Would you buy a branded ad phone, like the Pepsi P1s?

Would you buy a branded ad phone, like the Pepsi P1s?
If you needed additional proof that the smartphone industry is quickly getting commoditized and maturing, much to the chagrin of Samsung and other key players, look no further than the Pepsi P1s or the LeTV 1s phones. 

These are seemingly sold at cost, as they go for $110 or $175, respectively, and offer great value for the money, while sporting the logo not of traditional smartphone makers, but are rather tagged with consumer market staples. The popular LeTV media brand in China sold its first million handsets faster than any newcomer in history, and this success may be beat now by its latest 1s offering.

This is not Pepsi's first effort to popularize its fizzy efforts with a phone, either, as we had the Pepsi edition of the Oppo N1 a while before, but recently such handsets have been proliferating, and with a good reason. From carriers issuing their own Androids, through entertainment juggernauts like LeTV, to brands that are totally unrelated to the mobile industry - creating a phone has become a favorite pastime for the PR efforts of many brands now. 

After all, a phone is something you carry with you always, and look at tens of times a day, so you can hardly find a more engaging venue for creating brand-awareness. Be that as it may, we wanted to ask you if you would consider buying such branded, "walking ad" devices. Tell us in the poll below, and in the comments.

Would you buy a branded ad phone, like the Pepsi P1s?

Yes, as long as they are subsidized and offer great value for money
48.81%
Not a chance
51.19%

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23 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The LeTV Phones Are Awesome So Yes But The Pepsi Phone Isn't Worth It.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

LeTv 1S >>> P1S. Also gotta respect the price they're selling it for too, less than the actual cost! (173 than 208)

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

if they offer value for money i would, the only rip off i'd not, is apple....

3. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yes. I rate LeTv 1S >>> P1S. if you are referring to the brand, letv is brand new to phones, pepsi doesn't sound that good. Look at the spec for Letv 1s, all-metal body, extra slim screen bezels, octa-core CPU, IPS LCD , 13MP ISOCELL , 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of storage on board, price at $173. this is very good enough.

4. legiloca

Posts: 1674; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Pepsi can try a little harder on the chosen hardware, a big battery is nothing if the hardware isn't battery friendly.. PA please make a review and we shall see if this phone got what it takes to be everybody's daily driver

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I love how there's not even a choice for maybe lol

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

what about Galaxy S6 Ion Man edition ?

11. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

^^inserts random comment.

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I want the blue one right now with a can of Pepsi. Not kidding.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Anyone with a carrier branded phone in the US better have answered yes...

10. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Good point.

16. HildyJ

Posts: 332; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Or one with an apple on the back.

12. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

OMG!!!! Pepsi phone?? What??? Seriously?? Ah why not!! new goodies are to explore I'm a electronic junky and Best Buy store is like a contractor toy store

13. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Have to admit that it looks "cool" ...

14. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Yes it does maybe a new toy with my soda of choice too lol ... Gulp gulp lol

15. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Has a Samsung look??

23. MobiliKlaipeda

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

obvius huawei rear;

17. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

There is no chance I would lower myself to a Pepsi branded phone. Insulting. Now, if Sam Adams gives this a shot, I am all in. A couple Bourbon brands, maybe a fun Mattel Toy branded phone with rotating Toy pictures from my childhood... But Pepsi??? No way!!!

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol reading comments by Americans like yourself makes my day. "My God a Pepsi phone even though it perfectly suits my needs I base my purchases on brands instead, even if this is more value for the money." There, I fixed it for you.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Just curious... While reading comments from Americans like myself, you do catch the irony and humor from time to time, right? Slamming Pepsi while I am asking for other commercially branded devices? Com on Bernoulli- I read your posts. You are quick and intelligent for the most part. You HAD to have noticed. In reality, I could care less where a phone comes from or who makes it. But for all the crap people hurl at the commercial driven Country I call home, usually we find good deals and respond to really good products. Is this a good product? Or just a corporations attempt to cash in and push a name? If it is the former, it will do fine. If it is the latter, it will rest right along-side the numerous failed Facebook phones and gimmick devices like the Kyrocera Echo and BlackBerry Pearl.

21. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Haha sometimes man, it's hard to convey tone without facial expressions. I'm sorry bro I really thought you weren't kidding.

22. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

No harm!! Still would rather read your post than 2/3rds of the others on here. Glad you are around!

19. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I would rather have the upcoming electrolyte infused Gatorade phone

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