Outspoken T-Mobile Chief Uses "Rated R Vocabulary" To Discuss Amazon Fire Phone And AT&T Exclusivity
In an interview with CNET, Legere was asked if he was afraid of burning any bridges by speaking his mind, particularly when he called Amazon's unveiling a "boring show." His response? "Fudge them!," only he didn't say "Fudge." To borrow from A Christmas Story, Legere said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the 'F-dash-dash-dash' word!
Okay, let's not get carried away here, dropping an F-bomb isn't that big of a deal these days, though you generally want to refrain from directing it at potential partners. Whatever, it wasn't the worst thing Legere said. At T-Mobile's Un-carrier event, he told the audience that other carriers were "raping" its customers, an analogy that even Legere admitted went a bit out of bounds.
"I know I have a Rated R vocabulary, but even I can go too far. Sincere apologies to anyone offended last night," Legere posted on Twitter.
Legere chose his words a bit more carefully when speaking with CNET, though he still managed to get his point across.
"I am disappointed a bit that a company like Amazon that has transformed the way I do business in purchasing things came out with such an archaic short-term model of an exclusive, subsidized arrangement," he said.
Legere then went on to knock the Fire Phone for having a high price and lack of benefits for Prime customers, noting that he's "underwhelmed" with the handset. Nevertheless, he doesn't think the exclusive deal with AT&T will last long, and also believes that T-Mobile customers will eventually get their shot at owning a Fire Phone, if they want it.