Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mobilicity offers a different Double Down

From the "didn't see that coming" department comes today's news that new Canadian cellphone company Mobilicity is advertising its offers in KFC flyers, which obviously redefines the idea of a meal deal.

When I say that we didn't see that coming, I'm of course being totally sarcastic. Mobilicity and KFC (as well as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) are owned by the same guy, John Bitove, in Canada, so those of us who follow wireless news have expected something like this for a while.

Alas, as noted by Mobile Syrup - which first picked up this tidbit - there doesn't appear to be any direct crossover between the two companies besides the shared ad, so unfortunately you can't yet get a free bucket of chicken when you sign up for cellphone service. Most of us bet it's only a matter of time, though.

On a related note, I've lamented the lack of KFC's now-legendary Double Down sandwich in these here parts a few times. When last we left the story, the Double Down wasn't selling too well in the U.S. and was therefore unlikely to get exported. But, as the Chicago Tribune reports, the sandwich is now a regular part of KFC's menu in the U.S. Perhaps there is still hope for it to migrate north?

I got a big chuckle out of reading this story, though, about a new product supposedly being tested by KFC: the "Skinwich." It's essentially the opposite of the Double Down in that it has a bun, but rather than chicken in the middle, it's just piles of the Colonel's famous skin. Really, you have to see the pictures to believe it.

KFC has denied it as a hoax, but I'm sure there are many people out there who would love to sink their teeth into one of those babies.

And on a totally unrelated note, don't forget to check out the Pushing Buttons video game series on CBC again today. I don't have any stories going up today, where the focus is on the social aspect of video games, but there are some cool additions being made. My picks are a piece on gay gaming, or "gayming" as I like to call it, and a story about anonymity in game forums and what it might mean to the larger internet. Check 'em out.

(Photo is from Mobile Syrup)


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