T-Mobile CEO John Legere was truly a force to be reckoned with at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. After getting caught crashing AT&T’s event Monday night, Legere followed up with a excited, expletive-laden presentation on Wednesday.
Announcing that T-Mobile would pay up to $650 per line toward early termination fees (ETFs) for customers switching from a rival network, Legere spoke at length about family plans. However, his presentation was anything other than family-friendly.
In addition to announcing that T-Mobile had added 4.4 million customers in 2013 and now had the fastest 4G LTE network in the U.S., Legere had some choice quotes for customers and for his rival CEOs.
Here are the top 11 best T-Mobile quotes from John Legere:
Keep on whining, we’ll keep enhancing our network.
This was Legere’s response to the advertising arm of the Better Business Bureau, which requested that T-Mobile stop claiming its network was 50 percent faster than AT&T’s -- which was only true of its HSPA+ network.
The family plan is one of the biggest evils in this industry…. Lower prices. That is total horses#!t.
Legere said that what was once a bulk discount for several members of a family has become a way for providers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T to charge outrageous prices to customers who are locked into complex two-year agreements.
What a stupid, broken, arrogant industry.
In his criticisms of the wireless industry, Legere seems to hit the nail on the head. This vital, emerging technology is shackled to greedy telecoms, and we are hoping that someone, be it Legere or anyone else, is capable of lowering prices and making it easier for consumers to move to another network if they are not happy.
We are either going to take over this whole industry, or these bastards are going to change, and the whole industry is going to shift. I don’t give a g--damn which. I can’t wait to watch the peckers scream and cry.
Under its Uncarrier program, T-Mobile has shifted away from traditional two-year contracts and allowed customers to switch smartphones every six months under Jump. With Phase 4, T-Mobile says it is bringing an end to mobile contracts. A bold claim, but it will take time to see whether the magenta-loving carrier’s claims will hold up.
All the disruption in the world doesn’t mean s#!t without a network to back it up.
This shows that, while he seems to be handling all the attention quite well, Legere understands that its going to take more than a publicity stunt to make T-Mobile a success. The bottom line is, no matter how many times Legere curses out his rivals or gets himself into the New York Post’s Page Six, the best way for T-Mobile to keep its customers happy is to maintain a speedy network.
Right now, I am going to send a cease and desist letter to AT&T to stop their advertising that says ‘they’re the fastest… Do you know how many billboards they’re going to have to take down? …I might take a film crew and do it in person.
With T-Mobile’s competitors following its lead and offering non-contract plans to customers, it appears as though the Federal Trade Commission was wise to halt the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. Surely, the FTC could not have imagined how much fun Legere would have at AT&T’s expense in the years to follow, but it sure is fun to watch.
When somebody sings and they suck, go next.
Legere’s excellent advice on Karaoke is to make sure you follow someone bad. He was able to pronounce the term in its native Japanese quite well.
This is the part where you s#!t your pants, Roger.
In noting that T-Mobile had its “best quarter in eight years,” Legere made sure he took digs at his rivals along with the media, including CNET’s Roger Cheng -- his tweeted photo with John Legere at AT&T’s CES event may have been what got the T-Mobile CEO kicked out in the first place.
It’s not Joe Schmoe pulling down porn that’s the problem…. It’s the data cap.
So Legere hates data caps, but has no problem with porn. Check. That alone will probably get him his fair share of followers.
I just wanted to see Macklemore.
And by trying to do so, Legere made AT&T look like a bunch of classless bullies. Mission: accomplished?
â€” John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 7, 2014
Thomas Halleck is a tech reporter for the International Business Times, covering Google, wearables, product reviews and mobile news....