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

T-Mobile's Legere
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.

source: @JohnLegere (1), (2)



1. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

5. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 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"

6. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 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

22. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2457; Member since: Feb 14, 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...

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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?

29. Blazers

Posts: 752; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comment #16.

14. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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,

16. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

20. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

27. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Thank you for understanding exactly what I was going for. +1

21. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I hate this guy with passion as business man nothing personal

2. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i had almost forgotten about that facebook phone lmfao

3. Withtechfriends

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

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

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

10. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 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

11. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

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

12. kyan-

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

hey even i said that before he did :(

15. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Doomed from the start...

23. sun0066

Posts: 277; Member since: Feb 12, 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

28. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

24. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

30. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

31. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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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