does anyone think these free apple things on the internet work?? seems unlikely...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Crabb11, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Crabb11 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2011
    I just came across an add from google about free iPads and iPhones and Macbooks... etc. But I was just wondering if anyone has actually had any experience with this?

    The catch is that you have to sign up for an offer, which could cost from a couple of dollars/pounds to maybe 15 dollars/pounds.

  2. AuroraProject macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2008
    Right there
  3. huck500 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2004
    Southern California
    They're giving you a $400 device for signing up for a $15 commitment? No.:rolleyes:
  4. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    They do work, but they are a HASSLE. They tell you that you have to sign up for a couple offers...okay not bad, but what they don't tell you is that you have to get A TON of your friends to do the same thing and then they have to be loyal enough to reference you. Each person you sign up is worth a certain number of points. Once you get a certain number of points....BOOM! iPad.
  5. hismikeness macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009

    When I was struggling to find my iPad 2, my wife's friend called and said she heard a radio add to get a free iPad 2 to keep, but report back some market research data. She gave me the website. I clicked on the FAQ and found that to be eligible to win, you had to sign up for at least 15 things, and agree to purchase items on one or more.

    My guess... if you sign up for something like that, you will be inundated with credit card offers, junk mail, spam email, and will end up having to spend as much or more on the other products.

    The other part that made me think it might be a scam was they referred to it as an Apple Pad. :eek:
  6. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
  7. Crabb11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2011
    I've just done some more research

    I have found a site which is recommended by the Gadget Show UK and T3 magazine, which looks quite promising... also there are free ways to do the offers for free. eg you have to create a website and publish it. After that you just cancel your trial....

    to get a magic mouse all you have to do is refer 3 people. iPad I admit is a little more....
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    These sites are nothing more than scams. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is a fake.
  9. Shambles macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Yeah, they work. I got an Xbox controller a few years ago using one of these sites..

    But it's a lot of effort and if they find one single thing suspicious about how you're completing the offers and referring people, even if you didn't do anything wrong, game over.
  10. mzexe macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2011
    Some of This Websites are Just Storing Emails and other data s you enter them:apple:
  11. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    A couple of years back, when these first started, I got a 20gb iPod, a PSP and an iPod Nano.
  12. Crabb11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2011
    yeah that is a possibility I'm sure a lot of them are a scam.... some of them may be ok though.... I am going to try it anyway, and 'test' the system... I'm gunna do the magic mouse one which only needs three referals. (just get some people in my household to refer lol)
  13. kicko macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    I'd rather see a monthly payment system then a get one free by jumping through hoops of hassle.
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    So pretty much a major pain in the.....
  15. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
  16. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    My dad has signed up for this site, trying to get £50 iTunes voucher - he's got three referrals as it says (if I remember correctly) and so far nothing... I imagine there is a waiting period while things are verified

    All in all, more effort than I'm willing to put in
  17. BurntReality macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2010
    Tyler, TX
    I believe these are scams.
    Now the Nigerian bank transfers, those are 100% legit.....
  18. scottgroovez macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    Pretty much a pyramid scheme. Only those at the top benefit.
  19. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
  20. coolguykris macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2008
    Some are scams some are not

    If you have time you can browse aroung the forum anything 4 It is an entire forum with thousands of members dedicated to the "freebie" sites. Do your research before you start any of those sites though.
  21. Vizin, Apr 6, 2011
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  22. drummr, Apr 6, 2011
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    drummr macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2011
    I got my Macbook Pro through one of those. It was back when they were first coming out and not many people knew about them. Nowadays they are a lot more difficult to complete.

    When I did it I had to complete something like 15 offers, but most of them were free trials etc. that you can cancel before being charged. Now that most companies know about these programs, there is a 60 or 90 day wait period between signing up, and that offer showing up as complete. This wait period is longer than the free trial so you have to pay for the service, meaning you still pay a lot for whatever you are doing the offers for.

    I think I ended up paying $150 for a (at the time) $2000 laptop.

    So yes they do work, but they are a lot of work.
  23. Dandrews524 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    New York
    if you believe that crap, i know a very nice Nigerian gentleman who would love to do business with you
  24. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    pretty much sums it up :cool:

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