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Chinese hospital says no need to sell a kidney to buy an iPhone – sperm will do the trick


With tales of Chinese people selling kidneys to buy iDevices not just urban legends, one Chinese hospital is suggesting a less drastic method. The BBC reports that the hospital is using iPhones and iPads as ways to attract sperm donors, with a rather direct message.

No need to sell your kidneys – you can easily have a 6s.

In a posting on the Chinese messaging service WeChat, the hospital shows a photo of a rose gold iPhone 6s, and points out that the 6,000 Yuan ($940) paid for a series of regular sperm donations is enough to pay for one.


TNW notes that would-be donors have to be at least 5’4″ tall, have a college degree and pass a full medical exam before they can be accepted. They then need to donate a total of 17ml of sperm within six months.

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  1. Tobias Moebert - 8 years ago

    The 3D touch feature will come handy here, I guess.

  2. katmphotography - 8 years ago

    selling a kidney to keep up with ‘the Joneses’ is ludicrous! what IS this world coming to!?

  3. airmanchairman - 8 years ago

    “Take my money shot!”

  4. I wonder when Apple will offer this option in-store? ;)

  5. patthecarnut - 8 years ago

    OK….gross! And they offer the “Pink” phone in the Ad? They have a bizarre culture.

    • desksaver - 8 years ago

      “They”?? You means Apple? In case you dont know Apple is the one that make the “pink” phone, not the hospital.

      And I am not sure what is so bizarre about sperm donation. Don’t you know that there are sperm banks all over the world, including USA?

    • Lin Yang - 8 years ago

      wow, i guess i am a part of a bizarre culture then as I am Chinese. It is a country of 1.4 billion people. It is so easy to just generalize 1.4 billion people as THEY MUST BE THE SAME.

      Sperm donation is invented in the West and you should be totally Okay with that. However, when Chinese are doing it and the hospital are using iPhone instead of currency to pay them, we become bizarre.

      I do find it gross. By ‘it’, I mean your comment and your mentality.

  6. Lars Pallesen - 8 years ago

    Oh, so THAT’s why the Android users are calling us wankers? Now it all makes sense.

  7. mytawalbeh - 8 years ago

    LOVED iPhone :)


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