T-Mobile CEO’s sick burn adds support for Amazon phone AT&T rumors


Earlier today we picked up one of the latest rumors to add to the story of Amazon’s first smartphone, the device we expect to see the company announce tomorrow. With all the time we had already spent talking about the handset’s interesting hardware, and some unique (if not maybe a little gimmicky) software, we switched gears and instead turned our attention to sales. Word was that Amazon had found itself a little carrier interest, and that its phone might arrive as an AT&T exclusive. While that detail has yet to be confirmed (not to mention the phone itself), T-Mobile CEO John Legere has spoken up to comment on the rumors, slamming AT&T a bit in the process.

On Twitter this afternoon, Legere offered the wish, “let’s hope @amazon doesn’t fall victim to the @att curse that is the facebook phone,” adding an ominous #onemonth hashtag.

As you might recall, last spring we saw Facebook partner with HTC for the release of the HTC First (above), an Android phone that ran Facebook Home as its default launcher. User response to Home was mixed at best (at least it gave us the novelty of Chat Heads), and the First failed to attract a following. Just weeks after the phone’s debut we were seeing it undergo major price cuts, and it wasn’t long before additional launch events were being canceled.

None of this may directly confirm the AT&T Amazon phone rumor, but it sure does seem to suggest that T-Mobile won’t be involved in the handset’s release. Tune in tomorrow for all the details.

Update: And another Legere tweet: “Exclusivity sucks for customers. Exclusivity on @ATT sucks for the industry. #justsayin”

Source: John Legere (Twitter)
Via: TmoNews

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!