'Stop the bullshit': T-Mobile CEO calls out two year contracts and the carriers that support them

'Stop the bullshit': T-Mobile CEO calls out two year contracts and the carriers that support them
“Stop the bullshit.” It’s a rare thing to hear from a chief executive of a big company, a protest against ridiculously high smartphone bills, T-Mobile’s maverick CEO John Legere definitely has a few ideas to share.

Today, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier is officially putting an end to its own two-year contract model and calls out Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint for continuing with it.

"This is the biggest crock of shit in my life. Do you have any idea how much you're paying?" Legere bursted in rage against T-Mobile's competitor carriers that lock customers into two-year contracts.

"Carriers are really nice to you... once every 23 months," Legere continued blasting contracts in a speech that was even more aggressive than what we heard from him at CES.

Speaking about how customers love smartphones, but hate the contracts that come with them he promised that "if you come to T-Mobile, you've signed your last contract."

Finally, as a true maverick, he threw the gauntlet: "If we suck this month, drop us. Go somewhere else." He’s got a lot to back this up with - T-Mobile just announced it will begin carrying the iPhone from April 12th and that it will have a nation-wide 4G LTE network before the end of the year. Given that unlimited plans on the carrier will start from $50 (no contract, of course), he might have a solid argument. And it definitely seems like the user won a lot with the AT&T acquisition failing.

source: T-Mobile



1. siluro

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah. Have to mostly agree with it, I've been on T-mobile's $30/month prepaid plan and haven't looked back.

45. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

AT&T will be pissed off with this statement !!

70. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

so the phone would be free if you pay 50 a month for the service and 20 for the phone but don;t forget that you were paying 70 to 100 a month anyaway and you had to buy the phone before. good job t=mobile at&t and Verizon will go out of bossiness soon if you think about it the phones are free on tmobile you save $600 every two years on a phone.

2. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011


3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nothing is better than T-Mobile. Amazing speeds/voice quality at a low price = one satisfied customer.

4. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

If no contract method.... then what??.....anybody care to explain....

17. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

If you cancel service prior to completing the 20 months of $20 for the phone then you owe the difference and the phone is yours but will still be locked. Apparently they will still allow you to pay monthly for the phone or even trade it in for "fair market value". It sounds like a good idea for anyone that always wants the latest and greatest but still have trouble finding the advantage over staying with a contract method.

24. tizz06

Posts: 15; Member since: May 17, 2012

the advantage to there set up is 2 different things... one if u have the $50 plan and play $20 a month for the phone u r payin $70 but once the phone is paid off u only have to pay $50 now... this would also b the case if you bring ur own phone u just have to pay the $50. the other advantage is if u are not locked in to a contract so if u wanna leave u can no questions asked as long as u pay off the phone

34. bdavis022

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Its 24 months to pay off the phones on the new no contract plans

53. tizz06

Posts: 15; Member since: May 17, 2012

no u can pay the phone off as fast as u want so if u wanna pay 100 a month u can and pay it off in 4 months or so and its for 20 months if u do the minimal payment every month... or u can buy the phone out right and pay just the plan price like if it was a pre paid phone... thats a good way to look at it u get a new high end phone on a prepaid plan if u buy it out right

18. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

you get to go to a different carrier if you so choose. 2 year contracts are like a prison. You'll understand when the going gets tough lol.

60. jcarrigan unregistered

The will have you pay $99 up front for a high end smartphone and then you pay your monthly bill as well as a $20 charge for 20 months and then t-mobile will unlock you cell phone and then you can switch to another phone. if you pay full retial for a phone with t-mobile then you simply pay $50/month. if only t-mobile service worked here i would save $70 a month lol Besides i dont need a new phone every 6 months, im happy going 20 month without another cellphone. I do love what their doing.

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

My problem with T-Mobile is the throttling, if they can come up with a true unlimited data with no throttling, I will leave Sprint and their contract!

15. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

i left sprint 2 months ago and Tmobile is the best

27. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

T-Mobile doesn't throttle you at all, my girlfriend has a GS3 on T-Mo and she never gets throttled. You must not be on T-Mo to say something like that. The way I see it is with T-Mobile you buy the phone and pay the bill for usage...sounds great to me. I think they also have a pay per month option on phones so you can have the latest phone and can pay installments for it over time. Options like this is what all carriers should have instead of just contracts which do nothing but lock you into a bind. If your network is so great then you wouldn't need to lock customers into a contract, they would willfully join your network. Now lets see who will take up that challenge, probably Sprint but I doubt that AT&T or Verizon would chomp at that bit.

72. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Have you been living under a rock?!!! Come on dude, read some tech news once in awhile! lmao

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Wow! The true. Isn't it refreshing? Can't say I agree with everything they're doing at T-Mobile, but like a lot of what I'm hearing from them.

51. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Aren't you the same person that was just blasting T-Mobile?

63. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

lol, yes. Blasting their new plans to be more precise. Hence the part where I said I don't agree with everything. I still the iphone has been the kiss of death to every carrier it available on, but I'm hoping that will not be the case for T-Mobile. And their new rate plans are one size fits all. Why offer me unlimited text and minutes when I don't use them? That's what Google Voice, Kik, and Whatsapp are for. Just give me the unlimited data and more minute options and I'm good. That said, the “Stop the bulls**t.” call out to all the carriers is very refreshing, don't you think?

64. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Yeah that was epic.

8. asteala8

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

The true bull is them saying they have 4g. I'm sitting next to my girl friend right now, me a t-mobile customer, her a big red customer. We just ran a data speed test in the middle of downtown Denver. Both of us have the SGS3. I hit 8.6 mbps downloads. She hit 47.3 mbps. If I wasn't a broke intern I'd be switching.

14. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

5mbps is more than enough to watch Youtube HD. Seriously, anymore than 15mbps and you're just doing it for bragging rights. WiMax was more than capable of supporting 2 laptops streaming, 1 iPad playing online games and an iPhone.

16. asteala8

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

If 5mbps was enough the world would still be using DSL. I like to not have lag. You may be okay with waiting for things to load, but I'd like to actually be able to stream movies like my friends do.

52. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I don't wait for things to load. Majority of people are still getting DSL speeds so theoretically the world is still using DSL. Your phone will use roughly 1/4 of the speed you would use on desktop.

19. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

There's a difference between 4G and 4G LTE...

21. asteala8

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Obviously....sad part is my girl gets lte in her home town in wyoming. I don't get it in Denver. It really shows me how much my carrier cares about their product.

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You do know Verizon has a ton of money for their deployment right?

20. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I don't think LTE is available in Denver... You're comparing her LTE to your HSPA+ right?

23. asteala8

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Obviously. And she gets LTE is casper wyoming....yet I can even get it in one of our nations biggest tech hubs...

30. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Just wait a bit, LTE is just rolling out. Who knows, Denver will probably get it soon.

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