Feb 12 AT 12:09 PM Sean Riley 32 Comments

Saturday Night Live explains the 4Gs and the LTEs in Verizon ad parody

SNL parody of Verizon 4G LTE ad

Sure, we tech loving folk live in a world comprised largely of acronyms, and we don’t bat an eye at a commercial touting 4G LTE. But what does that look or sound like to the average buyer? SNL took it upon themselves to give us a glimpse into just that in this mock Verizon 4G LTE ad.

They did appear to do at least some of their homework (if watching some commercials can count as homework) on this one, as they hit a number of real points Verizon uses in their commercials and in the store.

Before anyone freaks out, I don’t think we should be inferring from this that a 4G version of the LG Vortex is coming. And I don’t think Motorola has any plans to change from the “normal” spelling of Droid Xyboard.

I won’t spoil it any further for you, but you can call out any favorite moments or let us know how you would improve the sketch in the comments below.

Via: The Verge

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    That was very funny. I love the ending “an old person’s nightmare.” Haha.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      It was a toss up for me between that closing line and the complete non-sequitur in the middle when he holds up the glass of orange juice and says “this is 3G.”

      • inviolable

        lol I said the same thing the guy said when he held up the glass.. “what”

  • BiGMERF

    I lol ‘ed

  • Ruben Alvarez

    Not very funny. In my humble opinion, it could have been much better, especially from SNL.

    • bob

      What do Mexicans know about humor? Anyway, if you’re going to state it could have been better why not go a little further and explain how you’d make it ohh soo much better? Your lunch break is over Jose, get back to picking my garbanzo beans. I want my hummus!

  • AngelArs

    Great skit. Not sure if anyone over at verizon was laughing though….

    • Hoshkins

      I work for Verizon. Believe it or not, we are capable of laughing along with a little good-humored ribbing. We’re well aware of how easy it is to be confused by rapidly changing technology and weekly device debuts. I’m going to stop there, because this is starting to feel like a PR statement.

  • spazby
  • Raptor

    snl has to hire better jokewriters, if we laugh to piss on their homebrew fun that means we’ve got too much beer.

  • Jorge Vieira

    4G LTE is 10x faster than 3G. What does that mean lol! This is pretty funny its exactlly how people that dont know react.

  • inviolable

    That was actually pretty funny. Much of it seemed authentic.

  • Nathan D.

    Funny video, I’m pretty sure there are people out there that are like that costumer in that video.

  • Rockstar323

    It’s nice to see most everyone here thinks it’s funny as I do. Unlike other blogs that are full of people acting like the video was a personal attack against them. It’s good to see the Android community that I came to know and love is still out there.

  • DroidPower

    that was simply hilarious… loved “compaq notebook” part

    • sseleriw nozireV

      yeah, who wants a Compaq notebook, when you can get a 4G LTE, Xyboard tablet//lol

  • greeny42

    I disliked the “or even the Gnex” like it was a lower option.

  • geeknik

    Video removed on copyright grounds by NBC Universal!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Thanks for the heads up. I was using the Youtube version to save you guys the ad and I’m not sure the NBC video will be available to international readers, but I swapped the version direct from NBC now.

      • delinear

        “Thanks for the heads up. I was using the Youtube version to save you guys the ad and I’m not sure the NBC video will be available to international readers”

        Spot on – it’s “not available from my location” (UK). Still, better that some people can see it than nobody getting to see it.

        • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

          I was afraid of that. Completely logical move on their part, I mean god forbid more people watch their video and the ads that are attached to it.

  • WlfHart

    Sad it was removed :(

  • Shawn Clark

    Sucks that it was banned but i managed to find it on phonearena…n that was funny especially with the motto caption at the end.

  • yankeesusa

    This parody puts all those verizon commercials into perspective. It is so true, all this technology the way that verizon shows it is crazy for older ones. I loved it!

  • Coltsfan74

    That was very funny. “What happens if I drop it in the toilet?” “It breaks immediately.”

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    So I can use my aytch tee sea or my el gee on your four gee el tea ee? Oh em gee!

  • BleedingEdge

    They should make all their sales people watch as a don’t-be-like-this object lesson

  • sseleriw nozireV

    I believe, from coming out of a VZW store tonight, that the employees were very helpful and did not rush me to purchase any Pantech junk like at@$ has……thank goooooooooooood!

  1. That was very funny. I love the ending “an old person’s nightmare.” Haha.

  2. Not very funny. In my humble opinion, it could have been much better, especially from SNL.

    • bobGuest 3 years ago

      What do Mexicans know about humor? Anyway, if you’re going to state it could have been better why not go a little further and explain how you’d make it ohh soo much better? Your lunch break is over Jose, get back to picking my garbanzo beans. I want my hummus!

  3. Great skit. Not sure if anyone over at verizon was laughing though….

    • HoshkinsGuest 3 years ago

      I work for Verizon. Believe it or not, we are capable of laughing along with a little good-humored ribbing. We’re well aware of how easy it is to be confused by rapidly changing technology and weekly device debuts. I’m going to stop there, because this is starting to feel like a PR statement.

  4. RaptorGuest 3 years ago

    snl has to hire better jokewriters, if we laugh to piss on their homebrew fun that means we’ve got too much beer.

  5. 4G LTE is 10x faster than 3G. What does that mean lol! This is pretty funny its exactlly how people that dont know react.

  6. That was actually pretty funny. Much of it seemed authentic.

  7. Funny video, I’m pretty sure there are people out there that are like that costumer in that video.

  8. It’s nice to see most everyone here thinks it’s funny as I do. Unlike other blogs that are full of people acting like the video was a personal attack against them. It’s good to see the Android community that I came to know and love is still out there.

  9. that was simply hilarious… loved “compaq notebook” part

  10. I disliked the “or even the Gnex” like it was a lower option.

  11. geeknikGuest 3 years ago

    Video removed on copyright grounds by NBC Universal!

    • Thanks for the heads up. I was using the Youtube version to save you guys the ad and I’m not sure the NBC video will be available to international readers, but I swapped the version direct from NBC now.

      • “Thanks for the heads up. I was using the Youtube version to save you guys the ad and I’m not sure the NBC video will be available to international readers”

        Spot on – it’s “not available from my location” (UK). Still, better that some people can see it than nobody getting to see it.

  12. Sad it was removed :(

  13. Sucks that it was banned but i managed to find it on phonearena…n that was funny especially with the motto caption at the end.

  14. This parody puts all those verizon commercials into perspective. It is so true, all this technology the way that verizon shows it is crazy for older ones. I loved it!

  15. That was very funny. “What happens if I drop it in the toilet?” “It breaks immediately.”

  16. So I can use my aytch tee sea or my el gee on your four gee el tea ee? Oh em gee!

  17. BleedingEdgeGuest 3 years ago

    They should make all their sales people watch as a don’t-be-like-this object lesson

  18. sseleriw nozireVGuest 3 years ago

    I believe, from coming out of a VZW store tonight, that the employees were very helpful and did not rush me to purchase any Pantech junk like at@$ has……thank goooooooooooood!