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T-Mobile CEO Legere loves idea of AT&T-Time Warner mashup

The outspoken CEO expects to grab customers while AT&T focuses on its massive deal.


T-Mobile CEO John Legere shares his thoughts on the AT&T-Time Warner deal.


T-Mobile CEO John Legere is excited for AT&T's takeover of Time Warner. No, really.

"It's clearly very exciting," he said. "It's a bold move."

What gets Legere going? The prospect of AT&T customers fleeing to T-Mobile with AT&T distracted by its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

"I'm looking forward to the donation of customers over the next year," he said on a conference call on Monday.

AT&T wasn't available for comment.

AT&T customers are already leaving. The company lost 289,000 post-paid phone customers in the third quarter at a time when T-Mobile signed up more phone customers than the rest of the industry combined.

"AT&T can't take its eye off the ball because it hasn't been on the ball for a while," Legere said.

Legere isn't concerned about AT&T taking that content from Time Warner and making it exclusive to the carrier. He noted that for those businesses to thrive, they need to have the widest distribution possible. He also believes that access to Time Warner content will be a major sticking point for regulators.