When Apple first released the iPhone in June 2007 the company obviously hoped it would prove an alluring product. But Jonathan Ive and his co-designers probably never imagined that one day a sperm bank in China would be tempting reluctant donors with the offer of a free Apple smartphone.
China Daily reports that a sperm bank in Hubei has taken this innovative approach, given the lack of enthusiasm in the province from men to donate their semen. Quoting a spokesperson at the sperm bank, the newspaper commented: “On average, fewer than 100 people successfully donate annually, which falls far short of demand from couples.”
However, this may be about to change after the centre launched a campaign on popular social media channel WeChat. Its ad read: “An iPhone 6S costs at least Rmb5,288 on the Chinese mainland, and now you can easily own one without having to sell a kidney. Hubei Province Sperm Bank wants you to own a 6S.”
Not everyone is eligible. Potential donors must be healthy males between 22 and 45 years-old and need to provide education certificates to prove they have at least a high school diploma. They must then visit the bank about eight times, with an interval of at least four days between each deposit.
The bank says if the donor successfully provides 40ml of semen he will receive Rmb5,000, and thus will only have to use Rmb288 of his own funds to buy an iPhone. “We’ve had a number of enquiries in the past few days,” a staffer at the sperm bank told China Daily.
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