John Legere, former T-Cell CEO and aspiring Batman, has reacted to the mob that attacked the Capitol like many different political and enterprise leaders by calling for President Donald Trump to step down. However he’s additionally going a step additional by considering a run for political office himself. Legere left his publish as CEO and member of T-Cell’s board after efficiently negotiating the merger between the corporate and Dash, so he very nicely might be wanting far and vast for his subsequent gig.
Legere’s time as T-Cell’s CEO turned the company into the “Un-Carrier,” a plan that got here with an finish to contracts, revamped cellular plans, and a wide range of freebies and perks for patrons designed to set T-Cell other than its longtime rivals AT&T and Verizon. However what would political candidacy — or un-candidacy — seem like for Legere?
For the primary time in my life I’m truly contemplating the opportunity of operating for workplace. It’s clear anyone wants to assist actual People discover change. I’m undecided I’m succesful, however I can’t stand by merely watching this craziness.
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 8, 2021
Nicely, if it’s something like his Un-Service strikes, it might be a combined bag. Legere was brash and unafraid to roast the competition, and his perspective and leather-based jackets lean extra un-presidential (or Cool) than anything. However given the final 4 years we’ve had, we’re in all probability all used to the unconventional at this level. Tone issues lower than not trying to dissolve democracy, so the bar is low.
By way of coverage, well-liked proposals like Medicare-for-all match properly throughout the logic of Legere’s Un-Service packages. A big a part of Un-Service’s providing was zero-rating knowledge from certain music and video streaming services so it wouldn’t rely in opposition to T-Cell prospects’ payments. Why not do the identical factor with expensive medical bills?
In fact, this opens up one other can of worms. Legere was publicly in support of net neutrality whereas he was CEO however pushed packages that flouted it. These zero-rating schemes, like Binge On and T-Cell’s different perks, actively favored the companies that struck a take care of the corporate. A wholesome web and a robust Federal Communications Fee won’t be on the high of Legere’s priorities.
There’s no telling how severe Legere truly is or if a run would contain him showing because the heightened model of himself that made him the unofficial mascot of T-Cell, however there’s a precedent. Executives from the broader world of the tech business, like former HP CEO Meg Whitman, have made makes an attempt to carry a political workplace, and a businessperson pondering they may repair the nation or a state in the identical means they juice quarterly income is a standard theme in trendy US politics. I’m not holding my breath for a T-Cell magenta paint job for the White Home or press briefings styled as keynotes, however god it will make a superb story.
Replace January 10th, 12:52 AM ET: Legere has responded to our story in a roundabout means on his Instagram web page, see beneath — does this counsel he’s severe, or simply having fun with the continued meme? You be the decide.