T-Mobile’s flamboyant CEO John Legere had some interesting things to say about the iPhone 6 Plus bendgate controversy at the GeekWire Summit.
When John Legere was asked about the bendgate controversy, he first sat on his iPhone 6 Plus and said that ” That is such horse sh*t, you know — listen — what the f*uck did you need to see?”
While mock bending his phone, he said “The video of the guy that’s doing this — and if you could have seen his face, he probably would have been purple. The veins were coming out of his fingers.”
“The thing moves a little bit? Are you sh*tting 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?”
He then went on to talk about the nine people who had complained about the bending issue: “Those nine people who sat on their phones — first of all, they need jeans that fit them a little better.” He concludes by saying that “This thing doesn’t f***ing bend”. He also asked the audience if anyone had bent their iPhone, and got no response. He also goes on to say that “it is an amazing device”.
He also said that despite the bendgate controversy, it is not slowing down demand, and that the demand for the new iPhones in the last few weeks is unbelievable. He also notes that he is getting a lot of complaints from customers, because they can’t get them. It was a “hard issue” as there is a “major major supply issue”.
He also goes on to point out that getting the iPhone on T-Mobile’s network was the top priority when he joined as the CEO, and how Apple’s quality focus has made T-Mobile a better company.
You can watch the entire video of John Legere’s interview below (or skip to the 20-minute in the video if you just want to hear his thoughts on the bendgate controversy and T-Mobile’s relationship with Apple):
The bending issue has seen quite a bit of coverage. On September 25, Apple officially responded to the bending controversy, expressing that the situation is “extremely rare”, and that (at the time of the statement) only nine people had come forward with a bending issue. A couple of days later, Consumer Reports published their own findings, confirming Apple’s “extremely rare” statement.[GeekWire Summit via CNET]