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T-Mobile - Kill Your Contract

February 02, 2014 | :30

Wait. A third spot for T-Mobile? From a different agency? This one's text only, set to Roger Miller's "Whistle Stop" (from Disney's "Robin Hood"), and tells folks that yes, you can break up with your crummy carrier, and T-Mobile will pay for the broken contract. And, no, T-Mobile is definitely not saying that because it's on its "fourth margarita." The ad, via Publicis Seattle and Riney, is quiet in a surprisingly effective way for a Super Bowl play, and might speak directly to those who are on their fourth (or eighth) margarita. The only off note from this spot is that it implies T-Mobile isn't the sort to spend gobs of cash on celebrities. You mean like Tim Tebow? (See T-Mobile's other two ads in Super Bowl XLVIII, "No Contract, No Worries" and "Still No Contract".)

It had been a while, but T-Mobile wasn't the first telco marketer to go Total Typography in its bid to stand out on a Super Bowl ad roster. Sprint and J. Walter Thompson deployed the same tactic in 1992 with "Why Go Back."

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  • BrandT-Mobile
  • Year2014
  • AgencyPublicis, Riney
  • Superbowl #XLVIII
  • Quarter airedQ4