John Legere goes uncensored on Bendgate, Iliad, and acquisition rumors

Want to know what T-Mobile CEO John Legere thinks about Bendgate and all the acquisition rumors surrounding his company? In true Legere style, John goes uncensored on stage at the GeekWire Summit, giving his thoughts on the matters by showing support to the iPhone 6 and saying that his employees are still recovering from PTSD from the botched acquisition attempted by AT&T to even address acquisition rumors.

On the iPhone 6's #bendgate controversy, Legere, not one to bite his tongue, basically blasts all the people who tried to purposely bend their iPhones:

That is such horses—t. Listen, what the f—k‚ did you need to see? The video of the guy that's doing this, and if you could have seen his face he probably would have been purple and the veins are coming out of his fingers. And the thing moves a little bit? Are you sh—ing me?This is an amazing supercomputer in your hand. What the f– are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for? Seriously. You know what, those nine people who sat on their phones, first of all, they need jeans that fit them a little better.Let me help you about bendgate or whatever it was. It's not slowing down demand. The demand for these devices in the last few weeks is unbelievable.

In terms of Iliad, the French carrier that's rumored to be making a bid for T-Mobile, Legere doesn't have much to say about the company except that the owners are rich:

I can tell you everything you need to know about Iliad. The owner is wealthy, he's got long hair, he made his money in porn and his wife is the heir to Louis Vuitton money. I mean, shit, what else do you need to know?

Legere avoided any talks about any acquisition rumors, focusing instead on T-Mobile's strategy to grow and build out its network:

My strategy has been to continue to grow, and focus on what we're doing. I don't want my employees getting their heads on sideways – they still have PTSD from when AT&T tried to buy them. I appreciate the $5 billion that they gave me which I then used to invest in our network to now beat them. Which is really, it's a tough strategy to execute, but, you know, it works.

What do you think of Legere's uncensored approach with T-Mobile?

Source: GeekWire

Chuong H Nguyen
33 Comments
  • I love this guy! Wish more CEO's were as outspoken and straight forward as this guy.
  • This guy's a hoot!
  • Love it
  • Too frikkin funny. Too bad he isn't the one in charge of Verizon. He's absolutely right. Any phone can bend or break or something. Duuuuhhhhh.
  • I almost pissed myself laughing so hard. This guy is great, his employees absolutely love him, I can understand why. Go T-Mobile.
  • Considering T-mo's amazing success: Mr. Legere ain't no Chicken Little! Viva la T-Mo :)
  • Amazing. I love how his approach is the opposite of what apples CEO is like. Mr cook is always so calm but mr legere is always so wild and funny. I wonder what happens if the 2 CEOs meet. Anyways I'm so excited about t mobiles future. Can't wait till my iPhone 6 plus arrives so I can make the switch to t mobile. Sent from the iMore App
  • I can't wait either! I ordered the T-mobile iPhone 6 Plus a few days ago off Apple's website. Currently on AT&T. I'll be making the switch once it arrives. =)
  • Good luck. I'm switching from Verizon. The only problem I have with Verizon that I have are less "features" as t mobile like wifi calling, texting on planes, no data while streaming music,And that I pay much more. Luckily I found t mobile's deal that's 100min calling unlimited texting and 5 gigs of data for $30 a month. I call people less than 15 Minutes a month so this is perfect. Sent from the iMore App
  • Those features are what enticed me as well. I am still debating on whether to go prepaid or not, and unlimited data or 5GB. I rarely make phone calls either. My monthly min usage is usually always less than 50. But tethering is important to me. I'm sure this $30 plan doesn't include tethering.
  • I just talked to a rep for like 15 minutes and she said this plan includes mobile hotspot but obviously it deduces that from the 5 GB. And wifi calling counts towards your 100 minutes but not when you're outside the U.S. Then it's unlimited. Additional Minutes are 10 cents. But the music streaming does count towards your allotment in this plan. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well, THAT'S refreshing. LOL
  • TELL IT LIKE IT IS!!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • Excellent. Someone who is plain spoken is really refreshing.
  • My carrier's CEO is awesome telling it how it is. Sent from the iMore App
  • John, unprofessional..
  • I think he's great. I love to see corporate figureheads go against the grain a bit. It's nice to see and IMO it's working. Sent from the iMore App
  • What a loser. How is anyone supposed to take this clown seriously. Maybe that is why T-Mobile is such a joke of a carrier; they have a complete moron at the helm. Nice job fool. Not that I disagree with what he is saying necessarily but it is the way in which it is conveyed.
  • Have you seen how many customers they are adding a quarter? Millions. That's hardly a joke. So what he's blunt. I wish Verizon's and AT&T's CEO's were also blunt like that.
  • They are adding customers by offering ridiculously low prices that are not sustainable. And the only reason why they are doing it is to increase the value of a possible merger/take over. And the number of customers being added has nothing to do with how the CEO represents the company. Most customers would have no idea who the CEO of any of the major carriers are. It is more of having a professional, non-jack ass as your CEO. He won't last long with that approach. His Board of Directors and investors will not put up with that for long.
  • I think they want you to think he's crazy. In actual meeting however I think he is as professional as other CEOs. Except for his shirts. Sent from the iMore App
  • Why, because he is unconventional? I'd take a CEO like this over every snobbish asshole-in-a-suit-CEO like most companies have.
  • Unconventional, no. Unprofessional and an embarrassment to his company, yes. That is not how you talk in public as a CEO or any other business person.
  • You're right, it's not very professional, but again,I still like that more than every CEO out there who talks like a robot.. like Tim Cook. I don't hold a grudge against him, but he's just not a good speaker.
  • For the past few days I have been helping someone move and had my iPhone 6+ in my front pocket and it is still completely flat with not even the slightest bend in the phone. In fact this bend issue has to be put into perspective. If you take the '9' that apple admit to, add all of those that have been bent and buckled by a-holes who get their kicks out of doing it to try and get more views on their youtube pages then multiple it by 100 it would still not come close to being a single full percentage point of phones. In fact I bet that if you multiple by 1000 then it might have a chance of getting into that 1 percentile. The only reason this seems to be an issue for some is that it is hyped up by some sectors of the tech media way way out of proportion. John Legere put it bluntly into perspective.
  • Legere is the boss of the boss. Sent from the iMore App
  • I f--king love this guy!
  • They'll be making a movie about this guy. Mark my words. Sent from the iMore App
  • It's refreshing and sounds honest and straightforward. Sent from the iMore App
  • It's refreshing and sounds honest and straightforward. Sent from the iMore App
  • You missed a sh-- :)
  • Firstly: He is right about people messing with their phones for this to have happened. I have even seen people flip their phones like a ball in their hands. They would probobaly go to Customer Service and say that they accidently dropped it/it just slipped if they failed to catch it and it broke. Their are reasons people make cases/holsters. Secondly: He could tone it down a little and still be upfront and blunt.
  • I love this guy too but Bendgate is real. My 6 Plus had a very slight bend to it immediately after taking it out of the factory sealed box. It was definitely noticeable and it wobbled when laid flat until I bent it back into shape. I should probably have it replaced. Who knows what it was subjected to for it to be shipped with a slight bend. Anyone who thinks Bendgate is not real should periodically try laying it flat and make sure it doesn't wobble. Sent from the iMore App