Mar 31 AT 11:49 AM Russell Holly 11 Comments

What’s with the mobile exec level smack talk?

The fanboy groups, forum nazis, and various other online community groups of every persuasion have essentially the same thing going for them, the internet is their battleground for violently bashing the other guy. Sure, I’ve been known to drop the occasional iHate, or shake my head knowingly at the guy all excited about how he’s going to mod his Droid X, but I’m a fan. We’re users, our fanatical drive is what motivates other people to make the leap to Android in the first place. With Android, we’ve even enjoyed some Google developers taking the leap into slamming the competition. So, where’s the line with the smack talk? Fan? Developer? Storefront Sales reps? What about corporate level business professionals, who work for major telephone carriers?

Since the announced purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T, there’s been an increasing amount of downright insults coming from executive level employees at various carriers, oddly unrelated to the purchase. For instance, at CTIA there were two equally egregious examples of smack talk. The first day of CTIA started with a Round Table including CEO Ralph De La Vega of AT&T Mobility, during which he responded to a failing demo phone with “Oh, that must be a Verizon Phone” leaving the crowd roaring. A relatively tasteless jab, but one that got the fans of either side of that coin chattering all day long, especially considering Verizon was not officially in attendance at CTIA:Mobile Focus. Later that very same day, during Sprint’s unveiling of the Evo 3D and The Evo View 4G, CEO Dan Hesse made sure to get a dig in on the competition when he explained that these devices were “4G, not Faux G”. The result of said comment being the entire room moan in a way that can only be contextualized by adding “Sick burn, dude” after it.

The carriers aren’t alone in this fight, either. During Samsung’s press event at CTIA, the air on stage was nothing short of aggressive in the speeches delivered by both J.K Shin and Omar Kahn about how Samsung “would not be beaten”. Are these companies under the impression that this is what you need in order to continue the fanatic appreciation of their products and services? Are we as consumers merely¬†argumentative¬†adrenaline junkies waiting to find the next person who is wrong on the internet, or are these companies going to0 far?

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  • Raj

    Interesting. Though it’s seen as unprofessional it also shows some enthusiasm and maybe even a human side to these huge corporations. However, it may also be seen as marketing, they are after all trying to make a profit.

    These people might just say anything for publicity and/or sales, if you don’t believe me, listen to steve jobs at his conference. the ipad 2 unveiling was a joke to watch/listen to.

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    Congratulations Russell! It was great seeing you in Orlando again.

  • http://Website Miguel

    It’s a phone. It’s device. It’s a technology. Sometimes we lose site of that. What’s wrong with these guys havingh some fun in the spirit of competition? I see nothing wrong with. Atthletes do it all the time.

    These guys are at the top-tier of the corporate hierchy. It’s good to see they don’t some harmless jabs at their opponents weaknesses..

    This reminds me of one of my favorite video game Fallout 3 / Fallout New Vegas. As your character roams the nuclear wasteland, through reading company e-mails, advertisements etc, he’s constantly reminded how IMPORTANT that lost memo or new gadget was 300 years ago, before the bombs fell.

  • Drew

    The only one talking smack is AT&T. Sprint and Verizon have every right to make comments about AT&T’s failed promises, if you can even call them promises.

    Maybe I just hate AT&T? Could be.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Honestly anyone who has seen my postings on various sites know’s I can’t STAND VERIZON, MOTOROLA, OR AT&T and DEFINITELY CAN’T STAND APPLE OR APPLE FANBOYS for that matter. It’s no secret i support Android/Htc/Sprint and always will it is what it is we all pay for our choices and the companies we choose to support.

  • power of attorney

    Constructive criticism should be there no matter who does it. They should do publicity with truth rather then saying wrong.

  • http://Website Larry

    New writer, eh? Are all his posts going to be completely devoid of content like this one?

    • http://Website kazahani

      Lighten up dude, plenty of us think this is an interesting topic. Aren’t there any other Android blogs you could go to?

  • http://Website JayMonster

    Looking no further than Steve Jobs who decided it was OK to start taking pot shots at Google, Sanding and others. He made it cool and OK for CEOs to try and poker fun at the competition (truth be damned) in order to get their drones buzzing.

  • http://Website Jay

    What’s wrong with moto DROID x ? it has been more reliable then that crap I use to have (samsuck phone).

    • http://Website @NEIDLINGER

      What’s wrong with the Droid X….
      1) it’s only on Big Red : -1
      2) it’s a Motorola : -1
      3) It’s has MotoBlur : -1
      4) It has a locked bootloader : -1
      5) once Big Red and Motorola stop caring about the phone no future updates : -1
      6) no custom Kernels : -1

      need i continue?