Good Morning America recently ran a story about a mother who gave her son an iPhone — along with her own terms of service. Failure to follow them would “result in termination” of his iPhone ownership.
Actually, “ownership” isn’t to be taken too literally, as the arrangement is more of a license: “It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you.” And the license is subject to certain acceptable use requirements, such as, “Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts.” And the risk of loss sits squarely on the licensee’s shoulders: “If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.”
To read the whole contract and a clip of an interview of licensor and licensee, see To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love. I’m sure more people have read these personal ToS than have slogged through Apple’s version.