Verizon talks glorious smack about T-Mobile & Sprint’s Superbowl commercials

As I mentioned in our post about the Superbowl commercials, some of the worst ads were from the wireless service providers. T-Mobile sponsored the game and their ads were just awful. They ranged from Justin Bieber encouraging fans to dance and tweet about it to stupid riffs on 50 Shades starring Kristen Schaal. Schaal’s first ad, above, involved her playing an Anastasia character being tortured by a Christian Grey type taskmaster using Verizon’s fees and overage charges as sexy punishment. It was bad but not as terrible as the second one, in which Schaal called her Verizon rep and had him unwittingly talk dirty to her about overages as she ate chocolate and moaned. Who thought of this terrible ad and why did no one in the entire chain of command at T-Mobile put the kibosh on this? (Full disclosure: I’m a Verizon customer and if you call and tell them about better deals you can get with other companies they will up your data allowance to keep you.) T-Mobile also had Snoop and Martha Stewart in a commercial which was a good idea but their talent was wasted as it wasn’t that memorable. (Also I absolutely HATE this older T-Mobile commercial which shows “fees” and “overages” as bug-type things that crawl on teenagers. It’s awful.)

Verizon didn’t have any commercials at this year’s big game, which is just as well for them because they just owned T-Mobile (and Sprint, more on that in a sec) with their tweets. Here’s how they responded to the 50 Shades commercials.

They also had a little commercial responding to the #UnlimitedMoves campaign with Bieber

Of course the other really cringe-worthy commercial was Sprint’s ad featuring a dad faking his own death to get out of his Verizon contract. You can see that here, I’m not embedding it again. So Verizon’s social media team had a response to that too.

This was excellent shade but Verizon accidentally tweeted the wrong video for this message at first, they confused Sprint’s campaign with T-Mobile’s and then deleted that tweet. Sprint had it saved though and tweeted it out.

That was lame Sprint! I really am enjoying these mobile company beefs. I hope it ends up with cheaper rates and more data for all of us, and I’m firmly team Verizon. The big game ads for the T-Mobile and Sprint were so bad and they spent so much cash on them while Sprint just got some low budget ads with stock footage, put them on Twitter and won, in my opinion.

Also Sprint retweeted their CEO’s link to E!’s coverage of this story like it comes out in their favor but it doesn’t. A lot of us disliked their lousy ad.




Thanks to E! for covering this!

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  1. Adele Dazeem says:

    At least it’s not political stuff. This is the kind of fun ‘beefs’ I can handle.

  2. Luca76 says:

    Well Verizon notoriously treats their employees like dirt (which is why they’ve gone on several strikes). So I’d rather use a different company.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Verizon employees actually have the best salaries and benefits in the industry and better salaries and benefits than most industries. And people still spend their entire working life with Verizon. There may be problems with other labor issues at Verizon and yes, they strike practically every time the contracts are up. But other carriers treat employees far worse.

  3. mia girl says:

    I really love Kristen Schaal – and she saves this from being an utter disaster. But I totally rolled my eyes at the whole concept because parodying 50 Shades seems stale and kind of played out at this point. Not very inspire or creative for a Super Bowl ad.

    Either way, I thought the Mexico Avocado ad did a better job in spoofing 50 Shades -
    (secret society that controls all and says one of the secrets is “there are only 49 shades of grey”).

  4. Nemi adoki says:

    They up your data if you’re leaving verizon!?!?! Omgeeee I think tmobile has unlimited data….said everyone. This idiot

  5. Bob says:

    The ad where Schaal tricks the Verizon rep into talking dirty was horrible. Ha ha, sexual harassment!

  6. lucy2 says:

    Verizon is my carrier and I don’t love them, but those are some pretty good comebacks.

  7. Another Anna says:

    I used to be on Verizon and I liked it, but going back to school full-time meant sacrifices and Sprint was cheaper and basically as reliable because I live in a big city. I assume the differences in quality show up the more rural you get.

    I thought the T-Mobile ads were stupid to begin with, but speaking as someone who worked in a call center and who was on the phone with some idiot who really was masturbating while I was on the line, that second T-Mobile commercial just seemed in poor taste to me.

  8. ALP says:

    I agree that Schaal did a good job with a middling script, and I enjoyed how the commercials made fun of how crappy the 50 Shades books/movies are. Also, Verizon can suck it – I live just outside D.C. where coverage is supposed to be fantastic, and mine sucks. I pay through the nose, and frequently would be better off with a carrier pigeon; I often receive messages (voice and text) days or weeks after they are sent. My calls have had no effect, and I’d try the deal tactic, but what good is more data if I can’t get service?

  9. Anchor says:

    You really ought to post the entire exchange, Verizon got OWNED. In fact every single article about this says that very same thing which is VERY different than this author thinks.

  10. RigDar says:

    Schaal’s about as funny as her grating “comedy” voice. She’s lucky she got a BIG commercial deal with any big name company.

  11. David Cartwright says:

    Verizon must be a sponsor. Everyone I know thought the T-Mobile adds with Schaal were really funny.