T-Mobile CEO Legere makes his annual predictions for the upcoming year

T-Mobile CEO Legere makes his annual predictions for the upcoming year
T-Mobile CEO John Legere traditionally makes a forecast for the upcoming year. While some of the predictions are real, they are mixed in with tongue-in-cheek insults hurled at T-Mobile's rivals. So what does the outspoken executive see happening in 2019? As you might expect, Legere expects 5G to be the big story next year. He says T-Mobile will be the only company with a real plan for nationwide mobile 5G. He adds that if the Sprint deal is approved "buckle up." The firm created by the proposed merger, the New T-Mobile, "will bring 5G to everyone, everywhere!"

The executive who turned around T-Mobile and gave the U.S. wireless industry a kick in the butt also predicts that by the end of 2019, Verizon will have not released a 5G coverage map to hide how limited its coverage is. According to Legere, Verizon's 5G signal will cover "blocks and blocks." And he predicts that since the carrier is using millimeter wave spectrum only, Verizon's 5G coverage won't get much better.

He also expects Verizon to sell Oath, the company it created to house the AOL and Yahoo businesses it purchased for billions of dollars. Legere says, "...Verizon is a HUGE company so I’m confident they’re already well on their way to screwing something else up. So, the Oath fire sale is right around the corner. Who wants Tumblr?" He also expects the nation's largest carrier to have the most ironic Super Bowl ad for the second straight year. During the last Super Bowl, the wireless provider ran an ad touting first responders; six months later, the carrier throttled California firefighters' wireless service.

Legere also is calling out AT&T for putting a 5G E logo on phone that run on its 5G Evolution network. The latter is not really 5G, and is really enhanced 4G coverage with 4X4 MIMO and 256QAM to increase signal speed. It does come close to the speeds that 5G promises. The executive says that for 2019, "media will use the words 'AT&T' and '5G' and 'BS' at least a dozen times in the same sentence in 2019 – maybe more."


There are other predictions including one predicting that John Legere's own firm, T-Mobile, will take on the "Cableopoly" in both television and broadband. In a related forecast, Legere says that Comcast and Charter will be even worse to their customers in 2019 "with hidden fees and deceptive billing." As a result of T-Mobile's entry into the business, the CEO predicts that the current cable giants will see their subscriber count decline.

How many of these forecasts will prove true in 2019? Next year around this time, we'll see how well the executive's crystal ball was working when he came up with this list, and take a look at what he sees in store for 2020.

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5 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

How about they concentrate on expanding outside of towns and interstate highways?

3. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Exactly. Typical bs talks from Legere with nothing to back it up. T-mobile claims to have amazing coverage (so does Sprint), and neither of those COMBINED can get service in rural areas, which is a huge market to ignore. Seems like it's only Verizon and AT&T that have any rural coverage.

2. all4dom

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

I love how he talks about both at&t & verizon when tmobile was advertising they were 4g.....& they were not & let's not forget how tmobile said they were offering unlimited data but they were not. I guess this clown found God all of the sudden. I hate phony people.

4. LAgurl

Posts: 95; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

he might talk lots of things and i agree with him on some things especially the At&t putting a 5G logo! how pathetic can they be , like he said thats still a 4G technology that might offer speeds close to real 5G but still 4G so theres no point in putting a 5G logo and also which they had first for a long time , At&t is berly catching up took them a long time. I know people on tmobile and At&t . And att is slow compared to tmobile. I seen tmobile get 200+ while Att be getting 25 mbps in the same areas here in los angeles , heck tmobile is sometimes faster than what i get on verizon !

5. all4dom

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

And why is t mobile slow ro.gwtting upgraded to 5g. Why all of the sudden they need the sprint purchase to be approved to allow them to upgrade......you know why??? They were able to upgrade their 4g network because of the $$$$ from the failed at&t purchase......they need yje same thing to happen again to make it to 5g. I will say that dude is a good salesman & knows how to use social media ro.his advantage.

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