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T-Mobile CEO John Legere goes to AT&T's party, gets kicked out

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere goes to AT&T's party, gets kicked out
Yes, you got that right! One of the funniest and most down-to-earth executives in the mobile industry, T-Mobile CEO John Legere, showed up uninvited at AT&T's party at Palms Las Vegas last night. AT&T was obviously not delighted with the stunt, because Legere was kicked out by security guards 15 minutes after Roger Cheng of CNET tweeted a photo with him. Legere said that he wasn't trying to make a scene, as he just wanted to listen to Macklemore's gig, which was the party's main attraction.

According to the “there is no bad publicity” principle, it is highly probable that this skit was carried out to maximize attention around T-Mobile, which is about to announce its Un-carrier 4.0 strategy at CES today (January 7). Thanks to Un-carrier 4.0, users who want to switch their carrier and sign with T-Mo, would get up to $350 in credit.

Figuratively speaking, John Legere has been trying to ruin AT&T's “party” for several months, but the battle between T-Mobile and the bigger AT&T got more intense recently. Several days ago, AT&T announced a promotion for T-Mobile customers who are willing to switch – they would benefit from up to $450 in various benefits. According to John Legere, this was a “desperate move by AT&T on the heels of what must have been a terrible Q4 and holiday for them”.


How do you feel about John Legere's stunt and AT&T's reaction? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 08:46 3

1. papss (unregistered)


That's what he gets.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 08:47 31

2. hendog4385 (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


The world needs more CEO's like him

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 11:00 2

22. Bernoulli (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


imagine if Stephen Elop would have been like this

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 08:51 9

3. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


This guy alone makes me want to switch, but he should concentrate on improving their awful Network instead of seeing his face in the news.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:18 4

30. Deadeye37 (Posts: 81; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


Well, they just got ~$2 billion worth of spectrum from Verizon to help with that. They need a lot more, though.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 17:00

42. Bernoulli (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


that's not going to help them unless they refarm it to be used on a different frequency or if they get mobiles with the 700 MHz band

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 08:55 11

4. Miracles (Posts: 547; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Haha AT&T needs to stop their rip off schemes and start being a sincere carrier or they going down.

Go T-Mobile! Too bad I can't get the 350 credit cuz I'm already a customer...damn :(

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:21 9

5. papss (unregistered)


He should focus on their half baked coverage instead of partying

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:18 12

11. jarnts (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)


Because it is the CEO's job to engineer the network and build towers? He is doing what the CEO should do; I am sure he has engineers and senior managers take care of the rest. Yes, they need help with their network, but getting as many people to switch as possible will help that in the long run. He is making T-Mobile an option in customer minds; more people are looking at them as an option. Seriously, i wish more CEOs were like him.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:53 6

17. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


No it's his job to make sure that the engineers and senior managers improve the network, and so on and so forth. Hence my statement and papss'.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:35 1

31. ojdidit84 (Posts: 386; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


You people always act like CEO's and high ranking officials of companies are ALWAYS supposed to be in their offices 24/7 working on whatever issues they have. They are allowed to have some semblance of a personal life. CEO's delegate and set deadlines. They don't need to have their hand in every single company affair. Going to a tech event to see what's out their with the competition? Brilliant idea. He can check with his employees throughout the day.

And you can thank their parent company for their spotty network progress in the past. At least they are actually improving their network and offering the best plans on the US market unlike Sprint who's had more time and has already fallen behind TMo's progress.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:36 1

34. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


Sprint covers higher pop numbers with their LTE coverage. Try again...

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 14:33

43. ojdidit84 (Posts: 386; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Yeah... Let me know when you can get higher than 3mbps with Sprint's LTE in more places than TMo... I've seen it first hand in multiple locations and it's the same story everywhere. Hell, my friends with TMo get a more reliable LTE connection than I do with VZW in places where we both have coverage.

Sprint may theoretically cover more people but their network as a whole is still a hell of a lot worse than TMo's.

But all of that is beside the point. I'm sure that they've budgeted enough time for events like this and can still focus on deadlines regarding network upgrades & expansion. Companies CAN do more than one thing at a time. That's why a CEO can also delegate what needs to be done and when. It's not rocket science...

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 17:36

44. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


I live in Florida and South Florida is fully rolled out and amazing. I've been throughly impressed! Sprint's only weakness has been data speeds for me, so with that out the way I'm good.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 12:10 1

28. papss (unregistered)


The problem is hat they aren't a vaible option because of there service in the US. You can't travel and have their service period.. Their coverage looks like Swiss cheese

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 18:12

37. iParkos (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Worse than Swiss cheese.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:39 7

6. kanagadeepan (Posts: 690; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Any publicity is a good publicity, but bad publicity is the BEST publicity... Go man GOOOOO...

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:45 2

7. oister85 (Posts: 402; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


That's was funny. I like that C.E.O. I hope T-mobile and sprint have a good year in 2014.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:05 2

8. Killertech2099 (Posts: 143; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


He got some balls doing that i think Verizon is going to play it smart let them battle it out lol but honestly he just went to the party it's not like you need a invitation to those party's any way but i think he's really trying to make At&t crash and burn. But isn't that the point of being a CEO taking on challenges and competition. I don't think any other CEO would have done that, that what makes him different GoTmobile!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:09 6

9. mega20913 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I work at Verizon in South Carolina, and about 80% of people that are switching from another carrier are coming from T-Mobile. So maybe his time and energy would be better spent on building and upgrading their network

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:13 5

10. Miracles (Posts: 547; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Interesting, but Verizon is good nonetheless. I just don't like CDMA. Well that maybe, but the people switching out of AT&T are 99.9% going to T-Mobile. :D

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:57 6

20. Bernoulli (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


yup, and I work at T-Mobile in SE Texas and at least here 99.99% are coming from Verizon.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 11:52 4

24. gentleman559 (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)


I work for T-Mobile in Las Vegas. And 99% are coming from AT&T and Sprint. We get occasional Verizon customers but usually is due to the terrible customer service and way overpriced plans. Needless to say I love all the other carriers you guys put tons of money in my pocket every month. Thank you

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 16:55

40. Bernoulli (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


haha no kidding! here is mainly due to the overpriced plans Verizon has, we have customers that were paying 600$ a month for 4 lines because they went over their data, and when they see our plans they don't hesitate in signing up, unless they're credit class D,L and O and anything below D, since well you know, have to pay around 1/2 the phone, this has made a lot of people chose the Lumia 521 in my store, how about in your end?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:20 3

12. Gdrye (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Its the same thing here in Chicago. I actually work at AT&T and we get a lot of ports from T-Mobile mostly. Its been a few days with the new plan and I'm 70% to my new line goal cuz of this offer...which is why I don't get the point of all this. No matter the cost of service it doesn't matter if it doesn't work

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:28 3

14. Miracles (Posts: 547; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Hmm must be coverage in the area...I remember T-Mobile being super bad in my area..couple years back. But now its rock solid, so everyone here is switching to T-Mobile.

I guess they need to work on coverage over in your area. I suppose if it doesn't work then its useless. But I still think AT&T really overcharges people. I've had service with them for a while before switching out.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:27

13. mikelemon (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


What a loser

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:59 1

21. Bernoulli (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


imagine if Elop would have been like this hahaha!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:50

32. corporateJP (Posts: 1622; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Why must you continue to speak the devil's true name here?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 18:23 1

38. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


And after all that Oems still wants to employ him. What a looser he was. Taking Nokia down. Hope karma does the same to him. Bless

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 16:59

41. Bernoulli (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


because he was the complete opposite, not that I admire Elop or anything.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:44

15. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


I agree that we need more CEO's like this. Its nice to see that someone is down in the treches trying to get the inside scoop to futher his company. It is also quite funny.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:43

36. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


That's what he was doing? Getting down in the trenches? What inside scoop was he gonna get from the party?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:49 1

16. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Hmmm... My T-Mobile connect tells me that they get a large number of new customers coming from At&t and Verizon. Something like 60 or 70% in her area. Mainly because of the ridiculous prices on At&t and Verizon plans plus the fact that neither have unlimited data. Data is becoming more important than SMS and is already more important than voice calls IMO. And I don't know why people keep saying T-Mobile has terrible service. Their service is excellent. Never had a dropped call and their LTE and HSPA are ridiculously fast. I mean, if you live in the boondocks or up in the hills, you may have spotty service, but never in the city. I live in NYC and mg service is on point. Even when I go upstate to Rochester, T-Mobile service is still top notch. Some spots in between though, were spotty. But I've had Verizon and At&t in parts of New Jersey, Queens and the Bronx, and they either had spotty to absolutely no service. So no carrier is perfect.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:53 1

18. Mrmark (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


It Ain't a Party Without Me!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:53 3

19. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


I love this guy man :D I'm glad to have tmobile, here in Mesa AZ it's great speeds + coverage.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 11:51 2

23. MartyK (Posts: 717; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Yep, T-mobile is rock solid here in KC MO. also (for me)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 11:54 2

25. gentleman559 (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)


Rock solid in Vegas and LA as well. Although we all know coverage out of the city needs work but Im always in the city so it doesn't bother me.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 11:55 1

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 12051; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


U live n Vegas?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 11:54 3

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 12051; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Funny, but he's going to far with the silly stunts. Focus on tmobile, not party crashing.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 13:55 2

33. corporateJP (Posts: 1622; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


As funny as it is (and him), I tend to agree. Where I'm at, they are still 2G and have horrible penetration. I tried to port in, but they wouldn't take my numbers due to "lack of service in your area".

John...I love you, man. You're just another one of the guys. It's awesome. But, please...please...fill in these gaps you have, there are a ton of them! Thanks!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 12:36 2

29. Knicknevin (Posts: 137; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


He is working on upgrading their network, just paid $2.4B to do it... CES is about publicity. I applaud the guy for having some good fun.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:41 1

35. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


Not cool, not funny, not professional. This isn't the WWE. What's next he gonna challange Dan Hesse to a ladder match for control of the two companies? The un-carrier gimmick is cool, but after a while it wears thin and the question becomes do you have reliable service where i need it, and is it reasonably priced.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 06:53

39. samuraisoul (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


More people going to tmobile for uncarrier and pay 0 Down for phone and pay that extra every month for the phone and end up not paying it off and get their phone blacklisted or trade in their phone for a new phone and losses a lot of money. In the end company win and customer looses so doesn't matter what carrier you use.

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