Retailer giving away free iPhone 7 to the first five who officially change their name to "Seven iPhone"


What are you willing to do to get the new Apple iPhone 7 for free?

If you are one of Apple's faithful, you might actually be willing to go the extra mile and do something a little bit crazy for such an offer. Usually this type of giveaways requires you to subscribe to a channel, like a video or share a commercial message.

However, Ukraine's largest phone retailer, Allo.ua, is carrying out an iPhone 7 giveaway with some crazy rules: the first five people that officially changes their name to "Sim iPhone" (literally, meaning "Seven iPhone", where Sim is the personal name, while iPhone is the surname) are getting the hot new phone for the equivalent of a US nickel (or 1 Ukrainian hryvnia). The website does not clarify which storage version it's giving away, but does mention that it will give away  black iPhones.


Yes, this needs to be official: the store will require participants to first send in a selfie with their newly issued passport with the new name clearly printed in there, and then show up with the passport in store.

To better understand why such a crazy offer might be of consideration to people in Ukraine, it's worth noting that both Russia and Ukraine have suffered huge devaluations of their currencies after Russian troops invaded the Crimean peninsula and the Eastern regions of Ukraine. With an official average salary of just around 5,200 Ukrainian hryvnias, the equivalent of $203, the iPhone 7 with its prices starting at 23,500 hryvnias ($917) is way out of reach for the majority of Ukrainian citizens. This means that it takes some four and a half average salaries to buy an iPhone 7 in Ukraine.

Of course, the whole meaning of that giveaway is some crazy publicity and while the rules are definitely insane, we've seen people in the past sell their kidneys for an iPad, so we're glad we're hearing less of those truly horrifying stories these days.

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23 Comments

1. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Stupidity at highest level

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You can change it back after you win or lose, it might be stupid but it isn't permanent.

19. ElixieR

Posts: 67; Member since: May 01, 2013

When you changed it back then you have paid 70% -90% of the cost of the iphone. Getting a name change cost $$

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Someone I know changed their name and they paid $150, although I just looked it up and it could cost a hell of a lot more lol. So you could end up paying 45% of the price of an iPhone or end up paying more if you have to pay the max amount both times, perhaps the Ukraine doesn't charge as much as the US.

2. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

It will be interesting to see the turnout.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I won't be surprised if hundreds, if not thousands, of entries are collected. Might as well name themselves "Apple".

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cheap publication... all they need to do is give away 5 iPhones

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

These people are idiots and need help! And apple....you suck!

5. AlikMalix unregistered

since when is this the apples fault or idea?

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

His first statement applies to him, no?

7. acruzlu unregistered

Wow.... talk about extreme fanboyism.

9. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Isheeps will do anything for an iphone, lol

10. LilJokr unregistered

After the 7 series stop receiving support, you'll regret that name.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

And that time will come 4-5 years later. U r a new member, learn more before commenting.

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Reminds me of the kid his parents named Dovahkiin.

13. acruzlu unregistered

What about the parents naming their kids after pokemon?

15. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Nice avatar ;)

21. acruzlu unregistered

Right back atcha man!

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6736; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Get a room lol.

12. Fona13A unregistered

Thanks for shining light on this hallmark example of human evolution.

16. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Please sign me up to be that guy smacks the nonsense out of the person who does this.

18. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The ultimate sheep test!

23. M.O.A.B

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I think they want to see to what extent human stupidity can reach.

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