Your donations pay for the CIH Forum hosting and software.
Please help the CIH Forums by disabling AdBlock Plus on this page.
Forum Home Forum Home :: The Message Board :: Commercials You Hate !!!!!
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Verizon "Colorful Balls"
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Verizon "Colorful Balls"

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Message
DesertX View Drop Down
Honor Roll
Honor Roll


Joined: 18 May 2008
Status: Offline
Points: 256
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DesertX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Verizon "Colorful Balls"
    Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 4:02am
Not only is this commercial overplayed, it's insulting to those who are happy non-Verizon users.


Back to Top
Sponsored Links



Back to Top
Anduril View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive


Joined: 23 Sep 2014
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 2143
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anduril Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 12:43pm
Originally posted by DesertX DesertX wrote:

Not only is this commercial overplayed, it's insulting to those who are happy non-Verizon users.
 
All five of them?  Big smile
 
As an "insider" in that industry, I can assure you that, on-balance, Verizon has their act together much more so than their peers.  AT&T is dead last in customer service, across almost all industries (not just wireless)!  Sprint has financial troubles, so much so that they are not even participating in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions.  Last I checked their stock was hovering in the low single digits, and they have HUGE debt.  T-Mobile is a bit of a recent outlier.  Not as many customers, not as much spectrum, but they are happy to pick up customers hemmorrhaging from AT&T's inability to effectively run a wireless communications company.  Just wait until the 4th quarter numbers come out.
 
Of course, the deathstar company will probably still pay a $0.48 dividend, so everyone looks the other way.  And not suprisingly, AT&T doesn't use Root Metrics (except when it favors them).
Back to Top
usmaak View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 23 Dec 2014
Location: CO
Status: Offline
Points: 1435
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote usmaak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 1:36pm
I was with Sprint for years.  I'm still not sure why.  Their 3G was useless, their 4G before LTE only worked in about 5 places, and when I could get it, was no faster than every one else's 3G.  We would constantly get text messages out of order.  Their customer service was terrible.

5 years ago, I moved to Verizon, and haven't regretted it.  Still, they are not as good everywhere.  When I lived in the midwest, they were great, with lots of speed.  Since moving west, things haven't been that great.  They are still reliable, but it is impossible to coax any real speed out of them during the day.  Even light webpages take way too long to load.  I live in a small city of almost 90,000 people.  A few years ago, they came out with something that they call XLTE that was supposed to improve response times and speed.  There is no hint of it here.  We have lots of 4G holes here, including some in places populated with many stores and residences.  When my contract was last up, I took a good look at ATT, TMobile, and Verizon (never again, Sprint), and I decided to stay with Verizon.  From the people that I asked, the others are even worse here.  I guess Verizon focuses on being just a bit better than the competition.  I see no indication that they're ever going to upgrade their equipment here, or put in more towers, or add more bandwidth capability.
Back to Top
ThatNerdInPhilly View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 23 Oct 2014
Location: Philadelphia
Status: Offline
Points: 2078
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ThatNerdInPhilly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 5:19pm
The only reason why I still have ATT for my iPhone is because I still have an unlimited plan. BUT this will change. They are bumping up my bill starting next month. My contract with these fools ends in September and they will no longer offer unlimited.

I must change it to their bullsh*t ATT "Next" plan.
------
"This Has Swag."
~ Idiot from an iHop Commercial.
Back to Top
aka ron View Drop Down
Honor Roll
Honor Roll
Avatar

Joined: 11 Apr 2009
Location: WI
Status: Offline
Points: 27197
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aka ron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 7:10pm
We have Sprint and 2 smart phones.
 
I don't even text with mine, let alone web surfing and she doesn't go on the web with hers.
She has her kindle and a laptop. I have my PC.
 
It seems reasonable at $90 a month. 
I can't complain but sometimes I still do.
Back to Top
i8acannibal View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 19 Jun 2014
Location: New Hampshire
Status: Offline
Points: 3504
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote i8acannibal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 8:09pm
We have Straight Talk using Verizons network. They also offer AT&T/Sprint phones. I have no complaints. We've been with them for around 5 years. Unlimited talk and text, and 5gb of 4g data for $45 a month. Coverage is great (thanks Verizon). Even though we live in the capital, only Verizons network has full and reliable coverage. If any of you are interested and need more information, just ask. And no, I earn NOTHING on any of this. I just speak from experience. I don't work for them, I just despise cell contracts and think that they shouldn't exist. Tongue
Say something clever here...

No, I'm too lazy. Imagine it yourself.
Back to Top
Anduril View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive


Joined: 23 Sep 2014
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 2143
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anduril Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 8:45pm
Originally posted by usmaak usmaak wrote:

I was with Sprint for years.  I'm still not sure why.  Their 3G was useless, their 4G before LTE only worked in about 5 places, and when I could get it, was no faster than every one else's 3G.  We would constantly get text messages out of order.  Their customer service was terrible.

5 years ago, I moved to Verizon, and haven't regretted it.  Still, they are not as good everywhere.  When I lived in the midwest, they were great, with lots of speed.  Since moving west, things haven't been that great.  They are still reliable, but it is impossible to coax any real speed out of them during the day.  Even light webpages take way too long to load.  I live in a small city of almost 90,000 people.  A few years ago, they came out with something that they call XLTE that was supposed to improve response times and speed.  There is no hint of it here.  We have lots of 4G holes here, including some in places populated with many stores and residences.  When my contract was last up, I took a good look at ATT, TMobile, and Verizon (never again, Sprint), and I decided to stay with Verizon.  From the people that I asked, the others are even worse here.  I guess Verizon focuses on being just a bit better than the competition.  I see no indication that they're ever going to upgrade their equipment here, or put in more towers, or add more bandwidth capability.
 
Depends on where you live in Colorado.
West of the Front Range, radio propagation obviously gets very tricky due to the mountains.
Outside Denver and the larger cities, there a miles of open space, so don't expect coverage there to be fantastic, although the major highways and towns (big and small) should have at least very good 3G coverage.  With some 4G overlap.
 
Also:  Much depends on what frequencies Verizon has there.
Radio propagation below 1 GHz is more "robust", requires fewer towers, and generally penetrates indoors better (all else being "equal".)  And I use the term loosely.
 
Visit: http://reboot.fcc.gov/spectrumdashboard/searchMap.seam to see who has what spectrum licensed in your area.  Aggregate amount of spectrum (esp. below 1 GHz), is usually a reliable indicator of who is likely to be an adequate provider in your area.  And of course, the duopoly is Verizon / AT&T, so statistically speaking, it's likely going to be one of them. 
Back to Top
i8acannibal View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 19 Jun 2014
Location: New Hampshire
Status: Offline
Points: 3504
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote i8acannibal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 8:54pm
Ha ha ha... He he he.... You said penetrate... Wink
Say something clever here...

No, I'm too lazy. Imagine it yourself.
Back to Top
LiberryGirl View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 19 Dec 2012
Location: Texas
Status: Offline
Points: 466
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LiberryGirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2016 at 12:23am
I don't understand this commercial. Then again, I didn't try real hard.
Back to Top
CapeCat View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 12 Jan 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Status: Offline
Points: 660
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CapeCat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2016 at 1:50am
Originally posted by LiberryGirl LiberryGirl wrote:

I don't understand this commercial. Then again, I didn't try real hard.
I don't even get to that point - as soon as the air horn blasts at the beginning of the commercial - instant mute.  
CapeCat
Back to Top
Thor View Drop Down
Revolutionary
Revolutionary
Avatar

Joined: 16 Apr 2008
Location: Rockaway, NJ
Status: Offline
Points: 57896
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2016 at 1:52am
It's just kinda tedious.
 
 
Back to Top
i8acannibal View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 19 Jun 2014
Location: New Hampshire
Status: Offline
Points: 3504
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote i8acannibal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2016 at 2:20am
They're trying to be clever, but they've failed miserably. 
Say something clever here...

No, I'm too lazy. Imagine it yourself.
Back to Top
commercialssuck View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 24 Jan 2015
Location: Heartland USA
Status: Offline
Points: 376
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote commercialssuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 2016 at 6:28am
Originally posted by Anduril Anduril wrote:

Originally posted by DesertX DesertX wrote:

Not only is this commercial overplayed, it's insulting to those who are happy non-Verizon users.
 
All five of them?  Big smile
 
As an "insider" in that industry, I can assure you that, on-balance, Verizon has their act together much more so than their peers.  AT&T is dead last in customer service, across almost all industries (not just wireless)!  Sprint has financial troubles, so much so that they are not even participating in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions.  Last I checked their stock was hovering in the low single digits, and they have HUGE debt.  T-Mobile is a bit of a recent outlier.  Not as many customers, not as much spectrum, but they are happy to pick up customers hemmorrhaging from AT&T's inability to effectively run a wireless communications company.  Just wait until the 4th quarter numbers come out.
 
Of course, the deathstar company will probably still pay a $0.48 dividend, so everyone looks the other way.  And not suprisingly, AT&T doesn't use Root Metrics (except when it favors them).


God, I hate ATT. I don't have a cell phone, but have their home phone and internet. They recently switched over to fiber optics and flat out lied to me about cost, but now that I am on the new system/plan, I am stuck. They also royally screwed up the switchover and I lost service twice and had to spend lots of time dealing with that. And it's my business/home phone, so I could very well have lost business.

I hope ATT loses lots of customers and fails. They basically have a monopoly here so they just don't give a fu*k about their customers, cuz they are really the only game in town, at least for home phone. For internet, there's always mediacom, but they are just as bad if not worse, and are more expensive. 
Back to Top
usmaak View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 23 Dec 2014
Location: CO
Status: Offline
Points: 1435
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote usmaak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 2016 at 2:24pm
Originally posted by Anduril Anduril wrote:

Originally posted by usmaak usmaak wrote:

I was with Sprint for years.  I'm still not sure why.  Their 3G was useless, their 4G before LTE only worked in about 5 places, and when I could get it, was no faster than every one else's 3G.  We would constantly get text messages out of order.  Their customer service was terrible.

5 years ago, I moved to Verizon, and haven't regretted it.  Still, they are not as good everywhere.  When I lived in the midwest, they were great, with lots of speed.  Since moving west, things haven't been that great.  They are still reliable, but it is impossible to coax any real speed out of them during the day.  Even light webpages take way too long to load.  I live in a small city of almost 90,000 people.  A few years ago, they came out with something that they call XLTE that was supposed to improve response times and speed.  There is no hint of it here.  We have lots of 4G holes here, including some in places populated with many stores and residences.  When my contract was last up, I took a good look at ATT, TMobile, and Verizon (never again, Sprint), and I decided to stay with Verizon.  From the people that I asked, the others are even worse here.  I guess Verizon focuses on being just a bit better than the competition.  I see no indication that they're ever going to upgrade their equipment here, or put in more towers, or add more bandwidth capability.
 
Depends on where you live in Colorado.
West of the Front Range, radio propagation obviously gets very tricky due to the mountains.
Outside Denver and the larger cities, there a miles of open space, so don't expect coverage there to be fantastic, although the major highways and towns (big and small) should have at least very good 3G coverage.  With some 4G overlap.
 
Also:  Much depends on what frequencies Verizon has there.
Radio propagation below 1 GHz is more "robust", requires fewer towers, and generally penetrates indoors better (all else being "equal".)  And I use the term loosely.
 
Visit: http://reboot.fcc.gov/spectrumdashboard/searchMap.seam to see who has what spectrum licensed in your area.  Aggregate amount of spectrum (esp. below 1 GHz), is usually a reliable indicator of who is likely to be an adequate provider in your area.  And of course, the duopoly is Verizon / AT&T, so statistically speaking, it's likely going to be one of them. 
Thanks for the info.  I'm in the front range, Boulder county.  I searched on Verizon and Verizon Wireless in Boulder county and there are only six listed.  I guess that explains why I'm not having great results with Verizon here.  ATT has more than twice the listings.  I guess I should think about switching in November, when my contract is up.  I just really hate ATT. LOL
Back to Top
Anduril View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive


Joined: 23 Sep 2014
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 2143
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anduril Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 2016 at 8:02pm
Originally posted by usmaak usmaak wrote:

Thanks for the info.  I'm in the front range, Boulder county.  I searched on Verizon and Verizon Wireless in Boulder county and there are only six listed.  I guess that explains why I'm not having great results with Verizon here.  ATT has more than twice the listings.  I guess I should think about switching in November, when my contract is up.  I just really hate ATT. LOL
 
Send me your address and I'll mail you a nice stainless steel fork you can stick in your eye when you switch to AT&T.  Ouch
 
I just checked Boulder County as well.
Your only real choices are AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. 
Of these, only AT&T and Verizon have spectrum holdings in the cellular band (824-896 MHz).
In fact, they each have one-half of the band - a very common situation nationwide BTW.
Both have 700 MHz holdings (which is usually LTE), and also holdings in the PCS Band (1850-1990 MHz).  Frequencies below about 1000 MHz tend to propagate better, especially in the mountains.
 
So, Verizon has "choice" spectrum to give you good service, (same as AT&T), so it probably boils down to who as the most, and the closest towers to serve the areas in which you travel.
 
Cellular and PCS are "migrating" to LTE format, but it takes time because there's still a lot of handsets out there that cannot handle LTE (and would stop functioning).  Don't confuse the format with the frequency.  It's the frequency band that matters, all things being equal (mostly).
 
Neither T-Mobile nor Sprint have any cellular spectrum in Boulder County.
Because PCS band frequencies (i.e., 1850-1990 MHz) propagate poorly in mountainous regions, if you're relying on T-Mobile or Sprint, they'll need a lot more towers than they probably can get out of Boulder County's highly restrictive land zoning. 
 
Bottom line, your choices seem to be either AT&T or Verizon.
Which isn't surprising since they are proverbial 800-pound gorillas in the room (i.e., the nationwide duopoly).
Back to Top
zippyjet View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 30 Nov 2010
Location: Baltimore, Md.
Status: Offline
Points: 1849
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zippyjet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jan 2016 at 3:48am
Actually, the balls commercial isn't bad nor good. And, the Rashida Jones commercials are clever and Rashida is rocking that mini skirt, she's hot. There is however one Verizon commercial in the current crop I hate. It's generally non descript but the weird instrumental music gets on my nerves. Mainly this one is on the radio. The weird music reminds me of background sh*t from the late 70's/early 80's. I also think of those clickey swinging metal ball chotchkies rich folk had on their desks back then.


I approve this message.
Back to Top
Anduril View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive


Joined: 23 Sep 2014
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 2143
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anduril Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jan 2016 at 2:39pm
FWIW:  It's actually spelled "tchotchke".
One of those weird words you just have to memorize how so spell.  Wink
 
I believe the tchotchke in question is called a "Newton's Cradle".
Back to Top
zippyjet View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive
Avatar

Joined: 30 Nov 2010
Location: Baltimore, Md.
Status: Offline
Points: 1849
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zippyjet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jan 2016 at 5:27am
Originally posted by Anduril Anduril wrote:

FWIW:  It's actually spelled "tchotchke".
One of those weird words you just have to memorize how so spell.  Wink
 
I believe the tchotchke in question is called a "Newton's Cradle".

Always have been spelling challenged. This commercial I keep talking about is on the radio too many times and also on TV. Ironically I really like the music with the Tiger go figure.
I approve this message.
Back to Top
flychinook View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive


Joined: 27 Jul 2008
Status: Offline
Points: 218
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote flychinook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jan 2016 at 5:21am
Originally posted by Anduril Anduril wrote:

Sprint has financial troubles, so much so that they are not even participating in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions. 

For what it's worth, Sprint didn't participate in the 600 MHz auction, because they don't need it. They're still building out the 800 MHz spectrum that was re-purposed from the decommissioning of Nextel. 
Back to Top
Anduril View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive


Joined: 23 Sep 2014
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 2143
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anduril Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jan 2016 at 1:19pm
Originally posted by flychinook flychinook wrote:

Originally posted by Anduril Anduril wrote:

Sprint has financial troubles, so much so that they are not even participating in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions. 

For what it's worth, Sprint didn't participate in the 600 MHz auction, because they don't need it. They're still building out the 800 MHz spectrum that was re-purposed from the decommissioning of Nextel. 
 
The 600 MHz auction hasn't happened yet.
Sprint is not still building out anything of any consequence.   In fact, both their own stock, and those of the major public tower companies took a nose dive recently when Sprint announced their intention to stop building marcocell sites.  (Which of course, isn't even remotely a realistic "solution" for their situation, but the markets responded accordingly by hammering their respective stocks.)
 
I realize that there are indeed a tiny number of markets where the 800 MHz rebanding is still languishing (as you point out), but those issues are really at the far margins of Sprint's overall core financial problems.
 
Sprint is simply saddled with way too much debt. (They also just announced major layoffs.)
Even if it could win spectrum at auction, it's not clear how they could build it out, let alone profit from it in any sort of reasonable time frame.
Back to Top
Triple J View Drop Down
Honor Roll
Honor Roll
Avatar

Joined: 18 Apr 2008
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 2830
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Triple J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2016 at 1:47am
LOL Now Sprint has just lampooned the "tiny red balls" ad with this rebuttal, and throws in the samurai dork from their slice and dice campaign, or whatever it's called.

Back to Top
Anduril View Drop Down
Junior Executive
Junior Executive


Joined: 23 Sep 2014
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 2143
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anduril Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2016 at 3:17am
This Sprint "colorful balls" ad is pretty misleading.
It's based on Sprint's interpretation of supposedly independent data, and is valid only for download speed of files greater than 150 kB.
 
Which is to say, it says NOTHING about often you can actually attach to their network to download something to begin with (i.e., coverage, not speed).  And of course, files significantly larger than 150 kb (i.e., YouTube) might result in losing a download session entirely as you drive out of (the often times pitiful) range of its network.
 
Then there's the uplink (i.e., your request for network resources).
Sure, Sprint might have a lickety-split download speed (in select areas), but what good is it if you have to wait ages for the download to begin?  BTW:  Depending where you look, and what you measure, every carrier has some aspect of their network to brag about.  But overall, there's a reason Sprint essentially has to buy subscribers for their networks.  I even used them at one time.  Never again.  (Well, not anytime soon.  Let's see if they can stave off a bankruptcy or takoever/merger first..)
 
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 11.04
Copyright ©2001-2015 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.125 seconds.