Apple Puts Coal in Stocking for Would-Be IPhone Gifters

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Or... she could have just bought an iPhone 3G gift card and given it to him...
  3. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    According to another post I read prior to posting that article - you just need to sign up on behalf of your partner - so just their details instead of yours an you are set.
  4. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
  5. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    many of the articles that make it on to Macbytes seem to be poorly researched.

    Of course, perhaps i should say, many of the articles that make it onto the internet as a whole are poorly researched.
  6. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    "Simply put, it's impossible to surprise someone with an iPhone."

    Complete BS in a way.

    How about a handmade card, and a picture of an iPhone inside, some nice words etc, then a trip to an Apple store to a pre-arranged session with an Apple helper. Then they select a cover, any accessories etc.

    Would be a surprise, because an iPhone isn't card sized.
  7. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    Well since you're not authorized to make changes to another person's phone account, I would imagine that your choices would be to purchase the phone at the unsubsidized price, take the person with you so that they can be verified as eligible for the subsidized price, or get them a gift card.
  8. bigjohn macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2000
    Monrovia, CA
    I wanted to get one for my mom, went to the Apple Store with a copy of her ID, I know her SSN. She is an existing subscriber. The guy asked his manager and everything worked out great, on Christmas Day I called the box and the phone rang from inside, couldn't have worked out better.

    So it's probably hit or miss on experiences, my local Apple Store hooked me up because it was obvious I wasn't trying to scam them.
  9. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    What's the complaint here?

    You can't buy ANY subsidized phone unless you sign the contract yourself or have the receiver of said "gift" sign the contract...

  10. Sweetbike40 macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2007
    This is dumb. They could have bought a gift card. I guess only if the person buying the gift is will be paying for the phone bill also for 2 years, it makes sense that the person receiving the phone has to sign a contract.
  11. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    For most people, that's a no-go simply for the fact that when you leave the Apple Store, the new iPhone is active, which means whichever phone had the phone# that the iPhone has becomes inactive.

    In your case, that should have meant your mom's existing AT&T phone stopped working when you left the Apple Store and anyone who called her between then and Christmas would have made the iPhone under the tree ring.
  12. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Course, all these bloggers think AT&T is the only iPhone carrier and forget there is a world outside America... :rolleyes:
  13. macbookfan macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
    How to surprise an iphone spouse or child on the same att plan as you. (aka upgrade)

    1. steal there phone for a few hours.
    2. take it with you to the apple store.
    3. upgrade there phone to the iphone.
    4. put the iphone sim in the old phone so it still makes calls.
    5. get the original phone back to the would be iphone receiver.
    6. hide the iphone until Christmas/birthday/ect.
  14. DMann macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    Exactly... I gave an iPhone gift card to both my sister and her husband this year. What made the gift cards more desirable was the fact that gift cards incur no sales tax, (savings of $42) and the receiver of the gift card has the option of holding out until June for the next Rev if he or she chooses to do so. Also, the small boxes which hold the gift cards are much easier to wrap, and the surprise packs a much bigger punch. No regrets all around - they both replaced their Blackberries the very next day.

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