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What's your target audience? [Dec. 27th, 2007|07:58 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

I saw this ad at SFO:

If you can't read it, it says:
As fast as you can push the buttons. Send messages at, like, the speed of light. LOL. That's texting at SprintSpeed.
I will now kindly ask that any of my readers with Sprint service please call and cancel your service, paying any early contract cancellation penalties and moving on to a less stupid provider. Thanks.

Edit: I was going to stop with that, but I have to start enumerating the stupidness of the ad:
  • Graffiti-style handwriting. Does the phone do handwriting recognition perhaps? No, I guess not, because it says "As fast as you can push the buttons."
  • "like". Just to be 13-year-old-girly, or does it not really travel at the speed of light? But like, almost? Like, maybe?
  • "LOL". What's funny?
  • Speed of light. Wow. Fast. I think the rate limiter here will be how fast I can push the buttons then, huh? How are you going to help me with that?
  • Varying font sizes for no reason?
  • "That's texting at SprintSpeed."? What? What does this $20 phone do differently that makes it oh-so-fast SprintSpeed?

[User Picture]From: brad
2007-12-28 04:11 am (UTC)
My Treo and Blackberry (both quadband) did, but the iPhone requires finding a place to make your a $25 hacked SIM card, cloning a pre-pay SIM you buy from Beeline/MTS/Megafone onto a looks-like-AT&T SIM. I didn't do that, though, just used a basic Nokia phone with a pre-pay. (everything's pre-pay in Russia, as far as I can tell... refill at ATM machines...)
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