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Sprint’s Claure Says T-Mobile is in for a “Rude Awakening”, Says Sprint’s network is Now Competitive

February 5, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

#ShotsFired. When Marcelo Claure took over as Sprint CEO last year, we kinda expected him and T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere to get into some pretty strong arguments on Twitter. Since both of them are very active on Twitter, and both speak their minds, sometimes a little too much. Over SuperBowl weekend, we saw Claure and Legere get into a little bit of an argument, it didn’t really lead to anything though. Now we’re hearing from Marcelo Claure – who’s company released their Q3 2014 earnings today – that T-Mobile is in for a “rude awakening”.

CNET interviewed Claure today, where Claure stated “I think Legere is in for a rude awakening when new scores come out about network performance,” stated Claure on Thursday. “I let actions speak.” Definitely some shots fired there. And it’s time to go get some popcorn and watch all of this unfold.

Legere has been very upfront about just about everything. But his main punching bag has been Sprint, during his tenure as T-Mobile US CEO. Legere has stated numerous times how poor Sprint’s network is. And no one can really disagree with him, instead we can also say that T-Mobile isn’t much better. Which is true. On the other hand, when it comes to coverage, location is key. Although having full signal on Sprint and only getting 2mbps, is kinda sad. Legere has also said that they [T-Mobile] will overtake Sprint by the end of 2014. Well that didn’t happen, but the two are very close, the margin is around 200k customers. Which is really slim.

Claure also said that he doesn’t care if Sprint is number 3 or number 4. He likely wants to be number 1. Which I’m sure everyone wants to be number one. He continued in his interview with CNET, “T-Mobile has great momentum. I’m focused on fixing the fundamentals whether we’re No. 3 or No. 4. Customers don’t care about rank. I’m not worried about whether we’re No. 3 or No. 4.” Nice to see Claure acknowledge that T-Mobile has great momentum and that Sprint has problems, that he’s attempting to fix. I’m hoping he can, as I’d love to have four strong carriers in the US, what about the rest of you?