Sprint just threw some major shade at Verizon! The mobile network totally stole its competitors famous ‘Can you hear me now?’ guy for its latest ad campaign and had no problem admitting it. Watch the diss-filled commercial right here!
Do we have a mobile network showdown on our hands? Sprint just released its latest ad on June 5, and features a familiar face: The iconic “Can you hear me now?” guy. But while people might be excited to see the return of Mr. Can You Hear Me Now — whose name is Paul Marcarelli — they may remember that he was once the “Test Man” for Verizon Wireless. Yep, Sprint completely stole the Verizon guy!
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Apparently Paul wasn’t ashamed to appear in a different network’s commercial either, because he talked total trash on his former mobile network! “I used to ask if you could hear me now with Verizon. Not anymore, I’m with Sprint now — because guess what? It’s 2016 and every network is great,” Paul says as he sports a Sprint-yellow t-shirt and carries a matching yellow phone. After explaining that Sprint’s reliability is now within 1 percent of Verizon’s and the company saves its customers 50 percent on most competitor rates, he closed with the ultimate diss. “So I switched to Sprint, and millions more have too. Can you hear that?”
OMG, the shade! Clearly Sprint and Paul alike wanted to make it obvious that the network stole Verizon’s famed “Can you hear me now?” guy. Heck, they even titled the commercial “Paul switched.” Man, it almost seems like Sprint had a score to settle with Verizon or something!
Although Verizon hasn’t issued an ad firing back yet, Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson didn’t seem phased by Sprint’s attack. He even reminded CNN Money that Verizon has managed to maintain the largest number of U.S. wireless customers since having Paul in their commercials.
“Sprint is using our 2002 pitchman because their network is finally catching up to our 2002 network quality,” Jeffrey told CNN Money, noting that Verizon is the “most awarded wireless network ever.” It doesn’t seem like Verizon feels the need to put out a retaliation commercial, but we’d sure love to see one!
What do you think of Sprint’s commercial, HollywoodLifers? Was it clever or a little too ruthless? Tell us below!