T-Mobile CEO Legere warns consumers not to get "Verizoned"



T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out Verizon today for a series of comments, ads and other "half-truths" that he says is born of desperation on Big Red's part. Pointing out that in its last quarter the nation's largest carrier lost 36,000 postpaid phone subscribers, Legere says that "things at Verizon seem to have gotten pretty damn desperate." T-Mobile's last report showed a gain of 851,000 postpaid phone subscribers during the same period. The executive notes that T-Mobile has doubled its LTE coverage in the last two years and it now reaches 99.7% of the number Verizon covers.

Legere then tears down some comments from Verizon. For example, in the television ads with Jamie Foxx, it is said that T-Mobile hasn't won any awards. Legere says that is true...if you don't count the five or six awards they have won for having the fastest LTE network, best customer service, and more. T-Mobile's CEO also points out that while Verizon calls the Google Pixel a Verizon exclusive, the phone will work on T-Mobile. Pixel users can switch to T-Mobile and get back half of the cost of the phone ($325).

There are quite a few more of these comments from Verizon that Legere responds to, which you will hear about by clicking on the video at the top of this story. In a week from now, we could be done with all of the bickering between political parties in the states. But one thing that never ends is the sniping that goes on between the four major U.S. carriers. Hmm. We wonder how John Legere would fare in the White House.

source: T-Mobile

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22 Comments

1. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Even as a current Verizon subscriber and planned Pixel owner, I don't like that the Pixel is being called a Verizon exclusive. That is extremely misleading and blatant false advertising. Why?!?!?!?

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Currently, a vzw subscriber, and Pixel XL owner, the add refers to Verizon exclusive for now through a carrier. The manufacturer sells the device as well, but currently exclusive from one carrier.

6. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

I get that, but the TV ads clearly suggest that the Pixel is only on Verizon. Maybe good for Verizon I guess.

3. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Even when I don't have t mobile, I love this guy. I may reconsider t mobile next year. This guy deserves my money.

21. logicsdude

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I just wish they still had multiple options. T-mobile One looks great, but I don't need unlimited and it's more expensive than what I have right now

22. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

they have basic plans for 30$ where you only get 1 gig.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

People call AT&T evil, but Verizon is the true evil.

17. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Nonsense

5. nivek4011

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

I have used both carriers and Verizon is far better with coverage, customer service and speed. T-Mobile promises a lot but delivers less, IMO.

7. dmh0284

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I wonder how much T-Mobile is paying phonearena to publish these articles. Seems like I see a new one every week.

19. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

tmobile does not have btr coverage, just btr prices. i would know cuz i have tmobile

8. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Verizon will continue to have far better coverage. I'm not buying that crap about them having nearly the same coverage, when they clearly don't. Definitely not in my area. T-Mobile gained all those subscribers and VZW only lost 36k? That's nothing. You don't see VZW worried, because they have no reason to be.

9. Derekjeter

Posts: 1457; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I have to get in this. This f**king looser is just talking out of he's ass. They don't have great coverage they still suck. Verizon doesn't nickel and dime you for HD video like the T-Mobile does, I mean who does that. What a bull s**t idea. T-Mobile is the worst carrier right now. I don't see how people cant see that. Once they started getting people in the net work they started to charge for every single thing. At least Verizon offers great coverage great speeds for the money. This looser doesn't even have service on the way to Vegas from California. Even AT&T has that. Those 800k subscribers you gained are 18 year old kids who can't afford Verizon yet but they will when they get a real job. No one wants to drop calls every single day.

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1525; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I've got Verizon and Tmobile, Tmobile may be cheaper and offer unlimited streaming, but I need Verizon for the areas Tmobile still doesn't have coverage.

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1525; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Let's not forget the complete network outages reported on Tmobile a month ago either, Verizon is more reliable.

12. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I have plenty of friends that just love T-Mobile. That said I have Verizon and have considered switching. I get a lot of dropped calls with Verizon and I am in an area that is suppose to have great coverage and most of the time I am in 3G or 1X....I honestly don't think Verizon's network is as good as it used to be so I am still considering a switch.

20. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

After three months with Verizon, i just switched back to AT&T and i am so glad i did. I completely agree with you. Verizon claims to be the best network (Rootmetrics, etc.) and yet i was on 1X and 3G lots of times. Verizon's 3G is useless nowadays, web pages will not load. Nevermind any GPS/mapping app; and i live in NYC, one of their top markets. What really prompted my to switch was how it takes about 5 mintues for phones on the network to switch from 3G to LTE (as i stated, VZ's 3G is pointless). The short end solution is to put your phone on airplane mode and cycle it that way so you can connect to LTE. I had to do this alot! I don't have that issue with AT&T and never did. T-Mobile is good at this too but not as fast as AT&T from my experience. On T-Mobile... I tried T-Mobile and their coverage is definitely not what they claim it to be. Their indoor penetration is still poor. But if folks look at it as them being a discount carrier, then i have no issues. I believe you get what you pay for.

13. sun0066

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

T mobile is not perfect but what is it , but at least t mobile don't over charge you for everything ; it is incredible in my vacations overseas I use data text and every thing in the phone and I don't pay a penny for it , in my area the signal is pretty good and stable Do long live to t mobile !

14. droiduh

Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

"The executive notes that T-Mobile has doubled its LTE coverage in the last two years and it now reaches 99.7% of the number Verizon covers." ...........

15. droiduh

Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

People praising T-Mobile are just mad they can't afford being on Verizon... and yet they are willing to empty their bank account on iPhone. I just don't understand them.

16. astarling10

Posts: 25; Member since: May 12, 2014

I have three lines and one on Verizon and Verizon is significantly better than T-Mobile where I live. I only have one line on Verizon because T-Mobile was so crappy at my work that I couldn't deal with it. I plan to move the other 3 lines to Verizon. I don't live in a highly populated area, which could be part of the problem but if T-Mobile is truly at 99.7% of Verizon's coverage as this article indicates, I would have zero problems Their coverage is just not as good as Legere claims regardless of how many times he repeats that nonsense.

18. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

John loves to futz around with fuzzy numbers. No thsnks

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