Ouch! After starring in a number of Motorola DROID Turbo ads, James Franco is already back to his iPhone 6?


As we found out several days ago, Motorola and Verizon, its exclusive partner for the DROID Turbo, chose celebrity James Franco to promote the new flagship. Franco appeared in several short teasers (all of which pretty mystifying) before the Turbo was officially outed and it became obvious to everybody that it's Motorola's new highest of high-ends he was promoting. 

Funny thing, however – literally hours after the product he was hired to endorse started selling, Franco was yesterday seen using an Apple iPhone 6 in one of his latest Instragram posts. Franco likely isn't breaking any contractual agreements, but we couldn't help but be reminded of every other time deals between phone manufacturers and celebs have ended up in a similar way. For example, shortly after Ellen Degeneres used a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to snap a group selfie (Groufie, according to one of Huawei's latest trademarks) that would then become a part of the most popular tweet in Twitter history, Ellen was seen taking photos with an iPhone instead. Similarly, Oprah (or somebody on her staff?) used her trusty iPad to endorse the Microsoft Surface back in 2012.

Ultimately, these not-so-little gaffes will likely stay out of the public's attention at which these ads are aimed anyway, but we're probably not alone in feeling that if manufacturers are going to pour serious dough on celebrity endorsements, they might want to include a clause that would prevent something like this happening over and over. Are we alone?



source: Instagram via Droid-Life

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DROID Turbo
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3900 mAh
iPhone 6
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  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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70 Comments

1. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Lol that was fast iOS ftw

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Turbo - makes you want to switch devices fast

18. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Hmm...

26. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

PhoneArena reviews: Samsung Galaxy Note 4: 9.3 Motorola Droid Turbo: 9.2 Apple iPhone 6 Plus: 9.0

30. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520: 9.7 How convenient that you left out the first snapdragon 805 phone

37. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

What are ye talking about ?! It got a rating of 9 by PA not 9.7 no need to lie ! Also it has snapdragon 800 not 805. It was released almost a year ago ! http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Nokia-Lumia-1520-Review_id3496/page/4

41. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol he must be pointing out those biased fanboyic user reviews. Never trust what a WP fanboy says.

51. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I am not a fanboy, I just love cutting edge tech. A Nexus 6 running Windows Phone 8.1 would be an ideal device my friend. It is still a decent device when running Android.

70. baldilocks

Posts: 1511; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Windows Phone? Really? It reminds me of a 1990's ANSI color Bulletin Board System.

62. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The truth. Then again, who cares all that much about these shallow PA reviews...?

38. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Some people trust their own judgement more.

58. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yep. Dumb on Motorola and/or Verizon's part not to make that part of the contract. Says a lot about your phone if the person you hire to promote it doesn't actually use it.

2. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Ouch...

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I want to see Sniggly's reaction this one

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

A celebrity using an iPhone, this is unheard of!!! So what? I don't see the point in celebrity advertising. If you need a celebrity to justify your choices then you're pretty sad. Use what you like and be happy with it. If it doesn't work, find something else that does. Who cares what other people think? What's supposed to matter is what fits your needs. Do you also vote the same as your favorite celebrity does? Are we now gonna start taking psychology advice from Tom Cruise? I've never understood why people think because someone can act, sing, or are athletically gifted that what they say in any other medium holds any weight. And really, I doubt that James Franco, Robert Downey Jr, Gary Oldman, or Lebron James are experts on tech. The only celebrity who might even be considered as such would be Ashton Kutcher, only because he seems more involved with the field than just making a commercial and collecting a check. But otherwise, what makes these people any more knowledgeable than any of us?

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That begs the question though - why bother paying James Franco to be your viral shill? Who was Motorizon trying to impress? Let the product speak for itself.

24. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Motorola doesn't market the Droid series. Verizon does...

45. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hi! I'm so glad you wanted my reaction to a famous actor being seen out of character. Would you also like my reaction to James Franco being seen not going 100 mph on a bicycle? Maybe you'd like me to react to James Franco being seen not flirting with random women out on the street late at night. Maybe for my next act I'll react to photos of Bradley Cooper walking around not being a 2 foot tall talking raccoon. Or maybe I'll react to Vin Diesel saying more than the words "I am Groot." It's an ad. He's an actor. Not surprised he uses an iPhone, nor do I particularly care.

3. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

James Franco really knows how to appreciate a great piece of tech like the IPhone 6

54. ezfidel

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

I went back to Apple for the 6 plus and after 3 days I couldn't stand looking at the same boring looking icons just sitting there. Hadent used one since the iPhone 4. I think iPhones r just for people that like Apple as a company and don't pay attention to the actual product they r using, or it's competition. And before u call me a android fanboy I switch between my Lumia 1520 and LG g3.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhones rock, plain and simple. One the best.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup clean simple and just works great

65. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

That's Windows Phone you're talking about there... ;-)

48. whocar3s

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Iphone ftw!

73. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yup, poor build quality really rocks...

77. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Yeah after bending them, they will rock on flat surface.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Well, some people have more than one phone. This is nothing new.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Other people get paid thousands of dollars to advertise a phone they don't have.

42. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And they don't even have a clue about tech.

66. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

That goes for 'some' people commenting in fora like these too... :-)

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