How to get the free Lion Upgrade without a Credit Card?

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  1. groove-agent macrumors 6502a

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    I have a friend who recently bought an iMac which I guess was older stock - it still had Snow Leopard. Sure, he gets a free upgrade but it requires an Apple ID. An Apple ID requires a credit card (lame!). He doesn't own a credit card.

    Taking it back isn't an option. So how does one upgrade without a credit card? He's pretty mad that he needs one for a "free" upgrade.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Only Thing I Can Think Of

    Is to borrow a card from a relative to create the account. You could explain to Apple and they MIGHT give him a free USB copy of Lion to install.

    It's worth a shot.
     
  3. The13thDoctor macrumors regular

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    Its possible to create a Apple ID without a credit card
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Yes Yes!!

    Doh......Buy vouchers from any supermarket / retail outlet and off you go

    Good information there......SO used to living on plastic:D
     
  5. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    If I remember correctly, the Apple ID works across the app store and iTunes store. In that case, setup an account on iTunes store by downloading a free app or going o a US start bucks and getting the app or song of the week, no CC is needed since the app is free; then go to the App store and log in.

    I have not tried that but I have helped people setup iTunes accounts without a credit card; it's at least worth a try.
     
  6. groove-agent thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I found a couple articles on how to create apple IDs without a credit card, but that's for the app store. When you upgrade to Lion there's a separate stage beyond the apple ID creation which asks for your credit card so the free app technique will not work in this situation.
     
  7. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I Still Think

    You can do it with iTunes gift vouchers, unless Apple have changed things you should be able to create an account and then "Redeem" the vouchers. I may be wrong, but I will do some digging around.

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    You can do it with iTunes gift vouchers, unless Apple have changed things you should be able to create an account and then "Redeem" the vouchers. I may be wrong, but I will do some digging around.

    It seems you can still do it:
    http://www.macworld.com/article/159068/2011/04/itunes_no_credit.html
     
  8. acron1 macrumors regular

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    Can't you use a pre-payed debit card like the ones you can get from AAA or a major bank and create an account with it?
     
  9. ibuyufo macrumors 6502

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    Go to the apple store and have them do the work.
     
  10. TheKnowledgeGuy macrumors member

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    Again, including all the other prepaid things there's the prepaid iTunes Gift Card, works like a charm. You can buy the $50 one or a combo of $20 and $15, or just $15x2 and you've got the basic Lion. Two $20s and you have Lion Server.
     
  11. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    ?? The upgrade to Lion is free in this situation...
     
  12. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

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    There is a workaround, but it can not be done with an existing Lion machine. Do you happen to have another Lion machine?
     

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