Would you name your daughter this, in exchange for 18 years of free wifi?

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A Swiss business is offering free internet, for 18 years, to certain newborns, and with the high price of data it's a tempting offer. 

At least one couple has taken them up on this so far, but there is a catch...

Twifi, the internet provider, explained that the only requirement for the free internet is for the parents to name their child after the company:

"Twifius" for a baby boy and "Twifia" for a baby girl.

Their website confirms it, with the home page reading: Name your child Twifia or Twifius and your family will surf the web 18 years for free. Just upload a photo of your child's birth certificate issued by the register office. Upon verification you'll get free internet from Twifi for 18 years.

A button then invites parents to upload their child's birth certificate: www.twifi.ch/en 


And if the company closes for some reason? Eighteen years is a long time, after all...

Twifi founder Phillippe Fotsch has promised parents that he will personally pay for their internet, even if the company goes bust, explaining that it was a matter of honour.  

Despite one slightly embarrassed couple who have taken him up on the offer, it's also still open for any other parents out there who want to call their baby boy "Twifius" or daughter "Twifia", says Phillippe.

The couple, who prefer to remain anonymous, is saving the money that they would have spent on the internet for when their daughter grows up, but have admitted that they feel a "little ashamed" about their decision.

"The longer I thought about it, the more unique the name became for me, and that was when the thing got its charm," Twifia's dad told a local news outlet

Twifia's mom says the name also stands for connection in this context, for an eternal bond. "There are much worse names. And the more often we say 'Twifia', the heartier the name sounds!" she said. 

They did however add "We want to remain anonymous to those around us because we don't want to justify ourselves. Because the accusation of having sold our child's name hits us very hard. We are also a little ashamed." 

To be clear, the couple made this their daughter's third name, and Twifia appears after two other names on the birth certificate.

Now can you imagine this in a local sense?

MWebia? CellCean? Octoteliam? Vodacomelia?

The possibilities are endless!

Compiled for Parent24 by Athenkosi Mndende and Elizabeth Mamacos


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