buying an iPhone as a gift

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Spike Spiegel, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Spike Spiegel macrumors regular

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    I would like to gift an iPhone to someone, but not have to involve them in the gift buying process. Is there a way to buy just the phone, then have them set up the specifics through iTunes, so that I can physically give it to them without asking them to fill out forms beforehand?
     
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  3. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Buy it without contract and if you want, have the gift-packaging service.
     
  4. Surely Guest

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    You most likely won't be able to do it for the $99/199/299 pricing.

    The best thing to do would be to buy an Apple Store gift card for $99-299 (depending on which iPhone you were thinking of buying for them), and give them that. You can put a picture of an iPhone in the card or something.
     
  5. lemonademaker macrumors 6502a

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    I got my mom a iPhone gift card for my mom in the apple store. Its basically a $199 gift Apple Store gift card.....

    not romantic after all it was my mom..... but hey everyone needs brownie points with their mother even after 40 years... :D
     
  6. RedInAustin macrumors newbie

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    Apple has an "iPhone gift card", it"s a black card and says iPhone 3g on it (bummer that it doesn't have 3gs on it). The card holder is special too, with a pic of the iPhone on it. I bought one yesterday.
     
  7. MacorgaZ macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I'm not completely informed, but giving a $199 giftcard to someone isn't giving them an iPhone, right? They'd still need to sign up to a phone-plan that costs $30 or $50 a month, right?
    :confused:
     
  8. Surely Guest

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    Right.
     
  9. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Look at it this way, $199 is enough to allow you to get a subsidized iPhone 3GS, else it will be much more without commitment. So if the gift is going to someone that will be switching to AT&T, why pay more?
     
  10. Spike Spiegel thread starter macrumors regular

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  11. outphase macrumors 65816

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    Don't forget to pay the sales tax on the gift card as well. It would be a lackluster gift if the recipient had to pay it :p
     

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