Humor: If cell phone ads were honest (video)

Humor: If cell phone ads were honest (video)
We've all seen the commercials from the major wireless carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint; and you've likely also seen plenty of ads from MVNOs like Boost Mobile. Marketing jargon is always rough to dig through, so a new (humor) video wants to help you figure out what cell phone ads are really saying.

We are big fans of Cracked and this video is top notch as always. Fake pitchman, Roger, is back to sell you wireless service from fake wireless carrier Another Mobile. The video is brutally honest and amusing, and highlights all of the tricks and hypocrisy you'll find in a normal carrier ad. Even if real commercials have already jumped on a bunch of the misleading facts as the attack ads have begun heating up. Verizon has already started pointing out that coverage maps are misleading (even if theirs may not be any better.)

What do you all think? What's your favorite part of the video? Are there any other misleading claims that should be included but weren't?

Sound off in the comments!



1. perry1234

Posts: 645; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Great !! The truth about American telecom companies

2. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

As a previous t-mobile and AT&T customer. I've traveled around. Verizons map is pretty damn accurate. I've had a tmobile rep tell me that the map showed I had service (I didn't). Used to jump carriers every 1-2 years. Haven't budged since moving to Verizon.

4. Eclectech

Posts: 349; Member since: May 01, 2013

Is your name Roger?

5. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Verizon marketing rep detected!

15. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Verizon does have the best coverage, especially in rural areas. Just because your carrier doesn't, there's no need to accuse someone of being a shill.

18. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Here in North Idaho, a very rural area, Verizon outshines the competition all day.

3. Eclectech

Posts: 349; Member since: May 01, 2013

I think I chuckled during the video at least once. Perhaps, I'd have been more receptive if I were drinking.

6. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

If Apple was honest with us Waiting for i-diots

7. Unordinary unregistered

Only took 6 comments for Apple to be mentioned. Lol. Butthurt

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The funny thing is, Android Fanboys just love saying "You iPhone users are always calling us poor or stupid!" and playing victim. Yet they mention the phone more than we do lol. Apple should thank them for the added marketing :D.

10. Unordinary unregistered

Lol very funny. We are here enjoying the news, and they are here to release all their emotional damage Apples success has caused him. They're (most of the guys here, not all) all pathetic lmao.

19. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Seriously I only made that comment to give them(apple but they fanboys) a piece of their own medicine And you are so butthurt

21. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015


11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So true lol. I remember when shows like the Tonight show made fun of the Apple Watch and a lot of fAndroids were laughing. But in the meantime, most of the USA and a lot of other countries too, have heard of the Apple Watch.

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The most funny thins is in my near 12 years of experience in cellphone industry the worst offender for reception are iphone. Iphone 6 + have weaker reception than a moto G first generation. So in your place i would not say butthurt ;)

20. Unordinary unregistered

Yea and Im Obama. Lol

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I just want to see the girl some more. Forget Roger and maps.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That...wasn't funny. A lot of truth in it, but little to no humor.

13. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The crazy thing about this, people still argue and fight about carries and OS!.. and all everybody have to do is choose which is best for them.. Lol

14. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Thats y I decide solely by the price of the service now, don't really care about the coverage, I just use a Tmobile family plan, paying 30USD each for unlimited data, text and voice, so I am pretty happy with it.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

But how to choose what best? Tech review ( biased as hell ) TV? ( same thing biased as hell ) Ask friend? ( sadly anyone will be biased toward what they use ) So how to choose what best for you? Ask question to a professional thats is not there just to make a quick sale. Every single client thats come to my store i ask them question about how they use the phone , if they go outside a lots with it ect ect and i determine the best device for those need and give a clear explanation. And even if i dont like apple i sell many iphones because when ppl : 1- Have a mac and an ipad already its better so everything work together. 2- If they are new to smartphone iphone are easier to learn. 3- Already have an iphone with lots of purchase on the apple app store ect. But here an example. I had a business clients thats came see me for 4 lines. He was using Samsung Rugby 2 phone ( rugged flip phone ) He wanted iphone. So i started to ask questions : 1- Do you stay outside for long time whitout easy access to charger? ( he told me yes as he is an excavator company ) 2- Do you tend to broke your phone from time to time even if its rugged? ( he told me yes ) 3- What would be the usages? ( mostly calls , text , email , GPS navigation and sometime some picture for work ) 4- are the look of the phone important to you? ( nope not at all i want something thats work and be durable ) 5- would you like to use your phone with glove on? ( all the time. * remember he had flip phone* ) 6- Are the phone near or in contact with water? ( can happen when its raining ) So instead of taking 4 iphone SE at 100$ each with otterbox defender ( 40-60$ each ) Apple care on each phone ( 99$ each ) and portable battery or charger. He took 4 Sonim XP7 at 0$ each. the phone can do all he need of them. have 3-4 time battery of an iphone. cover by 3 year warranty including water and physical damages. Fully sealed phone waterproof and ultra rugged. So yeah its all a question of what best for you but in today world what best for you get influenced by load of crap.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Marty, as usual, truer words have never been spoken. I agree with lots of people here - Verizon is above the rest, and this is coming from me - AT&T user. The only reason I'm on it is because they give me unlimited data with subsidized phone. I don't have coverage issues in 95% of areas, and I know that Verizon is better than AT&T. But unlimited data beats better coverage. To each his own - as soon as AT&T takes unlimited away - I will switch! Same for OS. If iOS gets bloated, inconsistent, looses the polish and shine completely (it's heading that way) - I will try android again.

23. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

If Apple Were 100% Honest With Us...

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