Would you change your name to iPhone 7 just to win Apple’s latest iPhone? Most people won’t, but a 20-year-old in Ukraine did just that to with a brand new iPhone 7. A Ukrainian electronics store was offering the latest iPhones free of cost to the first five people who would legally change their names to the device. And the prize went to 20-year-old iPhone Sim (Seven) on Friday.
Olexander Turin is now iPhone 7
According to the Associated Press, iPhone Sim’s family and friends were shocked at first. But they eventually supported him, probably because it makes good business sense. The base price of an iPhone 7 in Ukraine is $850. Why would you want to pay such a hefty amount if you can officially change your name for just $2 and win the eponymous handset?
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Sim’s sister Tetyana Panina told the AP that it was hard to believe at first. She added that everyone in the world is looking for their own ways to express themselves. “Why not to do that in this way?” she said. An affidavit to change the name legally in Ukraine is far cheaper than buying an iPhone 7. The young man – his original name was Olexander Turin – said he was in no hurry to change his name back again.
No immediate plans to change his name back again
iPhone Sim said he would consider changing his name back to Olexander Turin only when he has children. This is not the first time people have done weird things to get free stuff. Back in 2013, as many as 42 Swedes legally changed their names to Klaus-Heidi to participate in a competition when German airline Lufthansa offered a flight to Berlin with a one-year free apartment rental to the winner.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are in huge demand, partly boosted by the discontinuation of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7. The shipping time window of the Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus is still 4-6 weeks. The Jet Black models of the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus are not available in many Apple stores across the United States. If you can’t wait for 4-6 weeks, you can go for the 4.7-inch model, which ships in 2-3 weeks.
iPhone 7 Plus demand far outstrips supply
Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s quarterly earnings call that Apple underestimated the demand for the 5.5-inch model going into the product launch. Cook told investors that Apple might not reach a supply/demand equilibrium for the iPhone 7 Plus by the year-end, though he was confident about meeting the demand for the 4.7-inch model.
After several quarters of declining revenues, Apple finally expects to return to sales growth during the current quarter. The Cupertino company forecasts revenues between $76 billion and $78 billion for the December quarter.