His name is Paul Marcarelli, but you know him as the “Can you hear me now?” guy.
Verizon pitchman is now a Sprint customer
In the new commercial, Marcarelli talks about the improvements made to Sprint’s network, claiming it’s within 1% of Verizon.
“It’s 2016 and every network is great,” Marcarelli says in the ad.
According to data from the top 106 metro markets in the U.S., Sprint says its reliability now beats T-Mobile and is within 1% of AT&T and Verizon.
“We’ve made tremendous advancements in our network during the past year and Sprint’s network reliability is now within 1% difference of Verizon,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO. “Within 1%. We don’t expect our customers would even notice such an insignificant difference.”
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What new Sprint customers could notice is a difference in their bill.
The carrier has extended its promotion offering 50% off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile standard rate plans. Sprint is also paying switching fees up to $650 per line through an American Express gift card. And the carrier has been known to throw in additional incentives as well.
Do you have a phone plan with one of the Big 4 carriers? If so, which one?
— Clark Howard (@ClarkHoward) June 8, 2016
T-Mobile officially surpassed Sprint last summer to become the third largest carrier in the U.S., according to USA Today. Meanwhile, T-Mobile just announced it’s offering a free share of stock to millions of its customers. All of this just goes to show how increasingly competitive the wireless industry has become, and we haven’t even mentioned the low-cost carriers!
Now, even though Sprint says it has improved its reliability, Clark says there’s still a higher risk with them. However, with the money-back guarantee, it might be worth making a switch, especially if your current carrier won’t budge on the price.