UK: Way to get iPhone as gift?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by netdog, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. netdog macrumors 603

    netdog

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    A friend wants to give someone a 3G iPhone as a surprise gift, but doesn't want to pay their contract.

    Is there anyway that one can get an iPhone in the UK without signing up for a contract first? The recipient will be signing on with O2 once they have received this gift. Obviously, my friend wants to present her with the iPhone first (as a surprise) rather than agreeing to buy the phone once the recipient deals with O2.
     
  2. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    not possible, best that can be done is apple gift vouchers
     
  3. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

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    Aren't there European carriers that sell the phone contract free by law? That, along with eBay and Craigslist, are always options, although I don't know how popular Craigslist is outside the US.

    Also... slightly off topic, am I the only one who thinks giving someone a contract-locked cell phone without offering to pay for the plan is a really crappy "surprise gift"? It's like, Hey, I just bought you this huge and expensive contract where you are required to pay thousands of dollars over the next couple years. Surprise!
     
  4. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    The recipient will be happy to move to O2 and our plans are good here.
     
  5. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    Dunno if they have them over here, but in the US Apple Stores you can buy a iPhone 3G Gift Certificate where you just pay for the phone.
     
  6. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

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    Even so, I just think giving a subscription service as a gift without offering to pay for the full or part of the subscription is lame.
     
  7. Pressure macrumors 68040

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  8. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    yes, a very expensive gift card
     

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