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Old Feb 25, 2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Apple Now 'More Flexible', 'Less Arrogant' Reports France Telecom CEO




Speaking at an event with reporters, France Telecom-Orange CEO Stephane Richard said that Apple was "more flexible", "paying more attention to everyone else" and "a little less arrogant" than they had been in the past, reports AllThingsD.

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"Apple has (become) more flexible, paying more attention to everyone else, probably a little less arrogant than they used to be," France Telecom-Orange CEO Stephane Richard said during a dinner with reporters in Barcelona on Monday. Characterizing today's Apple with the same company under Steve Jobs, Richard said, "I think they are probably a little more under pressure, and it is quite nice."
Richard went on to talk about the some other issues affecting the telecom industry, including the "very difficult" time Windows Phone will have competing with entrenched operating systems like iOS and Android, particularly because the platform doesn't yet have a "'wow' effect".

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Old Feb 25, 2013, 05:15 PM   #4
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I never thought I'd see "less arrogant" as a negative.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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I never thought I'd see "less arrogant" as a negative.
Is it arrogance in the first place?

Imagine an iPhone with carrier bloatware all over it. Imagine an iOS device forcing you to a carrier's landing page every time you opened up Safari. I think Apple knows what it want's in its products and they stick to their guns. That can be mistaken as arrogance, I think they just know what their product is and they know how to deliver it. They look for partners to help with this, but with some things they will not bend and they are willing to to walk away from those that do not help them promote their product their way.

Look at the release of the iPhone. How many carriers told Apple no they aren't going to carry the iPhone because Apple is asking too much. One carrier, AT&T decided to give Apple what they asked. How well did it work out for AT&T? I think Apple knows how to deliver quality and are confident enough in their products to shoot down the bad ideas of marketers, salesman and partners.
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And he knows something about becoming a little less arrogant, seeing all his customers flee to Free mobile. Orange is as despicable and evil as AT&T, I hope they choke on a ham sandwich and die.
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And he knows something about becoming a little less arrogant, seeing all his customers flee to Free mobile. Orange is as despicable and evil as AT&T, I hope they choke on a ham sandwich and die.
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And he knows something about becoming a little less arrogant, seeing all his customers flee to Free mobile. Orange is as despicable and evil as AT&T, I hope they choke on a ham sandwich and die.
I'm curious as to if you actually have personal experience with both, or are just going off of public opinion on one or the other (or both).

The AT&T comments always amuse me. Verizon is just as bad, if not worse. Try upgrading your iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 on Verizon and keeping your unlimited plan. Hope you have about $700 ready.
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I'm curious as to if you actually have personal experience with both, or are just going off of public opinion on one or the other (or both).

The AT&T comments always amuse me. Verizon is just as bad, if not worse. Try upgrading your iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 on Verizon and keeping your unlimited plan. Hope you have about $700 ready.
Jumping in here, I have lots of experience on all the U.S. carriers. Sprint and T-Mobile have always treated me best, by far, compared to Verizon and AT&T. I was very disappointed that Apple initially went with AT&T, then AT&T and Verizon.

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Is it arrogance in the first place?

Imagine an iPhone with carrier bloatware all over it. Imagine an iOS device forcing you to a carrier's landing page every time you opened up Safari. I think Apple knows what it want's in its products and they stick to their guns. That can be mistaken as arrogance, I think they just know what their product is and they know how to deliver it. They look for partners to help with this, but with some things they will not bend and they are willing to to walk away from those that do not help them promote their product their way.

Look at the release of the iPhone. How many carriers told Apple no they aren't going to carry the iPhone because Apple is asking too much. One carrier, AT&T decided to give Apple what they asked. How well did it work out for AT&T? I think Apple knows how to deliver quality and are confident enough in their products to shoot down the bad ideas of marketers, salesman and partners.
I agree that you do have an important point here. Apple did get what it wanted from AT&T, and, in some ways it did benefit customers. But, not in the pocketbook, not in coverage at the time, not in customer service.
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I guess we can deduce that he was a member of Jobs' Bozo list.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 05:17 PM   #11
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"Less Arrogant"? Now Steve would never let that happen.

This joke never gets old.

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I only had to read the first paragraph for this
Apple isn't supposed to hop on the bandwagon. They're supposed to start it.
And.... Orange. Wonder where they got that idea from
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"Less Arrogant"

Is that the same as "less cutting edge" and "in the fast race toward mediocrity"?
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I only had to read the first paragraph for this
Apple isn't supposed to hop on the bandwagon. They're supposed to start it.
And.... Orange. Wonder where they got that idea from
I wonder when someone will start a company called Banana?
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So many CEOs are happy that they now have to meet with Tim instead of Steve. Steve probably made them feel like fools no matter what their status. Of course it was that arrogance that turned Apple around.


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Is anyone supposed to be impressed that a country like France which is much more mature than a country like the U.S. has won more wars? Especially when they existed in an era where war was quite common?
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So many CEOs are happy that they now have to meet with Tim instead of Steve. Steve probably made them feel like fools no matter what their status. Of course it was that arrogance that turned Apple around.
Gosh, and I thought it was great products that turned Apple around. Seems they really only needed an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
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Especially when they existed in an era where war was quite common?
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I guess we can deduce that he was a member of Jobs' Bozo list.
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That's a ****** remark to make. What a jerk.
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i just hope not being flexible & arrogance doesn't pay off in the end.

i'm all positive for Apple's upcoming products...they are already brilliant. hard to screw things up so bad that everything falls into pieces.

i'm just very curious to see their next "wow"!

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Flexibility means that they are allowing telecoms greater say. Exactly what we need, masters of access to information telling me how I can access said information (such as charging for tethering while not boosting the data cap at all, I paid for the data, it doesn't cost you a ****ing dime to allow me to use that data on another device).

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