T-Mobile's CEO went way over the line in talking about AT&T and Verizon--and nailed it.
Getting paid $29 million a year gives you some leeway to speak your mind.
John Legere is the CEO of T-Mobile, and here's something I never thought I'd type: he really made me like T-Mobile today. I'm sure that feeling will fade soon, but Mr. Legere tapped into something very fundamental to my soul in his address to industry journalists at a press conference, which is my fanatical hatred of telecom companies (in this case, the ones besides T-Mobile).
Some people think that claiming that the people who run AT&T and Verizon are "raping you for every penny" because "they f***ing hate you" went a bit too far. I admit, I really don't like rape comparisons of any kind, and maybe it was too far. I also admit that I loathe the people he's talking about so much that I will probably overlook it.
Here are some more of his remarks:
"Why don't AT&T and Verizon offer unlimited data plans? A.) They can't. B.) They're greedy bastards."
"Six billion dollars that creates the biggest cacophony of bullshit in history."
"These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for everything you have, if they could do something nice for you, they would. They f*cking hate you."
I'm not about to start a cult of John Legere. He's pretty proud of his frank and vulgar speaking style, which is cool, but he's still a telecom CEO. He appears to be a better one, but that's like saying "I'm gonna go hang out with that grizzly bear, because he's much nicer than the others." I'm still pumped he talked smack about the other grizzlies.
See the full video here. I just hope this post doesn't end up getting throttled by Verizon.