T-Mobile’s CEO Is Trolling Sprint Hard Over Their Failed Merger

The Twitter tirade isn’t pretty.

T-Mobile President and CEO John Legere speaks at a news conference at the 2013 International CES at The Venetian on January 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 11 and is expected to feature 3,100 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.
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Dustin Volz
Aug. 6, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

T-Mo­bile’s chief ex­ec­ut­ive is not happy about Sprint back­ing out of a pro­posed plan for the two car­ri­ers to merge, and he’s taken to Twit­ter to air his griev­ances.

In a series of in­creas­ingly bizarre tweets, T-Mo­bile CEO John Legere bashed Sprint and en­cour­aged his fol­low­ers to change phone plans.

Legere, who is no stranger to be­ing out­spoken on Twit­ter or else­where, also took a pot­shot at Sprint’s new CEO Mar­celo Claure, who is re­pla­cing Dan Hesse at the top after the com­pany’s board voted for a change of lead­er­ship.

The Wall Street Journ­al first re­por­ted Tues­day even­ing that Sprint — and its par­ent com­pany Soft­bank — de­cided at a board meet­ing to give up on a pro­posed $32 bil­lion deal to pur­chase T-Mo­bile. The board said the reg­u­lat­ory hurdles to such a mer­ger were in­sur­mount­able.

The Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion had sug­ges­ted it might not ap­prove the mer­ger, due to con­cerns that com­bin­ing the third- and fourth-largest mo­bile car­ri­ers would be bad for con­sumer choice.

Sprint had tried to con­vince reg­u­lat­ors a mer­ger would be a way for it to scale up to com­pete more eas­ily with Ve­r­i­zon and AT&T, the na­tion’s top two car­ri­ers.

T-Mo­bile, mean­while, still has a bid on the table. Last week, French tele­com Ili­ad made a $15 bil­lion of­fer, but in­dic­a­tions are the deal was not well re­ceived.


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