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T-Mobile CEO Calls iPhone Bendgate “Utter Horse Sh–”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere, dissing the iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy.

Following technology execs has become a little more boring since Steve Ballmer stepped down from Microsoft last year. If you miss the antics of the bullish, blustery and frequently red-faced former CEO, don’t fret: We still have John Legere. 

The T-Mobile honcho, addressing a GeekWire Summit audience over the weekend, talked about the bending controversy over the iPhone 6 Plus, and he didn’t mince words. According to the long-haired, pink T-shirt-loving chief executive of America’s fourth largest carrier, “bendgate” is utter “horse sh–.”

“The video of the guy that’s [intentionally bending the iPhone 6 Plus]—and if you could have seen his face, he probably would have been purple. The thing moves a little bit? Are you s—ting me? I mean, when was the last time you took any other…this is an amazing supercomputer in your hand. What the f— are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for?” 


Granted, Legere is not exactly an objective spectator. A fairly new iPhone partner—T-Mobile finally got the Apple device in 2012—Legere’s company likely sees this smartphone as a crucial piece of its growth strategy. And iPhone “bendgate” aside, that tactic appears to be working. According to analyst Chetan Sharma, T-Mobile is on track to unseat Sprint as the third largest carrier in the U.S. 

See also: iPhone 6 Problems: Not Safe For Your Pants Pocket—Or Your Microwave

For Sprint, which started offering the iPhone in 2011, it seems even Apple can’t stop its fall. After its failed bid to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom, the company stepped back, replaced CEO Dan Hesse and apparently worked on customer service. Now it celebrates being “the most improved company in customer satisfaction” (though some of that credit really belongs to its pre-paid cellular subsidiaries Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile). 

See also: Apple Really Needs To Get It Together

Both carriers would probably agree with Legere’s priceless sentiment—in message at least, if not in tone. If you want to observe the color commentary for yourself, the video follows below. Legere goes into his peak NSFW rant around 20 minutes in. Enjoy. 

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