Giveaway Review: Nationals Earbuds (Grade: C)

The first 20,000 fans at Nationals Park on Saturday night received Nationals earbuds courtesy of T-Mobile.
The first 20,000 fans at Nationals Park on Saturday night received Nationals earbuds courtesy of T-Mobile.

The Washington Nationals brought back an unusual giveaway on Saturday, September 5.  The first 20,000 fans at Nationals Park received a set of Nationals earbuds courtesy of T-Mobile.

The T-Mobile headphones giveaway in 2013 was enormously popular and fans lauded how stylish they were on Twitter.  The over-the-ear headphones had a large “Curly W” on one ear and a script Nationals logo on the other ear.  The headphones were also expandable so they easily fit most fans.

Saturday’s giveaway generated very little traffic on Twitter.  The earbuds had two “Curly W” logos, but they were quite heavy.  The white wires are about twice as thick as iPhone earbuds.  These earbuds also lack a microphone which precludes fans from permanently swapping out their current earbuds.

Many people choose to use headphones instead of earbuds because they have trouble getting earbuds to stay in place.  It was almost impossible to fit these earbuds in my ear and to get them to stay in place when I ran or walked.  A stadium employee that I met had the earbuds wrapped around his ears, but told me that he couldn’t get them to stay in place either.

Nationals Earbuds

It was a great idea to follow up on the popular 2013 headphones giveaway with a similar product.  These earbuds, however, will probably remain inside my nightstand until my iPhone earbuds finally break.

Grade: C