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article imageUkrainian man changes name to 'iPhone 7,' wins a free smartphone

By Arthur Weinreb     Oct 31, 2016 in World
Kiev - A man in Ukraine legally changed his name to iPhone 7 in order to get a free smartphone. However he plans to change his name back again, probably when he has children.
An electronics store in Kiev promised a free iPhone 7 to the first five people who legally changed their names to the device. At least one person has taken the store up on their offer.
Olexander Turin, 20, received his free iPhone on Friday after legally changing his name to iPhone Sim ("sim" in Ukrainian means "seven"). Although his family was shocked at first, they eventually got used to the idea. Tetyana Panina, Mr. Sim’s sister, said it was hard to believe and accept at first but then she realized everyone is looking for a way to express themselves. It appears the family is getting used to the idea.
In Ukraine, prices for an iPhone 7 begin at $US850. That is a lot more than the $US2 it costs to have one’s name legally changed. So Mr. Sim decided to go for it.
For those who think it was a terrible thing to do, it could have been much worse. Turin might have changed his name to get a free iPhone 6. Mashable reports the Ukrainian word for six is “shist.” When translated into English it is definitely not as good as “sim” because it could sound like something else. At least “Sim” is somewhat related to the matter at hand as the letters stand for “subscriber identity module.”
What the electronics store in Kiev did was not the first time a company has held such a promotion. In 2013, ABC News Australia reports, 42 people in Sweden legally changed their names to “Klaus-Heidi” as a result of a contest sponsored by Lufthansa. The person who won the contest received a flight to Berlin and a rent-free apartment for a year. The winner said at the time said he was never going to change his name back.
The following year, Reebok held a contest that provided the winner with a sponsorship worth about $US5,800. In order to qualify for the prize, people had to permanently tattoo the company’s logo on their bodies. Eight people got the tattoo and the winner had the logo tattooed on her thigh.
At least Mr. Sim’s change is not permanent and he said he will change his name when he has children so they will not be teased about their name. But will his name still be cool after Apple releases the iPhone 8? Well, it could be worse. He could have been the sixth person to change his name and walk into the electronics store.
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