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Freedom Mobile Enlists Will Arnett as a Whistleblower in New Campaign

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Will Arnett sends Canadians a message in new campaign created by Rain

Freedom Mobile Enlists Will Arnett as a Whistleblower in New Campaign

 Mobile has unveiled a bold new advertising campaign that highlights the expensive pain points that consumers often experience with their wireless service and shows Canadians that they can get more value through Freedom Mobile.

Launching in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. markets, the new ad campaign is headlined by Emmy- nominated Canadian actor Will Arnett, who acts as the champion for the average wireless consumer in Canada. In the campaign, Mr. Arnett’s character is the unwavering voice of truth that seeks to expose unreasonable industry practices for data overages while demonstrating that Freedom Mobile is giving Canadians access to the data they need to manage their mobile lives.

“This campaign challenges the conventions of the Canadian wireless industry by taking aim at the practices that charge wireless users astronomical fees when they go over their data limits,” said Paul McAleese, President, Wireless, Shaw Communications. “Transparency means being open and honest with customers to provide a simpler, better and more affordable wireless experience. There are no surprise fees with Freedom Mobile — what you see is what you pay.”

"Using Will Arnett as a whistleblower gives us a lot of opportunity to extend the campaign," adds Duncan Porter, VP, executive creative director at Rain. "He's not the stereotypical polite Canadian, but he still enables us to deliver straight talk to the audience in a fun and engaging manner."

Building on the brand’s momentum since introducing its data-rich Big Gig plans last year, Freedom Mobile is now targeting the problems consumers face when exceeding their data limits. Data overage fees in Canada have recently hit new levels, with prices now reaching as much as $100/GB at some carriers. According to the CRTC’s 2017 Communication Monitoring Report, the Canadian wireless industry charged consumers more than $1.2 billion in excess data fees in 20161, with certain carriers doubling their overage rates in the time since then.

"Over the past year we have quietly established Freedom as a true disruptor in the category,” adds Laura Davis-Savile, VP, Head of Strategy at Rain. "With this campaign, we are really proving that they are the brand to end mobile compromise and give Canadians what they truly need to live their increasingly mobile and data-heavy lives."

Freedom Mobile recently announced a new line-up of entry-level price plans in July, following the launch of its popular Big Gig plans late last year. Freedom Mobile’s Big Gig plans includes 10 gigabytes of data for just $50 a month with Digital Discount, which allows subscribers to receive a monthly $5 discount when they opt for Auto Pay and My Account registration. Unlimited Talk and Text is available for an additional $10. More information on Freedom Mobile’s plans can be found at

Developed by Toronto-based agency Rain, Freedom Mobile’s advertising agency of record, the campaign launches just in time for the back-to-school promotional season and includes a mix of traditional radio, television and outdoor, along with digital video and banners and social advertising.

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Photographer: Matt Barnes

Executive Producer: Jill Heinzman

Photography: Westside

Producer/Assistant: Natalie D’Urbano

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Rain

Copywriter: Megha Kumar, Jason Ip

Art Director: Chris Barrett, Mario Gelleny, Natasha Wittke, Richard Lantz

Producer: Camielle Clark

Account Executive: Mackenzie Lyster, Linsey Kampf

General Manager: Christine McNab

Print Producer: Agnes Fekete

Account Supervisor: Amanda Tucci, Mai Sivakumar

Strategic Planner: Liam Brown

VP, Head of Production: Camielle Clark

VP, Head of Strategy: Laura Davis-Saville

Account Coordinator: Annabel Harding, Letty Castillo

Media Strategists: ndrea Parnel, Tammy Gardner, Vanessa Herz, Neha Verma Nargas, Steven Gural

Public Relations: Chethan Lakshman, Nick Poirier

Developers: Cody Schreiber, Joel Masson, Julia Kim, Shawn Santiago

Quality Assurance: Jaimie Brunton, Cody Schreiber, Joel Masson, Julia Kim, Shawn Santiago

Graphic Artist: Chris Rayner, Stephanie Kelly, Dylan Hamilton, Corey Webers

Digital Producer: Jaimie Brunton

Production Company

Production Company: Steam Films

Executive Producer: Krista Marshall

Director: Geordie Stephens

DOP: Ian Macmillan

Producer: Gill Gardner


Music Company: Vapor RMW

Engineer: Ryan Chalmers

Music Director: Ted Rosnick

Voice Director: Karen Goora

Executive Producer: Kailee Nowosad


Edit Company: Married to Giants

Editor: Ryan Hunt

Edit Assistant: Liam Crawford

Producer: Amanda Cuda

Executive Producer: Denise Shearer


Advertiser: Freedom Mobile Inc.

President: Paul McAleese

VP Wireless Strategy: Paul Deverell

Lead, Social Media: Natasha Van Der Grinten

Advertising Manager: Eden Kline, Katie Snider

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Fort York VFX

VFX Artist: Paul Binney

Executive Producer: Erica Bourgault-Assaf

Genres: People

Categories: Utilities, Mobile Network

Rain, Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:54:00 GMT