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Single Grunt From Random Actor Makes AT&T Spot Explode

The 'Huh?' heard around the world

AT&T's "Responsibilities" ad, for the BlackBerry Torch 4G, offers a twist on the ubiquitous wacky-office-hijinks trope with, of all things, honesty. The spot, in which employees are encouraged to use…

Touchscreen for Your Smartphone? That's So Last Decade

Korean spot shows the evolution of the swipe

Check out this fine South Korean ad introducing Pantech's Sky Vega 4G LTE smartphone. It's yet another Android phone with a spiffy new feature—the Vega 4G LTE doesn't require you…

Phone Ad Scares Living Daylights Out of British

Spot with dead girl faces possible ban

Boo! This Phones 4U commercial from the U.K., featuring a ghostly little girl who haunts a woman in a deserted parking garage, is scary. We're talking road-safety PSA stuff here—solid…

AT&T Ads Cast Merger With T-Mobile as Jobs Creator

TV, print work targets D.C.

AT&T is in the fight of its life to keep its $39 billion merger with T-Mobile alive. As the Department of Justice's suit against the merger gets under way (the…

Surprise! Diaper Dad Is a Hapless Moron in AT&T's New Ad

Nicely done, but oh so familiar

BBDO phones in this doofus-dad spot to deliver the message that "Only AT&T's network lets your iPhone talk and surf at the same time." It's well executed and appealingly cast,…

Virgin Mobile's Boob-Flashing Spot Gets Covered Up

Actresses are in their 20s but look younger

Check out this dreck—a Virgin Mobile commercial from South Africa that was just banned for appearing to sexualize young girls. The ad shows four girls flashing their breasts at a…

Nokia's Giant Stop-Motion Ad Smaller Than Sum of Its Parts

No sense of scale in finished film

Stop-motion morning on AdFreak continues with Nokia. Last summer, the telecom brand presented the charming stop-motion adventures of Dot, a tiny girl's fevered—but ultimately victorious—sprint through a threatening dream world…

Blink-182 Feeling Blue in New Partnership With AT&T

Band glows like Smurfs in ad, rewards fans for co-opting its music

The new Facebook share button on the HTC Status phone turns Blink-182 blue in this new AT&T ad from BBDO in New York. Their Smurfy glow mimics what the button…

Leonardo DiCaprio Can't Get the Girl in Chinese Cell-Phone Ads

Leonardo DiCaprio's a big star—an entire generation of female moviegoers lost their virginity to other guys while moaning his name. Leo can get any girl he wants. But he lets…

Nokia N9 Claims It Has the World's Quickest Ads

The Nokia N9 says it's got the world's quickest ads. We all know that's bullshit, since Miller High Life's brilliant 1 Second Ads around the 2009 Super Bowl were clearly…

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