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T-Mobile's Legere "hopes" that Amazon's smartphone won't have the same fate as AT&T's exclusive Facebook phone

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Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon's first smartphone would be exclusively sold by AT&T - so customers using the services of other carriers won’t be able to buy it, unless they’re willing to switch. T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter to express his opinion about this, saying that “exclusivity sucks for customers,” and, even more, “exclusivity on AT&T sucks for the industry.” Of course, T-Mobile launched exclusive handsets over the years, too, the latest being the Sony Xperia Z1S.

Legere also tweeted this: “Let's hope Amazon doesn't fall victim to the AT&T curse that is the Facebook phone.” As you may remember, last year AT&T and Facebook teamed up to release the HTC First, which came pre-installed with Facebook Home. The phone was a flop, and it’s still available at AT&T’s website (for free on contract). We’re pretty sure that Amazon’s handset will have more to offer than the ill-fated Facebook phone - though, of course, that remains to be seen.

Amazon is hosting a press event tomorrow, on June 18, and it will most likely reveal its smartphone then. The device reportedly has an innovative 3D UI that's “unlike anything else.” We’ll be here to let you know all about it handset as soon as official details are available.

T-Mobile's Legere "hopes" that Amazon's smartphone won't have the same fate as AT&T's exclusive Facebook phone

source: @JohnLegere (1), (2)

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posted on 17 Jun 2014, 16:56 9

1. baldilocks (Posts: 502; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I guess he forgot about the Cingular exclusive iPhone. Yeah, that failed too.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:35 4

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7714; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Kind of did. Look at the success that was brought when it opened to Verizon in 2011, Sprint and T-Mobile right after.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:53 4

5. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


No it kind of didnt, it sold incredibly well tbh. Of course it sold better on all but to say it didn't sell well on AT&T is silly talk.
Also if this guy talked less about what he is going to do and actually did the one thing that would help them they would be alright. I suppose if you are a urbanite their sir vice might be "okay"

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:59 2

6. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I would like to add that this idiot is talking out both sides of his mouth because in the US they did get sony z1 exclusive but since this one he didn't get its "bad" for the industry. Talk about bringing sony down in the US with that small user base

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 21:08

22. sprockkets (Posts: 1154; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Uh, no it didn't. It barely sold seeing how the stupid phone was $600, on contract, and required a newer, more expensive data plan, the first of its kind.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:09 2

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7714; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Compared to what Samsung did with the first Galaxy S model compared Apple's 3GS and 4, I would say carrier exclusive kind of failed and stopped Apple the success it could of have.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 20:33

18. Dr.Phil (Posts: 897; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It depends if Amazon's smartphone can deliver an experience that is different and better than other phones on the market. If we look back at the iPhone, we have to remember that it brought to the market something that was incomparable to the other smartphones at the time of it's introduction. Amazon has to do that if it wants the phone to be a success on a single carrier.

I would also reason to guess that Amazon may end up offering the device unlocked for a certain low price. The rumored specs of the device are not on the high end (which that could be wrong), so it could be offered for free on AT&T (to get people to adopt it quicker) while offering it for $200 unlocked. We'll know soon enough...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:26 5

9. baldilocks (Posts: 502; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


It sold millions upon millions, JUST on AT&T. Can't even be mentioned in the same sentence as failure.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:11 2

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7714; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What I was going for was it could have sold a he'll lot more if it were on all carriers. The iPhone had a slow start due to the carrier exclusivity and high price, but picked up. See where I'm going with this?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 00:37

29. Blazers (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Apple had very little competition back then, so an exclusive didn't hurt them as much as it would now. There's no way they could survive in this competitive market exclusive to one carrier in this day and age.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:30

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7714; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comment #16.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:12 3

14. bigdawg23 (Posts: 353; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Seriously?? IPhone wasn't successful until it when to Verizon and others?? That's a good one, Rather people like or not iPhone on ATT was very successful and lead Verizon to go with the Droid line up exclusive to compete with an iPhone,

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 20:01 3

16. Awalker (Posts: 226; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It was successful but it could have been bigger. Because the iPhone wasn't on Verizon I went looking elsewhere and found Android and the Motorola Droid. Now I only buy Android phones. Had it been on Verizon from the get go I would probably be an Apple fanboy right now.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 21:04

20. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I doubt it... Once you would've seen Andriod it would've changed your mind... Lol

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:39

27. Awalker (Posts: 226; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Tell that to my OG Droid, HTC Rezound, S3, S4, Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Moto X. Not to mention my Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013, LG G pad and most likely the Nexus 8 and Moto X +1.

All that money could have went to Apple.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:30

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7714; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Thank you for understanding exactly what I was going for.

+1

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 21:05 1

21. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I hate this guy with passion as business man nothing personal

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:04 6

2. joseg81 (Posts: 164; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i had almost forgotten about that facebook phone lmfao

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:29 4

3. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


It's not the phone or the exclusivity that failed... it's the facebook home project... eh!

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:21 1

8. promise7 (Posts: 348; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I wonder if the Amazon phone will have a Mayday button like the Kindle Fire.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:35

10. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


This phone is not APPLE so yes it's going to be a hard sell and as far as another OS jumping I just can't see it being huge but who knows? The Kindle is doing very well and amazon has the money to back it

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:50 2

11. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


We'll have to wait and see. You'd think that manufacturers wouldn't have carrier-exclusive phones anymore. smh

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:01

12. kyan- (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


hey even i said that before he did :(

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:49 1

15. shamatuu (Posts: 118; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Anyone is using the tablet versions will buy this. I just don;t think it will sell many and very limited array of people.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 20:29

17. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Doomed from the start...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 20:38

19. Heatfan316 (Posts: 362; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


This is just so stupid! It should be sold unlocked on Amazon and used on a carrier of your preference, they would sell millions if the phone its self is half way decent and at the right price.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 21:12

23. sun0066 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


nexus is unlocked and it is not super hit, I beleive it depends more on specs that drive people to buy a phone , of couse ,carrier exclusivity is not a good thing at leas for custumers, but now a days it seems T Mobile is the only company that care about us. LOVE T MOBILE

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:44

28. o0Exia0o (Posts: 343; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


I would have to disagree. The Nexus line has been a pretty good seller. The problem with the Nexus is that Google depends on OEM's to produce the phone and make little to no profit off of it. If the Google could get OEM's full in on producing the Nexus, keep the supply up and convince cellular providers to allow it on thier network/ work the way it was intinded (YES I AM LOOKING AT YOU VERIZON!!!) you would see many more Nexus devices on the streets. Hell even right now a Nexus 4 in good condition is still selling on eBay for what it was sold for when it was new.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 22:25 1

24. pocketbook (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


John Legere is a genius, I wish we could clone him to run each of the other carriers to make a host of super-competitive companies willing to give the customers what they want.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:04

30. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 152; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Ha, ha! The goddamn FAILBook phone...Thanks for the reminder/JOKE of today, John!

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 14:04

31. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I wonder what amazon would say when the fire didn't say well. Will Jeff bezos think Legere jinx it?

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