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Telecom Tweets of the Week: Sprint, T-Mobile US CEOs among the most hated

Sprint beat T-Mobile US this week, but I don’t think they’ll be bragging about the circumstances any time soon. Marcelo Claure edged out John Legere as one of the most-hated CEOs in America, according to analysis done by crowdsourced analytics company Owler.

The two wireless company CEOs were both in the top-five-most hated — Claure actually tied with Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, and Legere took the fourth spot. Neither one of them garnered as much dislike as United CEO Oscar Munoz, however.

Costco, by the way, had the most beloved CEO.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile US continues to drag Verizon and target its customers, coming out with a short spot that show Legere appearing on a call center screen and converting a Verizon employee with promises of paying off his smartphone.

T-Mo appear to be succeeding at getting under Verizon’s skin. The two carriers quarreled this week over test results, with Mike Haberman, VP of network operations at Verizon, setting up Verizon’s initial sally. The tweet below links to a post by Haberman which talks loftily about Verizon’s “integrity” and getting in some digs at a “discount network” while basically accusing T-Mobile US of fudging its test results and coverage stats.

T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray fired back with his marked-up version of Verizon’s statement. Oh, the shade.

Sprint, meanwhile, was busy jumping on the #covfefe train:

I was interested to see this pop up from Ruckus Wireless: a partnership with smart trash-can (two words that seem like an unlikely combination, unless you’re Oscar the Grouch) company Bigbelly. Bigbelly’s approach seems like one of the more promising efforts to expand street-furniture-type infrastructure — better efficiency for cities looking to manage trash collection, and hardware that’s actually big enough to support network equipment without looking too awkward.

Elsewhere on Twitter, Verizon helpfully reminds us all that not everyone can smartphone and walk safely at the same time:

And for fun, if you haven’t watched this reporter’s reaction to riding the former-Tower-of-Terror at Disney (now a Guardians of the Galaxy ride), it just might make your day.



Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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