Watch John Legere’s full interview with Re/code’s Ina Fried [video]

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As I’m sure you already know, John Legere was interviewed at Re/code’s Code/Mobile event last night by the respected journalist, Ina “not as scary as Kara” Fried. During the questioning, Legere – in his typical style – answered questions on quarterly performance, the competition and the iPhone. And if you’ve watched any of his interviews before, there’s nothing mind-blowingly insightful here. But nevertheless, still some interesting anecdotes and “factoids” and it’s certainly well worth the watch. I certainly got a giggle out of his admission that he follows Kim Kardashian on Twitter.

And at one point, when – at the end of the interview – attendees were supposed to be quizzing him, Legere turned it around on the audience asking how many were dissatisfied with their current carriers. This was after discovering that most of them were with Verizon or AT&T, and slightly before he got up off his chair to fist-pump in delight.

On a more serious note, it was encouraging to hear how T-Mobile is performing against its targets. In virtually every measurable metric, T-Mo is ahead of where it was aiming to be. It’s adding a ridiculous number of new subscribers, expanding and upgrading coverage and porting in more customers than its losing to its rivals. That’s even after Sprint announced its latest competitive plans.

Watch the full interview below:

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  • delorme

    that’s all nice BUT….. i still need to make a phone call…. i am still having lots of drop calls or no connects….. i have been really patient for a couple of years hoping that t-mo’s phone coverage would improve… that has NOT happened.. i think we will switch carries because when it comes down to it, for me anyway, it is important that i can make a phone call and people can reach me. also, for some reason, not really sure why, but the LTE in my area has gone more 4G…… maybe towers are being worked on, but i found it strange that where i had LTE before i have only 4G… AND when one leaves the metro area, just a few miles out, data drops to either 2G or nothing, AND phone service is even worse.

    • Mike

      Then switch. T-Mo must not be for you.

      • Mike

        It has been a struggle for me too in the last months. Been a loyal tmo user for 7 years. Lately the service has been dreadful I’m my area. Is it too much to expect that we ask tmo to address these service issues before we tell lotal tmo customers to leave. These are legitimate issues that have not been addressed by tmo. Perhaps if everyone to told to leave TMO they will remain in 4th place nationally.

        • Mike

          I hear what you are saying, but things take time. I live 60 miles away from Chicago and about 55 miles from Milwaukee. I know what you mean. It has not been till recently that we have gotten decent coverage or LTE here. T-Mobile knows where they have issues and has repeatedly stated to give them till the end of 2015 to establish its entire network to a complete 4g footprint. If you cant wait till then, you have to go with what works best for you.

        • Mike Palomba

          Maybe its a tower problem. Call customer service and file a ticket for the techs to check the tower/s. They’ll have it fixed within three days

        • TYLERDERK

          Not addressed?
          T-Mobile is growing their network faster then any company in the USA to say that they are not addressing the issue is ridiculous.

    • Jimkenobi

      T-Mobile does offer wifi calling as a short term solution and that band 12 coming in the near future. It doesn’t fix everything but it could help. I’ve also found that turning off LTE when not in a stable LTE location can offer better coverage and less dropped calls.

  • Bob Dole

    Still can’t get Ian out of my head… he needs to change his voice to be a Ina.

    • Kirk

      Wow. It’s incredibly sad people need to make these kinds of comments.

      • hanfeedback

        Incredibly sad that we have in this country people which are so obviously suffering from mental issues passed off as normal.

        • Kidney_Thief

          Incredibly sad that we have people in this country which are so obviously bigoted and can’t even admit it.

        • hanfeedback

          If by bigoted you mean pointing out people who have mental issues then yes I am. When was the last time you protested in favor of pedophiles and bestiality??? Those people just want to be accepted for who they are also! If you haven’t then I have to assume you are a bigot as well.

        • Kidney_Thief

          Being trans is no longer considered a mental disorder, and equating them to pedophiles and people that practice bestiality is not only inaccurate, but also offensive. This isn’t the 70s anymore, and those kinds of stereotypes are no longer tolerated by the mainstream.

        • hanfeedback

          Please provide evidence. The reality is that roughly ~4-6% of people are homosexuals, there are similar numbers of people who are attracted to children or horses or have other “out of the mainstream” sexual preferences. If you are not for equal representation of their relationship than you are a bigot.

        • thepanttherlady

          Let’s get the comments back on topic. This is not the place for this discussion.

        • JohnnySocko

          Cam, feel free to mod those comments to oblivion. They are off-topic, offensive and so very misguided. Everyone knows that insane comment wars belong on YouTube.

        • thepanttherlady

          Agreed and done.

      • Cam Bunton

        Yeah, I don’t tolerate them. Ina’s a fantastic journalist who deserves our respect.

        • hanfeedback

          You’re entitled to your opinion but many people also carry my viewpoint as well. Your viewpoint is no more valid than mine is no matter what you may assume. And I’m not sure where you even get the “fantastic journalist” from anyway, he at several points made condescending comment to Legere, how is that the mark of a good journalist?

  • Paul Garrison

    T-mobile needs to bring back the MyTouch line and do what Verizon is doing with the Droid line of phones. I know off topic, but it could another win for Magenta.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Bring back the MyTouch line? HAHAHAHAHAHA, no. No more of that BS line.

      • Paul Garrison

        They turn it into BS, it did start out that way.

        • J-Hop2o6

          Just forget about that line. They are doing just fine with the phones they carry. Don’t need “Carrier” lines.

    • TechHog

      No. Carrier-exclusives suck.

  • hanfeedback

    i enjoyed the interview but Id be lying if I said that watching Ina didn’t disgust me. i felt like I was watching a rerun of “It’s Pat” and I honestly didn’t know if it was male or female.

    • MorningWood

      That lady dude was disgusting. John was funny as usual.

    • xealo

      Thats Ina aka used-to-be Ian Fried for ya. Once a CNET editor. Now is with All Things D. He changed back in ’03.

  • Alex Sal

    i m disguted

  • galaxymaniac

    Ina is more of a man than John

  • hanfeedback

    I have to say I enjoyed the interview but I was disgusted looking at Ian, pretending that someone doesn’t have serious mental issues when they dress act like that is like pretending a crackhead doesn’t have issues when they smoke crack, allowing people to pretend they’re normal when they are not is not something to encourage at all.

  • TmobileRep

    I have to say one thing……. When can we get those Hoodies on the sales floor! John rocking a sick t-mobile hoodie….I want one

  • Cam Sucks

    Look its Cam’s girlfriend.

  • Haznat

    is she a he or a she

    • Joe D.

      Neither its and IT.

      • 11

        an* grammer plz

        • FDB

          Please* spelling sir.

        • miniowner

          yo manye i know my spellinz