Strangest Commercial Ever Offers T-Mobile Customers $100 Credit To Switch To Virgin Mobile


Hello again Virgin Mobile and thank you very much for the creepiest commercials ever. Seriously, Virgin’s second commercial in two years aimed directly at stealing T-Mobile customers is perhaps the oddest commercial I’ve seen in recent wireless industry history. A brain jumping on a chair is somehow appealing and makes me want to switch carriers, riiiiiight. I’m usually pretty critical of T-Mobile’s marketing but at least I don’t cringe when I watch them and Carly was far better than this…whatever this is.

Virgin’s “Retrain Your Brain” campaign is offering T-Mobile customers a $100 credit to switch to their number to Virgin’s no-contract, $35 unlimited plan.

It’s pretty simple:? just choose your Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk smartphone.? Transfer your existing T-Mobile number before May 31, activate your new phone and become a Virgin Mobile customer by May 31 and receive $100 credit.

If you can watch this video without laughing, cringing or stopping before it ends, I applaud you.

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  • Miguel Reyes Jr

    T-Mobile throttles you to 3G, not 2G. Misinformation on Virgin’s part.

    • TechHog

      No, they’re right. It’s to Edge. The only thing is that T-Mobile’s Edge is faster than Virgin’s 3G

      • Miguel Reyes Jr

        No my friend, I have to disagree. I work for T-Mobile, and I can affirm it’s a 3G throttle. The Monthly 4G prepaid option USED to throttle you to 2.5G, but now, even that will take you down to 3G once you reach your 4G data limit for the month.

        • TechHog

          I don’t see why T-Mobile would lie about that though…

        • Will

          That’s not correct. When I hit my cap, I get a text saying it is downgrading it to EDGE, not 3G. It’s right on T-Mobiles own site. 2G means EDGE. Do you really work for T-Mobile and don’t know this?

        • thepanttherlady

          I WISH I’d been throttled to 3G speeds when I hit my limits before I went to unlimited. :/

        • Will

          An interesting thing happened today while I was complaining to T-Mobile’s support. They offered to give me non-throttled unlimited data for $5 dollars more. $5 dollars to never have my speeds reduced to 2G again. Since I am only paying $5 for data right now, that means I can have as much LTE as my iPhone will consume for the bargain price of $10. I even asked about tethering and she said since I already had it on my $5 plan, it would carry over. Too bad there is a problem with coverage in my area or I would probably take them up on it.

          For those that have ever hit your data cap and had your speeds drop to 1980s era until the next billing cycle, you know my pain.

          My new complaint for today is why didn’t they offer that to me a year and a half ago?

  • D Velasquez

    that commercial can pass as a robot chicken episode hahahaha

  • Mirad77

    As much as I don’t like the commercial, there is nothing strange in there. Just the usual industry dog eat dog style. T-Mobile did same to at&t with the iPhone but the only difference here is the incentives they provide.
    I like the pic there with the brain stuff which only says one thing; do your research and get the plan/ carrier that best feeds your need.

  • sushimane

    for anyone that actually switch from tmobile a nationwide carrier to a regional carrier must not be thinking right.

    • RedGeminiPA

      Virgin Mobile isn’t a regional carrier. The problem with Virgin Mobile is they run on Sprint’s very weak prepaid non-roaming network.

  • JTrip

    Video is no longer available. I wanted to see it. :(

  • jim

    i will not switch to VIRGIN for $100 credit but I will leave TMO next
    year after being with them for 9 years. I hate everything that is going
    on with TMO these days with their stupid OLD IPHONE 5 release to no
    phone upgrade deals to their stupid new plans. I did the math and I will lose lots of money with the new plan becos I will have to shell out $1000 or more for 5 new phones for my family plan.
    The difference in plan is only $10 saving a month which is far less than what I wil have to pay for new phones. Will leave for verizon or AT&T next year for better coverage and better savings, I know many of you here,
    mostly TMO employees will disagree but I careless. TMO has doing
    everything to gain new prepaid type customers but doing nothing for
    long time loyal customers

    • RedGeminiPA

      Comparing T-Mobile’s family plans to AT&T or Verizon isn’t hard to do. Hint: T-Mobile is much cheaper.

      You’re obviously one of those customers who want the latest and greatest phones, but won’t pay for unlocked, and don’t mind being strapped to a contract.

      Even with T-Mobile’s payment plans, you’d probably still save a few dollars over AT&T and Verizon.

      I wouldn’t call the iPhone 5 “OLD” just yet. It’s only been out just over 6 months. By the time you’ll be able to buy new phones (next year, according to you), the NEW iPhone(s) will be out (coming later this year).

  • tulio mesa

    lol they got terminated

  • NextBig313
  • mingkee

    Virgin Mobile feels the serious threat.
    Where the reception is equal between Sprint and T-Mobile, T-Mobile is better in many ways. In addition, you can use unlocked/foreign phones with T-Mobile with ease while it’s a bit more difficult with VMUSA.
    Solavei (T-Mobile MVNO) can easily defeat VMUSA with $50 4GB with unlimited calling and text.

  • Jose Hernandez

    Hi David, anyway you can block this?

    • thepanttherlady


      • Jose Hernandez


  • fixxmyhead

    virgin mobiles data limit should read “data reduced to 1G speeds”

    even tmobiles EDGE is faster than there 3G network how pathetic is that

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Virgin Mobile is unlimited web as long as you can get WiMax. It is 2.5 GB of 3G data. If you live in a Wimax city and get good coverage you should consider VMO. VMO is not a great choice if you travel out of the major cities. It works for me in all of bay area and Sacramento when I go there few times a year

  • sadfij

    seeya tmobile maybe if u could give better discounts and deals on new smartphone to your loyal custumers people would stay not crazy plan no one gets
    don’t hate tmo fans

    • Jamille Browne

      I dare you to find anyone who will offer the current iPhone 5 for $99 of which t-mobile will be doing they offer job discounts if you work for places like hyatt marriot chase etc etc so yeah… good luck getting that with virgin

  • brianb

    WiMax is averaging about 1.2 -1.8 mbps in every major city. I don’t understand how Sprint/Virgin has more customers than tmobile???

  • chantie

    On the chart they claim savings on the device but at any Wal-Mart you can get the T-Mobile S2 for the same 299.99. So according to the chart the only savings would then be $5 a month…I’ll keep my T-Mobile I like having faster speeds, and gsm coverage.

  • A_Ware

    Wow that was bad. Not even counting the sadness of their network but the commercial itself was bad. Cringed and laughed but did make it through it.

  • zx6guy

    A couple observations, I’ve had Virgin 3G and it might as well be the same as T-Mobile 2G, T-Mobile’s faux G is faster and covers more of the country then Virgin WiMaxx, finally Virgin would have been better off touting the Samsung Victory 4G which is both cheaper ($250) and faster (LTE).

  • Tmosince2003

    I thought it was creative and fun. I’m not at all tempted to switch, although the new plans didn’t work out for us either when I did the math. We’ll see when the first contract is up in the fall.

  • Kahlayoh

    No more Video

  • cardi dark

    I had them all in the last 12 months. Yeah sprint is wack but so is t mobile that 3g/4g hspa + is very scaled and not complete. 4g here two miles you in 2g or 1g and i had sprint and t mobile edge is not faster than sprints 3g. Verizon is top dog yes they are money vampires but u pay for what u get. In all the edge t mobile areas i was still getting 4glte or a strong 3g. At&t is just like them money vampire but there network is not as big or strong.

  • thepanttherlady

    Just saw this on t.v. a second ago…LOL