Sprint’s Paul Chats On A Park Bench With A Woman And Her Golden Retriever

As you now probably know, Paul Marcarelli, Verizon’s former “Can You Hear Me Now” guy, is now doing ads for Sprint. The campaign is actually somewhat annoying, but this spot has a few things going for it. First, that cute Golden Retriever who barks in approval of Sprint. Aww. And second, the yoga pants-clad woman Paul is chatting with. She’s played by Lauren Braton, and I find her to be super attractive.

Verizon’s Former “Can You Hear Me Now?” Guy Is Now Shilling For Sprint

You might not recognize the name Paul Marcarelli, but from 2002 to 2011, he played one of advertising’s enduring pitchmen: Verizon’s “Test Man”, probably better known as the “can you hear me now” guy. Those Verizon spots recall a simpler time in the wireless world…before LTE and smartphones galore, sometimes the biggest obstacle for your cell was merely getting good reception. “Can you hear me now” became a popular catchphrase, which you can still hear today. Well, now Paul is with Sprint, introduced in a commercial that debuted during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. According to him, all networks are now great, but Sprint saves you 50% versus Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile rates. I’m sure Paul is getting paid handsomely to advertise for Sprint, but perhaps it’s cathartic for him too. After all, his time with Verizon was not easy.

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