Has T-Mobile CEO John Legere Gone Too Far?

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June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brendan Greeley reports on the controversy surrounding T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s use of raping in describing carrier duopoly. Greeley speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

What do you think about those comments?

Did he go too far?

With the word rate, yes, that is a deeply unfunny word.

There is something i like about what john legere is doing.

He is driving down prices in the telecom industry, and it could not of happened to a nicer industry.

One of the things that has happened since t-mobile decided they would compete, and they started driving their prices, you have seen average revenue per user dropped all over the industry.

It drop for at&t, for sprint, and is finally starting to drop for verizon.

That is having a really good effect.

The problem is, there is another dog whistle in what he said.

He said, the doo-wop lists --duop[olists.

That is code word for at&t and sprint.

-- at&t and verizon.

It is true that t-mobile and sprint would like to merge.

What he is saying is, we don't have a chance unless we merge.

While he is being all crazy and wearing his pink t-shirt and talking about macklemore, what he is really talking about is we need to merge.

We need to reduce competition to increase, addition.

It is a questionable strategy.

I'm not sure i buy it.

And he just tweeted, "dear at&t, verizon, and sprint, almost 2000 of your customers have signed up to cheat on you already." when i talk to t-mobile employees, they revere him.

He has brought new energy to the company.

Obviously, they like what they're hearing.

Can he keep up the rhetoric if he's not the underdog anymore?

I don't know whether he can or not, but i don't and he's going to need to.

The sec and the justice department has made it clear they like having four major national players in the wireless market.

That is not an accident.

Economist know that around three or four players, usually for, that is when the market is truly competitive.

That is when you see companies competing on price.

It is true of widgets and also wireless carriers.

When there are only three -- when t-mobile and sprint together have the spectrum holdings that the two of them can have come out when they can buy enough spectrum to have as much as at&t and verizon do if that comes through, are they going to have to compete on price the way they did before?

Or will we see a stasis in the average revenue created per user ? will we see a continued burdening of unfair contract terms?

T-mobile does not just want to make the customer happy, but it wants to make money.

A really good way to make money is to go to three players and leave prices where they are.

But i asked him if he had any second thoughts -- i asked

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