Donald Trump and T-Mobile's Legere in delightful Twitter fight

Technically Incorrect: T-Mobile's CEO is staying at a Trump property and tweets he isn't happy. Trump retorts that Verizon has the best service. Legere announces he's checking out. Oh, my.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

The 'T' does not stand for Trump. deutschetelekom/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

This isn't the story of two quiet potentates suddenly being moved to battle.

Instead, it's a veritable clash of today's titans using every cerebral sinew to dismantle each other.

Twitter positively shook last night as the occasionally self-effacing T-Mobile CEO John Legere suggested politely to the always diplomatic Donald Trump that he wasn't happy with the service at the Trump Hotel in New York.

Legere seemed miffed with street musicians disturbing his peace. You'd have thought that everything is New York is specifically designed to disturb peace.

However, Legere surely couldn't have imagined Trump's response: "T-Mobile service is terrible! Why can't you do something to improve it for your customers. I don't want it in my buildings."

He (or whoever mans his Twitter account with such an authentic voice) also tweeted that Verizon offers far better service.

Legere retorted: ".@realDonaldTrump I will serve all customers in the USA openly but I will obviously leave your hotel right away based on this. #checkingout."

Naturally, there then followed acolytes of both parties (and, who knows, of Verizon and other carriers who were basking in the entertainment) taking sides and and using educative words like "sucks."

There will be those who will seek to name a winner. In these times of Twitter being the non-contact version of WWE, there are only winners and losers.

I am only concerned with achieving peace in our time. I am therefore moved to have heard in just the last hour that Legere is now in a different hotel. For he tweeted: ".@realDonaldTrump I am so happy to wake up in a hotel where every single item isn't labeled 'Trump' and all the books and TV is about him."

For his part, Trump offered his own little musing this morning: "@BestBergerEver: Mr. @realDonaldTrump, I agree: T-Mobile stinks. Just buy the company & turn it into Trump-Mobile! #Trump4Prez."

Now there's an exciting, troubling concept. Actually, two exciting, troubling concepts.

When potentates collide. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Peace reigns. Or does it? Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET