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T-Mobile Talks Up LTE as Legere Apologizes for Outburst

Dan Jones

T-Mobile's CTO is promising that the operator's LTE network will cover more than 230 million potential customers by the end of the month. Meanwhile, CEO John Legere is apologizing, as his mouth got him into hot water.

T-Mobile US Inc. 's CTO Neville Ray wrote in a blog this week that the operator expects "to advance our LTE footprint north of 230 million pops by the end of this month." The operator revealed this week that it has launched "Wideband LTE" in 16 markets in the US. (See T-Mobile: You, Seven Nights & the Music.)

The wideband markets are Atlanta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Detroit, Mich.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Mobile, Ala.; Orlando, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; and upstate New York. T-Mobile also now has VoLTE available to 100 million potential users in the US.(See T-Mobile Beats AT&T, Verizon to VoLTE.)

CEO John Legere, meanwhile, got in trouble for his foul-mouthed commentary on rivals at the T-Mobile "Test Drive" launch in Seattle last Wednesday night, where he described other major US carriers as "raping" their customers.

Legere took to Twitter a day later to apologize. "The drawback to having no filter when I speak… sometimes I need a filter," he wrote. "Genuinely apologize to those offended last night."

That didn't, however, slow the CEO's roll too much. He described T-Mobile's network as "kicking the competition's collective ass" in a blog on Friday. "They're old phone company utilities trying to bootstrap their dial-tone networks into the internet age," he wrote.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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User Rank: Blogger
6/30/2014 | 4:30:28 PM
T-Mobile at 230M POPs
T-Mobile reveals that they hit 230M PoPs on Friday.
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/23/2014 | 11:48:55 AM
Oh Momma, Don't Take My Wimax away
I was on the phone with Clear/Sprint tech support last week (I'm a Wimax customer) and while I had the engineer on the phone I asked, so when are you going to turn my tower off (having heard they were all going away in 2015).

He said, turn it off?  No there's no schedule to turn it off.

Third Harry
Third Harry,
User Rank: Light Beer
6/23/2014 | 11:35:10 AM
Hey big boy John when are you going to turn on LTE in Cincinnati...I have been with TMobile for 12 years pretty loyal paying customer....Your direct stores say you have it..but you really dont. Fasle advertising IMO.
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