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T-Mobile takes to the sky in effort to protest overage charges

A T-Mobile store sign
A T-Mobile store sign (Image credit: Android Central)

Today, we sent @Verizon a message they couldn't ignore… right over their headquarters. #AbolishOverages!! https://t.co/zSAQGrKxGA— John Legere (@JohnLegere) October 26, 2015

T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to a vlog today to continue to call out other carriers for their overage charges, specifically calling out AT&T and Verizon. In the vlog, Legere talks about his recent petition to end carrier overages, which garnered more than 330,000 signatures.

After laying out a few choice words for AT&T and Verizon, and pointing out that those two along with Sprint pulled in $1.5 billion in overage charges last year, Legere had a bit of stunt in store. To celebrate gathering so many signatures, Legere and T-Mobile hired a team to skywrite a message to Verizon and AT&T over their headquarters about the problem.

It's questionable whether a bit of writing in the sky will have any effect on overages, but Legere's provocation is entertaining if nothing else. Be sure to check out the video above for more.

Source: T-Mobile (opens in new tab)

52 Comments
  • Weird stunts
  • Overzealous! Posted via the Android Central App
  • In what way? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha this is awesome! I've been recently thinking about switching out of Verizon. I always spend my last few days of the bill cycle watching and worrying about my data limit -_- Posted via the Android Central App
  • I did to when I was with Verizon now on tmobile unlimited plan I never think about it all... It's a huge relief... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I left AT&T after 15 years for T - Mobile. Could not be happier. Cut 1/3 off our bill and get more! I was on an old grandfathered unlimited plan that was really only 5 GB per line and no mobile hot spot. We now have 21 GB per line unlimited 4G LTE and 7 GB per line 4G LTE mobile hot spot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What do you mean you only have 21gb of data ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love my Verizon unlimited data plan, with coverage everywhere I go. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I give him all the credit but the overages and other things don't seem to matter. Verizon adds customers every quarter.
  • So? They're suckers. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • How so? I only save about $5 if I go to tmobile, and that's only if I go in store to get the 2 for $100 plan. Online right now the plan I have with Verizon is cheaper. Pants
  • Haha, so cool :) I'm a Verizon customer but applaud and admire their efforts and aggressiveness Posted via the Android Central App
  • When you have network that's capable of more then 56k in Kansas or Wyoming. And no roaming then let's see how you feel. You can talk the talk because you don't have network capable of anything.. Once you hit that playing field that vzw n att are at you'll change your tune. Till then stay in the minor league Posted via the Android Central App
  • What does T-mobile's network coverage in Kansas have to do with Verizon’s or AT&T's overage fees? We all know T-Mobile has a smaller coverage area. It doesn't make Legere's comments any less relevant. They are charging ridiculous fees. Thankfully those of us who live within T-Mobile's coverage area have options. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It make him, tmo and anything he says pretty irrelevant when an old ad still carries the narrative. Can you hear me now? Good! +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • That may be true where you live, but not me, and for most people all that really matters is that their phone works where they spend their time. I'll never visit Kansas, so I don't really care if T-Mobile works there or not. So for me Legere's comments are relevant. For the record I am not a T-Mobile customer, but do have service through them via MetroPCS. Regardless of whatever the big players are spewing about the best deals for single phone accounts are always with the MVNOs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't live I Kansas, I live in a state captial, travel to several big cities and it just sucks that tmo is spending all this time and money selling a product and taking jabs at superior products when they cannot get their own act together. You get to mock others when you can provide the same service as them. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • ^this
  • I travel the nation for a Fortune 50 company and T-Mobile has excellent coverage everywhere. What backwater do you dwell in sir?
  • He claims he is in Harrisonburg PA, yet I went up there over the summer with Sprint and T-Mobile to Hersey Park and visit around the city. None of people with T-Mobile had a problem with their service while we where there. "a fanboy, DAT that sh...I don't like"
  • not sure what harrisonburg, pa is but i just moved to miami from harrisburg, pa and i had lte for the entire 20+ hour drive so this nonsense about no coverage is...well...nonsense. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry couldn't edit my post. Posted via Android Central App
  • Oh yeah depending on the network if you drove through Va. You didn't have Lte all the way on sprint or T-Mobile. Posted via Android Central App
  • Your comment would have been relevant if Legere had criticized Verizon's coverage.
  • Yup. I'm a T-Mobile customer, have been for a long time. HERE'S THE DEAL 1) T-Mobile has the best prices. Period. One line, ten lines, no data, unlimited data, it doesn't matter. 2) Where you find strong T-Mobile LTE signal, service is stellar. 3) I live in Brooklyn, work in Manhattan, it's as big as a city gets. There are places on my above-ground train ride to work (M train) that get no data services- two distinct gaps where there is no 3G, 4G, or LTE signal from T-Mobile- in the middle of NYC. Unacceptable. So yeah, take your immature stunt and put the money into a couple new antennas, or something else that helps the customers who already pay you. We love your enthusiasm, T-Mobile, but this shows a lack of focus. It's getting old. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I also live in nyc, and travel all the boroughs and tri state area every day, Verizon has never let me down, even upstate NY in the boon docks I get great coverage, T-Mobile is nothing but hot air, I need my phone to work ALL the time, not some time. Over 20 years with Verizon, best network out there bar none, anywhere and everywhere. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You are a virus in the AC forums. Any post expect your garbage. You are the equivalent of Yarrelians. So sick of every post your garbage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One if the main reasons I switched to prepaid a few years ago was to have a fixed monthly bill that eliminated surprise charges. I think it is outrageous that plans still exist where you can be charged these absurd overage fees. I can see a metered plan, but not one that charges a lump sum as soon as you cross a line. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just watched the video, and realized that Legere is the prime running mate for Trump. He is gonna build a wall to keep the signal in certain areas strong.
  • Legere hates Trump Posted via the Android Central App
  • Kinda think it was a joke. /the signals would just build a tunnel anyway +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • I should have been more clear- he will also get Verizon & AT&T to pay for the wall.
  • They are a joke stop waisting money with planes put the money in their terrible network haha Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wasting Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • I love this guy!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • If only the network coverage was as good at AT&T. I travel to much and have tried a TMO sim from friends phones. It just doesnt compare to the network I get in traveling that AT&T provides. If it ever does I will jump ship in a second!
  • It works better in every major metro Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Yup. I'm a T-Mobile customer, have been for a long time. HERE'S THE DEAL 1) T-Mobile has the best prices. Period. One line, ten lines, no data, unlimited data, it doesn't matter. 2) Where you find strong T-Mobile LTE signal, service is stellar. 3) I live in Brooklyn, work in Manhattan, it's as big as a city gets. There are places on my above-ground train ride to work (M train) that get no data services- two distinct gaps where there is no 3G, 4G, or LTE signal from T-Mobile- in the middle of NYC. Unacceptable. So yeah, take your immature stunt and put the money into a couple new antennas, or something else that helps the customers who already pay you. We love your enthusiasm, T-Mobile, but this shows a lack of focus. It's getting old. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No it does not, have you traveled to EVERY metro area and check the service for T-Mobile, I doubt it very much, next time before posting nonsense, think before you type and press the SEND button. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's a fun stunt, but I'm not sure if it is anything other than that.
  • Hell yeah stick it to them! The only reason their service is superior is cuz they pimp their customers for billions. I'm on att unlimited or I'd switch. I've been with att for 6 years and their service has only gotten good in the last 3. But they sure didn't mind charging top dollar back when I had frequent dead spots, Waaay to many dropped calls and neutered features. So I have no qualms about helping a company build up their network especially if they want to do right by the customer in the end
  • Lame marketing stunt (and waste of money), it won't have any effect on overages at either Verizon or AT&T. This is just a play to existing customers/fans while hoping to appeal to new ones.
  • Tmo has called a lot of attention to long standing practices and brought a very tangible level of change to the wireless carrier industry over the last couple years. It is hard to call their cumulative strategy lame when it has actually been effective at changing many of the practices of larger competitors.
  • This is an intelligent comment. I really don't understand comments that bash T-Mobile when their tactics have really benefitted everyone. Note 4 vs Note 5 Speed Comparison: http://youtu.be/MYkTxA7dcEY
  • I was referring only to this stunt (sky writing over Verizon and AT&T headquarters) as lame, not their entire marketing strategy.
  • Except you are all forgetting, T-Mobile does not have the widest coverage areas...yet. But if you read anything about carriers you'd know that T-Mobile is rolling out 4G/LTE towers faster than anyone else. NoNexus, you talk about how shitty their service is, I'm assuming you aren't educated enough to understand they're the youngest major carrier in the U.S. and yet they stole third place recently from Sprint for customers. "Can you hear me now? Yes, because I'm on T-Mobile LTE".
  • I love this guy. T-Mo is responsible for a lot of positive changes in the industry. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • He may be a little over the top but the guy is freaking cool.lol Some of his periscopes are pretty entertaining. I feel like he's just one of the guys really. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He is not one of the guys, far from it, "one of the guys" does not reside in a $20 million condo facing Central Park South in Manhattan. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What are these overages that he is speaking of? I have never paid any overage charges and have been with Vzw for many years.
  • That's because you are paying Verizon for data, yet using Comcast or CenturyLink for most of it. If that doesn't make you a little upset, I don't know what will. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh John. You do love your stunts.