Nokia Makes Fun of iPhone, "Beta Phones" in New Lumia 900 Campaign
April 2, 2012 9:20 AM
Nokia has a little bit of fun with its competitors
Nokia Oyj. (
) unofficially just kicked off "Operation Rolling Thunder", the reported internal name of
the ad blitz
Lumia 900 LTE smartphone
launches April 8 on AT&T
, Inc.'s (
) network in the U.S.).
A teaser clip featuring ex-Saturday Night Live alum Chris Parnell aired during NBA games on Sunday, suggesting that previous smartphones to date may have been "beta phones", inviting users to visit a mysterious new website "
points out, that site contains images that point to the ad being the work of Nokia and AT&T. While the teaser is a bit subtle as to exactly what phone the campaign is primarily targeting, the three videos "Outside", "Fragile", and "Death Grip" make it pretty clear that they're mocking the iPhone. The videos mock the iPhone screen's poor performance outdoors, its tendency to shatter, and the infamous antenna issues of the iPhone 4.
The "Death Grip" clip even quotes echoes late Apple CEO and co-founder Steven P. Jobs'
now infamous admonishment
to customers -- "You're holding it wrong!"
isn't the first time
Nokia has mocked Apple's antenna woes.)
The ads look to be the work of veteran ad agency
Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners
, given the fact that they have been posting to Twitter related messages using the hashtag #BetaPhone.
Reactions to the videos at this point are expectedly mixed. It's a pretty bold move for AT&T to endorse this type of an attack on one of its top products, and it shows exactly how serious AT&T is about the Lumia 900 launch.
The Lumia 900 preorder went online over the weekend. While we knew that AT&T was
pricing the phone very aggressively
-- under $100 -- what was a surprise was that the carrier is now offering the phone
to new subscribers
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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