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T-Mobile’s John Legere wastes no time railing on Sprint’s new plans

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T-Mobile’s John Legere wastes no time railing on Sprint’s new plans
When Sprint’s new CEO Marcelo Claure made the announcement of changes he planned on implementing with the carrier, new, lower cost rate plans were at the top of the list.

The first of those plans, the new Sprint Family Share Pack plans, feature some pretty aggressive price points along a shared data plan. The hook of the plan, 20GB for $100 is promotional, and will only be available for about a month.

The plans themselves are said to be good through 2015, but beyond that, it is anyone’s guess. The promotional features of the plans, like contract buy-outs, and extra data, are for new customers. Plus, Sprint’s throttling policy is alive and well, so throughput may be restricted if you desire to bust through all of your data no matter what.

Sprint is determined to compete with AT&T and Verizon.  However, the fine print of the new plans, along with Sprint’s own acknowledgement that it has to be use price to make up for its network, has T-Mobile’s outspoken John Legere smelling blood in the water, and took to his famous Twitter feed to let the world know.

What do you think of the new plans?

source: John Legere (Twitter)

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posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:13 11

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13103; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

#3 had me rolling.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 08:36

34. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1949; Member since: 29 May 2014)

I normally don't agree with you, except on this point. #3 was hilarious. #4 had me in stitches too.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:16

2. Edward_bly (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

Question, doesn't Sprint have better coverage than T-mobile?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:17 1

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13103; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

T-Mobile is increasing their coverage.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:46 2

8. tedkord (Posts: 11733; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

That wasn't the question.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:26 1

36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13103; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

It's my answer anyways.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:30 3

6. Magenta (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

I was with Sprint Jan 2012 - Nov 2013 when the Nexus 5 was announced by Google and jumped ship to T-Mobile. Sprint was mostly throttled 3G speeds in my area with their WiMax hopping off and on occasionally. With T-Mobile's LTE I get 64Mbps+ max and 47-48Mbps avg. As for coverage, I believe Sprint covers more than T-Mobile but T-Mobile is improving. I'm a happy camper with no complaints.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 02:23 1

21. HakimL (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)

Your story sounds like mine except you were smart and bailed the sinking ship earlier, and it was the allure of the note II which pulled me over tmo

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:48 1

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Voice - yes.
Data - yes.
Reliability - hell no.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 08:34

33. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1949; Member since: 29 May 2014)

T-Mobile is sure reliable where I'm at. And I live not too far away from Canada. You must live in rural nowheresville because T-Mobile is far more reliable than Sprint in my experience. Sprint doesn't even get service in parts of NYC(The Bronx & Queens) and parts of New Jersey(Jersey City).

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:50

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Not for high speed broadband. Sprint's Spark (or whatever they call it) has a limited footprint. 2G, Sprint may have a larger footprint than T-Mo, but personally, I would rather not have service if my only option was 2G - speaking as a former Sprint customer.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 02:19 2

20. HakimL (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)

Answer, hecks no
I had sprint for almost 10 yrs and tmo only 2. Tmo had waaaaaaaaaaay better coverage and actually 4G lte

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 02:23

22. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

Well, actually...NO.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 03:25

24. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Coverage is about the same but tmobile has been slowly getting more coverage and their network is much faster.

Tmobiles 2G performs like sprints 3g.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 06:01 1

25. max9777 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)

Yes, Sprint does have a better network atleast in NY. I have co workers who left sprint for the tmobile when they pid termination fees and new plans. All my co workers regret it now. They said they get drop calls left too right. If you travel outside nyc service pretty much is non existent past white plains NY

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 08:25

29. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Sprints native coverage area is much larger than TMO, not to mention, roaming on Verizon.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 08:32

31. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Depends on the area, but for the most part no. It could be argued that they have more overall coverage, but T-Mobile's got more high speed coverage (HSPA or better) while a lot of Sprint's network is stuck at 1xRTT or EVDO.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 09:50

35. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

In terms of LTE POPS, no. T-Mobile recently passed Sprint with a network that now covers 230 million POPS vs, Sprints 225 million. I imagine they switch places quite frequently though.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:50

37. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)

No, they don't...coverage wise they are pretty similar. TMO has surpassed Sprint in quality of coverage though.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:18 6

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13103; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Dial-up is faster than Sprint.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:48 4

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Those days where AOL was considered fast and had the little yellow guy in flames haha.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:20

5. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:33 1

7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Of course, Legere wastes no time in kicking Sprint in the balls.

He knows Sprint will never be a threat until there is a change in leadership. There needs to be someone in charge who knows how to grow the company and profit via this growth, not by screwing the company and just lining is own pockets and parachute, like Hesse did for so many years.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:50 2

12. Planterz (Posts: 2086; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Got that right. Just yesterday i was thinking to myself that I should have studied to be a weatherman in southern Arizona. That way I could be completely wrong every day, yet still inexplicably retain my job.

But now I'm thinking the ideal job would be a CEO of a failing company like Sprint. Sure, I might get fired, but I'd collect tens of millions of dollars in bonuses before that happened.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 23:57 2

13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Hard to get many CEO jobs. You need to have family connections, i.e. be from an old money family. As these families are exceedingly rich anyway, it doesn't matter if the company crashes and burns. They will get their money out because one of their own controls the company. The rest of the investors -- mostly pension funds and main street Americans -- can eat shït and die.

It takes an exception to the rule, i.e. a Legere, who knows how to grow a company and does it because it is something he has fun doing, to successfully lead a company forward onto a better, successful, path.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 00:07 2

14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2062; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

tweet #4 is awesome.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 00:27

16. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I just hope Gordon is dead.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 00:42

17. parthoman (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)

now only if t-mobile supported wifi calling on new blackberry devices, that would be awesome.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 01:22 1

18. Technobri (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

I honestly never had A problem with sprint.. I live in nyc and it does kind of suck to see the hate people have. Almost like they've had it in for Sprint since the beggining.. I guess I'm the only person that doesn't want to see sprint crumble..

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 01:43 1

19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

The people who have been betrayed by Sprint should rightfully carry some anger. Sprint has been promising a lot for a long time and delivering nada.

Having not been a Sprint customer for a long time, I hope they figure things out and get back to being a great company. Hesse and others led Sprint into making some very bad decisions and crippled the company. If these bad decisions can be undone and Sprint gets a good leader, there is some hope for recovery. Perhaps over time, even a return to their former greatness.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 06:20 1

26. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1131; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Hesse had only one real big mistake and that is over paying for a slowing trending phone. Had he beefed up the network in lieu of over paying for the iPhone Sprint would have been better off.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 20:30

42. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Not to mention they would have still gotten the iphone, except a little later on, they would have had Apple begging at their door instead of the other way around.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 19:49 1

40. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

I'm rather disappointed in you. Your first few days as a new PA member showed some promising attributes that could be used to offset most of the adolescent posters that frequent here.

However, as of lately, you have gone above and beyond to make every effort to denounce Sprint. Yet, you admit to not being a customer of it for a long time?

This is the very exact thing that makes me shake my head. People come into these sites and make conjectured statements that in most cases are not warranted to the extreme. Over 50 Million people are customers of Sprint including myself that have found Sprint to be the Goldilocks and the three bears of wireless. Not needing huge, but needing more than small. Individuals spouting off at how great T-Mobile reaches a dead end when you consider its very limited native coverage as opposed to Sprint's.

Test driving T-Mobile two months ago, proved to be an oxymoron of perception. I really enjoyed the experience within certain parts of the city. But, 13 miles out, I completely lost everything. My Sprint phone kept me connected all through my 350 mile round trip. Only twice did I roam on VZW. And even then, data is accessible through roaming in spite of what people think. This equates to having service almost anywhere. T-Mobile cannot make this claim.

It is this point that people really need to show more respect on what Sprint is trying to accomplish and what it can do. I have been averaging roughly 14Mbs download and 8 up. I find this quite usable regardless if people don't find the speeds to their liking.

The media is a master at sensationalism. Sprint seems to be the battered child because the media wants to focus on a CEO filled with childish sound bites(John Legere). However, if Sprint is behind in reviews, it isn't by a large margin. And it is starting to make a profit which is essential for growth. With a new owner, new CEO and a new network still under construction, Sprint and its huge holdings of spectrum, has the means to deliver the most comprehensive network in the country. But....It takes time and it takes patience.

But, really here. The whole bone of contention is you feeling obligated to dismiss a carrier you admittedly haven't been with for a long time.

I respect that you like and use AT&T. But frankly, when I suffered a dibilitating injury, AT&T refused to work with me and dropped me and my family like I meant nothing to them. When my wife was in a coma and recovering, Sprint worked with me every step of the way. Creating payment arrangements that were affordable until we were financial capable again.

I believe this speaks loud and clear that Sprint isn't all bad.

John B.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 07:42

28. Guti986 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)

I feel the same way, believe me. When i was in NYC i had no problems. and down here in miami had minor problems while they built everything out but since the end of last year have only been glad i stuck around. hopefully the changes being put foward will have a much greater positive effect than some zombie troll's negative tweets

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 02:25

23. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

Ouch! Ha, ha...pretty funny stuff from John!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 07:20

27. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

this dude is hilarious

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 08:33

32. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Sprint needs to finish their BRS deployment. Which, unfortunately for them, is a horribly expensive proposition.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:55

38. lilg29 (Posts: 89; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

John is so funny, If I could I'd convince the family to switch over to t mobile.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 20:13 1

41. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Switching to a carrier just because the CEO is "Funny."

Even MasterCard wouldn't be accepted for this statement.

John B.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 17:26 1

39. mike2959 (Posts: 538; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

TMO is bad as Sprint. I went and tried them for 30 days. Northeast Ohio, Cleveland....unless I'm in the downtown area it's border line unusable. I don't understand the koolaid everyone is drinking because even their own coverage maps show the terrible coverage.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:18

43. phillyundead (Posts: 12; Member since: 09 Dec 2013)

I get fantastic coverage all over southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. T-Mobile also did mention not too long ago something about making all of their coverage at least 4g. T-Mobile is gonna be a giant in a year or two along side of att and Verizon if they stay on the path they're on.

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