Thank you for your answer, the guy hasn't asked for the phone back, but my boyfriend is worried that the ex boss might block the phone, then it will be useless. Can the ex boss tell him that he has to make payments towards the monthly bill, even though he didn't ask for a two year contract.
The boss has a narcissistic streak to his character, and is also very controlling, I have met him. My boyfriend was at a very low point in his life, when he met his future boss. The phone is the last thing that he has control over, maybe why he hasn't asked for it back. My boyfriend is thinking of backingall that he has on the gifted phone to icloud, and then installing it on an old iphone 4 that he has.
Has he got any obligation to pay for the £50+ tariff that he didn't want in the first place.
Thank you for your time and answers Jo, I shall pass them on to my boyfriend, and he can choose which option to put and end to the situation.