing other CEOs doing the same soon right? We shall see.

        • People generally copy success, but what T-Mobile is doing isn’t easy. If the tone is wrong, or they don’t deliver, it can backfire. Look at Sprint, they keep taking ideas straight from the T-Mo playbook but constantly screw it up in the execution.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          I don’t hate T-Mobile. I think their new approach is brilliant and I have said this before. They did force their competition to change their strategy and copy them, but it’s not because of these silly videos, using fowl language and calling their competition names like elementary students. If I was in John’s place I would go to major cities and ask their competitions customers to compare speeds, signal strength with T-Mobile and in my opinion that would effect their competition more than flying planes above their HQ or silly videos like these. T-Mobile signal and speed in major cities are better than their competition’s and this is why I said MAJOR CITIES.

        • I don’t disagree with you, John is a little over the top for my taste too sometimes… and he’s really playing a dangerous game. But his persona and “fuck Corporate bullshit” style resonates with a lot of their target market. make no mistake, their after millennials. They’ll take anyone , but they only market to millennials. I particularly agree with you that they should ONLY market in urban areas where they’re strong not rural areas at all.

    • Dakota_Offspring

      Would you like some assistance with filing a complaint?

    • Fabian Cortez

      I actually find this childish and unprofessional.

      Where have you been since 2013?

      Likewise, all John Legere did was wish people holiday wishes.

    • Tinger12

      “I find this shallow and pedantic” – Peter Griffin of Family Guy-2005

  • Dean Smith

    lol! I am still confused about the TuneIn Radio in music freedom list. Do I have to buy the Tune Inn Pro to stream free?
    I have the regular TuneIn Radio .

    • Boomboy007

      Nope, the regular is just fine. If you have a limited high speed bucket, any data used by Tunein will not count towards your high speed cap.

    • Tinger12

      There are two things in play here with Tunein.

      First they have a FREE app which has display ads. Plays all stations listed in their aggregate directory.

      They also have a PRO app which costs $9.99 and removed those ads and allows you to record the streams.

      Then they have the new Premium service which is $7.99. This gives you NFL, MLB, and Barclays Premeire League. Along with 40,000 audiobooks, 600 commercial free pre-programmed stations, no pre-roll ads on stations in their aggregate directory of stations, and language learning audio courses

      You can use the Free app or the Pro app with or without the Premium service.

      The reason you are required to have the Premium service for Music Freedom is that everything is sent through a proxy by Tunein. This allows for better tracking and I assume for a company like T-Mobile to white list the content coming from Tunein.

  • eanfoso

    “…to our customers we listen” seriously? Despite the constant suggestions of portfolio expansion of handsets? Uncarrier stop focusing on mainstream, I thought they wanted to go bold, what happened??

    • Acdc1a

      You can buy any unlocked handset you want

      • Dakota_Offspring

        He probably doesn’t know what a unlocked handset is…

        • eanfoso

          Oh yes please answer for me since you know it all about me.

      • eanfoso

        Any unlocked handset that doesn’t support wifi calling, yep, that’s pretty much us right now.

        • Acdc1a

          shhhh…here’s a little secret…Android 6 supports wifi calling.

        • eanfoso

          Yeah I don’t use/like android, which is why I said uncarrier is all about the mainstream

        • Then what are you trying to buy??

        • eanfoso

          Windows phone, currently rocking the lumia 1520

        • So your complaint is that you can’t get a Windows Phone that supports Wi-Fi calling on T Mobile? Blame Microsoft not T Mobile.

        • eanfoso

          Dude this isn’t entirely about that. By doing the unlocked route, I miss other benefits that come with being a t mobile customer, I’d love to take advantage of the jump programme, or do the lease term for 3 months etc, and especially the no interest financing, which is really good compared to financing through Barclay’s or PayPal. My lumia 521 does have wifi calling, so as far as am concerned Nokia did their part, heck I managed to download the wifi calling app on my lumia 1020 but it wouldn’t work because it was “unsupported by the carrier”

        • Without getting into what mobile OS is best argument (I had several Windows Phone and liked them) it’s abundantly clear there’s little demand for Windows Phone. Understand that there’s significant incremental cost to every phone they sell… it’s a commitment in inventory, advertising, training, etc. They can’t carry everything. Not carrying phones they can’t sell is very much “listening to their customers” in my opinion. And by the way I have a Nexus 6P on T-Mo, they don’t sell it, but WiFi calling works just fine. If Google can do it Microsoft should be able to figure it out too.

        • eanfoso

          As I’ve previously said, it’s not just about the wifi calling, but about the benefits of a phone sold through t mobile. Phones are traditionally bought in bulk, so as far as monetary loss it’s virtually none and even when prices get cut t mobile still makes money. If we go by your argument that they listen to their customers, well, what am I to t mobile? So in another words, they listen to the majority and the mainstream, not us niche fraction. I don’t think us windows community are asking for much, heck I was content with t mobile offering the 640 online only, but now you can’t even get a windows phone period. All I’d like to see from t mobile is variety, heck they can do what they did with the blackberry classic and just get the exact model blackberry sells online without modifying anything but still allowing us to get uncarrier phone leasing / purchasing benefits.

        • Well since the Nexus example makes it clear that it’s Microsoft, not T-Mobile, that needs to get the wifi calling handled… then the only thing you seem to be missing out on by not buying from T-Mobile is Jump! leasing. I’m always amazed when people use logic like yours… “why can’t a business cater to my unprofitable desires?” Same reason they don’t run fiber to rural communities. It’s not profitable. How can you expect a business to do something that’s not in their best interest? It’s crazy talk.

        • Fabian Cortez

          As I’ve previously said, it’s not just about the wifi calling, but about the benefits of a phone sold through t mobile. Phones are traditionally bought in bulk, so as far as monetary loss it’s virtually none and even when prices get cut t mobile still makes money.

          What does that have to do with you, as a consumer, purchasing an unlocked device?

          Carriers have every right to discount their devices that they paid for at wholesale provided that you purchase service.

          It sounds like you’re displeased that you’re not getting a discount.

        • While I appreciate that you like Windows Phone (and I’m glad SOMEONE does) your comments fall under the “you can’t please everyone” category. As stated previously, it’s really expensive to sell a phone through T-Mobile, so they pick ones that will sell. But unlike other carriers, they make it easy for you to bring ANY phone you like. You have to give them a break man, they’re doing what makes sense even if it’s not exactly what you want.

        • AJ2

          I thought 6p doesnt currently have Band 12 on Tmobile

        • Recently fixed in 6.01, but his issue was Wifi calling not Band 12.

        • Paul

          Yeah, The 1520 is an AT&T exclusive. Blame Microsoft and AT&T for this, not T-Mobile. I believe there’s a past article that says T-Mobile tried to get the 1520. So AT&T and Microsoft are to blame.

          That said, maybe this will help:
          http://www.gottabemobile.com/2015/02/04/how-to-use-t-mobile-wi-fi-calling-on-windows-phone/

          It does suck that that not all phones can benefit from WiFi Calling, but you can’t blame T-Mobile, they don’t control who includes the ability. Thankfully Google is making it a part of Marshmellow (Android 6).

        • Fabian Cortez

          Microsoft could also be blamed. They could also baked Wi-Fi Calling into the OS,

        • Paul

          “Blame Microsoft and AT&T…”

          Oh, I blame them as well.

        • Fabian Cortez

          iOS supports VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling…

        • eanfoso

          Omg…. I thought I was in a discussion with educated people not $heeps…

        • Fabian Cortez

          Omg…. I thought I was in a discussion with educated people not $heeps…

          If you don’t like facts then that’s on you.

        • eanfoso

          It’s not that I don’t like the facts, it’s that to your eyes if I don’t want an android device you assume I want an ios device, which well is completely wrong.

        • Fabian Cortez

          No. I simply stated that there is another platform out there that one can pick up an unlocked device that sports both VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling on T-Mobile.

  • steven berson

    A little corny for my taste lol. Did anyone noticed the wait times calling tmobile has been going up? Last few years I would be able to speak to a rep within 2 min now the holds time is around 10min. The holds time are going up due to customer increase, which I understand. They need to address this issue.

    • Acdc1a

      Possibly seasonal too…

      • Dakota_Offspring

        I agree. Wait times are horrible everywhere, right now

    • Zacamandapio

      Yes. I noticed that. Before this year I was able to speak to them in less than a minute (spoiled because when I call other services they hold you up to around 20-30 minutes). However, this year has been going up and up and up. I agree, they either cut back their customer service support, they never hired more after the Metro PCS acquisition, or they just need to hire more since they’re growing fast.

    • Joseph Cathey

      I used to work in one of their Tech Centers. They are addressing it, but the growth has just severely outpaced their ability to properly train reps. I was already knowledgeable with smartphones, but they put me through an 8 week training course. In order to maintain the quality of customer support they pride themselves in, they took to converting a whole center worth of care reps to tech. Tech reps are cross trained to do nearly everything but cancel a line, change a rate plan, or other specialized services.

      To add to the issue, attrition rate to these call centers is high despite the stellar environment. In my two years there, they added nearly 100% more employees, but the attrition rate remained relatively the same. This led to issues with a bottleneck on their training staff being able to keep putting people through an 8-week training and still keep staff numbers on point. They know the wait times are high. They are working on it, but I imagine you won’t ever go back to 2 min waits (that was a dark time in t-mobile’s history). Ask for tech though, you should have much lower wait times and they can do most everything.

  • Dakota_Offspring

    2015. The year everyone was offended by absolutely everything.

    • Brandon C. Foreman

      Im offended you would say that…

    • ssjchaseutley

      How dare you.

  • patt

    Switched yesterday from Verizon to TMO already loving it, oh and since I did yesterday not today TMO have gave me 96$ bill cr :D because I wouldn’t be eligible for hulu because I did yesterday. I’m ok with that lol

    • Welcome!

      • patt

        thanks so far so good! and don’t have to worry about data no more ever :D i can stream as many football games(aka soccer)as I want.

        Used to watch on lowest quality to save data on Verizon :D

        • Fabian Cortez

          and don’t have to worry about data no more ever :D

          That’s a huge pain point on other carriers for sure.

        • patt

          Yessir

  • I’d like to see an aggressive referral program. I’ve had dozens of friends switch. $25 per account is nothing should be more like $50 per line!

    • JiGSaW525

      Before August 2015, you could have got $25 per line. I was able to get $25 X 5 for a 5 person line switch (just needed to use different email accounts on the refer-a-friend website). From that point on, now you can only get $25 per account regardless of how many lines you bring over. :(

      I made bank last year with 10 lines brought over for 3 different accounts.

      • Nice. I’ve done 16 lines this year!

        • JiGSaW525

          Cool! I live in NYC, so it’s a no brainer. Moved over from VZW after 15+ years and probably never going back to another CDMA network. Bought over officially 25+ people over 3 years :). Plus the service only got better year-over-year.

        • There won’t be any CDMA carriers they’re all switching to LTE anyway. By the way are you this JigSaw? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTXfAtckS3g

  • OK who will be the first Binge On supported porn site? I think that’s HUGE, though its a tricky marketing game with families… maybe T-mo should be the first all adult carrier?

  • RLB63

    As a Christian I am offended that he used a Christian holiday and it’s songs and spewed ithemwith vulgar language

    • teabaghater

      who cares

      • Suzy Q

        You do obviously!! as you like to comment on everyone’s post you TROLL!!

    • Charmed79

      Um, And I am offended that you think it is a christian holiday! You guys stole it from pagans!

      • RLB63

        They took a few things from it. Just because something is on the same day doesn’t mean it is a pagan holiday.

        Maybe you never noticed but the first part of Christmas is Christ got a reason.

        • Charmed79

          No, you guys took pretty much everything, but thanks anyway! Including celebrating the birth of a God!