Would you change your name to “iPhone 7″ for a free phone? These people did
It seems like nothing is off limits when it comes to getting a free iPhone — and these people who changed their names to “iPhone 7″ are living proof. Through a local electronics store, a wireless internet service provider in Ukraine called Allo promised free phones to the first five people who could prove they’d changed their names to “iPhone 7,” which naturally was a huge success.
The participants just had to go through the legal documents to register a name change, get a new passport, and then confirm the authenticity of the new passport with an Allo representative. Nothing to it! Except for the combined paperwork and bureaucracy of dealing with both government agencies and the corporate world. Doesn’t sound worth it, even for a free phone. However, when you consider that in Ukraine, the iPhone 7 retails for about $850 and a name change only costs $2, it makes a lot more sense.
The best part of this story is that one of the giveaway winners claimed to have no interest in the iPhone 7. Maybe he saw this as a chance to reinvent himself. Or maybe he’s just holding out for the iPhone 8.
At least the winners won’t be stuck with those names forever. Can you imagine being at a fancy dinner party in your 60s and saying to a stranger, “It’s DOCTOR iPhone 7, actually”? (Then again, if you’re the kind of person who talks to people that way, you deserve to be named “iPhone 7″ for the rest of your life.)
The giveaway didn’t require contestants to retain their new names once they got the phones, and Ukrainian law doesn’t limit the number of times you can change your name, so contestants can change their names back as soon as possible. That is, if they want to.
One of the winners, iPhone Sim (Sim means “seven” in Ukrainian), formerly Olexander Turin, told the Associated Press that he might revert to his original name when he has children. He didn’t specify how long he plans on waiting before making kids a part of his life, but since he’s 20, it could be several years. Several years of going by “iPhone.” Turin’s family is confused but sympathetic; as his sister said to the Associated Press, “Each person in this world is looking for a way to express himself. Why not to do that in this way?”
Hey, if all it took to express ourselves was $2 and we got a free iPhone at the end, maybe more of us would do it.