Well, I think I'm finally breaking down and moving into the 20th century. I feel the need to have a cellphone. Not looking for anything fancy. No need for internet. No need for texting. Just something to make the occasional phone call on.
Verizon has completely alienated me with an advertisement. This is saying something since I don't have a television and so my exposure is comparatively limited. But this ad sickens me so much:
That I cannot bear to give Verizon money. Why does it bother me so? First, the outright thievery of a commercial jingle from my youth. It's not like it has anything to do with chewing gum. Heck, Big Red still exists. Mostly, though, it's the way people who use Verizon-based cellphones are portrayed in the commercial.
It starts with a guy making a sculpture of a woman while she is browsing the internet on her phone. No big deal even though the sculpture does have her on the phone. Then we have kids updating Facebook on a camping trip while the father figure tells a ghost story. Disrespectful but the kids love their Facebook. Still not a huge deal. "Make your boring job much better" as the bellhop ignores his work. Now I'm irked. Maybe stop being an irresponsible ass and do what you're paid to do before you find yourself out of a job and figuring out how to pay your cellphone bill. I'll bet you none of Chip Conley's bellhops stand there on their cellphones ignoring the patrons.
Then we go back to the sculpture. The woman has been on the internet in the time it took for the guy to do the sculpture. She ignores his handicraft. How very rude.
"YOU'LL WATCH YOUTUBE ON A HORSE"?!?!?!?! If I am riding a horse on a beach with a woman's arms wrapped around me, I am not being an asshat and watching Youtube videos on my phone. Who needs scenery, romance and a fun experience when I can watch Autotune the News Volume 3,243? Seriously?
Then we wrap up with everyone oblivious to the world around them. Hate the commercial. Just hate it.
Which leaves me trying to find a good cell provider while avoiding the largest one. Anyone have any recommendations, either for or against?